If you like politics, you must have heard of Mark Levin. His books, radio shows and television programs all talk about his political views. The author and TV personality is also a lawyer by profession, and all of these ventures have boosted Mark Levin's net worth to $50 million. He's so good at what he does that Westwood One made sure to lock him in with a ten-year contract extension. Despite battling heart disease, Levin is determined to work hard and continues to show his unwavering support for Republicans. His ambition will increase his wealth but until then, let's focus on how he reached $50 million.
Not much is revealed about Levin's background. However, in an interview with C-Span, the lawyer said he grew up in a township, Cheltenham, in a community called Elkins Park. His parents were businessmen who ran a kindergarten, a camp and a shop. He didn't reveal if he always wanted to be a lawyer, but maybe his exceptionally good grades helped him decide. Levin was so bright that he skipped his final year at Cheltenham High School to enroll at Temple University for his undergraduate degree. He was only 19 when he graduated from college and three years later graduated from Temple University School of Law with a law degree. By then, his passion for politics had already started as he revealed that the whole institution had only three curators.
Armed with a law degree, Levin landed various jobs, including for the Reagan administration. He eventually became Chief of Staff to the Attorney General. In 2021, the average salary for a chief of staff in the United States is $222, so it could have been significantly lower four decades ago. Still, Levin was bringing home a lucrative salary considering his job description. His legal training has earned him the privilege of directing the Landmark Legal Foundation, a conservative legal foundation that aims to promote low taxes, free enterprise, and proper property rights. He served as director of legal policy before becoming president. The position also allowed him to accumulate wealth as, according to Celebrity FM, Levin earned $005 a year during his tenure as president. Since serving as chairman of the Landmark Legal Foundation from 300 to 000, the total salary translates to approximately $1997 million. Moreover, he still practiced law in private. The highest-paid private practice attorneys earn close to $2018 a year, and since Levin was already a big-name attorney, it's safe to assume he was taking in substantial sums of money.
Become a TV personality
His broadcasting career began at WABC with a show that aired on Sundays from noon to 14 p.m. He wasn't interested in the radio job, but Phil Boyce, WABC's program director, asked him to replace Sean Hannity or be a guest. Boyce said they couldn't pay him, but Levin was determined to learn on the job even if he wasn't being paid. Being the quick learner that the lawyer is, Levin finally got his own show after years of contributing legal opinions to various shows. "The Mark Levin Show" was syndicated nationally in 2006.
By 2017, “The Mark Levin Show” had become the third-largest nationally syndicated radio program in the United States. While it's unclear how much the show made for the attorney, Hannity's syndication deal through ABC Radio Networks was worth $100 million over five years. Therefore, Levin's contract may have been much lower since he was not yet a force to be reckoned with on the airwaves. Still, his star was on a meteoric rise; no wonder Fox News wants Levin on their team. Consequently, in 2017, Fox News Channel announced that it had signed Levin to host a new weekend primetime show "Life, Liberty & Levin" which premiered in February 2018. As the reported the New York Times, the attorney never considered hosting a show on Fox News. Nonetheless, he was thrilled, saying it was a wonderful opportunity for him and the channel. Currently, Hannity is the highest paid star on the news channel. He makes $25 million a year, but Levin isn't in the same league yet. Therefore, we can only assume that he earns roughly the same number as Bret Baier, who earns $7 million a year.
Write books and other ventures
Even before Fox News knocked on Levin's door, he was already doing great. In 2016, he launched LevinTV, which boasted of being ad-free. He said the station would be staunchly pro-American and make money from subscriptions; $69 earned fans an annual subscription while a monthly subscription cost $7,99. In 2018, LevinTV, which had changed its name to CRTV, merged with The Blaze to form Blaze Media. Glenn Beck told CNBC that the collaboration was due to many fans urging the two media personalities to team up. If the claims of reaching 165 million people every month were true, that would mean Levin and Beck were making $1,65 billion a month since the monthly subscription costs $10.
Despite his busy schedule, Levin still found time to write. In 2005 he wrote 'Men in Black: How the Supreme Court is Destroying America' and in 2007 released 'Rescuing Sprite'. The multi-talented TV personality told National Review that he never planned to write "Rescuing Sprite." He wanted to focus on writing philosophy and politics and had spoken to different publishers. Unfortunately, his dog Sprite, whom he had adopted from a shelter, died and he changed his mind to write about his dog. He spent all his free time writing the book but sometimes had to take a break when emotions overwhelmed him. He later wrote other books, one of which is “The Liberty Amendments: Restoring the American Republic,” which debuted at No. 1 on the New York Times bestseller list. Book sales must have increased his income.
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