Rush Limbaugh is one of the most popular and highly compensated radio talk show hosts in the world with a net worth estimated at $300 million and an annual salary north of $40 million.
That's right folks, controversy pays. After stints in Pittsburgh (where he went by the name Jeff Christie), Kansas City and Sacramento, the big man went national in 1988. Today he is a majority owner of his radio show, which receives over 14 million listeners per week. That's down a tad from the peak of 20 million listeners in 2003, but it was enough to get Limbaugh a $400 million 8-year contract with Clear Channel that began in 2008. The shock jock keeps listeners riled up with his right-leaning take on all things American and never misses the opportunity to stir up controversy.
Rush broadcasts his show from a $26 million ocean front home in West Palm Beach, which has 7 bedrooms, 12 bathrooms and an elevator. He also owns a penthouse condo on Fifth Avenue in Manhattan. The cigar aficionado and avid golfer recently expressed interest in becoming a part owner of the St. Louis Rams. He's also known for his charitable work, including an annual telethon for the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society.