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Bill Maher Net Worth

Updated January 2, 2020
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How much is Bill Maher worth? $100 million

How did Bill Maher earn his money and wealth?

Bill Maher is a multifaceted personality who is not only a comedian but also a political commentator and a TV host who is from the United States. He was born as William Maher on January 20, 1956, in New York City. He was raised by a Roman Catholic father who was a network news editor and radio announcer and a Jewish mother who was a nurse and had a sister. He stopped going to church at the age of 13 after his father disagreed with the Roman Catholic Church’s belief about birth control. He and his sister were raised in River Vale, New Jersey. He studied in Pascack Hills High School in Montvale and graduated in 1974. He graduated in 1978 with a double major in history and English from Cornell University.

Maher began his professional career as a comedian and an actor. In 1979 he was the host of “Catch a Rising Star”, a New York City comedy club. And in 1982 he appeared on shows of David Letterman and Johnny Carson. He has also appeared in television shows such as “Sara” (1985), “Max Headroom” (1987), “Murder, She Wrote” (1989, 1990) as well as “Charlie Hoover” (1991). He has appeared in films like “DC Cab” (1983) which is also his debut film, “Ratboy” (1986), “House II: The Second Story” (1987), “Cannibal Women in the Avocado Jungle of death” (1988) and “Pizza Man” (1991).

His own talk show “Politically Incorrect with Bill Maher” where he starred as its host on Comedy Central ran from 1993 to 1997. It was later moved to ABC where it ran from 1997 to 2002. The show invited four other guests who interacted with the host on various topics. The show won several awards including two CableACE awards for Best Talk Show Series, an Emmy Award for Outstanding Technical Direction and a Genesis Award for Best Television Talk Show. He later became the host, co-producer as well as co-writer of “Real Time with Bill Maher” in 2003. It was an hour-long talk show based on political comedy on HBO. It is now in its 16th season as of 2018. Just like in “Politically Incorrect with Bill Maher”, this new show also invited guests whom he’d interview. The show was awarded by the Producers Guild of America the “Television Producer of the Year Award in Variety Television” in 2007. Maher is also a commentator with several cable networks such as MSNBC, CNN, HLN and Fox news.

Maher identifies himself as an agnostic, apatheist and atheist. He does not like to be labeled with one label and has been highly critical of religious beliefs and considers religion highly destructive.  His beliefs won him the Richard Dawkins Award from the Atheist Alliance international in 2009.

Maher is a confirmed bachelor who has vowed never to get married and has instead chosen to date women. As of 2014, he was dating Anjulie Persaud, a Canadian singer.

What are the highest rated TV shows of Bill Maher?

  1. The Tonight Show with Jay Leno: Episode #2.229 (1993): 9.3
  2. Late Show with David Letterman: Episode #19.44 (2011): 8.5
  3. The Daily Show: Bill Maher (2014): 8.1
  4. Finding Your Roots with Henry Louis Gates, Jr.: The Irish Factor (2016): 8.1
  5. Conan: The Walls Have Ears, & Other Side Effects of This Medication (2013): 8.1

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