Shawn Maxam needs an explanation of why Glenn Beck is successful.
I don’t really hate celebrities nor do I even dislike famous people. I don’t really think about them. I attempt to focus on the important issues happening in our world. But every now and then a bit of pop culture news will catch my eye and I have to stare at my laptop screen in disbelief. How did Glenn Beck make eighty million dollars in a year? Not eight million and not even eighteen million but eighty! Forbes just released their annual highest paid celebrities list and Glenn Beck is tied with Elton John for 11th place with the aforementioned 80 million dollars earned. WTH! Here is Forbes full 2012 list below.
1. Oprah Winfrey – $165 million
2. Michael Bay – $160 million
3. Steven Spielberg – $130 million
4. Jerry Bruckheimer – $115 million
5. Dr. Dre – $110 million
6. Tyler Perry – $105 million
7. Howard Stern – $95 million
8. James Patterson – $94 million
9. (tie) Simon Cowell – $90 million
9. (tie) George Lucas – $90 million
11. (tie) Glenn Beck – $80 million
11. (tie) Elton John – $80 million
13. Tom Cruise – $75 million
14. Dick Wolf – $70 million
15. Rush Limbaugh – $69 million
16. Manny Pacquiao – $67 million
17. Dr. Phil McGraw – $64 million
18. Donald Trump – $63 million
19. Ryan Seacrest – $59 million
20. (tie) Britney Spears – $58 million
20. (tie) Tiger Woods – $58 million
Elton John is a musical legend. Why is he tied with Glenn Beck. Why America? According to Forbes this is how Beck earned his money.
Who needs Fox News? Beck is his own network now. GBTV, his Internet-only video channel, already has more than 300,000 subscribers, making it the biggest component of his fast-growing multimedia empire, Mercury Radio Arts. The conservative host and “rodeo clown” — his words — also has his own book imprint with Simon & Schuster, a news website called The Blaze, a live political comedy act and, of course, “The Glenn Beck Program,” syndicated by Premiere Radio.
We often bemoan the Kardashian clan for their lack of talent. But Glenn Beck seems to have learned the valuable (literally) lesson that in our current culture that talent isn’t a necessity in our society to earn a fortune. It’s moments like these why I can understand how the millennial generation gets pissed off at capitalism. The guy isn’t even an actual journalist or news anchor. Whatever. What are your thoughts?
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