ome may know him as the youngest syndicated columnist in the United States, while others may know him as an American conservative political commentator, author, lawyer, and radio host. Not to mention his rise to fame as the founder of The Daily Wire. Regardless of how you know him, Ben Shapiro has a massive and growing social media audience on several platforms - we’re talking in the millions. Ben Shapiro's Net Worth is reported to be $20 million. How did the 36-year-old earn his fame and fortune over the years? Let’s take a closer look.
Born in California in January of 1984 into an Orthodox Jewish family, Ben’s talent for violin surfaced at a young age and became a childhood prodigy as he mastered the instrument. It also helped that both of his parents were Hollywood stars too. His mother worked as an executive for a television company, while his father worked as a composer.
In his teen years, Ben authored a book titled Brainwashed: How Universities Indoctrinate America's Youth. Contributing to Ben Shapiro's Net Worth, the book was published in 2004, when he was just 17 years old. It was at this age he became the country’s youngest nationally syndicated columnist. By age 21, he had written and published two books.
When it came to education, Ben was a natural learner. Skipping two grades throughout his educational journey led him to graduate high school at age 16. Fast-forward to university, Ben obtained his Bachelor of Arts degree in political science at age 20. He then proceeded to attend Harvard Law School and wrapped his education up there in 2007. Ben Shapiro's Net Worth began to grow even more when he started to run an independent legal consultancy firm in Los Angeles.
With Ben Shapiro's Net Worth being largely tied to his early publications, they deserve their own highlight.
2004: Ben’s first book, Brainwashed argues that students are not exposed to a variety of viewpoints at universities and that those who do not have strong opinions will be overwhelmed by an atmosphere dominated by liberal instructors even if the discussion is encouraged in classrooms
2011: Ben’s fourth book titled Primetime Propaganda focuses on how Hollywood has a left-wing agenda that it actively promotes through prime-time entertainment programming.
2013: Ben’s fifth book was published by Threshold Editions. This book, titled Bullies, focuses on how the Left's Culture of Fear and Intimidation Silences Americans.
2019: More recently, Ben published the book The Right Side of History. This recent publication focused on the importance of Judeo-Christian values and laments the decline of those values in modern America.
Life as a Columnist
As Ben Shapiro's Net Worth is largely attributed to the fact he made his way to become the youngest syndicated columnist in the United States, he continued to pursue this as he grew older.
In 2012, Ben became the editor-at-large at Breitbart News. This news website is a far-right outlet founded by conservative journalist Andrew Breitbart. Ben took a stance and resigned from his position in 2016 following reporter Michelle Fields’ alleged assault by Corey Lewandowski, Donald Trump's former campaign manager. He resigned due to the website’s lack of support for Michelle.
Following his resignation, Ben became a frequent target of anti semitic tweets against journalists. In 2016, he became the most frequent target, according to the Anti-Defamation League.
Life as a Host
Also paving its way into Ben Shapiro's Net Worth are Ben’s days as a radio host. In 2012, Ben joined KRLA-AM 870 on its morning radio program with Heidi Harris and Brian Whitman. He worked his way to become one of the hosts for KRLA’s The Morning Answer, a conservative radio show. Though the syndicate that owned the show supposedly showed support for Donald Trump, Ben wasn’t afraid to remain highly critical of Trump throughout the election.
Adding to his host days, Ben founded The Daily Wire in September of 2015 alongside Jeremy Boreing. As the editor and host of his online political podcast, The Ben Shapiro Show, Ben Shapiro's Net Worth saw an increase in 2019 when it ranked as the second most popular podcast in the United States. It was also in 2019 that Westwood One expanded Shapiro's one-hour podcast-to-radio program, adding a nationally syndicated two-hour live radio show, for three hours of Ben Shapiro programming daily. Adding to this, in March of 2019, Westwood One reported that The Ben Shapiro Show was being carried by more than 200 stations.
Come 2018, Ben started to host his very own election show on Fox News. The limited-run series was called The Ben Shapiro Election Special and covered issues related to the 2018 midterm elections.
Lastly, as part of his hosting days, another contributor to Ben Shapiro's Net Worth is his regular appearances on PragerU with talks on intersectionality and Hollywood. These talks have upwards of 4,900,000 to 8,400,000 views.
Life as a Speaker
As a well-educated and passionate graduate, it’s no surprise that Ben speaks at college campuses across the United States. Though the number has increased as of 2020, Ben spoke at 37 campuses between 2016 and 2017.
When it comes to controversial topics, Ben isn’t afraid to share his viewpoints. Here are some examples, which have over time, factored into Ben Shapiro's Net Worth.
During the 2016 presidential election, Shapiro wasn’t afraid to share that he wasn’t voting for Trump or Clinton. Come 2020, Shapiro took a turn and publicly announced that he was voting for Trump. His reasoning for this public decision was as follows.
"There are three reasons I'm going to vote for Donald Trump in 2020 when I didn't four years ago: First, I was simply wrong about Donald Trump on policy. Second, I wasn't really wrong about Donald Trump on character, but whatever damage he was going to do has already been done, and it's not going to help if I don't vote for him this time. And third, and most importantly: The Democrats have lost their fucking minds.
When it comes to laws on abortion, Ben isn’t afraid to support a ban on the act. He has referred to the women who have abortions as “baby killers” and actually spoke at the annual March for Like in Washington, D.C. where is claimed that abortion is a “violent act.”
Time and time again, Ben Shapiro has stated that he is anti-gay marriage in the social sense.
As a religious person, I think homosexuality is a sin, I think that lots of things are sins that people engage in, I think they should be free to engage in them."
Shapiro also believes that transgender people suffer from mental illness.
"You can't magically change your gender. You can't magically change your sex," and has compared such changes to the notion of changing one's age.
Social Platforms Growing
When it comes to Ben’s social platforms, it appears their followings are only going up, similar to Ben Shapiro's Net Worth. By November of 2018, his social accounts reached 1.7 million Twitter followers and 4.5 million Facebook fans. Just one year later in November of 2019, his Twitter reached 2.4 million followers, his Facebook reached 5.4 million fans, and his Instagram rose up to 1.6 million followers. As of 2020, Ben Shapiro has 3.3 million Twitter followers, 2.2 million YouTube subscribers, 6 million Facebook followers, and 2.2 million Instagram Followers. It’s been said that his Facebook posts are time and time again, some of the most shared on a single social media platform in a given month.
Taking a little bit of a more granular look at Ben Shapiro's Net Worth, it’s been reported that The Daily Wire is one of the most popular media outlets, following behind the New York Times and Washington Post. Shapiro's network of websites and social accounts generate north of $500,000 per month in revenue.
In 2008, Ben Shapiro married Dr. Mor Shapiro and since then, have had one child together. In 2015, the married couple bought a $1.7 million, 6,500 square-foot property in Valley Village, California. They listed the house for sale in October of 2020 for close to $2.9 million.