Highly educated, brilliant and very good at her job (although she has become a subject of backlash following her comments on Jane Fonda, that’s by the way), Megyn Kelly is surely an objective for many American women in the field of journalism.
A graduate of Syracuse University in 1992 with a degree in political science, Megyn earned a Juris Doctor from Albany Law School in 1995 and began her career working as a lawyer for Bickel & Brewer LLP in their Chicago office. Kelly is from Illinois.
After more than a decade of experience in corporate law, Kelly became interested in journalism in 2003 with WJLA-TV, an affiliate of ABC in Washington DC. The reason for the career change? Kelly once revealed that she felt dissatisfied with the law firm’s work.
A year later, Kelly began to attract media giants like CNN. She was hired by Fox News in 2004 and immediately marked her own legal segment, Kelly’s Court during Weekend Live. She then went on to win her own show – America Live, which ran from 2010 until she went on maternity leave in 2013, and then The Kelly File, which broke the classification record to compete with flagship programs like the O’Reilly Factor.
After 13 years at Fox, Megyn joined NBC in early 2017. At NBC, Kelly presents Sunday Night with Megyn Kelly, her own daytime talk show, Megyn Kelly Today, and also contributes to coverage of the network’s key new policies.
Megyn Kelly Salary, Net Worth
Kelly has worked her way to becoming one of the highest-paid television hosts in America. Her salary became a topic of discussion after her move from Fox News Channel to NBC News, as it was believed that the main reason she changed ships was due to pay.
Although it was reported that Fox offered to pay her even more, to stay with them (at least $20 million to match what Bill O’Reilly, the disgraced presenter, was bringing home and a $5 million jump from the $15 million she had won in 2016) NBC seemed to have surpassed their offer, thus attracting Kelly on their side.
After she switched sides, many set her new salary at $17 million, but as the year progressed, more details emerged and her numbers were estimated to be between $20 million and $23 million. Its contract with NBC has proven to be worth $23 million per year for 3 years.
“While I will miss my colleagues at Fox very much, I am delighted to join the NBC News family and take on a new challenge,” said Kelly after joining NBC. Despite the change, there was no lost love between her and Fox who also issued a statement wishing her good luck in her efforts.
“We thank Megyn Kelly for her 12 years of contribution to FOX News. We hope she will have tremendous success in her career and wish her and her family every success,” said Rupert Murdoch, Executive Director of Fox News, in a statement.
After Matt Lauer, co-host of The Today Show was fired for sexual misconduct in late 2017, Kelly became the highest-paid NBC host. Lauer was making between $20 million and $25 million. She would be even higher paid by NBC if she earned the $18 million Fortune.
A larger portion of Kelly’s income comes from her job as a news anchor, but she received a large multi-million dollar advance for her book Settle For More in early 2016. Megyn Kelly’s net worth is estimated to be between $10 million and $20 million.
Husband, Children, Family
Kelly has been married twice in her life. Her first marriage took place in 2001 with an anesthesiologist, Daniel Kendall. The couple met at a street festival in Chicago in 1997 and tied the knot 18 days after the September 11 attacks.
However, their marriage was short-lived as they divorced in 2006. Daniel Kendall gave an exclusive interview to the Daily Mail where he revealed that their marriage had collapsed due to Kelly’s busy schedule, which had just changed careers from lawyer to journalist.
Kelly, on the other hand, revealed that part of the reason was that she was not ready to have children. Kendall then married a certain Emily and, with her, has three children. Two years after the divorce, Kelly married her second husband, Douglas Brunt, a full-time novelist whom she had met blindly in 2006.
However, at the time of their marriage, Brunt was President and Chief Executive Officer of Authentium Cybersecurity Company. He founded the company in 2001 and sold it in 2011. A native of Philadelphia and a graduate of Duke University, Brunt has published a number of best-selling books in the New York Times, including Ghosts of Manhattan.
Kelly’s first marriage did not produce any children, but she has three children with Brunt. Their first child, Edward Yates Brunt, was born on September 25, 2009. He is named after his two grandfathers. Their second child, their daughter Yardley was born on April 14, 2011, while their third child and their second son Thatcher were born on July 23, 2013.
According to People, one of the reasons Kelly moved from Fox to NBC was her children.