Stephen A Smith is an American sports personality. He is a sports presenter on television sports host on radio sports journalist and actor. Stephen has made a long list of attempts in his sports career – he began his career in print media with the Winston-Salem Journal Greensboro News-Record and the New York Daily News.
In 1914 Smith held a writing position for The Philadelphia Inquirer. His relationship with the Inquirer ended in 2008 and in the same year, he launched his own blog stephena.com. He returned to the Inquirer two years later but was given the condition that he would remove all his political opinions from his website and cable news programs.
Stephen A Smith is best known for his appearances on ESPN as a basketball analyst and host of the debate show “First Take”. He resigned and resumed his work as a sports analyst at ESPN on several occasions since joining them in 2009.
Smith is known for his provocative analyses and aggressive performances. He has experienced a number of setbacks in his career due to his intelligent mouth. At one point he was accused of making sexist comments about some players and at another point, he allegedly suggested that Coach Kelly was racist. Find more about Stephen A Smith’s Bio, Wife, Kids, Girlfriend, Net Worth, Salary, and Height.
Stephen A Smith Bio, Age
Stephen A Smith was born on October 14, 1967, in the Bronx New York to African-American parents. Except for Smith’s maternal grandmother who was white the rest of his grandparents were black. His father ran a hardware store. He has five siblings: four older sisters and one younger brother Basil who died in a car accident on October 1992. There is also a half-brother of his father.
Stephen is a graduate of Thomas Edison High School in Queens. He then attended the Fashion Institute of Technology for a year after which he received a basketball scholarship to study at Wisdom-Salem State University a historically black university in Winston-Salem North Carolina. While still in college Smith played basketball under Hall of Fame coach Clarence Gaines and while still on the basketball team he wrote a column for the University’s The News-Argus newspaper arguing that Gaines should retire for health reasons.
Stephen A Smith is a member of the Omega Psi Phi Fellowship an international fellowship with more than 750 undergraduate and graduate sections. Omega Psi Phi is mainly African-American.
Family – Wife, Kids, Mother, Girlfriend
Stephen A Smith is known to have kept his personal profile discreet and secret. Although he is known to be married with certainty his wife’s identity seems to be top secret and some people assume that he is either gay or not married at all.
At the Steve Harvey Foundation’s second annual gala held in Cipriani Wall Street New York City in 2011, he was spotted with a black friend which is an extremely rare occurrence as he is almost never seen out and about with any woman who could be considered “special”.
Stephen Smith would have even had a nine-year-old son but he denied that he had never had such a son anywhere. He didn’t say anything about a woman or a girlfriend either.
Unlike his dubious secret about his wife or any other lover Stephen A Smith was particularly vehement about his mother and her immeasurable contributions to her success and her place in his life. Stephen lost his mother on the morning of June 1, 2017. Janet Smith died on a Thursday morning after a battle with cancer. In his tribute to her, he called her “the best woman he has ever known”.
His Career Has Brought Him a $16 Million Net Worth
Stephen A Smith is one of the highest-paid sportscasters in the world earning a considerable $16 million per year. This figure reflects his net worth due to the compounding effect of millions earned annually; however, he has been surpassed by CBS’ Tony Romo who earns an impressive $17 million yearly.
Stephen may not have been able to take first place in terms of salary from ESPN but he has managed to increase his net worth by supplementing it with other sources of income. This additional revenue has enabled him to achieve a higher level of financial success than what would have otherwise been possible.
He Has a Radio Show
Stephen A Smith has a successful radio career in addition to his television appearances for ESPN. His syndicated daily two-hour show is broadcasted on KSPN in Los Angeles ESPN’s Sirius XM and WEPN in New York. According to reports this program earned him an extra $1 million annually between 2015 and 2019.
Stephen A Smith Also Makes Money from Acting
The famous sportscaster has also had a successful career in acting although it may not be the first thing that comes to mind when thinking of him. Since 2007 he has been credited with roles in various films and television shows; his IMDb page is proof of this. His debut performance as an actor came in the movie I Think I Love My Wife released that same year.
In 2010 actor J.R. Ramirez began his career on the long-running soap opera General Hospital as Brick a reporter who has appeared in 14 episodes of the show to date. He went on to appear in Almost Christmas (2016) and provided voice acting for Rumble (2021).
Endorsements and Public Speaking
Stephen A Smith has achieved a remarkable net worth of $16 million in part due to his successful career as a public speaker. His well-known and respected commentary on television has made him an incredibly sought-after figure for speaking engagements with reports indicating that he can command up to $100,000 per event.
Since 2014 he has been featured in a series of commercials for Oberto Beef Jerky alongside other sports figures. Although his primary endorsement platform is ESPN promos this has allowed him to extend his reach into the world of advertising and become an ambassador for the brand.
Despite the lack of knowledge surrounding how this highly successful sportscaster spends his money, it is likely that much of it goes towards providing for his family. His commitment to privacy has kept details out of public reach but as one of the busiest people on television, he undoubtedly puts a high priority on those closest to him.
Stephen A Smith is the Highest-Paid ESPN Talent Ever
Prior to 2019, Stephen was already one of the highest-paid performers at ESPN with an annual salary of $5 million. However, in 2019 he took his place as the top earner when he signed a new contract worth at least $8 million per year and up to an estimated maximum of $10 million. This made him Disney’s highest-paid analyst and pundit for their sports company surpassing Mike Greenberg from Get Up!
Stephen has been a rising star since joining ESPN in 2005. He has made appearances on popular shows such as First Take and The Stephen A Smith Show on ESPN Radio which has become ratings draws and catapulted him to superstardom. His 2019 contract with the network was an acknowledgment of his immense value having earned the deal after becoming one of its most recognizable faces. Throughout his tenure, at ESPN he has worked both in radio and television for the outlet – though not necessarily simultaneously – further demonstrating his versatility as a sports personality.
Stephen A. Smith began his ESPN TV career in August 2005 as the host of Quite Frankly with Stephen A. Smith a show that ran for two years until January 2007 when it was canceled. Following this he became an NBA analyst appearing on other shows before leaving ESPN altogether in May 2009. After a three-year absence, he returned to ESPN in April 2012 and signed a permanent deal as an analyst on First Take.
Stephen A Smith is 6 feet 1 inch tall or 1.85 meters.
Quick Facts About Stephen A Smith
|Date of Birth:||October 14, 1967|
|Age:||12 years old|
|Birth Nation:||United States of America|
|Height:||6 Feet 1 Inch|
|Name||Stephen A. Smith|
|Birth Name||Stephen A. Smith|
|Birth Place/City||New York City|
|Working For||ESPN, CNN|
|Net Worth||$10 Million|