There are plenty of familiar faces on news television, but George Stephanopoulos has always managed to stand out among the rest. Stephanopoulos has had an impressive career, and he’s got a net worth of more than $35 million to show for it. The great thing about it all is he’s still not done making his mark in the world. Whether it’s in journalism, politics, or any other, George Stephanopoulos continues to make a name for himself. How exactly did Stephanopoulos acquire such an incredible net worth? Let’s take a closer look at the career that’s made him millions of dollars worth.
It’s important to note Stephanopoulos’ educational background because, in his line of industry, you have to have some kind of brains and personal opinion in order to shine. Stephanopoulos graduated summa cum laude with a degree in political science from Columbia University in New York back in 1982. During his college years, he was awarded the prestigious Harry S. Truman Scholarship. He also put in work as a sports broadcaster for the university radio station. This would serve as a starting point for a few roles he would fill later on in his life. Stephanopoulos comes from a heavily religious background. You can actually still view his father’s biographical summary on the Greek Orthodox Retired Clergy Association webpage. At some point, Stephanopoulos himself even seriously considered becoming a priest, but it seems that God had other plans for this man. His father preferred that his son become a lawyer, so Stephanopoulos moved to Washington, D.C. with that goal in mind. At the time, he worked as an aide to Ed Feighan, a Democratic Congressman from Ohio.
College and Career
By 1984, Stephanopoulos received his Master of Arts degree in Theology from England’s University of Oxford. He attended as a Rhodes Scholar. He might’ve gotten a degree in theology, but his leanings were still all political. In the next few years after he received his masters’ degree, Stephanopoulos filled various roles in political campaigns before he landed the big one. In 1992, he served as one of the leading members of Bill Clinton’s presidential campaign. He served during the Clinton administration as White House Communications Director, de facto Press Secretary, and as Senior Advisor to the President. He resigned from the White House shortly after Clinton was re-elected in 1996. His job at the White House may have given Stephanopoulos a steady salary, but the bestselling book he wrote about the time he spent at the nation’s capital ended up bringing him more money. The book, All Too Human: A Political Education, was a candid retelling of his life during the Clinton administration. The demands required of a young staffer were clearly excessive, and Stephanopoulos wrote freely about the depression he suffered during that time of his life.
After the White House
Shortly after Stephanopoulos left the White House, he became a political analyst for ABC News. He also served as a correspondent for This Week, a weekend program from ABC. He worked that role for a while before becoming a host for the show in 2002. That’s another step up on the ladder, and that meant more money for Stephanopoulos. Three years later, he earned the title of Chief Washington Correspondent for ABC News. While doing his regular duties for ABC News, Stephanopoulos also had other television opportunities that put more money in his bank. In 2008, he was invited to co-moderate the Democratic Party presidential debate between Hilary Clinton and Barack Obama. It was a great opportunity for Stephanopoulos even though a few controversies emerged regarding his questioning, according to the LATimes. Stephanopoulos managed to come out of that mess pretty much unscathed and even more in demand than ever.
In 2009, Stephanopoulos was offered the co-anchoring position that Diane Sawyer left in Good Morning America. He took the job, and he got paid $15 million a year for that role. Stephanopoulos was still doing This Week at the time, which he actually left and came back to in order to boost ratings. Stephanopoulos took another political moderating job in 2012 for a debate among presidential candidates Romney, Paul, and Santorum. In 2014, he replaced Diane Sawyer as Chief Anchor at ABC News. Stephanopoulos continues to have that role to this day, as well as his roles on Good Morning America and This Week. Suffice it to say, he’s quite a busy man.
Aside from the political and news jobs he’s had over the years and in addition to his bestselling book, Stephanopoulos has also made money through other ways. The news anchor made an appearance in an episode of Spin City called An Affair to Remember. He was a guest opposite Michael J. Fox. Stephanopoulos has also appeared in an episode of Pawn Stars. In the episode, the Chief Anchor bought a first edition Hemingway from shop owner Rick Harrison. The book was For Whom the Bell Tolls, and Stephanopoulos paid $675 for it. He’s also made an appearance in House of Cards and Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. In fact, if he gets tired of his career in news anchoring, he might have a decent future in acting. He’s done enough television shows to claim that he’s an amateur. Stephanopoulos is clearly a popular name in our culture today. He’s even got his face on a Greek postage stamp. That’s an awesome thing to be able to say, but we’re not sure if Stephanopoulos actually made money off of that. This man has made his millions mostly from his career on ABC News, but his political career and television appearances certainly added up to the tally. Stephanopoulos is still young at 58 years old, and it seems that he still has a long future of working ahead of him. Regardless of what he does, he’s sure to find success just as he’s had in all the things he’s taken on in his life.