Piers Morgan is a successful yet often controversial journalist and broadcaster who has amassed a net worth of $20 million during his career. Morgan started his career as a newspaper writer and became one of the youngest newspaper editors. He built a career as a journalist and host on television. Morgan has gained his net worth through his newspaper and website columns and as an editor. He’s worked as a host, writer, editor and producer in television including interview shows, morning television, specials, and documentary series as well as writing several books. Morgan continues to write, edit, host documentary series, and he earns $2 million a year as host of “Piers Morgan Tonight”. Piers Morgan is married to his married to his second wife, journalist Celia Walden. He has three sons with his first wife, Marion Shalloe, and a daughter with Walden. Here’s how Piers Morgan achieved a net worth of $20 million.
Born in East Sussex
Piers Morgan was born on March 30, 1965 and raised in East Sussex, England. His father died when he was just eleven months old. His mother, Gabrielle, eventually remarried Glynn Pughe-Morgan, a Publican and businessman. Piers would adopt his stepfather’s surname. Following secondary school, Piers worked at Lloyd’s of London before entering Harlow College where he studied journalism.
In 1988, Piers Morgan began working as a freelance writer for The Sun. His first high profile piece that got him noticed was an article in The Sun’s “Bizarre” column, a show business section. Morgan would eventually become the column’s main writer. He was immediately known for his prying style. Morgan was not a huge pop music fan and took no mercy on the starts that his article featured including Madonna, Paul McCartney and David Bowie.
In 1994, Piers Morgan was chosen by media mogul, Rupert Murdoch to be an editor for News of the World. At 29, Morgan was one of the youngest editors of a newspaper. Morgan ran into trouble at one point when he violated the editors’ code of conduct by publishing photographs of Charles, Earl of Spencer’s (and Diana’s brother) wife leaving a facility for treatment of addictive disorders. Morgan resigned from his position with The Sun and joined the Daily Mirror as its editor.
Piers Morgan ran into more ethical trouble while editor of the Daily Mirror. He breached the code of conduct regarding an article on the semi-final of the Euro ’96 football championships, buying shares of a computer company on a tip, and publishing false photographs if Iraqi prisoners being abused by soldiers of the British Army. Morgan was also involved in a phone hacking allegation while editor at the Daily Mirror.
In 2005, Piers Morgan became co-owner of Press Gazette for £1 million before launching First News the following year. Morgan brought celebrity involvement to the paper. In 2014, Morgan became Editor at Large of Mail online. He continues to writer articles for the website. Morgan also continues to write a weekly diary for the Mail on Sunday.
While still with the Daily Mail, PIers Morgan branched into television. He directed the 2003 three part documentary which aired on BBC called “The Importance of Being Famous”. The series looked at celebrity coverage in present day media. He next co-hosted “Morgan and Platfall” with Amanda Platfall. Morgan was the liberal voice to Platfall’s conservative voice. In 2006, Piers Morgan appeared and won NBC’s “Celebrity Apprentice” with Donald Trump, whom he’d later interview as President of the United States in 2018. Also in 2006, Simon Cowell chose Morgan to replace him as a judge on NBC’s “America’s Got Talent”. The following year, Morgan appeared on the American realty show again. He also judged ITV’s “Britain’s Got Talent” alongside Simon Cowell. Morgan also appeared that year as a celebrity contestant on BBC’s “Comic Relief Does the Apprentice” to raise money for the charity Comic Relief. Morgan also produced another documentary for BBC, “You Can’t Fire Me, I’m Famous”.
In 2008, Piers Morgan entered a £2 million a year contract with ITV. The deal included 2 more seasons on “Britain’s Got Talent”, a chat show, interview specials and more documentaries. In 2011, Morgan was chosen to replace Larry King at CNN. “Piers Morgan Live” was cancelled in 2014. In 2015, Morgan appeared as a guest host before becoming a permanent co-host on ITV’s “Good Morning Britain”. Between 2016 and 2017, Morgan produced the documentaries, “Killer Women with Piers Morgan” and “Serial Killers with Piers Morgan”.
Throughout his media career, Morgan continued to create controversy. He famously feuded with television and journalism personalities including Ian Hislop and Jeremy Clarkson as well as transgender advocate, Janet Mock. He banned guests from appearing on his shows including Kelsey Grammer and Hugh Grant.
Piers Morgan’s net worth includes the sale of his list of published books. His topics include memoirs, celebrities and political views. He’s published more than eight books. Titles include “Misadventures of a Big Mouth Brit”, “Shooting Straight: Guns, Gays, God, and George Clooney”, “God Bless America: Diaries of an Englishman in the Land of the Free”, “The Hot Seat: Love, War, and Cable News”, and “Take That”.