What is the net worth and salary of Ryan Seacrest?
Ryan Seacrest is an American radio personality, television host, producer, and entrepreneur who has a net worth of $450 million. Every year, Ryan earns 60-80 million dollars from his entrepreneurial and entertainment empire. Seacrest rose to national fame as the host of “American Idol.” Today, he also hosts the syndicated countdown program “American Top 40” and iHeartMedia’s KIIS-FM morning radio show “On Air with Ryan Seacrest.” He began hosting “Live with Kelly and Ryan” in May 2017. Behind the scenes, he is the executive producer of a number of popular reality shows, notably “Keeping up with the Kardashians” and its many spin-offs.
Ryan John Seacrest was born in Atlanta, Georgia on December 24, 1974. He grew up in Dunwoody, Georgia. Ryan liked to take it out with a toy microphone as a kid. He interned at radio station WSTR-FM (Star 64) when he was a teenager, attending Dunwoody High School. When the DJ called in sick, Seacrest had the chance to be on the air for the first time. He did so well that the station offered him the weekend night shift. He graduated from high school in 1992 and enrolled at the University of Georgia to study journalism. He gave up his studies after the first year and moved to Hollywood to get into radio.
Seacrest arrived in Los Angeles in 1993 and got his first big break that same year, when he was hired to host ESPN’s “Radical Outdoor Challenge.” From 1994 to 1996 he hosted “Gladiators 2000”, the children’s version of the “American Gladiators” show. In 1995 he hosted “Wild Animal Games” and in 1997 he hosted “Click”. During this time, he also appeared as the hose of a fictional game called “Lover’s Lane” in the episode “The Final Proof” of “Beverly Hills, 90210”. In the second half of 2000, Seacrest hosted “NBC Saturday Night Movie”. From 2001 to 2003, Seacrest hosted the comedy show “Ultimate Revenge.”
In 2002, Seacrest was approached to host a new reality competition show on Fox called “American Idol”. We all know what happened next. “American Idol” became wildly popular and made Ryan Seacrest a star. Seacrest remained the host of “American Idol” until its final season on Fox in April 2016. He also returned for ABC’s season of “American Idol.”
Seacrest replaced Rick Dees on Los Angeles radio station KIIS-FM’s morning show in February 2004. “On Air With Ryan Seacrest,” airs from 6 a.m. to 10 a.m. Pacific Time, Monday through Friday . .
Since 2005, Seacrest is the executive producer and co-host of “Dick Clark’s New Year’s Rockin’ Eve”. During the first year, Clark had recently suffered a stroke and Seacrest took over much of the New Year’s Eve hosting duties. Then, in 2009, ABC renamed the annual program “Dick Clark’s New Year’s Eve with Ryan Seacrest.” In 2013, Seacrest signed a contract extension with the show. 2019 marked Seacrest’s 15th year hosting the New Year’s Eve special.
In May 2017, Ryan Seacrest was named co-host alongside Kelly Ripa of “Live with Kelly and Ryan”. He replaced former NFL player Michael Strahan.
Seacrest also hosts a series of Hollywood red carpet events for E! including the Academy Awards and the Emmy Awards.
He is the creator of the Ryan Seacrest Distinction clothing line sold exclusively at Macy’s and the Polished for Men skin care line.
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Seacrest revealed his two-year relationship with model Sara Jean Underwood on The Howard Stern Show in 2009.
In April 2010, Seacrest began dating Julianne Hough from Dancing with the Stars. On March 15, 2013, it was announced that their relationship had ended. They met for more than two years before breaking up.
On May 14, 2016, he returned to the University of Georgia to advise graduates and received an honorary Doctor of Humane Letters degree.
Seacrest has been in a relationship with model and personal chef Shayna Taylor since 2013. They met through friends. They split briefly in 2014, moved in together in May 2017, and split for a second time in February 2019. By September 2019, Seacrest and Taylor were back together. On June 29, 2020, it was reported that the couple had split for the third time some time ago and that Ryan had moved on with someone new he was vacationing with in Mexico.
After the split, Taylor took to her Instagram account to post: “You’ll never have to convince the right person to love you. No matter what, you can’t change it, make them do the work or make them commit to you if they’re not ready to defend themselves. Change must be inspired from within, and actions always speak louder than words.” It seems she was ready to get married, while Seacrest, 45, was not.
In July 2020, Seacrest and Kelly Ripa paid tribute to the late Regis Phibin after his death.
In July 2009, Seacrest inked a $45 million deal to continue hosting American Idol, making him the highest-paid television host at the time. In April 2012, he signed a two-year, $30 million contract to remain the host of American Idol. In May 2014, it was reported that Seacrest signed a one-year contract with an option for another year.
For ABC’s reboot of American Idol, his initial multi-year deal was reported to be worth over $10 million.
Between June 2017 and June 2018, Ryan Seacrest earned $74 million. Between June 2018 and June 2019, he earned $72 million. In the same period between 2019 and 2020, Ryan earned $60 million.
In 2007, “Will & Grace” creator Max Mutchnick sold a Beverly Hills home to Ellen DeGeneres for $29 million. It seems that Ellen walked around the house one day and told Max that she wanted to own it. Max chose a number that was double the one he paid for and Ellen accepted. In 2011, Ellen sold Ryan’s house for $36.5 million. A year later he paid 2 million dollars for a property next door. The 9,200-square-foot home now sits on 2.87 acres and has nine bedrooms, 11 bathrooms, a pool, two attached guest houses, a separate three-bedroom house and lush gardens. Interestingly, after Ryan became the owner, Max Mutchnick got in touch and explained that he always regretted not completing the renovation and design he proposed years ago. So, Ryan hired Max to complete the renovation. In November 2020, Ryan put this house on the market for $85 million.
In 2017, it was reported that Ryan Seacrest was renting a house on the Upper East Side of Manhattan for $75,000 a month. The six-story mansion has 11,000 square meters.
Outside of Los Angeles, Ryan has cases in Napa, California, New York and Italy.