In an era of political correctness, there are only a few people who still hold their opinions and don’t really care what anyone thinks. John Oliver and Bill Maher are some of the last surviving ones. Maher is a comedian, political commentator, and talk show host who is popular for his satire and sarcasm. His show on HBO, Real Time with Bill Maher, has become one of the most popular political shows on TV, attracting over 4 million viewers weekly as of 2014.
Bill Maher Bio (Age)
Bill was born William Maher on January 20, 1956, in New York City to William Aloysius Maher Jr. who was a news editor/radio announcer and Julie Maher who was a nurse. He was raised alongside his sister, Kathy Maher.
While his mother was Jewish, his father was Irish-American who brought up his children as Roman Catholics. However, because of his views that differ from that of the church on birth control, the elder Maher stopped taking his kids to church when Bill was 13.
Raised in New Jersey, Maher attended Pascack Hills High School from where he graduated in 1974. From there, he moved to Cornell University where according to him, he sold pot to make it through college and earned the money he needed to launch his comedy career. The comedian majored in English and history and graduated in 1978.
When he began as a comedian, Bill Maher found his way around thanks to his harsh language and sarcasm. In the late 1970s and early 1980s, he combined comedy and acting. Some of the films he appeared in at the time include D.C. Cab (1983), Club Med and Ratboy (1986), and House II: The Second Story (1987).
It was until 1993 that he got his real break when he got his own show, Politically Incorrect with Bill Maher. The late-night political talk show ran from 1993 to 1997 on Comedy Central and then from 1997 to 2002 on ABC. Although it was successful and won many awards including an Emmy Award, it ended in 2002 after ABC refused to resign a deal with him.
After his first show ended, Bill later began the Real Time with Bill Maher on cable television network HBO in 2003.
Real Time has not only come to enjoy great followership, but it has also got various recognition. From 2005 through 2014, the show was nominated for the Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Variety Series each year.
His Net Worth
Somewhere on the list of the richest comedians, you will find Bill Maher who has a net worth of $100 million. He made his fortune from his career as a comedian, as well as the host, co-writer, and co-producer of Real Time with Bill Maher. For the show, Maher makes a salary of $10 million each year, which is one of the things that has got his fortune to where it is today.
Aside from the TV, Maher has also made a lot of wealth from other things including his stakes in the New York Mets which is placed at 4 percent.
Wife or Girlfriend, Is Bill Maher Married/Gay?
Bill Maher has been a strong supporter of same-sex marriage, but he is not gay. In fact, he has been in many relationships in the past with women. That said, he has never been married. According to him, he is the last of his friends still yet to have a wife and the wives of his friends don’t want them hanging around him.
From the 1980s and the 1990s, he has dated many women including Tracy Richman, Heather Hunter, Arianna Huffington, and others.
In 2003, Maher got into a relationship with former Playboy model Coco Johnsen. The two only lasted for 17 months before walking their separate ways with the model suing Maher for the pains and suffering he caused her, requesting to be paid $9 million. The next woman he dated was hip hop model Karrine Steffans; this was from 2005 to 2006.
His next girlfriend was the American journalist Cara Santa Maria whom he dated from 2009 to 2011. Since 2014, he has been dating Canadian singer Anjulie Persaud.
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On TV, Maher looks like a man with so much height but in real life, he isn’t that tall. That, however, doesn’t suggest that he is all down there as he stands at an average height of 5 feet 8 inches (1.73 m) tall.