The controversial Rush Limbaugh is a radio show host, a conservative political commentator and author of two books that made it to New York Times Best Seller list. In 1998, he was inducted into the National Association of Broadcaster’s Hall of Fame. Rush Limbaugh’s show became the most popular radio show in the US, making him the most important show host in 2007. His success came with huge financial returns which also made him Forbes 2017 highest paid celebrity in 12 months with a fortune of about $84 million.
A Short Bio of Rush Limbaugh
Rush Limbaugh, the phenomenal show host was born on January 12, 1951, as Rush Hudson Limbaugh III. He was born in Cape Girardeau, Missouri to his parents – Mildred “Millie” Caroline Armstrong and Rush Hudson Limbaugh Jr. His mother was a homemaker while his father was a lawyer who served the United States during the World War II as a fighter pilot. He is of German heritage and belongs to the white ethnicity. Rush attended Cape Girardeau, Missouri Central High School and finished from there in 1969 before he proceeded to attend the South East State University but he dropped out after a year to become a radio presenter, a dream career path he has always aspired to pursue which left his parents, especially his father, highly disappointed. The reason for their disappointment can be clearly seen as he hails from a family of learned minds. Both his father, Rush Limbaugh II and grandfather, Rush Limbaugh I and his brother, David Limbaugh are accomplished lawyers. His uncle, Stephen N. Limbaugh was a federal Judge in the United States district of Missouri while his cousin, Stephen N. Limbaugh Jr. stepped into his father’s shoes and was appointed a judge in the same court.
In 1972, he moved to McKeesport, Pennsylvania and started off his radio career but as a music Disc Jockey. He started a morning and afternoon show as Jeff Christie. After a failed attempt at trying to have a successful career, he moved back home to Cape Girardeau but never gave up on his dreams. By 1984, he was back again on the radio, this time as a show host in a radio station in Sacramento. Rush gained popularity for himself with his conservative comments and his constant criticisms of the Democratic party, their government and policies. In 1990, his show was ranked the most popular by the New York Times and he was shortly awarded an honorary membership in the Republican Party.
About Rush Limbaugh’s Spouse, Children, Divorce
Rush Limbaugh is a serial divorcee. He has been married four times and divorced three times and despite his four marriages, he still has no children. In 1997, he married Roxy Maxine McNeely and they were divorced on July 10, 1980. He married Michelle Sixta in 1983 and by 1990, they were divorced. Rush was married again in 1994 to Marta Fitzgerald and the union ended in another divorce in December 2004. After being involved in some affairs, Rush announced he was getting married again for the fourth time to his girlfriend of three years, Kathryn Rogers and they were married on June 5, 2010. Following an incident in 2012 in which he called Sandra Fluke, a Georgetown law student advocating for the use of birth control by women, “a prostitute” and “a slut”, he received a backlash as major advertisers pulled away from his show resulting in a heavy financial downturn for him. His wife, Kathryn also threatened to divorce him. He has since apologised over his comments, but things have not remained the same.
Net Worth, Salary, House
Rush Limbaugh is a radio host of over 30 years. Through the years, he has become very influential but has been criticized for his controversial personality and even accused of being a racist. The Rush Limbaugh show airs twice weekly and created the opportunity for other conservative shows to thrive on the radio because prior to his launch, only liberal shows dominated the airwaves. In 2008, Rush was ranked as one of Americas Top 10 Most Fascinating People of the Year by TV Guide. He was ranked #1 among 100 in the Talkers Magazine in 2007 as the most important Talk Show Presenter. He also signed a $400 million eight-year contract with Clear Channel Communications and in the same year, he was worth $33 million. He has since (in 2016) signed a four-year extension of the contract.
Apart from his radio shows, he has appeared in a number of TV shows as a political commentator they include; The Pat Sajak’s Show, The Drew Carey Show, Fox News Channel, and Family Guy. In 2014, he was awarded the Marconi Radio Award for Syndicated Radio Personality of the Year for the fifth time. Rush has also authored two New York Times bestsellers – The Way Things Ought to Be (1992) and See, I Told You So (1993). He is currently worth $470 million.
As for where he lives, Rush Limbaugh bought the Palm Beach in the 1990’s. His 24,000 square foot beachfront property is made up of five buildings. He lives in the biggest and his interior decoration is second to none. The remaining four buildings are for guests. He owns a private jet that’s worth $56 million, a very rare and expensive Maybach 57s sports car and also a cat.
Other Facts About Rush Limbaugh
- Rush Limbaugh’s family has many lawyers; his grandfather, his father, his brother David, his uncle, Stephen N. Limbaugh Sr., and his cousin, Stephen N. Limbaugh, Jr. are all lawyers and judges.
- The Federal Courthouse in Cape Girardeau has been christened after his grandfather, Rush Hudson Limbaugh I.
- Rush began working and earning money at age 13.
- His on-air name when he first began his career in radio was ‘Rusty Sharpe’.
- Rush Limbaugh confessed to getting addicted to strong pain medications.
- He shares a 26-year gap with his current wife, Kathryn.
- The Rush Limbaugh Show is the most listened to radio show in America with about 13.25 million listeners.
- Rush was deaf in 2001 because of an ear disease he suffered at the time but his cochlear implant enabled him to communicate with callers on his shows.
- Because he went against his parents’ desire, Rush has lived his life deliberately making efforts to gain his father’s approval.