Roger Ailes was the former chairman of the Fox News and Fox Television Stations who has also served as a political and media consultant of many famous American politicians including Richard Nixon and George H.W. Bush. He is considered one of the most influential people in the American media field in the past two decades. He had both an illustrious as well a controversial career which led him to resign from his CEO post in 2016. Let us have a quick look at the career and net worth of Roger Ailes in 2020.
Early Life & Biography
Roger Ailes was born to Robert Ailes and Donna Marie on May 15, 1940, in Ohio, the United States. Ailes was diagnosed with hemophilia, a condition that prevents the body from clotting the blood while he was young. He studied at the Warren City School and later completed his degree in radio and television at the Ohio University. Roger worked as the station manager for the WOUB for two years before starting his professional career.
Roger married his first wife Majorie White in 1960, and they got separated in 1997. In 981 Roger married Norma Ferrer which also ended up in a divorce in 1995. On the valentine’s day of the year 1998, Roger married Elizabeth Tilson who was twenty years younger to him. The couple has a son Zachary.
Career, Awards & Nominations
Ailes started his professional career in 1961, working as a production assistant for the talk show The Mike Douglas Show for KYW-TV. He became the show’s producer in 1965 and became its executive producer in 1967 for which he won the Emmy Awards.
Inspired by his talent during a talk show, Richard Nixon hired Ailes as his executive producer for television and Ailes played a crucial part in structuring his political campaign through the media. He later worked with Ronald Reagan in 1984 and then went on to guide George H.W. Bush to his Republican primary victories. It is also said that he assisted George W. Bush at the time of the 9/11 attack.
In 1993, Roger Ailes was appointed as the president of the CNBC where he also hosted a talk program. In 1996, Ailes was sought by Rupert Murdoch to take up the post as the Fox News’ CEO, which Ailes grabbed with both the hands.
In 2005, Rupert Murdoch appointed Ailes as the chairman of the Fox Television Stations after the exit of Lachlan Murdoch. Ailes made many changes to the channel including the replacement of A Current Affair with the Geraldo at a Large show.
Rupert was very much pleased with Ailes’ progress and extended his contract to another four years in 2012. After sexual allegations that became a huge controversy post his contract extension, Ailes resigned from his post in 2016 officially but went on to mentor the channel and Murdoch in person. Ailes has also published a book in 1988 titled You Are The Message: Secrets of the Master Communicators.
Net Worth & Earnings
Though his salary for serving the post of the Fox Television Station’s chairman is unknown, it is reported that his earnings for the year 2012 were $21 million. He was paid $40 million during the time of resignation by the Fox as part of the exit agreement. He owns mansions in Cresskill, Palm Beach, Florida, New Jersey, and also a house in Adirondack River Stone. His estimated net worth is $110 million.
Roger Ailes died of subdural hematoma which was fuelled by his hemophilia disorder on May 18, 2017. There are four Roger Ailes biographies published so far written by four different authors which show the influence this man had on America while he was alive.