Joe Rogan Is the Top-Earning Podcaster

The host rakes in $30 million a year

Joe Rogan is the top-earning podcaster in the U.S.
Comedian Joe Rogan performs at The Ice House Comedy Club on August 07, 2019 in Pasadena, California.
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By Bonnie Stiernberg / February 6, 2020 12:35 pm

Forbes has released its inaugural list of the highest-earning podcasters, and Joe Rogan comes out on top, reportedly bringing in $30 million a year.

Coming in at No. 2 behind the host of The Joe Rogan Experience are My Favorite Murder hosts Karen Kilgariff and Georgia Hardstark, who earned $15 million. Dave Ramsey of The Dave Ramsey Show ranks third with $10 million. Dax Shepard (Armchair Expert) and Bill Simmons (The Bill Simmons Podcast) round out the top five with $9 million and $7 million, respectively.

“[Rogan is] delivering scale and engagement,” Tom Webster, senior vice president at Edison Research, told Forbes. “He’s the No. 1 in terms of reach in the U.S.”

Rogan has claimed 190 million downloads per month, and according to Apple, he has the No. 1 podcast in the world. He endorsed Bernie Sanders last month, sparking controversy over some past transphobic comments Rogan made on his podcast back in 2013.

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