William Maher, also known as Bill Maher is an American comedian, political commentator, and television host who is known for the HBO political talk show Real Time with Bill Maher and the late-night show called Politically Incorrect which airs on ABC.

Besides, he is also known as a supporter of animal rights and has served on the board of PETA since 1997. He also supports the legalization of cannabis and serves on the advisory board of NORML. In 2005, Bill was ranked at no. 38 on Comedy Central’s 100 greatest stand-up comedians of all time.

Owns $100 Million In Net Worth

According to Celebrity Net Worth, Maher is estimated at around $100 million as of early 2020. On the other hand, The Richest estimated his net worth at around $30 million as of 2020. He reportedly earns $10 million as his annual salary for his work.

Bill Maher is an American comedian and host popular for hosting Real Time with Bill Maher Image Source: Hollywood Reporter
Bill Maher is an American comedian and host popular for hosting Real Time with Bill Maher 

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In the United States of America, television hosts reportedly make $59,026 to $110,849 per year, whereas, a comedian makes around $14.94 per hour to $45,000 to $65,000 per year.

He reportedly owns a 1,367 square feet 2-bedroom 1.75 bathroom condo off the California coast in Avalon, Santa Catalina Island, California. He purchased the house for $1 million on 1st January 2020.

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Bill Maher’s Career highlight

He began his career as an actor and comedian following his graduation. In 1979, he became the host of the New York City comedy club Catch a Rising Star.

In 1982, he began appearing in Johnny Carson’s and David Letterman’s shows. Some of his early acting credits are Sara, Mas Headroom, Murder, She Wrote, Charlie Hoover, and several others.

From 1993 to 1997, he hosted Politically Incorrect with Bill Maher, which ran on Comedy Central and, on ABC from 1997 to 2002. The show won an array of awards, including an Emmy Award for Outstanding Technical Direction, a Genesis Award for Best Television Talk Show, and two CableACE awards for Best Talk Show Series.

Maher has been hosting Real Time with Bill Maher from 2003 to presentImage Source: The Daily Beast
Maher has been hosting Real Time with Bill Maher from 2003 to present

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In 2003, he became the host, co-writer, and co-producer of Real Time with Bill Maher on the cable television network HBO. Real-Time has been nominated for more than ten Primetime Emmy Awards and six Writer’s Guild awards.

Apart from this, he is also a frequent commentator on various cable news networks, including MSNBC, Fox News, CNN, HLN, and many more. He has regularly appeared on CNN’s The Situation Room with Wolf Blitzer and guest appeared on MSNBC’s Hardball with Chris Matthews.

Charitable Life

Apart from his profession, he serves on the board of PETA. She also supported gay marriage and was against California’s Proposition 8 in 2008.

Here is a list of foundations he supports:

  • Barbara Davis Center for Childhood Diabetes
  • Comic Relief
  • Global Green
  • Operation USA
  • Robert F Kennedy Memorial
  • The Humane Society
  • Farm Sanctuary
  • Dogs Deserve Better

Short Biography Of Maher

William Maher was born on 20th January 1956 in New York City, New York, the United States of America to Julie Maher and William Aloysius Maher Jr. He holds an American nationality and has mixed ethnic ancestry.

He was raised in River Vale, New Jersey and went to Pascack Hills High School and graduated in 1974. He then enrolled at Cornell University from where he majored in English and history and graduated in 1978.

Is Bill Married To Anyone?

Maher never married; however, he has been in several romantic relationships. He began dating former Playboy Cyber Girl Coco Johnson in 2003 until November 2004.

Following their breakup after 17 months, Johnsen filed a lawsuit for $9 million for pain and suffering for alleged “insulting, humiliating and degrading racial comments”.

In response, Maher’s lawyer filed a case on 23rd November 2004 in Los Angeles Superior Court and said that Bill is a “confirmed bachelor and a very public one at that” and “never promised to marry her or to have children with her”. The lawsuit was dismissed on 2nd May 2005.

Maher dated Karrien Steffans in 2005 for a short whileImage Source: Zimbio
Maher dated Karrien Steffans in 2005 for a short while

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In 2005, he dated best-selling author and former hip-hop model Karrine Steffans. From 2009 to 2011, Bill dated former adjunct professor, science educator, and current Skeptics’ Guide to the Universe co-host Cara Santa Maria.

Moreover, in 2014, Maher dated Ontario-born singer Anjulie Persaud.