Ryan Seacrest has a net worth of $450 million and is an American radio broadcaster, television host, producer, and entrepreneur. Ryan’s entertainment and entrepreneurial empire pays him $60 to $80 million per year.
As the host of “American Idol,” Seacrest became a household name. He currently hosts the syndicated countdown show “American Top 40” and the iHeartMedia morning radio show “On Air with Ryan Seacrest” on KIIS-FM. In May 2017, he began co-hosting “Live with Kelly and Ryan.”
He is the executive producer of a variety of popular reality series behind the scenes, including “Keeping up with the Kardashians” and its several spinoffs.
In 2009, Seacrest confirmed his two-year on-again, off-again romance with model Sara Jean Underwood on The Howard Stern Show.
Seacrest began dating Julianne Hough, a professional dancer, actress, and singer who has appeared on Dancing with the Stars, in April 2010. Their romance ended on March 15, 2013, according to reports. They dated for over two years before splitting up.
He returned to the University of Georgia on May 14, 2016, to provide advice to alumni and was awarded an honorary Doctor of Humane Letters degree. Shayna Taylor, a model, and Seacrest started dating in 2017. They revealed they were no longer together in the summer of 2020.
Seacrest was under investigation for sexual harassment charges made by a former E! wardrobe stylist on November 17, 2017. The charges were refuted by Seacrest, who also stated that “This person who has accused me of horrific things has offered to drop her claims if I pay her millions of dollars on several times. I stood firm in my refusal.” The E! channel’s inquiry into the charges was closed on February 1, 2018, according to the Associated Press, because there was insufficient evidence to back the claims.
Early development and education
Ryan Seacrest was born on December 24, 1974, in Atlanta, Georgia, to homemaker Constance Marie (née Zullinger) and real estate lawyer Gary Lee Seacrest. His grandfather, Henry Gene Skeen, was a major general in the US Army, and his father was a lieutenant in the US Army.
“Instead of playing with G.I. Joes or Cowboys and Indians, Ryan would always have a little microphone and make shows in the house,” his mother told the Atlanta Journal-Constitution.
He went to Dunwoody High School when he was 14 years old. Seacrest won an internship at 94.1 WSTR in Atlanta at the age of 16, while still in high school, where he was trained in all facets of radio by Tom Sullivan. Sullivan put him on the air for the first time in his broadcasting career when a regular DJ called in ill. At WSTR, Seacrest was assigned to the Saturday nighttime shift.
Seacrest worked at WSTR until 1992, when he graduated from Dunwoody High School. In the fall of 1992, Seacrest enrolled at the University of Georgia to study journalism. At a local Athens radio station, he continued his radio show. At the age of 19, Seacrest dropped out of college and traveled to Hollywood to seek a career in radio.
Seacrest received an honorary Doctor of Humane Letters degree from the University of Georgia in May 2016 and delivered the commencement speech during the ceremony.
Highlights of Salary
Seacrest signed a $45 million deal to continue hosting American Idol in July 2009, making him the highest-paid reality television host at the time. He secured a two-year, $30 million deal to carry on as host of American Idol in April 2012. Seacrest reportedly signed a one-year deal with the option of a second year in May 2014.
His initial multi-year deal for the ABC relaunch of American Idol was estimated to be for over $10 million.
Ryan Seacrest earned $74 million between June 2017 and June 2018. He earned $72 million between June 2018 and June 2019. Ryan earned $60 million in the same time period between 2019 and 2020.