Ben Shapiro’s Net Worth Built On Book Profits (2023)

How much is Ben Shapiro worth?

Net Worth:$10 Million
Profession:Political Commentator
Date of Birth:January 15, 1984 (age 38)
Country:United States of America
5 ft 6 in (1.7 m)


About Ben Shapiro

At the age of 16, a Jewish kid would graduate high school and go on to attend the University of California Los Angeles, UCLA, graduating four years later from what has become one of the most recognizable colleges in America. This kid would later become a political columnist, for example at Breitbart News as well as on his own website, The Daily Wire. Not to mention a TV pundit and the author of many books. Soon becoming known on both sides of politics with a range of diverse views, and recognized for his arguments and interviews on television and on podcasts. His name is Benjamin Aaron Shapiro. Better known as Ben Shapiro.

American commentator and author Ben Shapiro has an estimated net worth of $10 million dollars, as of 2023. In 2001, Shapiro became the youngest nationally syndicated columnist in the U.S., at just 17 years old.

“This is a great country, you know it really is, you can make money doing pretty much anything. Like when people say it’s hard to make money in this country, there are a lot of people making money, a lot of different ways “ Ben Shapiro, JRE #1512

Shapiro is a commentator who has been interviewed on many occasions and while some of what he has said has been rational. He has also expressed views, and exhibited behaviors, that challenge what many consider to be acceptable. Incorrect use of preferred pronouns, for example. He also perhaps undervalues the struggles of minorities, and others, who may not have the kind of access that he has had to earning a living in America.

Ben graduated from the University of California Los Angeles at age 20. To the best of our knowledge, Shapiro was already partially well known among intellectual groups by this time, as he was hired by Creators Syndicate at the age of 17. After being hired by this Comics company, he became the youngest nationally syndicated columnist in the United States. He certainly became known among professors and others, when in 2004 he published his first book with the title assertion, How Universities Indoctrinate America’s Youth.

In an interview with C-SPAN2, Book TV, Shapiro recounted how he pledged to himself to write his first book, Brainwashed: How Universities Indoctrinate America’s Youth, by age 19. It was written in three weeks during his junior year of college and published when he was 20 years old.

According to a review of the book, Shapiro’s theory is that “the academy is overwhelmingly comprised of people who are anti-Republican, anti-Israel, and anti-American, against capitalism, religion, war, and God, while being pro-Democrat, pro-Islam, and pro-Iraq, in favor of socialism and communism, affirmative action and multiculturalism, homosexuality, abortion, euthanasia, radical environmentalism, and moral relativism.”

After writing Brainwashed, Ben Shapiro continued honing his skills and as a writer and a debater, they have financially paid off well for him. His fame was taken to the next level in 2012 when he joined the radio station KRLA-AM 870, a morning radio show. As a host he discussed his various topics with co-hosts Heidi Harris and Brian Whitman. However he later left, and Shapiro started his own news outlet, The Daily Wire, in September of 2015.

At times he has found himself in quite heated discussions not just with opponents in the same field but also with students and others, usually in relation to transgenderism, abortion and how society should treat people. Ben Shapiro has interesting views, although seems quite ardently stuck to his own. Although his audience seems to like his tenacity and it has helped him sell books, adding to his net worth.

Ben has since resigned his position as editor in chief of The Daily Wire, but has retained the position of editor emeritus. The Daily Wire website has sponsored advertisements from Revcontent which is used to monetize the site and earn a profit. It also promotes his podcast, The Ben Shapiro Show.

While not all positive, the attention Ben Shapiro has attracted has made him a rich man. In an interview he discusses that, after he wrote his first book, his peers wrote a counter-book to his. This allowed for a discussion to take place book for book which seems to have turned out to be lucrative for him.

One of the reasons why I think that Ben has been successful is that he seems not to care so much about what others may think of him. A useful skill for a pundit and an author. This allows him to express his views without needing to seek approval from others.

Even the people who disagree with him buy his books and pay the same money and read it the same as those who do. It is the debates that seem to matter most for Ben because he can then write another book, answer questions, posit theories, and continue the conversation.

It is noted that people often come to his talks to bring up opposing views. He is often in debates and even when he is not, Shapiro seems to have niched himself so tightly. Including his trademark kippah that he wears and his somewhat incessant talk on his life as an Orthodox Jew, sometimes I think it makes it hard for others to properly relate. That said, my time spent with Ben Shapiro has pretty much been limited to various clips on Youtube, and six hours of his podcasts with Joe Rogan. I would definitely say that he possesses a high IQ and have witnessed him at times being fluid in the delivery of his arguments.

In any case, all of his appearances and expressed views, have created an interesting space and has been profitable for book sales. People seem to enjoy his enthusiasm and the various arguments and language that he uses in his books. The Right Side of History: How Reason and Moral Purpose Made the West Greatwas #1 for non-fiction books on the New York Times Best Seller list (April 7, 2019).

I learned this while listening to JRE #1276 and I was also shocked to learn of Ben’s poor estimation of Jesus. Nothing about ‘turn the other cheek’ or ‘treat others how you would like to be treated’. Describing him as just being “a Jew who tried to lead a revolt against the Romans and got killed for his trouble”. But that’s the thing about Shapiro, it’s this kind of controversial opinion that probably makes the book a good yarn. He can be almost beyond provocative.

Despite his strong Orthodox views against homosexuality. Ben has stipulated that he is not in favor of his views being encoded into American law, because “people should be able to sin as they choose”. JRE #1276

I do like his discipline though and I think, for the most part, his Jewish faith is a positive part of who he is. Although do feel that he should likely keep his more extreme views to himself because much of what he says on these topics I view as hate speech.

When your religion becomes your sword, your shield and your house. I feel the attachment to the requisite religious notions causes a kind of closedness to other ideas, and therefore to other people, that can be dangerous. Especially when disseminated in print and on radio.

If you look through a kind of prism of conventional, or religious, ideas to determine what “you think” is attractive. In my opinion, you then give up the liberation of direct sight and realization.

From an early age, Ben Shapiro’s talents were found and he was helped. According to an article about Ben’s formative years, the writer has said, “He skipped from second to fourth grade…Ben started writing his first novels at age seven, and at age 12, he started writing political articles. Shapiro skipped ninth grade and started high school at the sophomore level.” He was one of the rare people who found what he was good at and passionate about at a young age. He absolutely loved to write and he channeled that into something that he was passionate about.

“If you want to be good at a thing or be successful at a thing you have to commit to the thing.” Ben Shapiro, JRE #1512

When you put it all together, and consider how obsessed we are with controversial topics, it all makes sense why Shapiro became famous and successful when the opportunities presented themselves. Plus, he doesn’t seem to mind if people disagree with his views which makes for a bigger, and more profitable, audience.

Ben’s Net Worth

Ben Shapiro has earned a tremendous net worth of an estimated $10 million and is certainly keeping busy. Some sources have estimated his wealth at as high as $20 million. Naturally, he must be giving his tith like any good orthodox Jew and it wouldn’t be the “the pauper’s tithe,” either; a triennial tithe of 10%. No, I believe I am not mistaken that Shapiro would need to give a first tithe, 10% per annum. So buyers of his books can feel good about that knowing that 10% of the proceeds must be going to assist the poor.

My Opinion

I am of course troubled by Ben and although I find him to be very clever, and admire his entrepreneurial spirit. I find some of the concepts that come from him to be dangerous.

For example, he says on JRE #1276. “If I walk into a bakery and they say ‘you’re Jewish we’re not serving you’. I’d be like ‘okay, you’re an a-hole but alright it’s a free country’”. But you see I disagree with this. And it makes me wonder does Ben agree with this because it justifies the way that he sees society should be?

Ben has said, “if I had a slogan beyond ‘the facts don’t care about your feelings’. Leave me alone. Don’t get into my shit. I’m not bothering you so why are you bothering me.”

It is amazing to me that it is seemingly lost on Ben that airing his “belief system” to millions of general Joe Rogan listeners. Is not only bothering people. I feel, despite his stipulations, it is spreading discriminatory concepts to a large cross section of the American public, and people across the world.

I don’t like having to write about this kind fo stuff and nor do I feel that we should need to. But when that arises this comes to be. As Joe Rogan has said so many times on these same podcasts, we should just seek to be open and kind to one another. I for one, do not feel that this is an intention shared by Ben Shapiro when he is targeting individuals who identify as LGBTQ.

Something I picked up from my father actually was that “two wrongs don’t make a right”. Although I do feel spreading “science facts” about how trans women are male while also responding to them as female is hurtful and I also don’t think it makes any sense. There are male entities and there are female entities, and surely that is what is important.

Plus it’s like. Didn’t they teach you in school Ben, or did you skip that grade, if you haven’t got anything nice to say don’t say anything at all. I fail to see how targeting trans’ ability to go to the bathroom is in your circle of competence.

I have tried to be as fair as possible on this page and although I think some of what Ben Shapiro has done in the past has been unjust. I also think that he is young, quick-witted and has great thinkers around him like Sam Harris. I hope he can open himself up to new ideas and rethink some of his views that I feel, need adjusting.


Ben Shapiro, a Jewish kid who had political prowess and has used it to his advantage to express his views, has earned a great net worth and doing something that he enjoys. A kid who earned a B.A. in political science at the age of 20 at UCLA and graduated cum laude from Harvard Law School in 2007, is not easily tangled with even if one adamantly disagrees with something that he has said.

Regardless of your political ideals, or human to human views, one thing we can definitely learn from Mr. Shapiro is, do what you love in life. Pursue the passions that make you lose complete track of time. Do that one thing that when you start talking about it, it is really hard to stop yourself. But of course, learn to. When you are doing what you love one can forget all about money and everything else. Of course, for Ben Shapiro, he has worked out a system where I can’t imagine he would ever be short on cash.

Added Thought

My father is Jewish, but not my mother, so technically I am not Jewish but some point to the 1983 reform. I also had to wear a kippah to school for the one year we lived in South Africa, and long socks too with garters, which were kinda cute,but still, I don’t think I qualify. I think it is fair to say though that in most Jewish homes education, and learning in general, is encouraged, even expected. After all, the young Jewish child must prepare for their Bar or bat mitzvah and there is much family fanfare around this. While my father was raised in a traditional Jewish way with a bar mitzvah and even sent to Bedales, where he incidentally claims to have been in the same house as Daniel Day-Lewis. I was offered no such thing. In fact my dad wasn’t around much as he is an artist who often was doing projects abroad. Me and my brother were sent to the local free school up the road where we could simply catch the bus by sitting on the wall outside of our house. Which happens to be giant and was a major source of bullying for us. I guess the point I am making, is because we were basically flushed down the loo, it caused me when I was 17 to put in extreme effort to learn everything I could online. Having done so, I often wonder if informal education may actually result in a more accepting person.

I think, everyday we should seek to become ‘less wrong’ as I once heard Elon Musk say. We should never believe that our views are completely accurate, and we should be open to change them when new information comes along.

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