How many of the journalists today or any other public figure for that matter can claim that they have stood firm for what is right even against the people in power? Not many, right? Well, Ben Shapiro, an American political commentator, columnist, author, lawyer and radio talk show host, who is known less for his achievements (which FYI are many) and more for his controversial, often snarky and right-leaning tongue is not a part of the sheep herd.
This conservative political commentator, regardless of all the negative publicity he has garnered, has managed to let the world know that he stands only for what he believes. In fact, Ben did it quite recently in 2016 when he resigned as the editor of Breitbart in vehement protest against Breitbart itself for not siding with one of his colleagues who got into a tiff with Corey Lewandowski. Interestingly, Corey was, at that time, the campaign manager of President Donald Trump (ergo in power).
Want to know more about the journalist cum author who has given sleepless nights to various political big-wigs with just his blazing tongue? Wondering what his journey has been like? Let’s find out some of the most interesting facts about Ben Shapiro’s life and throw some light at his current net worth in 2018.
Biography & Wiki
Ben Shapiro was born on 15 January 1984 in the Los Angeles city of California, United States. He is the son of David Shapiro and belongs to a Jewish family which initially immigrated from Russia. For his primary education, he went to the Walter Reed Middle School in the Studio City neighborhood of Los Angeles. He skipped his 3rd and 9th grade and for higher education went to Yeshiva University High School of Los Angeles. After graduating from this university in 2000, he graduated a second time from the University of California, Los Angeles in political science in 2004 and a third time from the Harvard Law School in 2007. Yes! When we find it difficult to graduate once, he did it THRICE! He then went on to practice law at Goodwin Procter in the Boston city of Hong-Kong.
Ben Shapiro is one among the four children born to his parents. The rest being, her three sisters. In 2008, he married an Israeli woman named Mor Toledano. Mor has Moroccan descent and practices Orthodox Judaism. In 2014, the couple was blessed with a daughter and in 2016 with a son. Ben has a cousin named Mara Wilson who is an author and a former child actress.
Ben Shapiro’s career as an author began at the young age of 17 when he wrote his first book titled “Brainwashed: How Universities Indoctrinate America’s Youth”. At the age of 21, he wrote his second book titled “Porn Generation: How Social Liberalism Is Corrupting Our Future”. In 2011, his 4th book titled “Primetime Propaganda The True Hollywood Story of How the Left Took Over Your TV” was released to much acclaim. He followed it up with his 5th book titled “Bullies: How the Left’s Culture of Fear and Intimidation Silences Americans” in 2013. Till date, Ben has written seven books.
Not just a writer, Ben Shapiro is also a journalist, a career he embarked upon in 2012, when he joined the Breitbart News Network as an editor. On 7 October 2013, he co-founded a US-based news website, “TruthRevolt”. Two years later, in 2015, he founded the news website, “The Daily Wire” before resigning from his job at Breitbart in March 2016. Ben Shapiro also hosts an online political podcast titled “The Ben Shapiro Show”, which airs every weekend.
On Awards & Achievements: Ben has not been given any formal awards for his work in journalism. However, let it not be a criterion to judge his talent, since most of the award shows nowadays are scripted and are often dedicated to the journalists who work as the lapdog of the ruling party.
Salary, Net Worth & Earnings
The total estimated net worth of Ben Shapiro is $2.5 million. He has accumulated this fortune with his writing talent and by working for different news channels. A part of the wealth has also come from columns about current political scenarios, which he writes regularly in various magazines and newspapers. Ben also practices as a professional lawyer, another field in which he has made a name for himself and which contributes to his net worth considerably.
5 Interesting Facts That You May Not Know About Ben Shapiro
In today’s world where people are afraid to speak out their mind, thanks to the growing band of communities literally looking out for issues to feel offense, Ben Shapiro throws caution to the wind when he stands in front of the microphone. His fearless attitude has garnered him his share of haters, but even they can’t deny his astounding courage. Let’s have a look at some of the interesting facts about this dynamic personality.
• Ben is the youngest nationally syndicated columnist of the United States.
• In 2013, he published an article exposing foreign political funding of Barak Obama’s senator, Chuck Hagel (Of course, he would do that!).
• For criticizing Trump’s candidacy in the 2017 presidential poll of the US, his e-mail was hacked, and Ben was even threatened to be thrown into a gas chamber along with his family.
• Ben once said that out of 1.6 billion of the total Islamic population of the world, around 800 million are radical, which according to a fact-checking website, “Politifact” is false data.
• Ben Shapiro, in keeping with the snarky nature of his tongue, went on to label the ED of Breitbart, Steve Bannon, a “bully” for consorting with another bully (read Donald Trump) and trading the ideals of Breitbart when he refused to support the portal’s own reporter.
Ben Shapiro’s interest in politics is, in fact, a passion he has harbored since his early childhood. His books are worth reading, and his published reports have often been eye-opening for politicians. In today’s world when journalist’s opinions all over the world are being smothered either by bribing (in the form of government ads) or by threatening, Ben has always been fearless and outspoken. As every person in this world is more or less biased towards the political party of his choice and its ideologies, many of you may or may not support Ben’s works. However, the fact which remains is that the world needs journalists like him who fearlessly expose and question the politicians especially the ruling ones.