Matthew “Matt” Drudge is a journalist from the USA famous for the conservative news website named Drudge Report. He is known to have an estimated net worth of $100 Million.
Biography & Wiki
Drudge is said to have grown up in the Washington D.C state, in Tahoma Park. After graduating from high school, he is said to have moved to Los Angeles where he actually ended up working in the CBS TV studio gift shop. Now this is an interesting piece of information- after his dad bought him a computer in the year 1994, he started publishing an e-mail newsletter which had information about the entertainment industry which was mostly hearsay/gossip. The source of this newsletter’s content was mostly what he would actually hear and/or pick up on the CBS studio lot. In the year 1995 (the initial months) he ended up launching the Drudge Report from his residence. Following a year, he was seen quitting his day job and started covering politics in his forum.
After launching the now famous Drudge Report, he began making waves in political and media circles in general. One of the high points of his initial career involving thee drudge report saw him being the first to report Senator Bob Dole’s selection for a vice presidential running mate for the presidential campaign of 1996. Another milestone was him reporting Kathleen Willey’s accusations of sexual harassment again the then President Bill Clinton. This happened in the year 1997 based on an article that was yet unpublished from the magazine named Newsweek. Drudge wasn’t without issues, especially when he was charged with running a story based on unsubstantial sources. This lawsuit was for $30 Million and it involved Sidney Blumenthal, a White House aide had a history of spousal abuse or that she was abused by her husband.
The early part of year 1998 saw Drudge’s name became renowned across the world. Even though Newsweek had a story ready regarding the President Bill Clinton’s affair with former intern named Monica Lewinsky, they had reservations about running it and held it back. This led Drudge to take advantage of the situation and publicize this once in a lifetime story on January 17th. When questioned at the national Press Club, he said to have retorted by calling himself a “Citizen Journalist” and defending himself the same way. He was known for exposing Politicians and stories in general that were controversial which made other journalists think twice about the printing, or hesitant in general. Therre were even a few Drudge proponents and Drudge advocates who were regular observers of his reporting, who felt that he was changing the way news was being spread. It will come as no surprise that the number of visiting hits on the Drudge Report Web Site jumped to a tenfold increase from a mere $1 Million to $10 Million.
Awards & Achievements
While Matt has not won any official awards for his work in political commentary, his notoriety usually brings him more recognition, more work and hence more revenue in a cyclical manner. He got a weekly program on Fox News and his very own radio show on ABC this way.
Net Worth of Matt Drudge
Like any media mogul, Drudge’s net worth is amazingly high, coming up to an estimated $100 Million as of 2017 which is due to online media selling ad space and general revenue from his news publications, online or otherwise.
The Drudge Manifesto is the summation of Matt’s life and has done favourably in the market. Matt’s ambition in the journalism profession can serve as an example and a beacon of hope for anyone willing to take on the career of Journalism.