Joe Rogan is an American comedian, actor, martial arts expert, UFC commentator, and podcast host who has a net worth of $120 million. Joe first became known as a cast member on the comedy series “News Radio.” He then went on to host the reality show “Fear Factor” as well as Comedy Central’s “The Man Show.” Today Joe operates one of the most successful and powerful podcasts in the world and serves as the commentator for the UFC.
In 2017 we estimated that he conservatively earned $5 million per year from the podcast. Just prior to signing a massive exclusive deal with Spotify in May 2020, it had been speculated that Joe was earning $20 million per year from his podcast between sponsor reads and YouTube revenue.
It should also be noted that the podcast is just one of many sources of income for Joe. He still performs sold-out standup shows around the country and is the official commentator for UFC. He also earned millions as the host of the television series “Fear Factor” between 2001 and 2006.
On May 19, 2020, it was announced that Joe had signed a multi-year licensing deal with Spotify. The deal made Spotify the exclusive home of Rogan’s audio and video feeds. It also removed all of Joe’s archived episodes from YouTube and iTunes. Terms of the deal were not disclosed. It was not an acquisition. For comparison, about a month earlier, Spotify bought Bill Simmons’ podcast network, which is significantly smaller than Rogan’s, for $190 million upfront plus $50 million per year in ongoing content costs.
Let’s presume Joe was indeed making $20-30 million per year before this deal. And let’s say he signed a three-year deal. One could safely presume his Spotify contract was worth at least $100 million. Perhaps much much more, but most media outlets are guesstimating that he earned in the $100 million range.
In February 2022 it was revealed that Joe’s Spotify deal was actually much MUCH larger than had been previously reported and assumed. Joe’s deal actually pays $200 million over three years. Also known as $67 million per year. Though, it should be noted that the deal value would also include his production costs. For example, when you hear that Howard Stern has signed a $500 million deal, not all of that money goes to Howard. The vast majority does but whatever amounts get paid to production staff and co-stars comes out of that budget as well. As you may know, Joe’s show is very bare-bones in terms of production budget. Therefore, it would be safe to presume that Joe’s annual salary from Spotify is at least $60 million. Maybe closer to $65 million.
Joseph James Rogan was born on August 11, 1967, in Newark, New Jersey. He is Italian and Irish. His father was a police officer in Newark. His parents divorced when he was five and Joe has spoken to his father since he was seven. In interviews, Joe has said that he has memories of domestic violence in his home from his childhood. When he was seven, his family moved to San Francisco. When he was 11, they moved to Gainesville, Florida when he was 11. They eventually settled in Newton Upper Falls, Massachusetts. Rogan took up karate at 14 and taekwondo at 15. Rogan graduated from Newton South High School in 1985. When he was 19, Rogan won the U.S. Open Championship taekwondo tournament as a lightweight. Rogan enrolled at the University of Massachusetts Boston but dropped out before graduation. He lived in Boston until he was 24 when he moved to New York City to pursue a career in stand-up.
Acting and Comedy Career
In 1994, Rogan moved to Los Angeles and booked his first national television spot as well as the MTV comedy show “Half-Hour Comedy Hour” where he was able to showcase the standup comedy he had worked on during his time in New York City. That same year, Rogan booked his first major acting role in the sitcom “Hardball” as Frank Valente, a young, ego-centric star player on a professional baseball team. The show ran on Fox for nine episodes in 1994. He performed at The Comedy Store in Hollywood for 13 years for free thanks to owner Mitzi Shore and was kind enough to pay paid for the venue’s new sound system.
Rogan starred in the NBC sitcom “News Radio” from 1995 to 1999. He played Joe Garelli, the electrician and handyman at the show’s fictional news radio station.
In 2001, he accepted an offer from NBC to host the American edition of “Fear Factor.” The show ran for l six seasons from 2001 to 2006. In 2011, Rogan resumed his role as “Fear Factor” host for its seventh and final season.
In February 2003, Rogan became the new co-host of “The Man Show: on Comedy Central for its fifth season from August 2003. The show ended in 2004.
In 2011, Rogan played his first major character in a movie in “Zookeeper.”
In 2013, Rogan hosted the television show “Joe Rogan Questions Everything” on the SyFy network which aired for six episodes. The show covered topics discussed on his podcasts, including the existence of Bigfoot and UFOs.
Rogan is the author of four books: 2006’s “Mastering the Rubber Guard: Jiu-Jitsu for Mixed Martial Arts Competition,” 2007’s “Mastering the Twister: Jiu-Jitsu for Mixed Martial Arts Competition,” 2010’s “Talking Monkeys in Space,” and 2020’s “The Conversation That Broke the Internet.”
Rogan began working for the Ultimate Fighting Championship as a backstage and post-fight interviewer. He did his first UFC interview at UFC 12: Judgement Day on February 7, 1997. Rogan became friends with UFC’s then-new president Dana White, who offered him a job as a color commentator but Rogan initially declined.
In 2002, White was finally able to hire Rogan for free in exchange for event tickets for him and his friends. After about 15 free gigs as commentator Rogan agreed to be paid for the job. Rogan won the Wrestling Observer Newsletter Award for Best Television Announcer twice and was named MMA Personality of the Year four times by the World MMA Awards.
In December 2009, Rogan launched a free podcast with his friend and fellow comedian Brian Redban. The first episode was recorded on December 24 and was initially a live weekly broadcast on Ustream, with Rogan and Redban “sitting in front of laptops bullshitting.” By August 2010, the podcast was named The Joe Rogan Experience. The podcast features an array of guests who discuss current events, political views, philosophy, comedy, hobbies, and numerous other topics. It is one of the most popular free podcasts available.
Rogan married Jessica Ditzel, a former cocktail waitress, in 2009. They have two daughters; the first was born in 2008 and the second in 2010. Rogan is also a stepfather to Ditzel’s daughter from a previous relationship.
He personally holds black belts in Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu, Taekwondo, and 10th Planet Jiu-Jitsu. He holds a blue belt in Judo.
Rogan was not pleased when he initially discovered he was balding and tried a number of methods from medication to hair transplants to hang onto his hair.
Rogan has used his comedy and podcast to discuss his support of drugs such as cannabis, mushrooms, and DMT. Rogan is a public supporter of the recreational and medical use of those drugs. He was featured in a marijuana documentary titled “The Union: The Business Behind Getting High,” and reportedly has an isolation tank in his home that is supposed to foster a natural production of DMT.
In April 2020, Rogan said he’d rather vote for Donald Trump than Joe Biden. Previously, Rogan had endorsed Bernie Sanders for president. According to a Fox News report, after Joe Rogan said that he’d rather vote for Donald Trump instead of Joe Biden, Twitter went off the rails with people demanding that YouTube and Twitter cancel him. This had little to no effect on Rogan’s supporters since they are largely libertarian/centrists. In fact, his base has grown since this incident
In July 2020, he called video games a “waste of time,” something which is SURE to ANGER his fanbase. Tyler Blevins, aka Ninja aka the world’s highest-paid gamer weighed in on this sentiment, basically saying that he didn’t think Rogan was aware of the many avenues of income available to the best of the best of gamers. Many are calling him an idiot and a traitor.
In 2020, Rogan announced that he was leaving Los Angeles and moving to Texas. In an interview, he said: “If California continues to be this restrictive, I don’t know if this is a good place to live,” he explained. “I might jet. I’m not kidding. I’m not kidding, this is silly. I don’t need to be here.” One Twitter user said “…Reason Joe Rogan is actually leaving CA for TX: CA has a 13.3% income tax bracket for +$1,000,000 annual. TX has no income tax. Rogan started a $100 million dollar deal with Spotify on Sept. 1.” [Editor’s Note: It should be noted that at quoted Tweet should read annually, not annual, that is the mistake of the author of the Tweet.]
In his podcast, Rogan said:
“I’m going to go to Texas. I just want to go somewhere in the center of the country, somewhere [where] it’s easy to travel to both places and somewhere where you have a little bit more freedom.”
In October 2019, Joe spent $5 million on a home in Bell Canyon, California in Ventura County. Joe has called Bell Canyon home since 2003 when he spent $2.2 million on a starter house in the same area. In October 2020 Joe listed the latter home for sale for $3.2 million.
In September 2020 Joe plunked down $14.4 million for a mansion in Austin, Texas.
|Net Worth:||$120 Million|
|Salary:||$60 Million Per Year|
|Date of Birth:||Aug 11, 1967 (54 years old)|
|Height:||5 ft 8 in (1.74 m)|
|Profession:||Actor, Announcer, Commentator, Martial Artist, Screenwriter, Television presenter, Film Producer, Comedian|
|Nationality:||United States of America|