Joe Rogan makes $30 million to top list of highest-earning podcasts - Dexerto

Joe Rogan makes $30 million to top list of highest-earning podcasts

Published: 5/Feb/2020 12:52

by Matt Porter


The Joe Rogan Experience is widely regarded as one of the most popular podcasts in the world, and new reports suggest that the stand-up comic made $30 million while hosting his show in 2019.

For many, Joe Rogan is the voice of the Ultimate Fighting Championship. After joining the fighting organization in 1997 as a post-fight interviewer, Rogan eventually moved into a color-commentary position and has been calling the biggest mixed martial arts fights ever since, lending his expertise to bouts featuring legends like Brock Lesnar, Anderson Silva, Jon Jones, and Conor McGregor.


In 2009, the comedian launched his own podcast titled The Joe Rogan Experience, and for over a decade, he has invited on an eclectic mix of celebrities, academics, and experts to discuss the world, and often the sport of MMA, propelling him to the top of podcast charts worldwide. Now, Forbes have revealed the ten hosts who have made the most from their shows in 2019, and claim Joe Rogan is soundly at the top.

Joe Rogan commentating at a UFC event with Paul Felder.
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Rogan is also known for providing color commentary at UFC events.

According to a report from Forbes on February 3, Joe Rogan is comfortably top of the rankings, claiming that the commentator-turned-podcaster made $30 million from The Joe Rogan Experience in 2019, a staggering amount considering the shows air for free every day, with no obligation from listeners to pay.


Speaking to the site, Edison Research’s senior vice president Tom Webster said: “He is delivering scale and engagement. He’s number one in terms of reach in the United States.”

What makes the number even more impressive is how far ahead of his nearest competition he is, with Karen Kilgariff and Georgia Hardstark occupying the second spot on the list with their ‘My Favorite Murder’ series, which is believed to have made $15 million in revenue during 2019, just 50% of what The Joe Rogan Experience generated. Dave Ramsey’s advice podcasts brought in $10 million,

Joe Rogan with Robert Downey Jr.
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Rogan has had some huge celebrity guests, including actor Robert Downey Jr.

Dave Ramsey’s advice podcasts brought in $10 million, while actor Dax Shephard’s Armchair Expert, which sees him interview celebrity friends and experts made $9 million. Rounding out the list is former ESPN commentator Bill Simmons, who raked in $7 million through his sports-based show.


Forbes states that they estimated earnings based on the time period of January 1, 2019 through to January 1, 2020, and used data from podcast hosting services like Apple and Stitcher along with interviews with industry insiders. They also included revenue from any tours where the host took their podcast on the road, paid memberships, and YouTube earnings, with many choosing to upload clips from their shows online.

The Joe Rogan Experience averages over 190 million downloads a month alone, with videos of the episodes regularly drawing in a million views on YouTube.

Highest-earning podcasters in 2019

  1. Joe Rogan – The Joe Rogan Experience – $30 million
  2. Karen Kilgariff and Georgia Hardstark – My Favorite Murder – $15 million
  3. Dave Ramsey – The Dave Ramsey Show – $10 million
  4. Dax Shephard – Armchair Expert – $9 million
  5. Bill Simmons – The Bill Simmons Show – $7 million

H/T: Forbes


Thomas Petrou slams Bryce Hall’s accusations of stealing from Hype House

Published: 9/Oct/2020 1:00

by Virginia Glaze


TikTok stars Thomas Petrou and Bryce Hall have sparked quite the feud after Hall accused Petrou — co-founder of the Hype House — of stealing money from his own content creators.

It’s no secret that the Hype House and the Sway House aren’t on friendly terms, with the two getting into a fierce beef throughout this past year (remember that time the Sway boys drove to the Hype House to confront Chase Hudson?).


While Hall has confirmed that their feud with the Hype House is definitely real, it seems that he’s going “full send” on his distaste for the group by accusing co-founder Thomas Petrou of outright stealing money from the HH’s content creators.

During an interview with Tom Ward on October 8, Hall made some serious claims about Petrou’s business practices, stating that he’d “stolen” money from the TikTokers working underneath the content collective.


“I’ll say it — he steals money,” Hall stated. “He steals money from those kids. These kids are — I love a lot of people in the Hype House, but they are not the smartest people. …maybe not now, because I haven’t talked to them in four or five months, and maybe somebody said something to him, but he, at the beginning, was stealing money for sure.”

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Hall’s claims didn’t go unnoticed; Petrou responded to the accusations shortly thereafter, denying having ever stolen money from those in the Hype House in a pointed Instagram reply on a tea page.

“That’s a complete lie,” he wrote. “I’ve never taken a percentage of anyone in the Hype House. Ask everyone who’s a part of it. The whole reason I started this was to help the people around me make sure they weren’t getting taken advantage of by their managers and agents.”

Thomas Petrou denies Bryce Hall's allegations of stealing money from Hype House creators.

This isn’t the first time Hall has struck out at Petrou in recent days, either; the Sway House TikToker also slammed Thomas’s spending habits, claiming that he “spends his money like an idiot” on pricey cars instead of saving up wisely.


For now, it doesn’t look like there’s any love lost between these two social media stars as things continue to escalate between two of TikTok’s biggest creators.