Brian Williams Net Worth 2021: Salary, Income, Career, Bio

Brian Douglas Williams is an American news anchor whose net worth is estimated to be around $50 million. Williams worked in NBC for almost 28 years in various positions. He was also the host of the network’s program “The 11th Hour with Brian Williams”. In the past, he has also worked as an anchor on NBC Nightly News and was given a Peabody Award for the show’s coverage of Hurricane Katrina.

Brian Williams Net Worth

Full Name:Brian Williams
Net Worth:$50 Million
Age:62 Years Old
Country:United States
Born:May 5, 1959
Salary:$6 Million (Annual)
Last Updated:2021

Brian Williams Net Worth Growth

Net Worth in 2021$50 Million
Net Worth in 2020$44 Million
Net Worth in 2019$40 Million
Net Worth in 2018$38 Million
Net Worth in 2017$35 Million

Early Life

Born on May 5, 1959, in Ridgewood, New Jersey.  Williams was raised in a Catholic home, of primarily Irish descent. He is the son of Dorothy May and Gordon Lewis Williams. His mother was an amateur stage actress and his father was an executive vice president of the National Retail Merchants Association.  Williams is the youngest of four siblings. He lived in Elmira, New York for 9 years before moving to New Jersey while in junior high.

He graduated high school from Mater Dei high school where he served as the editorial editor for the school newspaper. Williams attended Brook dale community college before transferring to the Catholic University of America and later to George Washington University. But despite all this, Williams never acquired a college degree and later went on record saying that leaving college remains one of his greatest regrets.


Brian Williams’ career journey has very humble origins. His first job was as a busboy at Perkins Pancake House. His broadcasting career started in 1981 at KOAM-TV in Pittsburg, Kansas. He then worked as a general assignment reporter at WTTG-TV in Washington, D.C., before moving to WCAU at Philadelphia, and WCBS in New York City. Williams joined NBC News in 1993, where he anchored the national Weekend Nightly News.  In 1996 he began as anchor and managing editor of The News with Brian Williams, broadcast on MSNBC and CNBC.  Williams also served as a primary substitute anchor on The NBC Nightly News with Tom Brokaw.

Following the retirement of Tom Brokaw, Williams became the anchor of NBC nightly news on December 2, 2004. Williams also made regular appearances in several TV shows including John Stewarts’ version of the daily show. He also frequented on NBC’s comedy “30 Rock” as himself.

He then joined MSNBC in 2015 as their chief Breaking News Anchor. In 2015, Williams was suspended for six months from “NBC Nightly News” for misrepresenting his Iraq War experience. The channel found that he “made a number of inaccurate statements about his own role and experiences covering events in the field” and four months later, in June 2015, he was removed from the show.

Then, he was demoted to a news anchor for MSNBC, which is where he remained for the rest of his NBC career. In November 2021, Williams announced he would be leaving MSNBC when his contract expires the following month.


In 2007, Time magazine named Williams one of the 100 most influential people in the world
In 2009, Williams was awarded the Walter Cronkite Award for Excellence in Journalism by Arizona State University.

While anchoring the Nightly News, Williams received 12 News & Documentary Emmy Awards. For “outstanding” work as anchor and managing editor of the Nightly News, he received one Emmy in 2006, two in 2007, one in 2009, two in 2010, one in 2011, one in 2013, and one in 2014
Williams also received a 2012 Emmy for his interview program Rock Center and a 2013 Emmy for being one of the executive producers and editors of a documentary on the John F. Kennedy Presidential Library and Museum. He also shared a 2014 Emmy award for an NBC News Special on the Boston Marathon bombing.

Personal Life

On June 7, 1986, Williams married Jane Gillan Stoddard and have two children, Allison and Doug Williams. Allison Williams is a well-known actress and Doug Williams is the late-night anchor of a regional sports channel.

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Net Worth$50 Million
NameBrian Williams
Height(1.7 m)
Weight75KG (Approx)
Date Of BirthMay 5, 1959
BirthplaceUnited States
Income$6 Million
SpouseJane Stoddard Williams

Wealth Dependency

Brian Williams has a current net worth of $50 million. His annual NBC salary is $6 million.
Williams was initially earning $8 million per year when he started presenting NBC’s Nightly News in 2004 which increased to $10 million by 2006. By 2014, his salary had reportedly increased again to a whopping $13 million per year.

However, this was dropped down to $6 after he was removed from Nightly News and demoted to MSNBC anchor following the Iraq scandal. In terms of real estate, Williams maintains a beach house in Bay Head, New Jersey, and a pied-à-Terre in Midtown Manhattan along with his current residence in New Canaan.


Brian Williams is one of the most trusted news anchors in American television and has a net worth of $50 million. This exorbitant amount was earned by his long-standing work with NBC over the last 40 years. He has an incredibly successful career that spans over 4 decades.

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