Don Lemon Net Worth and Salary: Don Lemon is an American journalist and television host who has a net worth of $12 million. Today, Lemon is best known as one of the main anchors at CNN, although he has also worked on networks such as NBC and MSNBC in the past. As a result of his work on CNN Tonight and other shows, Don Lemon has received a number of awards, including three Emmys. Don Lemon is considered one of the most influential African Americans in the world and one of the most influential LGBTQ people on the airwaves.
Early Life: Donald Carlton Lemon was born on March 1, 1966 in Baton Rouge, Louisiana. Raised in a Creole household, he was elected class president in his senior year of high school. In 2010, Don Lemon admitted in an interview that he was sexually molested by a teenager when he was five years old and didn’t tell about the incident until he was 30.
After graduating from high school, Donald attended Louisiana State University before transferring to Brooklyn College in New York. While at Brooklyn College, Don majored in journalism. During his studies, he also gained experience as a news assistant at a Fox News station in New York.
Career: Prior to graduating, Lemon worked for various Fox New affiliates. After leaving college, Donald began working as a correspondent for NBC in Philadelphia and Chicago. Initially, he worked for subsidiaries in Birmingham, Alabama, and Pennsylvania. Over the next few years, he rose from correspondent to weekend anchor. He also worked as an investigative reporter for a subsidiary in St. Louis during this time.
Eventually, Lemon began working for NBC News’ “headquarters” in New York City. He has appeared on both “Today” and “NBC Nightly News” and has also served as a host for “Weekend Today” on MSNBC. In 2002, Donald received an Edward R. Murrow Award for his coverage of the Washington sniper. He also received the award in recognition of his reports on Hurricane Katrina.
In 2003 he moved again – this time to Chicago. His stint on NBC television station WMAQ-TV garnered widespread attention, and he won three Emmys while serving as a reporter and co-anchor on the network’s local news. He received his Emmys after being involved in a memorable business feature called Life on Craigslist and another feature on the HIV/AIDS epidemic in Africa.
After receiving widespread recognition for his work, Don Lemon agreed to join CNN in 2006. Since joining the network, Donald Lemon has become known for his strong views, seemingly abandoning most reporters’ traditional penchant for unbiased journalism. In many instances, he has made comments that viewers deemed controversial, and he committed a number of so-called “faux pas” during his time with the network. Don claims he has received numerous death threats over the course of his work at CNN.
Criticism of Donald Trump: After the election of President Donald Trump in 2016, Don Lemon began to express his personal opinion even more directly on CNN’s programming. He has accused Trump of being racist and supporting white supremacy. After the 2020 election, Lemon continued to mock not only Trump but his supporters (about half the country at the time).
In one particularly controversial post, Don and two guests poked fun at Trump supporters with fake Southern accents, seemingly insulting their intelligence. Lemon’s subsequent “burst of laughter” was deemed unprofessional by some observers. After Lemon “laughed so hard he cried,” Ivanka Trump tweeted, “They keep making fun of half the country and then complaining it’s divided.”
Salary: For his role at CNN, Don Lemon reportedly makes a salary of $4 million a year.
Relationships: In 2011, Don Lemon publicly revealed that he is gay. In his 2011 memoir, Transparent, he stated that he knew he was gay since he was a child and reiterated the sexual abuse he suffered as a child. Donald also reminded the public that while this revelation may have come as a shock to many people, he has been open about his sexuality with friends, family and close colleagues for many years. Nonetheless, this public announcement made him one of the few gay African Americans in the broadcasting industry. Since 2017, Don Lemon has been dating Tim Malone, a real estate agent. The couple announced in 2019 that they were engaged.
Legal issues: In 2019, a bartender working at a bar in New York accused Lemon of assaulting him. The incident happened in 2018, and Lemon allegedly rubbed “his own genitals” before sticking his fingers in the plaintiff’s face. The bartender’s name is Dustin Hice, and he claims Lemon has made numerous offers for a six-figure out-of-court settlement. Publicly, Donald has denied all of Hice’s claims.
Real Estate: In 2020, it was reported that Don Lemon was selling his Harlem home for $1.75 million. The chic condo features 1,400 square feet of living space, two bedrooms and 2.5 bathrooms. Lemon had originally purchased the condo seven years earlier for $1.5 million, suggesting he’s settling for a relatively slim profit margin on that sale. He probably just wants to break even.
Additional features include a large balcony with panoramic views of Harlem and floor-to-ceiling windows. Lemon had previously owned another unit in the same building, which he sold for $970,000 in 2016. He also owns a home in the Hamptons neighborhood of Sag Harbor, which he purchased for $3 million in 2016. Today, the home is worth an estimated $4.5 million.
|March 1, 1966 (55 years old)
|5 ft 6 in (1.68 m)
|TV journalist, journalist
|United States of America