Glenn Beck Raked in $32 Million in 2009

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Love him or hate him, you might be jealous of him.

According to Forbes Magazine, the influential and controversial Fox News political commentator Glenn Beck raked in over $32 million during the past 12 months ending in March.

With 34 full-time staff who help turn Beck's words into profits, Beck has managed to make a small fortune in all types of media ventures --including TV, books, radio, digital sales and speaking fees.

The report says the bulk of the money, $13 million, comes from sales of Beck's books plus a ten-issue-a-year magazine called Fusion. His nationally syndicated three-hour radio show, The Glenn Beck Program, brings in $10 million a year. He gets $4 million from digital sales including a newsletter and the ads from Glennbeck.com, and he makes about $3 million from speaking fees and events like his "Bold Fresh Tour" with Bill O'Reilly.

Interestingly enough, Beck's contract with Fox News is his least lucrative according to Forbes, only bringing in $2 million a year but attracting an audience of just fewer than three million people.

Beck told Forbes his extreme ability to multi-task is a blessing and a curse, and that he's "riddled with ADD."

Beck said he's more interested in the business than the politics of what he does.

"I could give a flying crap about the political process," he said, "We're an entertainment company."

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