Cent Uygur rose to fame as the Turkish-American lawyer, political commentator, and journalist. He is the host and creator of the American progressive left-wing and liberal news channel on YouTube called The Young Turks. Due to his legal practice and media ventures, he is considered a wealthy person in the US. According to a report from Celebrity Net Worth, Uygur’s riches are estimated to be around $5 million. Here is how the media personally earned his wealth.
Cenk Uygur: How It Started
The lawyer-turned-multimedia personality was born in Turkey’s capital Istanbul on March 21, 1970. When he was about eight years old, his family moved to the US. He was raised in East Brunswick, New Jersey and completed his high school education at East Brunswick High School. After graduation, he enrolled at the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania to earn his management degree, then earned his Juris Doctor degree from the prestigious Columbia Law School.
Uygur practiced his profession by working as an associate lawyer at the Drinker Biddle & Reath law firm. But he realized that he was not created for the job. Since he feels that he has a lot to say, he determined that a career in a radio talk show is right for him. His first radio venture was when he got hired in a weekend program at WWRC in Washington, DC. It paved the way for Uygur to get other hosting jobs like WAMI-TV’s The Times news show, where he was also able to write and produce the show. Uygur also gained more exposure at the same time due to his weekly blog contribution at The Huffington Post.
Cenk Uygur: Wider Exposure And Introduction Of The Young Turks
In 2002, almost all American households were already aware of the existence of Uygur. His strong criticism against the War on Iraq published in his blog post generated plenty of attention from the opposing sides. His radio career also increased his popularity. But Uygur reached greater heights when he started The Young Turks.
The multi-channel news and opinion show started on February 14, 2002, on Sirius Satellite Radio. It originally intended to provide a different type of left-oriented public service platform, but the public did not patronize it. In 2006, Uygur decided to look for a new venue to keep TYT afloat. So he opted to reject a $250,000 radio-exclusive deal to make the program the first daily online streaming talk show. In an instant, TYT was able to increase the number of its listeners. By 2010, the show that he co-hosted with Ana Kasparian generated more subscribers on YouTube than CNN. The show also won the Best Political Podcast in 2009 at the Podcast Awards and the 2009 Best Political News Site from Mashable Awards.
Cenk Uygur: Global Success And Future Plans
TYT helped Uygur become a global sensation after making him a household name in the US. At the moment, the YouTube channel generated more than 7.5 billion views on the video-sharing platform and amassed more than four million subscribers.
Ughur’s success will not stop him from reaching new heights. He is planning to launch his first book on January 19, 2021, one day before the inauguration of president-elect Joe Biden and vice-president-elect Kamala Harris in the White House.