Brian Williams will hardly go hungry during his six months suspension from the anchor chair at NBC Nightly News. After all, he is estimated to have a $40 million fortune.
But the network’s punishment for his on-air lies will still amount to $6.5 million — half his $13 million annual salary.
He will no doubt retreat to his Connecticut home with his close-knit family to wait for the fuss to die down and plan his return to TV.
Here’s what you need to know about the multi-millionaire newsman:
1. He Lives in a $2 Million Mansion in Connecticut & Loves Watching ‘The Bachelorette’
Williams and wife, Jane, live in a rambling house in New Canaan, Connecticut, that was built in 1890. Set on 2.5 acres, the 3,448 square feet colonial-style home has four bedrooms, four bathrooms and a swimming pool. He was invited by his actress daughter to a viewing party for The Bachelorette.
2. He Sent His Daughter to Yale
The NBC newsman insisted daughter Allison — now an actress in the hit HBO show Girls — went to college for four years before she acted professionally. She went to the $63,500-a-year Ivy League school.
3. His Hobbies Include NASCAR
He is a big fan of NASCAR and has a signed Dale Earnhardt helmet in his 30 Rock office. He also has a signed photo of the Apollo astronauts, a baseball signed by Hank Aaron, a sharpie drawing by Muhammad Ali and Martin Luther King Jr.’s autograph.
4. He Went for Burgers With the President (And Boasted About It)
The NBC anchor and managing editor took great relish in filming his trip out from the White House with President Obama to pick up burgers and fries at a local Washington, D.C., take-out and bring them back to the West Wing. (BTW, Obama paid.)
5. He’s Had Some Big Raises Since Taking Over From Tom Brokaw
His career in broadcasting began in 1981 at KOAM-TV but his big break came in 1993 when he joined NBC News. He was quickly promoted to White House Correspondent but his salary jumped in 2004 when he took over the helm of NBC Nightly News. His initial salary was $8 million a year but it increrased to $10 million in 2006 and by last year it had spiked to $13 million, according to Celebrity Net Worth.