Robin Roberts, 55, has been anchoring ABC‘s Good Morning America since 2005, following over a decade at ESPN on SportsCenter. She’s now co-anchoring GMA with George Stephanopoulos and the team has helped the show storm back to the top of the morning show ratings. In April 2012, it finally ended a 16-year streak at the top held by NBC’s Today Show.
Roberts has shared her life struggles with her audience. She has successfully battled breast cancer and she was absent from GMA for an extended period after being diagnosed with a bone marrow disease called myelodysplastic syndrome (MDS). Her openness about the fight helped raise awareness for the disease and she was awarded the Arthur Ashe Courage Award at the ESPYs in 2013.
Thanks to her success on television, Roberts has an estimated net worth of $25 million, according to Celebrity Net Worth.
Here’s a look at how she earns her money and what she does with it.
1. Roberts Makes $14 Million a Year at ‘GMA’
Roberts signed her most recent multi-year contract extension with ABC in December 2013, reports Page Six. She reportedly makes $14 million a year from deal. However, a RadarOnline report suggested that she is actually paid $20 million a year.
Although she is paid the most annually among the GMA anchors, George Stephanopolous isn’t far behind. He now makes $12 million a year after signing a blockbuster $105 million, multi-year deal with ABC in April 2014.
Despite the GMA team’s success, Stephanopolous and Roberts are still paid less than Today‘s Matt Lauer. He reportedly earns between $22 million and $25 million a year.
2. She Wrote Two Books & Both Landed on New York Times Bestseller List
Roberts has written two books and both of them were on the New York Times Bestseller List. Hr first book was 2007’s From The Heart: Seven Rules To Live By, which was later re-published in 2008 with an eight rule. The book gives readers Roberts’ eight rules that helped her on her road to success. It was published as Roberts fought breast cancer.
In 2014, Roberts published Everybody’s Got Something after her bone marrow transplant and return to GMA. It was published by Hachette’s Grand Central Publishing and co-written with Veronica Chambers.
“I am humbled that many have an interest, and draw strength from my on-going journey,” Roberts said in a statement. “I’m grateful for the prayers and well wishes of so many people. I’m thrilled that Jamie Raab and Grand Central Publishing will help me tell my story.”
3. Roberts Teamed up With BeTheMatch.org to Promote Bone Marrow Donations
After Roberts was diagnosed with myelodysplastic syndrome and was lucky enough to find a donor for a bone marrow transplant (he sister Sally-Ann), she added another charitable cause to her schedule. She first started working with BeTheMatch.org in September 2012, when she made a PSA that first aired on GMA. The group bills itself as “the global leader in providing bone marrow and umbilical cord blood transplants to patients with leukemia, lymphoma and other life-threatening diseases.”
“I have a chance to survive blood cancer because my big sister answered ‘yes’ to being my marrow donor,” Roberts says in the PSA. “You can join the Be The Match Registry today at BeTheMatch.org, and stand ready to cure someone with a disease like leukemia.”
BeTheMatch.org also sells Robin Roberts Prayer for Protection Wristbands for $5.
4. She Once Drove the Pace Car for Indy 500
“I am thrilled beyond words to be the Pace Car driver for this year’s Indianapolis 500,” Roberts said in a statement. “I’ve watched the race for years, and never in my wildest dreams did I think I would be starting one of the premier American sporting events. If you see an extra car in the field, it will be me!”
While Roberts attended Southeastern Louisiana University, she was a star basketball player for the team, with 1,446 points; 1,034 rebounds and 114 games played between 1979 and 1983. In January 2011, her Number 21 was retired by the university.
5. Roberts & the ‘GMA’ Team Had the Most Viewers for the 2015-16 TV Season
Roberts and the rest of the Good Morning America team have helped the show attract the most overall viewers during the 2015-2016 television season, although the show was down from the previous season. Broadcasting & Cable reported that GMA averaged 4.94 million viewers, just ahead of Today‘s 4.71 million viewers and far ahead of CBS This Morning‘s 3.67 million average.
However, that was down 10 percent from the previous season and could not stop Today from being the top-rated news show in the key 25-54 demographic. GMA has attracted viewership thanks to its lighter direction and Roberts has gained a healthy social media following. She has 1 million Twitter followers, 702,000 likes on Facebook and 260,000 followers on Instagram.
The battle for morning ratings supremacy has been competitive since 2012, when GMA finally broke Today‘s 16-year winning streak. Good Morning America also won the Daytime Emmy Award for outstanding Program in 2008, 2009 and 2014. In 2007, when the category was introduced, the show tied with Today for the award.