Dana Perino is a member of Fox News’ The Five, the network’s roundtable show that airs at 9 p.m. ET every weekeday. Thanks to a variety of outside interests and her Fox News contract, Perino has an estimated net worth in the millions.
The 45-year-old Perino is married to Peter McMahon. She was born in Evanston, Wyoming and has a Bachelors Degree in mass communication from Colorado State University-Pueblo and a Masters in public affairs reporting from the University of Illinois Springfield.
Here’s what you need to know about Perino’s net worth.
1. Perino Has an Estimated Net Worth of $4 Million
Perino has an estimated net worth of $4 million, Celebrity Net Worth estimates.
Before joining Fox News in 2009, Perino was only the second woman to serve as White House Press Secretary. She served as President George W. Bush’s last press secretary, from September 2007 until his last day in office in January 2009. She was also briefly acting press secretary for a month from March to April 2007.
Perino is also a rarity at Fox News because she had a position in the Barack Obama administration. From June 2010 to December 2012, she served as a member of the Broadcasting Board of Governors, a position that required Senate approval.
2. Perino Worked as the Editorial Director of Random House’s Conservative Imprint Crown Forum
Perino also once worked for Random House’s Crown Imprint, the publisher’s imprint for books by conservative authors. She was hired as Editorial Director in March 2011, but no longer works at Random House.
The role wasn’t just an honorary title. Random House said that one of her first projects included worked closely with Charlies Krauthammer on a book. She also collaborated with Senior Vice President Tina Constable and Executive Editor Sean Desmond.
Before that job, Perino’s experience in publishing included communications strategist on President George W. Bush’s Decision Points and working as a consultant on First Lady Laura Bush’s Spoken from the Heart.
3. Perino Wrote 2 Best-Selling Books, Including 1 About Her Dog Jasper
Perino has also earned money through her two books, both of which were published in 2016 and were best-sellers. Her first book was April 2016’s And The Good News Is…: Lessons and Advice from the Bright Side.
In an interview with The Hill, Perino explained that her book was more about the lessons she learned while working at the White House than revealing gossip about her time there.
“I wanted to share advice through anecdotes and stories shared based on all of these amazing experiences I’ve been able to have so far, including serving in the White House and being able to travel the world and work for a president that I had long admired, that I didn’t know before the 9/11 attacks but that I continue to think of as a great president, a friend and in many ways, as you’ll read in the book, a second father to me,” Perino explained to The Hill. “I talk about growing up in the West and how those Western values contributed to my upbringing.”
Perino’s sequel, published in October, has a different subject. Let Me Yell You About Jasper…: How My Best Friend Became America’s Dog is about how dogs can bring families together when politics threaten to tear them apart. She also wrote about her relationship with Jasper, who has become a social media star.
“Jasper sat with me while I wrote the book,” Perino told Fox News colleague Greg Gutfeld. “He can squeeze into any chair and often I have to write at an angle to accommodate him. Jasper can’t read, but he knows things. And actually, my favorite chapter is written in Jasper’s voice. It’s called “A Day in the Life of Jasper” and it is, in a word, hilarious.”
4. Perino & Her Husband Live in a Hell’s Kitchen Apartment
Perino and her husband, Peter McMahon, have been married since 1998. They moved to New York when Fox News hired Perino. In several interviews, Perino has mentioned that the couple, who do not have any children, live in Hell’s Kitchen.
“We live in a new building in Hell’s Kitchen, right above the Lincoln Tunnel, and we can see north, west and south,” she told Woman Around Town in 2012. “The Statue of Liberty gives me a quiet comfort every morning. I don’t like it when the fog has her covered up.”
In a 2012 interview with Market Watch, Perino said it was important to live in an apartment that allowed dogs for obvious reasons. She also said she liked the apartment’s proximity to Fox News.
5. Perino Earned $172,200 in 2008 as White House Press Secretary
According to the White House staff salary list from 2008, Perino was paid $172,200 per year during her tenure as White House Press Secretary. That was the top tier for the Bush administration. President Barack Obama’s first Press secretary Robert Gibbs, also earned $172,200 in 2009.
The max salary on the Trump Administration’s first salary list increased to $179,700. Sean Spicer, Trump’s first press secretary, was set to earn $179,700 for his first year. Sarah Huckabee Sanders, who now serves as press secretary, was being paid $165,000 as Spicer’s deputy.
“I loved that job when I worked for President George W. Bush,” Perino wrote in July. “I learned so much about my profession, my country and myself during those years. Sarah is a talented and grounded person who doesn’t need my help, but here’s my advice to her and any woman who is shooting for the moon on her chosen career path.”
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