Who is Ben Shapiro?
Benjamin Aaron Shapiro was born on 15January 1984, in Los Angeles, California USA, and is best known as a political commentator columnist, radio host, and a lawyer. Additionally, he has published books such as “Primetime Propaganda: The True Hollywood Story of How the Left Took over your TV” and “Bullies: How the Left’s Culture of Fear and Intimidation Silences Americans”. Shapiro is also widely known for his controversial views on abortion, a topic he has spoken about on many occasions.
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So just how rich is Ben Shapiro as of early 2018? According to authoritative sources, this political commentator has a net worth of over $2 million, accumulated from his career in the previously mentioned fields. His vehicles include a Range Rover and a Ford, however, there is no further information regarding his assets.
Family and Background
Shapiro is white and was born into a family of Jewish ancestry, which immigrated from Russia. He was a student of Walter Reed Middle School, and later on of Yeshiva University High School of Los Angeles, matriculating at the age of 16, in 2000, and then enrolling into the University of California, Los Angeles from which he graduated in 2004 with a Bachelor of Arts in political science, and followed by graduating summa cum laude in his law degree from Harvard Law School three years later. After that, Ben initially worked at Goodwin Procter, and as of today, he is running Benjamin Shapiro Legal Consulting, a Los Angeles-based legal consultancy firm.
Career as an Author
Aged only 17 and while still being a student at UCLA, Shapiro became the youngest columnist to be nationally syndicated in the US. Prior to turning 21, he had already written two books -“Brainwashed: How Universities Indoctrinate America’s Youth”, claiming that students ought to be exposed to several viewpoints at their universities – and “Porn Generation: How Social Liberalism is Corrupting our Future”. In 2011, his book entitled “Primetime Propaganda: The True Hollywood Story of How the Left Took Over Your TV” was published by HarperCollins, and in which Shapiro contends that Hollywood promotes bad behavior through different types of media. Two years later, his fifth book entitled “Bullies: How the Left’s Culture of Fear and Intimidation Silences Americans” was published by Threshold Editions.
Career as a journalist
In late 2013, Ben co-founded Truth Revolt, an activist news website working in association with the David Horowitz Freedom Center, having already served as editor-at-large of Breitbart News, a website established by Andrew Breitbart, but which he resigned from in early 2016, stating that the website lacked support for Michelle Fields, who was allegedly assaulted by Corey Lewandowski, a farmer manager for Donald Trump’s campaign. As of late September 2015, Shapiro established The Daily Wire, a website dedicated to conservative news, and as of today, he serves as editor-in-chief, whereas Michael Knowles works as managing editor and Jeremy Boreing as chief operating officer.
Ben is widely known for his sometimes controversial views on politics, including issues such as abortion. He was against interventionism during the Syrian Civil War, adding that it would affect America’s foreign policy and add to the instability of the region. Additionally, he was against immigration of Syrian refugees into the US and Europe, adding that their belief system is not compatible with the US and Europe. He also criticized Barack Obama’s administration, which according to him, lacked support for Israel, and also criticized a passage of the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action.
Views on Modern LiberalismShapiro’s views are described as extremely conservative by “The New York Times”, as he speaks against contemporary liberals who, according to him, create a “hierarchy of victimhood, which leads to identity politics”; “The New York Times” stated that this was his central talking point. Shapiro believes that America voting for Donald Trump was more about voting against liberals, especially against Hillary Clinton. Ben’s view on racism is that African-American people were victims throughout history, but are not victims as of today. Also, he is strongly against abortion, which he has talked about in several speeches. In addition to being an author and vertical commentator, Shapiro often speaks at universities, such as the University of Missouri, California State University and DePaul University; he is often invited to speak at events by college Republicans.
Being active in the previously mentioned field naturally means that Shapiro shares a fair amount of information with the media. He has been married to Mor Toledano, who is of American descent but is an Israeli citizen, since 2008. The couple has two children, a daughter born in 2014, and a son born two years later and the family practices Orthodox Judaism.
Facts don't care about your feelings.
— Ben Shapiro (@benshapiro) February 5, 2016
Ben Shapiro is active on social media such as Twitter and Instagram, being followed by 1.3 million people on the former, and almost 500,000 people on the latter. He uses his social media to express his political beliefs, and has recently retweeted a message regarding the situation in Syria: “The chemical attack in Syria is a horror that cannot be tolerated by responsible nations. The US must continue to lead an international effort to hold the Assad regime and Russia accountable for their actions.”