Bill Simmons is a sports journalist, analyst, and author based in the United States with a net worth of $100 million. He was formerly the Editor-in-Chief of Grantland.com, an ESPN-affiliated website that discontinued publication in 2015.
He has also contributed editorials and podcasts to the website and ESPN in the past. He was formerly a contributor to ESPN The Magazine and Jimmy Kimmel Live! Bill now runs the sports and pop culture website The Ringer.
Bill Simmons was born in Marlborough, Massachusetts, on September 25, 1969. He attended Holy Cross College and authored sports pieces for the school newspaper. He subsequently attended Boston University and received a master’s degree in print journalism.
After graduating from college, Bill worked in various professions for eight years before getting a job with ESPN. He worked for the Boston Herald and as a high school sports writer throughout those eight years. In 1997, he launched the website BostonSportsGuy.com.
To make ends meet, he worked as a waiter and bartender. By 2001, his site had grown to an average of 10,000 daily visitors and 45,000 pageviews. ESPN approached him at this time to write regular sports essays for its website and magazine.
Bill relocated to Los Angeles in 2003 after landing a job as a writer on Jimmy Kimmel Live! On the side, he kept writing for ESPN. He departed the show in 2004 to pursue a career in sports journalism.
Along with writing for ESPN.com, he had his podcast, The B.S. The report, on ESPN.com, appeared as a special contributor on the television series E:60 and works as an executive producer for ESPN’s documentary project 30 for 30.
Simmons started Grantland.com, an online magazine, on June 8, 2011. He began releasing his Sports Guy articles and B.S. Report podcasts on Grantland about the same time.
Bill Simmons Earnings:
How much money did Bill Simmons earn at ESPN? $3 million annually. His podcast produces $7 million in income each year, according to reports.
Simmons is well-known for his writing style, which incorporates sports knowledge and analysis, pop culture allusions, and his non-sports-related personal life, and is written from the perspective of a die-hard sports fan.
Simmons is also credited with creating various online memes, most notably the Ewing Theory (though he insists he did not originate the concept) and the Manning Face.
In 2007, he was named the Sports Business Journal’s 12th-most significant person in internet sports, the highest-ranking for a non-executive. Simmons joined ESPN/NBA ABC’s Countdown pregame program in 2012, replacing Chris Broussard.
Simmons announced his departure from ESPN in 2015 and was promptly hired by HBO to host his show, Any Given Wednesday. In November 2016, the show was canceled.
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Simmons founded The Ringer in February 2016 as part of his newly formed Bill Simmons Media Group. The Ringer launched officially on June 1, 2016. Within a few years, the firm grew into a hugely successful podcast network with over 30 shows, including his own “The Bill Simmons Podcast” and “The Rewatchables.”
The Ringer was bought by Spotify in January 2020 for an undisclosed – but rumored – acquisition price of between $200 and $300 million. The Ringer had 90 workers at the time of the acquisition, most of whom created daily material for the company’s website.
According to the Wall Street Journal, Spotify invested $400 million in acquiring podcast network Gimlet Media in 2019. Gimlet earned $15 million in revenue in 2018. In 2019, The Ringer was estimated to have made $15 million in revenue.
Bill spent $16 million for a property in Los Angeles’s Hancock Park area in April 2020. According to a 2018 LA Times report, Bill has five other residences in Los Angeles in addition to the one he purchased for $16 million in April 2020.