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Ben Shapiro is a media and political personality, author, and attorney. He precisely works as a print media columnist, radio talk show host, as well as political activist/commentator. As an author, Ben has numerous New York Bestseller books to his credit. He is also a renowned speaker at colleges, political debates, and rallies across the U.S.
Meanwhile, one outstanding thing about Ben Shapiro is that despite being fond of making points that polarize his audience, his political views are never ambiguous. In addition, he scarcely backs down, no matter how hot it gets!
Ben Shapiro’s Early Years and Education
Shapiro started showing signs of greatness right from his childhood. Born Benjamin Aaron Shapiro on January 15, 1984, the star child graduated from the Yeshiva University High School of Los Angeles as young as 16. That was in the year 2000. Before attending Yeshiva, Shapiro schooled at Walter Reed Middle School, also in Los Angeles where he was born and raised. Owing to his extraordinary brilliance, Ben’s school had allowed him to skip grades 3 and 9 which saw him leave high school two years earlier.
In 2004, at 20, he earned a B.A in Political Science from the University of California, Los Angeles. As a college student, Ben belonged to the Phi Betta Kappa fraternity and graduated summa cum laude. Continuing his academic excellence, he also graduated cum laude from the Harvard Law School three years later.
His Career Beginnings and Writing Credits
Ben Shapiro initially gained public attention in 2004 after he released Brainwashed: How Universities Indoctrinate America’s Youth, a book he started writing when he was 17. At that same age, while still a freshman at UCLA, he became the youngest nationally syndicated columnist in the U.S.A. His parents actually had to sign the contract on his behalf since he was at the time still regarded as a minor by the state laws.
By the time he was 21, Ben added another book to his portfolio titled Porn Generation: How Social Liberalism Is Corrupting Our Future. His third book, Project President: Bad Hair and Botox on the Road to the White House came in 2008 under the auspices of Thomas Nelson. By that time, he was practicing law at Goodwin Procter.
In 2011, HarperCollins published Shapiro’s fourth book, Primetime Propaganda: The True Hollywood Story of How the Left Took Over Your TV. The same year, he became a fellow at the David Horowitz Freedom Center and collaborated with them to co-launch TruthRevolt, now defunct media watchdog website with Jeremy Boreing. In 2012, Ben left Goodwin Procter for his own independent legal consultancy service. The next year being 2013, Threshold Editions released his fifth book, Bullies: How the Left’s Culture of Fear and Intimidation Silences Americans. Ben Shapiro later released his sixth book, The Right Side of History: How Reason and Moral Purpose Made the West Great in 2019.
Media Career and Rise to Fame
Ben Shapiro has helmed several media-related endeavors. In 2012, he worked as the host of KRLA-AM 870’s morning radio show, the same year he joined Breitbart News, working as their editor-at-large until March 2016. In 2015, Shapiro alongside Boreing founded The Daily Wire, a news and opinion website where he also serves as the editor-in-chief. The Daily Wire eventually turned out to be Shapiro’s major fame-making venture. Meanwhile, he is also the editor-in-chief and host of his own very popular weekdays’ political podcast, The Ben Shapiro Show. Ben also makes contributions to the popular American news magazine, Newsweek and the independent columns and comic strips distributor, Creators Syndicate.
Having garnered much popularity among the U.S populace, Ben Shapiro began delivering speeches at various campuses across the country. It is on record that he spoke at 37 college campuses between 2016 and 2017. Despite numerous fierce opposition against proposed speeches, Shapiro, on most occasions, had his way – owing to his influential personality.
Ben Shapiro has so far earned different awards and recognition for his contributions in his various fields of endeavor. Among them are two Dupont Awards, two Peabody Awards, and an Emma Award. He has also once made it to the list of the reputable SXSW Film Festival. For his contributions as an author, editor, and activist, Ben Shapiro has amassed an impressive net worth that reportedly stands at an estimated $3 million, with a yearly income of $65k.
Who Are Ben Shapiro’s Family Members?
Ben Shapiro comes from a Jewish family with Russian migrant parents who both worked in Hollywood. While his father, David, worked as a composer, his mother was a TV company executive. Although Shapiro did not settle for a career in showbiz, his parents’ occupations influenced his societal exposure and view of the world to some extent.
Sharing his parents with him is Ben’s younger sister, Abigail Shapiro, an operatic singer. She is also a makeup artist, blogger, and YouTuber. In 2016, Abigail suffered social media from alt-right societies and websites who hated her brother’s conservative opinions. Meanwhile, it is worthy of note that many sites mistake Ben’s sister for of (Abigail & Milly). They are, however, not the same. To help clarify this mixup, Ben’s real sister goes by the social media name, .
Also worthy of mention is Ben Shapiro’s cousin, Mara Wilson who works as a writer and an actress. Wilson initially gained prominence in the 1990s as a child actress with her roles in Mrs. Doubtfire, Miracle on 34th Street, and Matilda. She now works mainly as a writer, making acting appearances only in a few TV series and podcasts.
Ben Shapiro’s Wife and Kids
Shapiro and Tolenado got married in 2008, about one year after their engagement in 2007. Being practicing Jews, they wedded in Israel, according to the Jewish faith. The couple has been maintaining a smooth relationship and has two lovely kids together. Their first child is a daughter named Leeya born in 2014 while their second is a son born in 2016.
Ben Shapiro’s wife is Mor Toledano, an Israeli medical doctor of Jewish-Moroccan descent. Just like Ben, Mor is also a UCLA graduate. She also studied medicine at UCLA’s David Geffen College. Unlike her husband, however, Mor keeps a low profile, staying out of the limelight and social media. Born in 1988, Tolenado is about four years younger than Shapiro.