Ben Shapiro is a media and political personality, author and lawyer. In fact, he works as a columnist in the print media, as a radio talk show host, and as a political activist and commentator. As an author, Ben has written numerous New York bestselling books. He is also a renowned speaker at universities, political debates, and rallies in the USA.
Meanwhile, one outstanding thing about Ben Shapiro is that despite his penchant for polarizing arguments, his political views are never ambiguous. Moreover, he hardly ever backs down, no matter how hot it gets!
Ben Shapiro’s Fact Card
Early Years and Education
Shapiro already showed signs of greatness in his childhood. Born on January 15, 1984, as Benjamin Aaron Shapiro, the Star-child graduated from Yeshiva University High School in Los Angeles at the age of 16. Before attending Yeshiva, Shapiro was educated at Walter Reed Middle School, also in Los Angeles, where he was born and raised. Because of his extraordinary brilliance, Ben’s school had allowed him to skip grades 3 and 9, leaving high school two years early.
In 2004, at the age of 20, he earned a B.A. in Political Science from the University of California, Los Angeles. As a student, Ben was a member of the Phi Beta Kappa Brotherhood and graduated summa cum laude. Continuing his academic excellence, he also graduated cum laude from Harvard Law School three years later.
His Career Beginnings and Writing Credits
Ben Shapiro first attracted public attention in 2004 after he published the book “Brainwashed: How Universities Indoctrinate America’s Youth”, which he began writing at the age of 17. At the same age when he was a freshman at UCLA, he became the youngest nationally syndicated columnist in the United States. His parents had to sign the contract in his name because he was still considered a minor in state law at that time.
When he was 21 years old, Ben added another book to his portfolio called Porn Generation: How Social Liberalism Corrupts Our Future. His third book, Project President: Bad Hair and Botox on the Road to the White House, was published in 2008 under the patronage of Thomas Nelson. At that time he was already working as a lawyer for Goodwin Procter.
In 2011, HarperCollins published Shapiro’s fourth book, Primetime Propaganda: The True Hollywood Story of How the Left Took Over Your TV. In the same year, he became a Fellow at the David Horowitz Freedom Center and worked with them to launch the TruthRevolt website with Jeremy Boreing, which is no longer covered by the media today. In 2012, Ben Goodwin left Procter to build his own independent legal service. Next year, in 2013, Threshold Editions published his fifth book, Bullies: How the culture of left-wing fear and intimidation silences Americans. Ben Shapiro later published 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 led several media-related efforts. In 2012, he worked as the host of the morning show of KRLA-AM 870, joined Breitbart News in the same year and served as its editor-in-chief until March 2016. In 2015, Shapiro co-founded The Daily Wire, a news and opinion website with Boreing, where he also serves as editor-in-chief. The Daily Wire eventually proved to be Shapiro’s largest and most famous company. He is now also editor-in-chief and host of his own very popular political podcast during the week, The Ben Shapiro Show. Ben also contributes to the popular American news magazine Newsweek and the independent column and comic distributor Creators Syndicate.
After Ben Shapiro gained great popularity among the U.S. population, he began giving speeches at various universities in the country. It is on record that he spoke at 37 college campuses between 2016 and 2017. Despite numerous fierce opposition to the proposed speeches, Shapiro – thanks to his influential personality – made his mark on most occasions.
Ben Shapiro has received various awards and recognition for his contributions to his various fields of work. These include two Dupont Prizes, two Peabody Prizes and one Emma Prize. He has also once made it onto the list of the prestigious SXSW film festival. For his contributions as an author, editor, and activist, Ben Shapiro has amassed an impressive fortune, reportedly estimated at $3 million, with an annual income of $65,000.
Who Are Ben Shapiro’s Family Members?
Ben Shapiro comes from a Jewish family with Russian immigrant parents, both of whom worked in Hollywood. While his father, David, worked as a composer, his mother was an executive of a television company. Although Shapiro was not content with a career in show business, his parents’ professions influenced his social exposure and world view to some extent.
He shares his parents with his younger sister Abigail Shapiro, an opera singer. She is also a make-up artist, blogger, and YouTuber. In 2016, Abigail suffered verbal attacks in the social media of old right-wing societies and websites that hated her brother’s conservative views. In the meantime, it is remarkable that many websites confuse Ben’s sister with Abigail Shapiro of the Shapiro sisters (Abigail & Milly). However, they are not identical. To clear up this confusion, Ben’s real sister is listed under the social media name @ClassicallyAbby.
Also worth mentioning is Ben Shapiro’s cousin Mara Wilson, who works as a writer and actress. Wilson first became known in the 1990s as a child actress with her roles in Mrs. Doubtfire, Miracle on 34th Street and Matilda. Today, she works mainly as a writer and only appears in a few television series and podcasts.
Ben Shapiro’s Wife and Kids
Shapiro and Tolenado married in 2008, about a year after their engagement in 2007, and since they were practicing Jews, they married in Israel, according to the Jewish faith. The couple maintains a smooth relationship and has two lovely children. Their first child is a daughter born in 2014 named Leeya, while their second child is a son born in 2016.
Ben Shapiro’s wife is Mor Toledano, an Israeli doctor of Jewish-Moroccan descent. Like Ben, Mor is a graduate of UCLA. She also studied medicine at UCLA’s David Geffen College. Unlike her husband, however, Mor keeps a low profile and stays out of the spotlight and social media. Tolenado, born in 1988, is about four years younger than Shapiro.