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Benjamin Aaron Shapiro

January 15, 1984 (1984-01-15) (age 37)
Education YULA (Highschool)
Alma mater University of California, Los Angeles (BA)
Harvard Law School (JD)
  • Political commentator
  • media host
  • columnist
Movement American conservatism
Mor Toledano (m. 2008)
Children 3
Relatives Mara Wilson (cousin)

Benjamin Aaron Shapiro (born January 15, 1984) is an American conservative political commentator and media host. At age 17, he became the youngest nationally syndicated columnist in the United States. He writes columns for Creators Syndicate, Newsweek, and Ami Magazine, serves as editor emeritus for The Daily Wire, which he founded, and hosts The Ben Shapiro Show, a daily political podcast and live radio show. He was editor-at-large of Breitbart News between 2012 and 2016. Shapiro has written eleven books.

Early life

Shapiro was born in Los Angeles, California, to a Conservative Jewish family of Russian-Jewish and Lithuanian-Jewish ancestry. At the age of 9, he transitioned with his family to Orthodox Judaism. He started playing violin at a young age, and performed at the Israel Bonds Banquet in 1996 at twelve years of age. His parents both worked in Hollywood. His mother was an executive of a TV company and his father worked as a composer.

Skipping two grades (third and ninth), Shapiro went from Walter Reed Middle School in The Valley to Yeshiva University High School of Los Angeles in Westside, Los Angeles, where he graduated in 2000 at age 16. He graduated from the University of California, Los Angeles in 2004 summa cum laude, at age 20, with a Bachelor of Arts degree in political science, and then from Harvard Law School in 2007 cum laude. He then worked at the law offices of Goodwin Procter. As of March 2012, he ran an independent legal consultancy firm, Benjamin Shapiro Legal Consulting, in Los Angeles.


Shapiro has interviewed Nikki Haley, Stephen Harper, Steven Crowder, David French, Jonah Goldberg and Dennis Prager. Ted Cruz is familiar with Shapiro and an admirer of his work. Shapiro was mentioned by name in a leaked Google e-mail about radical YouTube content which called Shapiro, Jordan Peterson and Dennis Prager Nazis.

The Economist published an interview with him calling him alt-right but then said that he was a critic of the alt-right, apologized, and described him as "radical conservative". He writes for some newspapers and magazines including The Washington Post. The Atlantic and The New York Times describe his political philosophy as either conservatism or extreme conservatism.

Shapiro said, "Facts don't care about your feelings."

Personal life

Shapiro's sister is Abigail Shapiro, an opera singer. Shapiro is a cousin of writer and actress Mara Wilson.

In 2008, Shapiro married Mor Toledano, an Israeli medical doctor of Moroccan descent, and they lived in Los Angeles. The couple have three children: two daughters and a son. They practice Orthodox Judaism.

In September 2020, Shapiro announced that he and his family were moving out of California. Shapiro relocated the headquarters of his Daily Wire enterprise to Nashville, Tennessee, but he resettled in South Florida.

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