Geraldo Rivera Net Worth
Geraldo Rivera is an American attorney, reporter, author, and talk show host, who has made a name for himself, by bringing controversial issues to light of the American people. He became very well known in the late 1980’s with his television talk show Geraldo. He has made a name for himself by investigating topics and telling hard truths that the American people have always had questions about. He has pushed to open the eyes of people in the world and not hesitated once with showing people what needed to be shown, whether it was happening in their own backyard or around the world. The estimated net worth of Geraldo Rivera is $17 million.
Geraldo Rivera was born on July 4, 1943 in New York City, New York to Lillian Friedman and Cruz Rivera, a restaurant worker and cab driver. While his father was a Catholic Puerto Rican, his mother was Ashekenazi Russian Jewish descent, and Geraldo Rivera was raised to be mostly Jewish. Growing up in Brooklyn and West Babylon, New York, he attended, West Babylon High School. With racism, playing a big part where he grew up, his family began to spell their name differently, spelling it, Riviera, instead of Rivera, because they wanted it to sound less ethnic. Once, Geraldo Rivera started attending college in 1961, he attended, State University of New York Maritime College, where he was on the rowing team. He graduated from the University of Arizona in 1965, with a Bachelor’s degree in Business Administration. After graduating with his business degree, he held many different jobs, ranging from short order cooks to a clothing salesman, before enrolling in Brooklyn Law School in 1966. While attending law school, he held internships with the New York District Attorney, under Frank Hogan and Harlem Assertion of Rights, before he received his Juris Doctor degree near the top of his class. IN 1969, he received a fellowship at the University of Pennsylvania Law School, before being admitted to the New York State Bar later that year. Geraldo spent a lot of his younger years being a hardworking student with the goal of fighting for those who couldn’t fight for themselves. He has come a long way to be the lawyer and journalist he is today.
Geraldo Rivera became a hardworking fighter of rights for people who did not have the voice to fight for themselves and he started this fight as an attorney for Puerto Rican activists in New York, which led to television interviews. From these interviews, he realized that journalism was his big break to get the voice of the unheard out. After taking on his curiosity of journalism, he started working for both Good Morning America and 20/20. However, Geraldo Rivera stayed with ABC until 1985, when he was fired for insulting ABC new president Roone Arledge and refused to air a colleague’s story on the relationship between John F. Kennedy and Marilyn Monroe. In 1986, Rivera, ran a story that attracted millions of viewers from around the world, which was a live two hour syndicated event. The Mystery of Al Capone’s Vault, made millions of people watch in curiosity only to find that the vault was empty after opening it at the former Chicago’s gangster’s headquarters. The next year, Rivera began hosting his own talk show, called, Geraldo, which aired between 1987 to 1998. He was known for his theatrics and controversial guests. One example of him having controversial guests, was when he had white supremacists, skinheads, and a black activist on his show. By the time the episode ended, there was an on air brawl and Geraldo ended up with a broken nose. With the popularity of his show, he also produced a prime-time special, Devil Worship: Exposing Satan’s Underground, in 1988, which led to him having to apologize publicly, because sensationalized the belief that Satanism was widespread throughout the country and it led many to be accused as well as convicted of child abuse. With Geraldo’s popularity flourishing, in 1994, he signed to CNBC, for his own special, called Rivera Live. After three years of working with CNBC, he signed with NBC as a reporter, covering the impeachment of Bill Clinton. Years later, in 2001, Rivera joined FOX news channel as a war correspondent, but with his corresponding from Afghanistan and Iraq, he sparked controversies, because of his inaccurate reporting in Afghanistan and because he drew a map in the sand on camera, describing the U.S. movements of the unit in Iraq. From 2005 to 2007, Geraldo Rivera, hosted the program, At Large With Geraldo Rivera and from 2007 to 2014, he hosted Geraldo at Large. During his time on both of these shows he had still managed to bring controversy to his stories. Some of these stories included, an interview with Michael Jackson, before a trial on child molestation charges and the comments he made about the Trayvon Martin shooting. Outside of Rivera’s work as a journalist, Rivera has made appearances in the films, The Bonfires of the Vanities, in 1988 and Natural Born Killers in 1994. Rivera has also written several books over the years, which includes an autobiography, titled, Exposing Myself, in 1992, and The Great Progression: How Hispanics Will Lead America to a New Era of Prosperity in 2009. With the more than thirty years of hard core law and journalism coverage under his belt, Geraldo Rivera, has become one of the most well known and respected journalists in the world.
Over the years of bringing viewers, hardcore news coverage, Geraldo Rivera, has been a known voice, who became known for getting the truth out for every story he talked about. His work and research has paid with him being awarded, with a Peabody Award, in 1972, for his story, on the abuse of patients at Willowbrook State School, a New York institution for the mentally ill. Rivera also won the ALMA Award for Outstanding Host in a National Information Program, in 2001.
Net Worth of Geraldo Rivera
With Rivera being a hard hitting journalist, who has known how to get the stories that other journalists can’t, he has made a name for himself, as someone who will not back down, until the truth is told. Aside from being a journalist for FOX news in 2012, Rivera, has also hosted a one day a week radio talk show, between Rush Limbaugh and IMUS in the morning on WABC. Geraldo Rivera’s net worth is $17 million and he owes much of his success to his work as a journalist over the years as well as his work as being a talk show host. He can also pay tribute to his authorship of the books he has written over the years.
Although Geraldo Rivera, has been a hard hitting journalist, who has been known to have brought controversy to his viewers time and time again, his personal life, seems to be somewhat complex as well. He has been married five times, with his first four marriages ending in divorce. He married his fifth wife, Erica Levy, in 2003 and they two have a daughter, named, Solita Liliana. However, Rivera, has four children from his previous relationships.
Geraldo Rivera has been a constant voice for journalism and fighting injustice for over thirty years. He has worked hard to bring the knowledge of what the world needs to know to the eyes of the viewers. His love of journalism has shown passionately over the years, and he will forever be known as the journalist, who will never back down from injustice.
Geraldo Rivera Net Worth