Unfortunately, the pioneering news anchor Barbara Walters has died. She passed away at the age of 93 on Friday evening, December 30, 2022, in her home surrounded by her loved ones.
Barbara Walters was a trailblazer as she became the first female co-host of NBC’s Today show. In addition to this, she also served as the first female to co-anchor the ABC Evening News program. Read on to know more about Barbara’s life including her net worth.
Barbara Walters’ net worth at the time of her death explored
Throughout her long career as a journalist which spanned over 6 decades, Barbara Walters made a pretty good fortune. She played the host for various television programs such as Today, the ABC Evening News, 20/20, and The View.
According to a report by Celebrity Net Worth, the estimated net worth of the legendary news anchor is somewhat around $170 million. Over time, she became one of the most prominent faces in the television industry.
Here’s everything you need to know about Barbara Walters early life
For those of you who are unaware, let us share with you, Barbara Walters was born on September 25, 1929, in Boston, Massachusetts to her parents Dena and Louis. Back in the day, her dad managed a nightclub called the Latin Quarter. Later on, he opened a chain of nightclubs.
In the past, Barbara’s father also worked as a Broadway producer and Entertainment Director for Las Vegas’ Tropicana Resort and Casino. She had an elder sister named Jacqueline who passed away in the year 1985. She also had a brother whose name was Burton. He died of pneumonia in 1944 when she was very young.
The famed journalist joined NBC’s The Today Show, after working as a writer and researcher for some time. She started her career on The Today Show in the early 1960s as a writer and segment producer of women’s interest stories.
Around the same time, Walters also covered stories for weather reporter on NBC’s Today Girl as well as lighter-fare stories. She shot to fame and later on, even replaced Frank McGee as Today Show co-host after he passed away in the year 1974.
During her impressive career, Barbara sat down and did interviews with many renowned personalities like Monica Lewinsky, Vladimir Putin, Oprah Winfrey, Donald Trump, The Kardashians, Mariah Carey, Fidel Castro, and many more.
A little bit about Barbara Walters’ personal life
Barbara tasted immense success in her professional life but when we talk about the personal life of the famous news anchor, it was rough. She was married four times to three different men.
Walters first marriage was with Robert Henry Katz. The pair tied the knot in the year 1955 and they decided to part ways in 1957. Then, she went on to marry famed American theatrical producer Lee Guber in 1963. The pair adopted a daughter in 1968 and they named their daughter Jacqueline. They called it quits in 1976.
Walters’ third marriage was with real estate developer Merv Adelson. The pair got married and divorced twice in the 1980s. First, they got married in 1981 and divorced in 1984. Then, they remarried in 1986 before finally ending their marriage in 1992.
May Barbara Walters’ soul rest in peace. Don’t forget to stay tuned with us for the latest updates from the world of showbiz.