Geraldo Rivera is a political commentator, attorney, journalist, author, and former television host from America. From 1987 to 1998, he hosted the tabloid talk show Geraldo. What is Geraldo Rivera’s net worth? Let’s find out about it here with the other information related to Geraldo Rivera.
Geraldo Rivera’s Net Worth
According to Celebrity Net Worth, Geraldo Rivera has a net worth of $20 million. He was firstly popular in the 70s and 80s and he won awards for his investigative journalism reports on abused patients, Elvis Presley’s death and John Lennon’s death. He hosted a number of talk shows and now he is the host of Geraldo at Large on Fox.
In 2015, he purchased an apartment worth $5.6 million. Now, it is rented out to a fashion designing firm. Geraldo Rivera has a 13,000 square feet mansion that he sold off with a profit of $2.6 million. In New York, it was one of the most expensive properties.
He has royalties of some best selling books. He also has been part of a lot of successful programs and each of his shows is not worth less than a million.
Geraldo Rivera’s Early Life
Geraldo Rivera was born as Gerald Riviera. He was born on July 4th, 1943 in New York City. He is the son of Lillian and Cruz ‘Allen’ Rivera, who was a restaurant worker and cab driver respectively. His father was a Puerto Rican and his mother was of Russian descent.
Geraldo Rivera grew up in Brooklyn and West Babylon, New York. There, he attended West Babylon High School.
From 1961 to 1963, Geraldo Rivera was a student of the State University of New York Maritime College. There, he became a member of the rowing team. Then, he transferred to the University of Arizona and from there, he graduated with a B.S. in business administration.
Geraldo Rivera did a series of jobs ranging from clothing salesman to short-order cook. Then, he registered at Brooklyn Law School in 1966. When he was a student of law school, he held internships with the New York County District Attorney under crime-fighter Frank Hogan and Harlem Assertion of Rights. He did it before he received his J.D. near the top of his class in 1969.
In the summer of 1969, he held a Reginald Heber Smith Fellowship in poverty law at the University of Pennsylvania Law School. He did it before he was admitted to the New York State Bar later that year. After he worked with such organizations as the lower Manhattan-based Community Action for Legal Services and the National Lawyers Guild, then he became a frequent attorney for the Puerto Rican activist group, the Young Lords, which eventually precipitated his entry into private practice.
This work could attract the attention of WABC-TV news director Al Primo when Geraldo Rivera was interviewed about the group’s occupation of an East Harlem church in 1969. Geraldo Rivera was offered a job as a reporter by Primo but he was not happy with the first name ‘Gerald’ and he wanted something more identifiably Latino. So, they agreed to go with the pronunciation which is used by the Puerto Rican side of the Rivera family, namely Geraldo.
Geraldo Rivera lacked journalistic experience. Because of it, in 1970 ABC arranged for him to study introductory broadcast journalism under Fred Friendly in the Ford Foundation-funded Summer Program in Journalism for Members of Minority Group. It was at the Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism.
Geraldo Rivera’s Career
In 1970, Geraldo Rivera was hired as a reporter for Eyewitness News by WABC-TV. In 1972, he could garner national attention and then he won Peabody Award for his report about the neglect and abuse of patients with intellectual disabilities at Staten Island’s Willowbrook State School. In 1978 and 1979, he started to appear on ABC national programs like 20/20 and Nightline after their launches.
John Lennon watched Rivera’s report about the patients at Willowbrook and after that, on August 30, 1972, John Lennon and Geraldo Rivera held a benefit concert named One to One at Madison Square Garden in New York City.
In July 1973, Geraldo Rivera taped the pilot episode of Good Night America and it started its semi-regular airing from April 1974 to June 1977 as part of the ABC’s Wide World of Entertainment program block.
On May 19, 1983, Geraldo Rivera broadcast the first U.S. network television mention of AIDS by this name. On April 21st, 1986, Geraldo Rivera became a host of The Mystery of Al Capone’s Vaults.
In 1987, Geraldo Rivera started to produce and host the daytime talk show Geraldo. This show ran for 11 years. Then, Geraldo Rivera became a host at Rivera Live, a CNBC evening news and interview show from 1994 to 2001. This show aired on weeknights.
In 2009, he voiced newscaster Morty Williams in Phineas and Ferb in an episode entitled Phineas and Ferb Get Busted!.
In November 2001, Geraldo Rivera left CNBC to be a Fox News correspondent. In 2008, his book entitled HisPanic: Why Americans Fear Hispanics in the U.S was released. On January 3rd, 2012, he started to host a weekday radio talk show on WABC in New York. On January 30th, 2012, he also started to host a weekday show on KABC in Los Angeles.
In 2015, Geraldo Rivera competed on the 14th season of the television series The Celebrity Apprentice. There, he was eventually in the second position after Leeza Gibbons. Nevertheless, Geraldo Rivera still collected the highest amount of money out of any contestant in the season where he collected $726,000, $12,000 more than Gibbons.
He becomes a host in the news magazine program Geraldo at Large and appears regularly on Fox News Channel. He went on to be the host of weekday talk radio show on WABC and then there was a leadership change at parent company Cumulus Media and it made his contract not being renewed in November 2015.
Geraldo Rivera is also an author. There are a number of books that he published and some of them are Willowbrook: A report on how it is and why it doesn’t have to be that way, Miguel Robles – So Far, Puerto Rico: Island of Contrasts, A Special Kind of Courage: Profiles of young Americans and some other books.