Jerry Springer's Net Worth Revealed
Jerry Springer's net worth came from many years of television.
The tabloid talk show host was a fixture of daytime TV for almost 30 years, and his impact on pop culture was undeniable: He had a movie, Ringmaster, in which he played a fictionalized version of himself, and played himself in numerous other projects, including Married ... With Children and even WWE events.
Find out how much wealth Springer amassed throughout his career in politics, TV and beyond.
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How did Jerry Springer become famous?
Born Gerald Norman Springer in a Highgate subway station in London during World War II to German-Jewish refugee parents, Springer spent his early years in the U.K. before his family emigrated to the United States in 1949 when he was four years old. He grew up in Queens, New York.
Springer graduated from Tulane University with a political science degree; during his undergraduate studies he hosted a college radio show on the university's station, giving him his first taste for broadcasting. He earned his law doctorate from Northwestern University in 1968. His first political job was as a campaign adviser to Robert F. Kennedy; after Kennedy's assassination, he began practicing law.
Springer ran an unsuccessful bid for the House of Representatives in 1970. He turned his attention to local politics and won a seat on the Cincinnati City Council a year later. Three years into his term, he resigned after admitting to soliciting a prostitute (a turn of events that wouldn't have been out of place in a storyline on his talk show decades later).
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While such a scandal could potentially end political careers for most, Springer's candor regarding the incident actually earned him even more favor with his base, and he won his seat back in 1975 in a landslide victory. Two years later, he was elected Mayor of Cincinnati.
After an unsuccessful bid for governor of Ohio, Springer turned his attention to TV. He became a political commentator and later primary anchor for WLWT, Cincinnati's NBC affiliate, where he developed his trademark "Final Thoughts" catchphrase, "Take care of yourself and each other." He won 10 local Emmys for his nightly commentary.
The Jerry Springer Show debuted in 1991 to low ratings. He became a household name and a syndicated superstar three years later when he pivoted his show from informative and news-focused to tabloid, sensationalist and, yes—sometimes violent. The show lasted 27 seasons and aired its final new episode in July 2018.
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What is Jerry Springer's net worth in 2023?
At the time of his death, Springer's net worth was estimated at $60 million, which was accumulated throughout his 27 years on daytime TV.
How much does Jerry Springer make a year?
At the peak of The Jerry Springer Show, the host with the most reportedly raked in about $2 million annually.
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Is Jerry Springer a real judge or lawyer?
Springer was, indeed, a practicing lawyer for a time. He used his law school education on Judge Jerry for three seasons, but never served on the bench outside of TV.
Does Jerry Springer have a law degree?
Springer got his juris doctorate in 1968 from Northwestern University.
How is Jerry Springer so rich?
Springer amassed his wealth from 27 seasons of The Jerry Springer Show, plus hosting two seasons of America's Got Talent, three seasons of Judge Jerry, and numerous other TV and radio stints in various capacities.
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Did Jerry Springer guests get paid to be on the show?
Like most talk shows, Jerry Springer paid for guests' travel and hotel to appear on the show, as well as a small stipend for meals.
Did Jerry Springer guests get paid to fight?
Springer guests weren't paid specifically to fight, according to rumors, but it wasn't exactly discouraged.
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Was Jerry Springer on The Masked Singer?
Springer was a contestant on The Masked Singer in 2022 as Beetle.
When did Jerry Springer get canceled?
Jerry Springer was canceled in 2018.
Why did Jerry Springer resign?
Springer resigned from the Cincinnati City Council after he admitted to soliciting a prostitute and—dude, really?!—paying her by check.
Where was The Jerry Springer Show filmed?
The Jerry Springer Show taped in Chicago from 1991 to 2009, after which it was moved to Connecticut.
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