BORN IN 1923, television personality and game show host Bob Barker turned 98 years old on December 12, 2021.
From his time spent on television, Barker has amassed quite a fortune.
Who is Bob Barker?
Robert William Barker hails from Darrington, Washington. He trained as a US Navy fighter pilot during World War II, and graduated with a Bachelor of Arts degree in 1947 from Drury College (now University).
After his graduation, Barker began working at a radio station in California. He quickly got the attention of the man behind game show Truth or Consequences, Ralph Edwards.
In 1956, Barker became the host of the television series, working on the show until 1975.
The Price Is Right returned to TV in 1972, after a seven-year hiatus. Barker went on to become the host of the beloved game show, where he stayed until 2007.
Aside from his time spent on game shows, Barker is a well-known animal rights activist.
He notably ended each episode of The Price Is Right with “Help control the pet population. Have your pet spayed or neutered.”
In 1994, he established the DJ&T Foundation to fund the sterilization of pets, and in 2009, he donated $5million to the Sea Shepherd Conservation Society.
What is his net worth?
According to Celebrity Net Worth, Bob Barker has an estimated net worth of around $70million.
The site estimates Barker to have an annual take-home salary of about $10million.
Barker made a cameo appearance in 1996’s Happy Gilmore alongside Adam Sandler.
He released an autobiography, Priceless Memories, in 2009.
Since his retirement, Barker has appeared on The Price Is Right numerous times. Once in 2009 to promote his new book and again in 2013 to celebrate his 90th birthday.
He also performed an April Fool’s Day joke on the show in 2015, briefly taking over host duties from Drew Carey.
Is Bob Barker married?
In 1945, Bob Barker married his highschool sweetheart, Dorothy Jo Gideon.
She was diagnosed with lung cancer just six months before she passed away, in 1981.
In 1999, Barker told People: “We fell in love as kids. And we stayed in love.”
After her death, Barker claimed he would never remarry.
“Dorothy Jo was the love of my life,” he reportedly said at the time.
Does Bob Barker have children?
Bob Barker does not have any children.
He is a 19-time Emmy Award winner, with five Daytime Emmy Awards for Outstanding Game Show Host.
In 2004, Barker was inducted into the Television Hall of Fame.
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