Bob Barker is a well-known former television game show host from America. He is best known for hosting ‘The Price Is Right’ on CBS from 1972 to 2007. He has also hosted ‘Truth or Consequences’ for 18 years. Prior to beginning his career in television, Barker used to work for radio. He was the host of his own radio show called ‘The Bob Barker Show’. Keep reading to know more about Bob Barker’s net worth in 2018.
Bob Barker Early Life
Robert William Barker was born on December 12, 1923, in Darrington, Washington to his parents Matilda (“Tillie”) Valandra and Byron John Barker. He spent most of his life in South Dakota.
He completed his schooling in 1941 from Central High School in Springfield, Missouri. He has earned his bachelor’s degree in economics from Drury University. During World War II, he worked as a fighter pilot in the United States Navy. In 1979, he became a vegetarian.
In January 1945, Bob Barker got married to Dorothy Jo Gideon who was his high school girlfriend. They were married for 36 years until Dorothy’s death in 1981. They did not have any children nor was Barker remarried again. In 1989, he was in a relationship with Dain Parkinson; it ended in 1991.
Bob Barker Career
When still in college, Bob Barker used to work at KTTS-FM Radio. Following that, he became an announcer and news editor in Palm Beach’s WWPG 1340 AM. He moved to California in 1950 for a career in broadcasting. Later, he became the host of the show called ‘The Bob Barker Show’.
He has also hosted a radio show for Los Angeles’s KNX (AM). In 1956, Barker became the host of ‘Truth or Consequences’. The show became popular, and he hosted the show till 1974. In 1957, he became the host of NBC’s ‘End of the Rainbow’.
Barker has hosted the game show called ‘The Family Game’ in 1967. Later, he became the host of ‘Simon Says’ on NBC. In 1972, he became the host of The Price Is Right on CBS. He hosted the show till 2007 and became the longest-running game show in entire North America.
In 1980, he hosted the series ‘That’s My Line’. Additionally, he has also hosted the Miss USA and Miss Universe beauty pageants from 1967 to 1987. He is the longest-serving host of both the pageants.
Awards & Achievements
In 2004, Bob Barker was inducted into the Television Hall of Fame and was also inducted into the NAB Broadcasting Hall of Fame in 2009. He has won the Emmy Awards 19 times in his career. He has also got a Star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame. In 2009, he won the WWE Slammy Award as the Best Guest Host of Raw. He is also the winner of the Lifetime Achievement Award from GSN. In 2007, he was inducted into the Hall of Famous Missourians.
Net Worth of Bob Barker
Bob Barker has an estimated net worth of more than $70 million. He inherited this fortune by hosting a number of game shows in his career. His estimated annual salary is $10 million. Part of his wealth also comes by appearing in other TV and films. Some of his television and film credits include ‘Something So Right’, ‘Family Guy’, ‘Tattletales’, ‘Match Game’, ‘Pillsbury Bake-Off’, The Tonight Show’, and ‘The Bold and the Beautiful’.
Bob Barker is considered one of the most popular TV game show hosts in the world. His popularity made him appear on many talk shows. He has also served as the guest host of ‘The Huckabee Show’. He is an animal rights activist and has donated in millions to various organisations.