Don Francisco is a popular television host of America who hosts TV shows for Spanish speaking viewers in the United States. His popular TV shows like Sabado Gigante and ‘Don Francisco presents’ boasts of millions of viewers across many countries. He holds a Guinness book of record for the longest running TV variety show which ran for more than fifty-three years.
His shows are not only for the Hispanic community of North America but also for a dozen other countries where the Spanish language is spoken.
Don Francisco shows are not only the longest running shows on TV but also have a wide variety of content which is the main reason for their wide popularity. His net worth grew with the popularity of his shows. Let us see how much he earns and what is his net worth in 2019.
Don Francisco was born in Talca, Chile on December 28, 1940, to Anna and Erick Krentzberger, German Jewish refugees who fled to escape from World War-II and the threat by Nazi regime under Adolf Hitler. His mother was a classical singer and father, a tailor. He dabbled in singing as well as tailoring, but his destiny was elsewhere.
His father sent him to the US in 1995 to study fashion design, but Don Francisco was more interested in TV and thought that it was his future. He learnt technical aspects of TV production at Catholic University in Santiago and later debuted in the TV show ‘Sabado Gigante’ (Giant Saturday) in August 1962 in a long eight-hour format which was later reduced to three hours, but the style of the programme was the same.
Don Francisco debuted with the TV show Sabado Gigante in 1962 in which he adopted many ideas of American TV. The show was a big hit amongst the Chilean public and went on for 53 years creating a world record. In 1986 the show reduced its running time to three hours and Univision, Miami, Florida was its producer. It was a variety show that included contests, comedy, interviews and travelling camera section. Don Francisco travelled to 185 countries worldwide for his show and also interviewed many celebrities including Bill Gates, three presidents of US and Robert Duran.
He appeared in the film ‘The 33’ which is about Copiapo mining accident. His new show on TV ‘Don Francisco Te invita’ debuted on TV on 9th October 2015.
Awards and achievements:
Don Francisco was inducted into Hollywood walk of fame in the year 2001. His show Sabado Gigantes was longest and most popular show with millions of viewers and held the Guinness Book of World record for the same reason. It ran for 53 years 42 days.
Don Francisco was inducted into 21st Academy of Television Arts and Science Hall of Fame in 2012, honouring his outstanding contribution to the TV. On September 2015, the New York City named a city street in Washington Heights, Manhattan as ‘Don Francisco Boulevard’.
He was honoured by Telemundo TV in August 2015 in Miami, Florida for his contribution to the TV. He was presented with ‘Giants of giants’ Award.
Net worth of Don Francisco
His net worth is estimated $220 million. He loves a good life as well as sharing his wealth for charity. His 8171 Sq feet home at Indian Creek Island, Florida with 6 bedrooms and 6 baths was built in 1987 when it was valued at 2.6 million dollars and may be worth much more today.
His TV shows attract millions of viewers and generate enough revenue for him as his popularity continues to rise.
Don Francisco being the host of TV show Sabado Gigante became extremely popular in Chile and was an icon and a most popular celebrity in the nation of 13 million people.
He was loved by many for his major philanthropic efforts with his national Telethon to raise money to help crippled and ill children. His programme appealed to people to donate to the cause of the poor children. He was like a draft of fresh air in the tense political atmosphere of his country in the seventies.
He is an inspiration to all those people who work hard to pursue their dreams in their respective fields in which they feel they can do well.