Geraldo Rivera Net Worth

Geraldo Rivera Net Worth 2023: Wiki Biography, Married, Family, Measurements, Height, Salary, Relationships

Geraldo Rivera net worth is
$20 Million

Geraldo Rivera Wiki Biography

Geraldo Michael Rivera was born on 4 July 1943, in Brooklyn, New York City USA, of Catholic Puerto Rican (father) and Ashkenazi Russian-Jewish (mother) ancestry, He is a journalist, talk show host, writer and also an attorney, probably best known for the talk show called “Geraldo”, and television news magazine, “Geraldo at Large”. In addition to his career as a host, Rivera has also written several books.

So just how rich is Geraldo Rivera? It has been estimated by authoritative sources that Geraldo’s net worth is over $20 million, mostly coming from Rivera’s career as a TV talk show host and journalist. In 2013 he briefly considered an opportunity to become a politician, but is still working as a television host, so there is a high chance that his net worth will become higher.

Geraldo Rivera Net Worth $20 Million

Gerald  Rivera was raised “mostly Jewish” and had a Bar Mitzvah ceremony; both his parents worked in the restaurant business, but Geraldo finished Brooklyn Law School, and later attended Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism, and the University of Pennsylvania. Geraldo Rivera’s net worth began to grow when he started work first as an investigator and later as an attorney. While Rivera worked as an attorney for Young Lords, he was noticed by Al Primo, television news executive, who suggested Rivera become a reporter.

Geraldo’s career as a reporter started with WABC-TV, in Eyewitness News. This not only added to Rivera’s net worth, but also gained him acclaim among others in the industry, and made him more famous generally, even winning a Peabody Award for one of his reports. Later Rivera started to work in “20/20” and “Nightline”, which made him even more popular and acclaimed, as well as adding to his net worth.

In addition, Geraldo was a part of the movie called “The US vs. John Lennon”, directed by David Leaf and John Scheinfeld. Other shows that Rivera appeared in during the beginning of his career were “Good Morning America” and “Good Night America”. These of course increased Geraldo Rivera’s net worth too.

In 1987 Geraldo became a host and producer of his own show – “Geraldo” – which eventually ran for 11 years, and many guests were interviewed during that time. In in 1994 Geraldo became the host for another show, “Rivera Live”. Unfortunately the show was cancelled in 1998, but it still added to Rivera’s net worth.

In 2001 Geraldo became a part of Fox News Channel as one of their war correspondents. He traveled in Afghanistan and Iraq, and was certainly in danger during these travels. In 2012 Rivera became a host of several radio shows and recently it has been announced that he will continue his career as a host.

As mentioned, in addition to Rivera’s career as a journalist and host, he also writes books. Some of them include “Miguel Robles – So Far”, “Exposing Myself”, “A Special Kind of Courage: Profiles of Young Americans” among others. These books also had a significant impact on the growth of Geraldo Rivera’s net worth.

In his personal life, Geraldo has married five times, to Linda Coblentz (1965–69); Edith Vonnegut (1971–75); Sherryl Raymond (1976–84(with whom he has a son; Cynthia Cruickshank (1987 – 2000) with two daughters; and to Erica Michelle Levy since 2003, with another daughter. He is known as a keen sailor in his spare time.

Full NameGeraldo Rivera
Net Worth$20 Million
Date Of BirthJuly 4, 1943
Place Of BirthBrooklyn, New York City, New York, United States
Height5 ft 9 in (1.765 m)
ProfessionLawyer, Journalist, Talk show host, Author, Actor, Police officer, Sailor, Cinematographer
EducationBrooklyn Law School (1969), State University of New York Maritime College (1961–1963), University of Arizona, Columbia University
SpouseErica Michelle Levy (m. 2003), Cynthia Cruickshank (m. 1987–2000), Sherryl Raymond (m. 1976–1984), Edith Vonnegut (m. 1971–1975), Linda Coblentz (m. 1965–1969)
ChildrenCruz Grant Rivera, Solita Liliana Rivera
ParentsLillian Friedman, Cruz "Allen" Rivera
SiblingsCraig Rivera, Sharon Rivera, Irene Rivera, Wilfredo Rivera
NicknamesGerald Michael Riviera , Geraldo , Gerald Rivera , Gerald Riveria , Jerry , Gerald Michael Rivera
AwardsALMA Award for Outstanding Host in a National Information Program (2001)
NominationsALMA Awards
MoviesAll About Steve (2009), Perry Mason: The Case of the Reckless Romeo (TV film, 1992), Hated: GG Allin and the Murder Junkies (1994), Unforgotten: Twenty-Five Years After Willowbrook (1995, documentary)
TV Shows20/20, Nightline, Geraldo (1987-1998), Dancing with the Stars, Geraldo at Large (2007-2014), The Apprentice (2004-2010), The Five (since 2011)
1His glasses.
2His moustache
1We have no right to complain about any condition affecting the quality of our lives, unless we are doing something about it.
1His first granddaughter, Ella Rose Rivera, was born on June 30, 2015. Ella Rose is the sister of his grandson Jace.
2His son, Cruz Rivera, became the father of a girl, who was born on June 30, 2015. She is Geraldo's first granddaughter.
3Inducted into the International Mustache Hall of Fame in 2015 (inaugural class) in the category Film & Television.
4He and his family differ on what his greatest accomplishment is. He even, according to him, had to remind them that he won a Peabody and an Emmy Award because they were very enamored that he guest starred on [error].
5On Hannity (2009) on February 4, 2015, he mentioned that his long-since-ex-wife C.C. Dyer miscarried six IVF-conceived children during their attempts to have children. Their seventh-IVF-conceived child was born full term and named Isabella.
6Longtime friend of nearly 35 years is the late Joan Rivers. Rivera attended her funeral, when the comedienne passed away on September 7, 2014.
7Since his maternal granddad's side is a Friedman from Dolhinov, Belarus, he may be related to economist Milton Friedman.
8On his January 6, 2014 show, he mentioned that he went to P.S. 119 in the Williamsburg neighborhood of Brooklyn, New York. He also mentioned that his son Gabriel lived in the neighborhood for a time as well.
9As of January 1, 2014, he will broadcast his radio show exclusively on WABC and On, he will have live-stream video of himself, his sidekick Noam Laden, and others play during the show.
10Hosted ABC's Good Night America: Episode dated 6 March 1975 (1975) the very night Abraham Zapruder's film footage of President John F. Kennedy's assassination was first televised for the public in 1975.
11New York, USA: He joined 77 WABC (in New York) and 77 KABC (WABC's sister station in Los Angeles) as a radio talk show host. He currently lives in Manhattan with his wife and their daughter Sol. [January 2012]
12Release of his book, "A Special Kind of Courage: Profiles of Young Americans". [1976]
13Release of his book, "The Great Progression: How Hispanics Will Lead America to a New Era of Prosperity". [September 2009]
14Release of his autobiography, "Exposing Myself" by Geraldo with Daniel Paisiner. [1991]
15Release of his book, "His Panic: Why America Fear Hispanics in the U.S.". [2008]
16His first grandchild is Jace Rivera, and his second grandchild is Desmond Samuel Rivera (b. September 2014). The respective fathers are Cruz and Gabriel Rivera.
17His niece lost her Lindenhurst, NJ home in Hurricane Sandy, Oct 2012. His nephew also lost his home in Bay Shore.
18Pets: Dogs Elvis and Hudson (Golden Retrievers), a cat (who's owned by daughter Simone), and Maltipoos Ricky and Lucy (who he states that he "never wanted", but who Erica and Sol wanted; and with whom he lives in Apartment 17 in his Manhattan Apartment Complex as of October 11, 2012).
19On his KABC radio show on October 1, 2012, he identified his family as the following in terms of political affiliation: Isabella as a Republican, Simone, Gabe, and Erica Levy as Democrats; and Cruz as not even registered to vote.
20Good friend of Alana Stewart, since her first marriage to George Hamilton, and they were neighbors in Malibu, California.
21He stated that he will not play himself in a Lifetime Television movie about the Casey Anthony case.
22Radio talk show host, WABC in New York City.
23Joined Fox News Channel in November 2001 as a war correspondent.
24Graduate of the University of Arizona and Brooklyn Law School.
25Brother-in-law of Cordelia Bowe.
26Married at Central Synagogue in Manhattan.
27He is selling shares in his yacht "Voyager" and his private island, El Cayo, in Puerto Rico.
28Senior columnist for
29Good friend of John Lennon and Jose Baez.
30His son Gabe Rivera married Dr. Deborah Rish in May 2009. Thus, Gabe is the son-in-law of one of the doctors who investigated Michael Jackson in Jackson's 1993 criminal case.
31Ex-brother-in-law of Nanny Vonnegut.
32He underwent knee replacement surgery on his left knee on September 28, 2009. He also underwent back surgery after a trip to Afghanistan, and was off work for two weeks.
33Siblings are Craig Rivera, Sharon Rivera, and Irene Rivera Hurst. Cousin is Wilfredo Rivera, adopted by Geraldo's parents.
34Wife Erica Levy's mother is Nancy and father is Howard Levy, who was a prostate cancer survivor; but died recently.
35Geraldo Rivera and Erica Levy welcomed their daughter, Solita Liliana, on August 2, 2005. He was 62, and she was 30 at the time of Sol's birth. This was his fifth child and third daughter, while it was her first and only child. He has also since said that after having five children, he's "done" .
36The fictional news anchorman character Hector Ramirez which appeared in several popular cartoon series during the 1980s (G.I. Joe (1985), The Transformers (1984), Jem (1985) and InHumanoids (1986), all produced by Marvel-Sunbow Production) was a parody of Rivera.
37His fourth wife, C.C. Dyer, did not take his last name when they married.
38NBC executive Brandon Tartikoff once said of him: "There are two words that serve as a signal that you're operating in an area of questionable taste. Those words are 'Geraldo Rivera.'"
39Listed on his birth certificate as Gerald Michael Riviera, he was born to Cruz "Allen" and Lillian Friedman Rivera. In his autobiography "Exposing Myself," Rivera said that he believed his mother was attempting to deflect future discrimination from her children by misspelling their surname on their birth certificates, as they were the products of a mixed marriage. The marriage was "mixed" because Cruz was a Puerto Rican and Roman Catholic who (as Geraldo later explained) never "got around to" converting to Judaism because of his work as a church layman; and Lillian (born Lillie Friedman, a daughter of Isaac Michael and Tillie Krivel Friedman) was both ethnically and religiously Jewish.
40His mother, Lilian Friedman, was a Jewish American of Russian Jewish ancestry; she was born in New Jersey, to an Orthodox Jewish family from Dolhinov, Belarus, which had recently lived in various provinces in Canada. His father, Cruz "Allen" Rivera, was a Puerto Rican of Spanish ancestry, who was raised Roman Catholic. Lilian and Cruz moved to Florida, where Cruz had a fatal heart attack on Thanksgiving Day of 1987 and, as Geraldo mentioned in light of the British Petrolum disaster, where his ashes were scattered. The widowed Lillian Rivera lived in Florida, and was close to her children, who were raised Jewish. She appeared with Craig on one episode of 'Geraldo at Large' from Florida, via satellite. Meanwhile, Geraldo named his youngest son, Cruz, in honor of his father, and his youngest child, Solita Liliana, in honor of his Judaism and his mother.
41Exposed deplorable conditions in "Willowbrook State School", an institution for people with developmental disabilities, in early 1972. Publicity from the class-action lawsuit against the state of New York that soon followed was a major contributing factor in the passing of a federal law called "Civil Rights of Institutionalized Persons Act of 1980."
42Children: Isabella Holmes (b. 7 November 1992) and Simone Cruickshank (b. September 1994) by C. C. Dyer; Gabriel Miguel (b. 2 July 1979) by Sherryl Raymond; Cruz (b. 1987) by a previous relationship; Solita Liliana (b. August 2005) by Erica Levy.
43Allegedly married first wife Linda Coblentz in part to avoid the Vietnam War draft.
44His most famous program was The Mystery of Al Capone's Vaults (1986) that aired in April 1986. When Chicago's Lexington Hotel was being demolished, a sealed vault was discovered. Rivera hosted the live program that was going to climax with the opening of the vault, supposedly revealing Al Capone's treasure or a more gruesome find. The biggest find was an empty whiskey bottle. The hype generated a record rating of 57 with an estimated audience of 30,000,000. The term "Al Capone's Vault" has come to mean any overhyped event that leads to nothing.
45He hosted the television segment that gave the American public the first chance of seeing the Zapruder film of the assassination of President John F. Kennedy.
46In his autobiography, he revealed his affairs with Bette Midler, Liza Minnelli, Judy Collins, Chris Evert, Margaret Trudeau, Marion Javits, and at least 1000 other women. He first made a name for himself as a lawyer defending Harlems's largely Hispanic Young Lords gang. His brother is newscaster Craig Rivera, who previously gained experience as Geraldo's producer at ABC News.
47His ex-wife, Edie Vonnegut, is Kurt Vonnegut Jr.'s daughter. His autobiography, written in 1991, is "Exposing Myself".
48Chosen by People magazine as one of the "50 Most Beautiful People" in the world. [1991]


Glee2015TV SeriesGeraldo Rivera
A Miracle in Spanish Harlem2013Geraldo
All About Steve2009Geraldo Rivera
Phineas and Ferb2009TV SeriesMonty Williams
Roots: The Hair-Raising Story of a Guy Named Sy2007Short
Sail to the Century1999TV MovieGeraldo
Primary Colors1998Geraldo Rivera
Contact1997Geraldo Rivera
Meet Wally Sparks1997Geraldo Rivera
Baywatch Nights1996TV SeriesAlbert Romero
Baywatch1994TV SeriesAlbert Romero
Perry Mason: The Case of the Reckless Romeo1992TV MovieTed Mayne
The Bonfire of the Vanities1990Robert Corso (uncredited)


Sail to the Century1999TV Movie
Willowbrook: The Last Great Disgrace1972TV Movie documentary


Geraldo Voyager: The Journey Home2000TV Movie documentary original script
Sail to the Century1999TV Movie


Geraldo Voyager: The Journey Home2000TV Movie documentary
Sail to the Century1999TV Movie


If the Trees Could Talk2014Short associate producer
Geraldo Voyager: The Journey Home2000TV Movie documentary producer


Poodle Samizdat2006Short archival footage
Salsa1976Documentary dialogue coach


A Miracle in Spanish Harlem2013special thanks
Salmagundi2009Documentary short special thanks
Shine a Light2008Documentary the producers wish to thank
The Concert in Central Park1982TV Movie documentary special thanks - as Gerald Rivera


Watters' World2017TV SeriesHimself - Fox News Senior Correspondent
Cashin' In2016TV SeriesHimself - Panelist / Himself - Guest Panelist
Fox and Friends1998-2016TV SeriesHimself / Himself - Fox News Senior Correspondent / Himself ('Cooking with Friends') / ...
The Five2015-2016TV SeriesHimself - Guest Co-Host / Himself - Fox News Senior Correspondent / Himself - Guest Co-Hostess
Justice w/Judge Jeanine2015-2016TV SeriesHimself - Fox News Senior Correspondent
Hannity2009-2016TV SeriesHimself - Fox News Senior Correspondent / Himself - Panelist / Himself / ...
Freedom Watch with Judge Napolitano2010-2016TV SeriesHimself
Outnumbered2014-2016TV SeriesHimself - Guest Co-Host / Himself - Fox News Senior Correspondent / Himself - Fox News Senior Correpondent / ...
The O'Reilly Factor2004-2016TV SeriesHimself / Himself (segment "Fridays with Geraldo") / Himself - Fox News Senior Correspondent
Dancing with the Stars2016TV SeriesHimself - Contestant
Fox Files2016TV SeriesHimself - Host
Fox News Reporting2016TV Series documentaryHimself - Host
Media Buzz2016TV SeriesHimself - Fox News Senior Correspondent
Home & Family2016TV SeriesHimself
Good Morning America1995-2016TV SeriesHimself / Himself - Guest
Access Hollywood2016TV SeriesHimself
Entertainment Tonight2006-2016TV SeriesHimself
Extra2015-2016TV SeriesHimself
Talk Stoop with Cat Greenleaf2015TV SeriesHimself
Steve Harvey2015TV SeriesHimself - Panelist
The Greg Gutfeld Show2015TV SeriesHimself - Fox News Senior Correspondent
Geraldo at Large2006-2015TV Series documentaryHimself - Host / Himself
Tavis Smiley2015TV SeriesHimself
The Wendy Williams Show2010-2015TV SeriesHimself
Today2015TV SeriesHimself - Guest
The Apprentice2015TV SeriesHimself - Contestant / Himself - Finalist
Oprah: Where Are They Now?2014TV SeriesHimself
Deadliest Catch: The Bait2014TV SeriesHimself - Guest
Law & Order: Special Victims Unit2014TV SeriesHimself
Boardwalk Hempire: The Rise and Fall of the Medical Kush Beach Club2014Documentary voice
PoliticKING with Larry King2014TV SeriesHimself - guest
The Independents2014TV SeriesHimself - Fox News Senior Correspondent
The Real Story with Gretchen Carlson2014TV SeriesHimself - Host, Geraldo at Large
Imus in the Morning2014TV SeriesHimself - Fox News Senior Correspondent
Weekend Today2014TV SeriesHimself - Guest
Live with Kelly and Michael2009-2013TV SeriesHimself / Himself - Guest
Huckabee2012TV SeriesHimself
Harvest of Empire2012DocumentaryHimself (TV journalist )
Addicted to Fame2012DocumentaryFOX Reporter
America Live2012TV SeriesHimself
Real Talk2011TV SeriesHimself - Guest
The Oprah Winfrey Show2010TV SeriesHimself
Streisand: Live in Concert2009TV Special documentaryHimself - Audience (uncredited)
Salmagundi2009Documentary shortHimself
The Morning Show with Mike & Juliet2008-2009TV SeriesHimself / Himself - Guest Interview
My Name Is Earl2009TV SeriesHimself
New World Order2009DocumentaryHimself
Glenn Beck2009TV SeriesHimself - Host of 'At Large'
Cheech & Chong: Roasted2008TV SpecialHimself
The Tonight Show with Jay Leno1994-2008TV SeriesHimself
The Colbert Report2008TV SeriesHimself
Loose Change: Final Cut2007Video documentaryHimself (as Geraldo)
NY77: The Coolest Year in Hell2007TV Movie documentaryHimself
Sherrie Lea Laird vs. Marilyn Monroe2007TV MovieHimself - moderator
Cease to Exist2007DocumentaryHimself
The Sopranos2007TV SeriesHimself
Jimmy Kimmel Live!2005-2006TV SeriesHimself
The U.S. vs. John Lennon2006DocumentaryHimself
Howard Stern on Demand2006TV SeriesHimself
The Tony Danza Show2006TV SeriesHimself
The O.J. Simpson Case: Unanswered Questions2006TV MovieHimself - Host
Heartland2005TV SeriesHimself
Hannity & Colmes2005TV SeriesHimself
The View2005TV SeriesHimself
E! True Hollywood Story2004TV Series documentaryHimself
Dennis Miller Live2002TV SeriesHimself
The Late Late Show with Craig Kilborn2002TV SeriesHimself
The Pulse2002TV SeriesHimself
2001 ALMA Awards2001TV SpecialHimself - Presenter
The Rosie O'Donnell Show1996-2001TV SeriesHimself
The Howard Stern Radio Show2000TV SeriesHimself - Guest
Justice for All: A Geraldo Rivera Special2000TV Movie documentaryHimself - Host
When It Was a Game 32000TV Movie documentaryHimself (voice)
Geraldo Voyager: The Journey Home2000TV Movie documentary
Back to Bedlam1999TV Movie documentary
Drug Bust: The Longest War1999TV Movie documentaryHimself - Host
Late Night with Conan O'Brien1994-1999TV SeriesHimself / Himself - Guest
Behind the Music1998TV Series documentaryHimself
Up Front Tonight1998TV SeriesHost
The Geraldo Rivera Show1987-1998TV SeriesHimself - Host / Himself
Seinfeld1998TV SeriesHimself
Howard Stern1998TV SeriesHimself
Nash Bridges1996-1998TV SeriesHimself
Men Behaving Badly1997TV SeriesHimself
Cop Land1997Himself (uncredited)
Talked to Death1997TV Movie documentaryHimself
Unforgotten: Twenty-Five Years After Willowbrook1996Documentary
Lauren Hutton and...1996TV SeriesHimself
Mi Puerto Rico1995DocumentaryHimself
Grumpier Old Men1995Himself
Charlie Rose1994TV SeriesHimself - Guest
The Price Is Right1994TV SeriesHimself - Guest
The Critic1994TV SeriesHimself
The Chevy Chase Show1993TV SeriesHimself
Rivera Live1993TV SeriesHimself
The Howard Stern Interview1993TV SeriesHimself
The Late Show1993TV Series documentaryHimself
Empty Nest1992TV SeriesHimself
Nurses1992TV SeriesHimself
The Howard Stern Show1991-1992TV SeriesHimself
Now It Can Be Told1991TV SeriesHost
Night of 100 Stars III1990TV MovieHimself
Happy Birthday, Bugs!: 50 Looney Years1990TV Movie documentaryHimself
Hard to Kill1990Himself (uncredited)
The Arsenio Hall Show1989-1990TV SeriesHimself / Herself
Thirtysomething1989TV SeriesHimself
The Joan Rivers Show1989TV SeriesHimself
The Pat Sajak Show1989TV SeriesHimself
The Mystery of Al Capone's Vaults1986TV Special documentaryHimself - Host
Hour Magazine1986TV SeriesHimself
Al Capone: Chicago's Scarface1986TV Movie documentaryHimself
Larry King Live1985TV SeriesSubsitute Host (1985)
20/201978-1980TV Series documentaryHimself / Himself - Reporter
Dinah!1976TV SeriesHimself - Guest / Himself
The Mike Douglas Show1975-1976TV SeriesHimself - Journalist / Himself - Reporter
Good Night America1973-1975TV SeriesHimself - Host
ABC Late Night1973TV SeriesHost / Narrator
John Lennon and Yoko Ono Present the One-to-One Concert1972TV MovieHimself
Willowbrook: The Last Great Disgrace1972TV Movie documentaryHimself - Investigative Reporter
Eyewitness News1968TV SeriesNew York Correspondent (1970-1975)

Archive Footage

Entertainment Tonight2009-2016TV SeriesHimself
The Eighties2016TV Mini-Series documentaryHimself - ABC News / Himself
Extra2016TV SeriesHimself
Inside Edition2015-2016TV Series documentaryHimself / Himself - Fox News Senior Correspondent
Media Buzz2014-2016TV SeriesHimself - Fox News Senior Correspondent
The Greg Gutfeld Show2015-2016TV SeriesHimself - Fox News Senior Correspondent / Himself - Guest Panelist
Conspiracy Theorists Lie2015DocumentaryHimself
The Seventies2015TV Series documentaryHimself - ABC News
The Tonight Show with Jay Leno2011-2013TV SeriesHimself
The Newsroom2012TV SeriesHimself
48 Hours: Hard Evidence2012TV SeriesHimself
Breakthrough Energy Movement Conference 20122012TV SeriesHimself
Lives Worth Living2011DocumentaryHimself
9/11 Truth: Hollywood Speaks Out2011DocumentaryHimself
Movie Nights2010TV SeriesHimself
The People vs. George Lucas2010DocumentaryHimself
Smash His Camera2010DocumentaryHimself
Cropsey2009DocumentaryHimself - Reporter
The O'Reilly Factor2007TV SeriesHimself
Crazy Love2007/IDocumentaryHimself (uncredited)
A/k/a Tommy Chong2006DocumentaryHimself (uncredited)
Frontline1995-2005TV Series documentaryHimself / Himself - Host
Outfoxed: Rupert Murdoch's War on Journalism2004DocumentaryHimself
Image of an Assassination: A New Look at the Zapruder Film1998TV Movie documentaryHimself - Broadcasts Zapruder Film (uncredited)
Turning Point1994TV Series documentaryHimself - Reporter
Hated: GG Allin & the Murder Junkies1993DocumentaryHimself

Won Awards

2001ALMA AwardALMA AwardsOutstanding Correspondent or Anchor of a National News Program or Special

Nominated Awards

2002ALMA AwardALMA AwardsOutstanding Correspondent or Anchor of National News ProgramRivera Live (1993)
2000ALMA AwardALMA AwardsOutstanding Correspondent, Anchor and/or Host of a National News Program or SpecialBack to Bedlam (1999)
1999ALMA AwardALMA AwardsOutstanding Host in a National Information ProgramUp Front Tonight (1998)

Known for movies

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