Hugh Downs Net Worth

Hugh Downs Net Worth 2023: Wiki Biography, Married, Family, Measurements, Height, Salary, Relationships

Hugh Malcolm Downs net worth is
$20 Million

Hugh Malcolm Downs Wiki Biography

Hugh Malcolm Downs was born on 14 February 1921, in Akron, Ohio USA, to Edith and Milton Howard Downs. He is a retired broadcaster, television host, news anchor and TV producer, plus author and music composer, but best known for hosting the News program “Today”, the game show “Concentration” and the news magazine “20/20”.

So just how wealthy is Hugh Downs? Sources state that Downs has established a net worth over $20 million, as of mid-2017, earned during his career in television which spanned more than five decades, as well as through his various publications.

Hugh Downs Net Worth $20 million

Downs grew up in Ohio, where he attended Lima Shawnee High School and Bluffton College. He then enrolled at Wayne State University in Detroit, Michigan, graduating in 1941, and later attended Columbia University in New York City, followed by a gerontology postgraduate degree from Hunter College at the City University of New York.

His broadcasting career started on the radio, becoming an announcer and program director at Lima’s station WLOK during his years at Wayne State. Prior to his graduation, he moved on to WWJ in Detroit. His civilian career was interrupted when in 1943 he enlisted in the US Army to serve in World War II. After war, he became an announcer at NBC radio network at WMAQ in Chicago, Illinois. His wealth began to increase.

Downs’ foray into television came in the mid ’40s, working at the WBKB-TV station, todays WBBM-TV. In 1950 he began announcing for the popular TV soap opera “Hawkins Falls”, after which he served as an announcer for various projects, including the children’s show “Kukla, Fran and Ollie”. His net worth further grew.

In the mid-’50s, Downs relocated to New York City, becoming the announcer for the NBC daytime TV program “The Home Show”. He also announced for the network’s comedy program “Caesar’s Hour”, and one of NBC Radio’s Monitor “Communicators” during this time. In 1957 he began announcing for “The Tonight Show”, holding the position until 1962.

Meanwhile in 1958, Downs became the host of the game show “Concentration”, the position he would hold for the next ten years, making him extremely popular and significantly improving his wealth. In 1962 he began co-hosting the NBC “Today Show”, reinforcing his fame and increasing his fortune. He remained on “Today Show” for nine years, until 1971.

In the mid-’70s Downs co-hosted the syndicated television program “Not for Women Only” with Barbara Walters, then in 1977 he became host of the PBS television program “Over Easy”, a position he held until 1983. All contributed to his net worth.

In the meantime, Downs became an anchor of the ABC news television program “20/20” with Walters in 1978, remaining on the show until his retirement in 1999. His long tenure earned him an Emmy Award, and secured him a firm spot in TV stardom. It also enabled him to earn a significant net worth.

Aside from his career on television, Downs is also a published composer, who also hosted the PBS showcase for classical music called “Live from Lincoln Center” during the ’90s. He has been involved in producing too, serving as executive producer of the documentary “Nothing by Chance”.

He has also authored a number of books, including his autobiography “Yours Truly”, an anthology of articles “Rings Around Tomorrow” and a collection of essays “Fifty to Forever”, to name a few. His involvement in these diverse projects improved his wealth too.

In addition, Downs had pursued an acting career, appearing in TV series such as “Family Guy”, as well as landing parts in films such as “A Global Affair”, “Oh God, Book II” and “Someone Like You”, expanding his talents and increasing his fortune.

Downs’ celebrated career has brought him enormous fame, as well as a number of honors and accolades, such as being certified by the Guinness Book of World Records for holding the record for the greatest number of hours on network commercial television, as well as induction into the American TV Game Show Hall of Fame.

In his personal life, Downs has been married to Ruth Shaheen since 1944. The couple has two children. A devoted philanthropist, Downs served as a special consultant to the United Nations for refugee issues during the ’60s and as Chairman of the Board of the United States Committee for UNICEF.

Full NameHugh Downs
Net Worth$20 Million
Date Of BirthFebruary 14, 1921
Place Of BirthAkron, Ohio, USA
ProfessionActor, Producer
EducationColumbia University, Wayne State University, Hunter College
SpouseRuth Shaheen
ChildrenDeirdre Downs
ParentsMilton Howard, Edith H. Downs
AwardsDaytime Emmy Award for Outstanding Talk Show Host, Daytime Emmy Award for Outstanding Special Class Program
NominationsPrimetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Achievement in Daytime Programming - Individuals
MoviesOh, God! Book II, Once Upon a Wheel, The Fabulous World of Jules Verne
TV ShowsConcentration, Tonight Starring Jack Paar, Caesar's Hour, 20/20, Over Easy
1Co-host, with Joan Lunden, of an infomercial for Steve Scott's "Master Strategies of Super Achievers" personal coaching system. [2006]
2Co-host, with medical reporter Arthur P. Johnson, of an infomercial for the book, "The World's Greatest Treasury of Health Secrets". [2006]
3The auditorium at his high school alma mater, Shawnee High School in Lima, Ohio, is named in his honor.
4Biography/bibliography in: "Contemporary Authors". New Revision Series, vol. 135, pages 117-120. Farmington Hills, MI: Thomson Gale, 2005.
5Is the 1982 recipient of the prestigious Connor Award given by the brothers of the Phi Alpha Tau fraternity based out of Emerson College in Boston, Massachusetts. He is also an honorary brother of the fraternity.
6He is Chairman of the Board of Governors of the National Space Society, Chairman of the Board of US Committee for UNICEF, Trustee of the Menninger Foundation, and served as a member of the NASA Advisory Council.
7He is color blind.
8The Guinness Book of World Records holder for greatest number of hours on network commercial television (1985).
9He has a post-Masters degree in gerontology from Hunter College.
10A descendant of Davy Crockett, 19th century frontiersman and later congressman from Tennessee.
11Got his start in network TV in 1949 when he won the job as announcer on the children's show Kukla, Fran and Ollie (1947).


Biography2003TV Series documentaryNarrator
Call to Glory1984TV SeriesNews Reporter
Oh, God! Book II1980NBC Newscaster
Car 54, Where Are You?1961TV SeriesHugh Downs
Riverboat1960TV SeriesDan Flynn
La sonrisa de la Virgen1958Narrator (US dubbed version) (voice)
The Jack Paar Tonight Show1957TV SeriesAnnouncer
Caesar's Hour1957TV SeriesAnnouncer
Roxie Hart1942Reporter in Bar (uncredited)


Nothing by Chance1975Documentary executive producer


The Bunny Years1999TV Movie documentary special thanks


The Joe Show2014/IDocumentaryHimself
Today1962-2012TV SeriesHimself - Host / Himself
Mission: Dawn Patrol2010Documentary voice
Nautilus the Next Generation2010ShortHimself
When the World Breaks2010DocumentaryHimself
Pioneers of Television2008TV Mini-Series documentaryHimself
20/201984-2007TV Series documentaryHimself - Co-Anchor / Himself / Himself - Host
ABC's 50th Anniversary Celebration2003TV Special documentaryHimself
Jack Paar: Smart Television2003TV Movie documentaryHimself
Family Guy2001TV SeriesHimself
Someone Like You...2001Himself (uncredited)
Opening the Tombs of the Golden Mummies: Live2000TV MovieHimself
The 70s: The Decade That Changed Television2000TV Movie documentarySegment Presenter
Larry King Live2000TV SeriesHimself - Guest Host
NY TV: By the People Who Made It - Part I & II1998TV Movie documentaryHimself
Mighty Mo: The Many Lives of the USS Missouri1998TV Movie documentaryHimself - Correspondent
Live from Lincoln Center1990-1997TV SeriesHimself - Host / Himself - Announcer
Tales from the Tomb: Lost Sons of the Pharaohs1997TV Movie documentaryHimself
American Masters1996-1997TV Series documentaryHimself / Himself - Host
Media Literacy: The New Basic1996DocumentaryHimself
New Passages1996TV MovieHimself
Late Night with Conan O'Brien1995TV SeriesHimself
The Annual Friars Club Tribute Presents a Salute to Barbara Walters1994TV MovieHimself
Liberty Weekend1986TV Special documentaryHimself - Host
NBC 60th Anniversary Celebration1986TV Special documentaryHimself
The Avant-Garde in Russia: 1910 to 1930 - New Perspectives1981TV Movie documentaryHimself - Host
Over Easy1978-1980TV SeriesHimself - Host / Himself
The Hollywood Squares1979TV SeriesGuest Appearance
Good Morning America1978TV SeriesHimself
Woman of the Year1976TV MovieHimself
The Mike Douglas Show1967-1975TV SeriesHimself - Co-Host / Himself - TV Host / Himself TV Celebrity / ...
Nothing by Chance1975DocumentaryNarrator
Dinah!1975TV SeriesHimself
Jack Paar Tonite1973TV SeriesHimself
Survival of Spaceship Earth1972DocumentaryHimself - Narrator / Host
The David Frost Show1969-1972TV SeriesHimself
Once Upon a Wheel1971DocumentaryHimself
The Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson1964-1971TV SeriesHimself - Guest Host / Himself
He Said, She Said1970TV SeriesHimself
Concentration1958-1969TV SeriesHimself - Host / Himself
The Match Game1967-1969TV SeriesHimself - Team Captain
Laugh-In1968TV SeriesHimself
The Merv Griffin Show1962-1968TV SeriesHimself
Not for Women Only1968TV SeriesHimself - Host (1975-1976)
The 19th Annual Primetime Emmy Awards1967TV SpecialHimself - Host (New York City)
NBC Children's Theatre1967TV SeriesHimself - Host
Danny Thomas Special: On the Road to Lebanon1966TV SpecialHimself
The Jack Paar Program1964-1965TV SeriesHimself
A Global Affair1964Himself - TV Newscaster
To Become a Man1964ShortHimself - Narrator
Talent Scouts1963TV SeriesHimself
To Tell the Truth1963TV SeriesHimself - Panelist
Perry Como's Kraft Music Hall1963TV SeriesHimself - Guest
I've Got a Secret1963TV SeriesHimself - Guest
The Jack Paar Tonight Show1957-1962TV SeriesHimself - Announcer / Himself - Guest Host / Himself - Co-Host / ...
The Tonight Show1962TV SeriesHimself - Announcer / Himself - Guest Host / Himself - Anouncer / ...
The Jack Benny Program1962TV SeriesHimself
Here's Hollywood1961TV SeriesHimself
This Is Your Life1960TV SeriesHimself
Esther Williams at Cypress Gardens1960TV MovieHimself - Announcer
World Wide '601960TV SeriesHimself - Host
Startime1960TV SeriesHimself
The Dinah Shore Chevy Show1958TV SeriesHimself
The Arlene Francis Show1957-1958TV SeriesHimself
Home1954-1957TV SeriesHimself - Announcer
Hawkins Falls: A Television Novel1953TV SeriesHimself - Announcer
My Most Unforgettable Character as Told by... Carroll O'ConnorTV Movie documentaryHimself - Host

Archive Footage

The Eighties2016TV Mini-Series documentaryHimself - ABC News / Himself - 20 / 20
The Seventies2015TV Series documentaryHimself - ABC News

Won Awards

1991Daytime EmmyDaytime Emmy AwardsOutstanding Special Class ProgramLive from Lincoln Center (1976)
1981Daytime EmmyDaytime Emmy AwardsOutstanding Host or Hostess in a Talk or Service ShowOver Easy (1977)

Nominated Awards

1998Daytime EmmyDaytime Emmy AwardsOutstanding Special Class ProgramLive from Lincoln Center (1976)
1993Daytime EmmyDaytime Emmy AwardsOutstanding Special Class ProgramLive from Lincoln Center (1976)
1991Daytime EmmyDaytime Emmy AwardsOutstanding Special Class ProgramLive from Lincoln Center (1976)
1970Primetime EmmyPrimetime Emmy AwardsOutstanding Achievement in Daytime Programming - IndividualsToday (1952)
1969Primetime EmmyPrimetime Emmy AwardsOutstanding Achievement in Daytime Programming - IndividualsConcentration (1958)

Known for movies

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