Legendary talk show host Jerry Springer died at age 79 last month. According to a statement from his family, he died peacefully in his home in suburban Chicago.
Talk show host Jerry Springer had been diagnosed with cancer several months ago and lost his battle. He’s survived by his daughter, Katie Springer, 47, whom he had with his ex-wife Micki Velton. Springer was married to Velton between 1973 and 1994.
The New York Post’s recent article, “Jerry Springer’s net worth: The fortune the legendary host left behind,” says that he leaves behind a fortune –estimated to be from $60 million to $75 million.
His fortune was amassed over a long and storied career. Before becoming a colorful and controversial talk show host, Springer was a politician who served on Cincinnati’s City Council in 1971. He was elected as the city’s mayor in 1977, serving just one term.
After politics, he went into television and became a news anchor and commentator at WLWT in Ohio City before taking on his most iconic role as a TV host when he launched his famous “Jerry Springer” show, which ran from 1991 to 2018.
He was also known for the “Judge Jerry” show, which aired three seasons, the Springer on the Radio Show, Baggage, and the Jerry Springer Podcast, and he even had a ‘60s folk music radio show in Cincinnati.
During a podcast interview in November of 2022, Springer said, “I’m just a schlub who got lucky.”
“Jerry’s ability to connect with people was at the heart of his success in everything he tried whether that was politics, broadcasting, or just joking with people on the street who wanted a photo or a word,” family spokesperson Jene Galvin said in a statement.
“He’s irreplaceable, and his loss hurts immensely, but memories of his intellect, heart and humor will live on.”
Reference: New York Post (April 27, 2023) “Jerry Springer’s net worth: The fortune the legendary host left behind”