How Rich is Geraldo Rivera?

Mandatory Credit: Photo by Richard Shotwell/Invision/AP/Shutterstock (9078039r)Geraldo Rivera participates in "The Celebrity Apprentice" panel at the NBC 2015 Winter TCA in Pasadena, Calif.
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Fox News correspondent-at-large Geraldo Rivera is worth $20 million, according to Celebrity Net Worth. At 78 years old, Rivera’s news and entertainment career spans six decades. WealthyPersons estimated his current salary at $2.5 million.

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Early TV Journalism Career

Geraldo Rivera first garnered fame and awards reporting on the deaths of John Lennon and Elvis Presley, according to Celebrity Net Worth. He won a Peabody Award for his work on ABC’s “Eyewitness News” in 1972.

But the television journalist became a household name in the late ’80s, when he hosted the talk show “Geraldo” on ABC. The show aired until 1998, WealthyPersons reported. Celebrity news site Otakukart reported he earned $30,000 per episode for the show. During that time, he also hosted “Rivera Live” on CNBC, which aired until 2001.

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Fox News Career

Two months after the terror attacks on Sept. 11, 2001, Rivera moved to Fox News to continue his journalism career as a war correspondent across the Middle East. He remained with the network for decades, hosting “Geraldo at Large,” now named “Geraldo Rivera Reports,” from 2003 to present-day, according to IMDb.

Rivera is also the author of eight books, including his memoir, “The Geraldo Show,” published in 2018, and his New York Times bestselling autobiography, “Exposing Myself.” His book royalties earn him around $90,000 annually, according to Otakukart.

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Television Credits

Rivera has a lengthy list of television appearances to his name, including appearances as himself on numerous talk shows across multiple networks, as well as documentaries, dramas like “Law & Order Special Victims Unit” and sitcoms. He even made an appearance playing Dr. Angel on the made-for-TV movie “Sharknado 5.”

Rivera also appeared as a guest on “Dancing with the Stars,” a role that Variety reported garners a starting salary of $125,000 for a rehearsal period of several weeks and the first two weeks on the air. Rivera and dance partner Edyta Śliwińska were season 22’s first team to be eliminated, according to IMDb.

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Real Estate

Rivera owns a $2.8 million mansion in Cleveland, where he lives with his wife, according to Celebrity Net Worth. He also owns a multimillion dollar waterfront vacation home in Edgewater, N.J.

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Dawn Allcot is a full-time freelance writer and content marketing specialist who geeks out about finance, e-commerce, technology, and real estate. Her lengthy list of publishing credits include Bankrate, Lending Tree, and Chase Bank. She is the founder and owner of, a travel, technology, and entertainment website. She lives on Long Island, New York, with a veritable menagerie that includes 2 cats, a rambunctious kitten, and three lizards of varying sizes and personalities – plus her two kids and husband. Find her on Twitter, @DawnAllcot.
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