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Bob Barker Net Worth

Updated January 2, 2020
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How much is Bob Barker worth? $70 Million

How did Bob Barker earn his money and wealth?

Bob Barker was born as Robert William Barker on 12th December 1923 in Illinois. He is a famous television host, especially for game shows. Soon after his education, Bob Barker enlisted with the U.S. Navy. He got his first big career break when he was given the opportunity to host his own radio show The Bob Barker Show which ran for a tenure of six long years. The first television game show the Bob Barker Hosted was Truth or Consequences. He even went on to host prestigious beauty pageants like Miss Universe and Miss USA.

Truth or Consequences was a game show where the contestant had to answer a question that was uncommon, with the condition that they had to answer before the buzzer was sounded. If they failed to do so, they had a consequence to face, usually weird or embarrassing. Now, the twist was that, if the question was answered correctly, a second part ensued with the same rules. Later in the game, the concept of Barker’s Box was introduced: There were 4 drawers and only 3 had cash. If the contestant picked all the 3 drawers with cash consecutively, they won a bonus.

End of the Rainbow was his next show that caught a lot of attention. Bob Barker and his co-host Art Baker traveled across America, helping the not so fortunate ones. They would reward the less fortunate when they helped someone else in need. The Family Game in 1967 was the next on his career list. As the name suggests, this game was a family show that compared children’s answers to the parents to see how well they knew and understood each other.

Bob Barker also revolutionized the trends of his time. He gave up coloring his hair and let it be its natural grey silver. Many other hosts of his time followed suit and sported their natural hair color.

Bob Barker married Dorothy Jo Gideon, his high school sweetheart. They faithfully remained married for 36 years till she passed away from lung cancer. They do not have kids and Bob Barker never remarried. He was however involved romantically with Dian Parkinson, a Price model for a span of three years. Their relationship ended in a legal action. He has also written an autobiography: Priceless Memories.

What are the highest grossing TV Shows of Bob Barker?

  1. Truth or Consequences (1956 – 1974)
  2. End of the Rainbow (1957 – 1958)
  3. The Price is Right (1972 – 2007)
  4. That’s my Line (1980 – 1981)
  5. The Family Game (1967)

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