Facts of Larry King
|Full Name||Lawrence Harvey Zeiger|
|Birth Name||Lawrence Harvey Zeiger|
|Profession||TV Host & Radio Host|
|Birth City||Brooklyn, New York City, New York|
|Birth Country||United States|
|Father Name||Aaron Zeiger|
|Spouse||Shawn Ora, Julie Alexander, Sharon Lepore, Alene Akins, Mickey Sutphin, Annette Kaye, Freda Miller|
|No Of Children||5|
|Awards||Emmy,Cable ACE Awards,Peabody|
|Education||Lafayette High School|
|Date of Birth||November 19,1933|
Larry King, an American TV & radio host professional since 1957 currently hosts TV talk show Larry King Now (2012- Present).
The 2-time Peabody Award and an Emmy-winning was a radio host for The Larry King Show (1978- 1994) & got wide fame & fortune through late-night talk show Larry King Live on CNN.
How Much Is Larry King's Net Worth In 2020?
According to Celebrity Net Worth, King has a net worth of $50 million as of March 2020- indeed, his journey from radio host to TV host earned him a tag of a millionaire.
In the late 50s, Larry began working radio disc jockey at WAHR-AM in Miami & then later worked in WIOD radio. Subsequently, he became a columnist for Miami News & its interviewer later.
The 5 ft. 9 inches tall TV personality got a career breakthrough from radio talk show The Larry King Show (1978- 1994) & then as a TV host for CNN's Larry King Live (1985- 2010).
Reportedly, in 2009, Larry King's salary from his CNN show was $9 million a year, as a result of a multi-year contract signed with CNN in 2002, which saw him a rise of $1 million in the previous payroll.
As per IMDB, the 86-year-old National Radio Hall of Fame inductee (in 1989) made a total of $35 million from 1998 to 2002.
From 2003 to 2006 & 2006 to 2009, the American radio & TV host made $28 million in each of that 3-year course.
Career Breakthrough From Radio Career & Success In TV Hosting
The Lafayette High School graduate after his father's death left a desire for higher studies & later went to pursue a career as a radio jockey.
In 1957, he changed his name from Lawrence Zeiger to Larry King & began working in Miami, Florida-based WMBM radio station, where he earned $150 per week.
Thereafter, Larry gained career breakthrough from an all-night nationwide call-in radio show in The Larry King Show in January 1978 through May 1994.
In June 1985, the American host began working in CNN's Larry King Live, an American TV talk show, which was the longest-running CNN program with over 1 million viewers per night.
On December 16, 2010, the final edition of Larry King Live aired & was replaced by Piers Morgan's Piers Morgan Tonight (later re-branded as Piers Morgan Live).
What Is King Currently Doing?
The co-founder of a production company Ora TV (launched in 2012), Larry King, currently hosts Larry King Now, a talk-oriented web series- premiered on November 1, 2012, on Ora TV's deal with Hulu.
Moreover, he also hosts weekly evening political talk show Politicking with Larry King, on every Thursday.
Sold Beverly Hills Mansion For $15.5 Million: Where Does He Live?
Larry King lives in his house in Los Angeles, California, however, remains tight-lipped regarding the purchase value & other detail of the property.
The average house price in Los Angeles is $ $723,783.
Formerly, King owned a 10,810 square feet Tuscan-style estate in Beverly Hills, which he sold in January 2020 for $15.5 million.
The 6-bedrooms, 8-bathrooms plus 1-bed/1-bath guesthouse was in the market for in October 2019 for around $17 million, before the TV show host exchanged hands of the house for $1.5 million less.
Reportedly, the Beverly Hills mansion built-in 1989, was acquired by Larry King & his 7th wife Shawn Ora Engemann in 2007 for $11.5 million.
Did you know? In September 2017, King involved in a car accident as his Lincoln MK collided with a Mercedes-Benz.
An Active Charity Worker: Founded 'Larry King Cardiac Foundation'
After experiencing a heart attack in 1987, Larry founded Larry King Cardiac Foundation in 1988, which aims to provide monetary aid to needy for life-saving cardiac procedures.
Reportedly, he has donated $1 million to George Washington University’s School for Media and Public Affairs, to benefit the student with scholarships to disadvantaged backgrounds.
King supports the cause like AIDS & HIV, Animals, Autism, Children & Environment; and has an association with 22 non-profit organizations that TV figures like Anderson Cooper, Betty White, Mariah Carey & others also take stand for.
- American Heart Association
- Muhammad Ali Parkinson Center
- Elton John AIDS Foundation
- National Wildlife Federation
- Screen Actors Guild Foundation
- Autism Movement Therapy
Divorce With 7 Wives: Father Of 5 & Grandfather Of 9
Unlike his career success, Larry King's love life seems to be a mile away to achieve it. The 10-time Cable ACE Awards winner has been married 8 times with 7 wives (had re-married 3rd wife Alene Akins) but divorced with them all.
From 7 wives, the Larry King Now is the father of 5 children, has 9 grandchildren & 4 great-grandchildren.
Meanwhile, King's divorce with 7th wife Shawn Ora Engemann, a singer & TV host, is on the process. They married on September 5, 1997 & welcomed 2 children: Chance (born in March 1999) and Cannon (May 2000).
After 13 years of marriage, Larry and Shawn filed for divorce in 2010 but reconciled later. However, they again filed for divorce on August 20, 2019, which is yet to finalize.
Here is the list of Larry King's marriages in chronological order:
- Freda Miller (m. 1952- annulled in 1953)- He married high-school sweetheart Freda at the age of 19 & was annulled on the behest of parents.
- Annette Kaye (m. 1960- div. 1962)- Welcomed son Larry Jr. in November 1961.
- Alene Akins (1961- 1962; April 19, 1963- December 6, 1966)- Larry's 3rd wife Alene was a Playboy Bunny & adopted her son Andy but divorced in 1962. Later, in 1963, he re-married Akins after divorce with 4th wife Mickey & even more, welcomed daughter Chaia in 1969.
- Mickey Sutphin (m. March 1962- div. 1963)- Fourth wife of Mickey
- Sharon Lepore (m. September 25, 1976- div. 1984)- King's 5th wife was a mathematics teacher and production assistant.
- Julie Alexander (m. October 76, 1989- 1992)- Larry King proposed businesswoman Julie on their first date on August 1, 1989; they married the same year & divorced after 3 years.
- Shawn Ora Engemann (m. September 5, 1997- filed for divorce)
Short-Bio Of Larry King
Larry was born Lawrence Harvey Zeiger on November 19, 1933, in Brooklyn, New York City, New York. His Orthodox Jews parents: Aaron Zeiger was a restaurant owner & also worked in defence-plant while mother Jennie was a garment worker.
Reportedly, before Larry was born, his elder brother Irwin died of appendicitis at the age of 6 in 1932. His father died of a heart attack in 1944 when King was 10 years old & was raised by mother.
The TV host attended Lafayette High School in Brooklyn & later pursued a career as a host.
Did you know? Larry King suffered heart-attack on February 24, 1987, & underwent successful quintuple-bypass surgery.