Bob Barker Net Worth 2022 (Forbes) – Salary, Income, Earnings

Bob Barker Net Worth 

Bob Barker has an estimated net worth of $70 million. Bob Barker hosted the popular television game show ‘The Price Is Right’ from 1972 to 2007. He earns most of his income from television shows. 

Bob Barker began his career in show business in 1950 with his own radio show, The Bob Barker Show. He appeared on the popular television game show The Price Is Right in 1972. The Price Is Right had become both the first hour-long game show and the longest-running daytime game show in history by the time Barker retired as host in 2007, after nearly 35 years.

To calculate the net worth of Bob Barker, subtract all his liabilities from his total assets. Investments, savings, cash deposits, and any equity he has in a house, car, or other similar asset are included in the total assets. All debts, such as personal loans and mortgages, are included in total liabilities.

Here’s the breakdown of his net worth:

Name: Bob Barker
Net Worth: $70 Million
Monthly Salary: $700 Thousand+
Annual Salary: $10 Million per year
Source of Wealth: Game Show Host, Television producer, Actor, Presenter, Fighter pilot

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Early Life

Barker was born in Darrington, Washington, on December 12, 1923. Barker’s father died when he was very young, and he lived on the Rosebud Indian Reservation in Mission, South Dakota, with his mother, Matilda, a teacher, until he was in the eighth grade. Matilda remarried, and the family relocated to Springfield, Missouri.

Barker graduated from high school in the early 1940s and went on to play basketball at Drury College in Springfield. He dropped out of school in 1943 to train as a fighter pilot in the US Naval Reserve, but World War II ended before he was assigned to active duty.

Barker returned to Drury and earned a bachelor’s degree in economics in 1947. Barker’s job at a Florida radio station led to his relocation to California in 1950 to pursue a career in broadcasting. He was given his own radio show, The Bob Barker Show, which he broadcast from Burbank for the next six years.

He was hired in 1956 to host the daytime television version of the popular radio quiz show Truth or Consequences. The show, which required contestants to perform bizarre stunts if they did not answer a question within one second, was syndicated in 1966, and Barker remained as its host until 1974, when it was cancelled. (An updated version, The New Truth or Consequences, aired with a different host from 1977 to 1989.)

‘The Price Is Right’

Before his tenure on Truth or Consequences ended, Barker took over as host of another game show, The Price Is Right, which had aired on NBC and ABC since 1950 before finding a home on CBS at the time of Barker’s arrival in 1972. The show featured around 60 different games in which contestants had to guess the price of various products ranging from cutlery to luxury cars.

The show was a hit, thanks in part to the catchphrase “Come on down!” yelled by the show’s original announcer, the late Johnny Olson, as well as the incredible number of prizes awarded by the jovial, smooth-talking Barker (estimated at around $200 million from 1972 to 1999).

The Price Is Right became the first hour-long game show on television in November 1975, and it surpassed Truth or Consequences as the longest-running daytime game show in history in 1990. Barker’s reign on The Price Is Right propelled him to the center of a slew of other notable programs, including the Pillsbury Bake-Off, which he hosted from 1969 to 1985, and the annual New Year’s Day Tournament of Roses Parade, which he hosted from 1969 to 1988. In 1980, he hosted That’s My Line, a short-lived variety show created by the creators of What’s My Line, TV’s longest-running primetime game show.

Barker made his film debut in 1996 as himself in Happy Gilmore, a comedy starring Adam Sandler. In a memorable scene, he and Sandler get into a brawl at a celebrity golf tournament; the scene won the MTV Movie Awards that year for “Best Fight Sequence.”

Barker received an Emmy Award for Lifetime Achievement the same year. He announced his retirement from hosting The Price Is Right in 2006, after nearly 35 years on the show. His most recent episode aired in June 2007.

Barker ended each show by reminding the audience about animal welfare, saying: “Aid in the control of the pet population. Have your pets neutered or spayed.”

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Scandal

Dian Parkinson, a model on The Price Is Right from 1975 to 1993, sued Barker for sexual harassment in 1994, claiming that he threatened to fire her if she did not have sex with him. Barker was deeply hurt by her accusation and the public scandal that accompanied it, even though she later dropped the suit. He insisted that he had an intimate relationship with Parkinson, but that it was mutual.

Animal Rights Activism

The unstoppable Barker also hosted the Miss Universe and Miss USA pageants every year from 1966 to 1988, when he became embroiled in a dispute with the Miss USA organizers over an issue close to his heart: animal rights. Barker declined to host the pageants after organizers refused to remove fur coats from the winners’ prize packages, as he had requested.

His commitment to animal rights culminated in the establishment of the DJ&T Foundation in Beverly Hills in 1995, an organization that works to reduce domestic animal overpopulation by providing free or low-cost sterilization for cats and dogs. The DJ&T Foundation was named after Barker’s wife, Dorothy Jo Gideon, and her mother, Tilly. Gideon produced her husband’s game shows until her death from cancer in 1981.

Barker spent approximately $1 million in October 2013 to transport three African elephants from the Toronto Zoo to PAWS, a California-based animal sanctuary. After activists like Barker expressed their concerns about large animals being kept in zoos, the Toronto City Council approved their removal in 2011. The Performing Animal Welfare Society’s ARK 2000 compound now has nine elephants, including Toka, Iringa, and Thika.

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Special Return Visit to ‘TPIR’

As an April Fool’s joke, Barker paid a surprise return visit to The Price Is Right on April 1, 2015. It was his first public appearance since turning 90 in 2013.

“I know the world is full of fools, but I am a carefully selected fool,” Barker joked about returning to the game show he had hosted for more than three decades.

Wife

Barker married Dorothy Jo Gideon, whom he met in high school, in 1945. The couple remained together until Gideon’s death from cancer in 1981.

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