Geraldo Rivera Bio, Career, Education, Divorce, Family, Age and Net Worth

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Who is Geraldo Rivera?

Geraldo Rivera is an American attorney, author, political commentator, journalist, and former television host. Rivera became famous when he was hosting the live television special The Mystery of Al Capone’s Vaults. He also hosted the news magazine program, Geraldo, at Large, host the occasional broadcast of Rivera Reports. He also appeared repeatedly on Fox News programs such as The Five.


Geraldo started his career in 1970 after he was employed as a reporter for Eyewitness News by WABC_TV. Rivera became famous in 1972 and even won a Peabody Award. The award and attention came after his report of neglect and abuse of patients with mental disabilities on Staten Island at Willowbrook State School. After that he started appearing on ABC national programs such as 20/20 and Nightline and they were launched in 1978 and 1979 respectively. On August 30, 1972, Rivera together with John Lennon hosted a benefit concert called “one on one”. The show took place at Madison Square Garden in New York City.

Rivera was also hosting a late-night- newsmagazine show called Good Night America and in 1973 he taped the pilot episode of the same show. Its unusual play began in April 1974 and ended in June 1977, which was part of ABC’s Wide World of Entertainment block. His show featured Ringo Stars ” It Doesn’t Come Easy ” as the theme. The show mainly tackled controversial topics of the era, including bhang usage and the status of Vietnam War draft dodgers.

He broadcasted his first U.S network television on May 19, 1983 mention of “AIDS” by this name. This came after the diseases were badly understood at that time. In 1985 Rivera publicly criticized Arledge’s journalistic integrity after he refused to air a report which was done by Sylvia Chase. He cited that Roone Arledge’s friendship with the Kennedy Family was the cause of Roone to spike the story.

As a result of this allegation, Rivera was fired and in an interview, he claimed that his main reason for being fired was because he violated ABC policy when he contributed $200 to a non-partisan mayoral race candidate. After he hosted The Mystery of Al Capone’s Vault On April 21, 1986. The show was located at the old Lexington hotel in Chicago. The show was well-received where it was watched by millions of people. However, the show only lasted for 2-hours.

A Photo of Geraldo Rivera
A Photo of Geraldo Rivera

Geraldo Rivera Age

He was on July 4th, 1943, currently aged 77 years

Geraldo Rivera Family


He is the son of Lilian Friedman and Cruz Allen Rivera. His father was a Puerto Rican Catholic and his mother was of Russian Jewish descent.


Rivera has three siblings, Irene, Sharon, and Craig

Geraldo Rivera Education

he attended the West Babylon High School. In 1961 he joined the State Unversity of New York Maritime College until 1963. After that, he transferred to the Unversity of Arizona, where he graduated with a B.S in Business administration. In addition, Rivera joined Brooklyn Law School in 1966 and received his J.D in 1969.

Geraldo Rivera Spouse

Rivera got married to Erica Michelle Levy in August 2003.

Geraldo Rivera Divorce

Rivera has married five times and divorced four times. Rivera married his first wife Linda Coblentz in 1965 and after four years of marriage, they divorced in 1969. His second marriage was to Edith Vonnegut in 1971 but the marriage lasted for only four years and divorced in 1975. In 1976, he married Sherryl Raymond and they divorced in 1984 and lastly, he divorced his fourth wife Cynthia Cruickshank Dyer in 2000 after being in marriage since 1987.

Geraldo Rivera Children

He has five children Gabriel Miguel, Isabella Holmes, Simone Cruickshank, he has a daughter with his current wife and one is not yet known.

Talk show

Rivera started hosting and producing the daytime talk show Geraldo in 1987. The show went for a period of 11 years. In 1988, he hosted another special where his nose was broken in a well-publicized brawl during a show that featured guests such as white supremacists, antiracist skinhead, Ronny Innis, and Jewish activist.

After that, he presented the Rivera live in 1994, a CNBC evening news and interview show which aired on weeknights. However, the show came to an end in 2001.
In 2009, he lent his voice to Phineas and Ferb in an episode called Phineas and Ferb Get Busted! playing newscaster Morty Williams

Fox News

After the September 11 terrorist attack, In November 2001, Rivera left CNBC and joined Fox News as a war correspondent where his brother followed him as a cameraman on a special covering in Afghanistan. Moreover in 2001 during the Afghanistan war, Rivera stated that he was close to the scene of a fire incident. However, it was later discovered that he was 300 miles away from the incident. In 2003 controversies rose when he started disclosing an upcoming operation and even went ahead to draw the map in the sand during a live broadcast.

After that broadcast, the military immediately denounced and condemned his action citing that he put the operation at risk. Rivera was then expelled from Iraq. After two days he announced that he be reporting on the Iraq dispute from Kuwait. Rivera and The New York Times got into a dispute in 2005 after they alleged that he pushed aside a member of the rescue team so that he can be filmed helping a woman in a wheelchair.

Rivera was again involved in another feud this time with his colleague Michelle Malkin. This was after she announced that she was not going to return to The O’Reilly Factor. Malkin accused Fox News for mishandled a feud over disrespectful remarks made by Riviera about her in a Boston Globe interview. However, Riviera dismissed the claims stating that Malkin was the vilest and hateful commentator he has ever seen in his life.

In 2008, he released his book titled His Panic: Why Americans Fear Hispanic in the US. In 2012 he started hosting a weekday radio talk show on KABC( 790 AM) in New York where its first episode aired on January 3, 2012. The show was scheduled for two hours, in addition at the end of that same year he hosted another weekday talk show o KABC ( 790 AM) this time in Los Angeles

In 2015, he took part in the 14th season of the television series competition The Celebrity Apprentice. In the competition, he was placed second to television personality Leeza Gibbons. Even after being placed second he still managed to raise the highest amount of money out of all other contestants. He is managed to raise $726,000 while Gibbon managed to raise only $12,000.
Rivera also participated in the season 22 competition of Dancing with the Star where he joined hands with a professional dancer Edyta Sliwinska. However, On March 28, 2016, Rivera together with his partner was the first duo to be eliminated.

Rivera and WTAM ( 1100 AM) in Cleveland, Ohio, On September 22, 2018, announced that Rivera was going to join the station where he will be hosting a daily one-hour talk show, Geraldo in Cleveland. During his 50-years television career on 6th September 2020, Fox News presented a one-hour special segment of ” I Am Geraldo”.


Geraldo Rivera Height

Stands at 1.76m tall.

Geraldo Rivera Net Worth

His net worth is approximately $20million

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