About Barbara Walters
Barbara Jill Walters is an award-winning broadcast journalist, television personality and author. During her career she has hosted numerous shows, including a popular morning television program Today, The View, television magazine 20/20 and ABC Evening News. She has also contributed to ABC News by making numerous reportages, sometimes covering the most important events in the world. Barbara Walters net worth is currently estimated at $160 million.
Barbara was born in 1929, in a family of Dena and Louis Walters, both Jews. Walters grandfather from her father’s family line was born in an area currently belonging to Poland. His original name was Abraham Isaac, but he changed it to Warmwater after moving to England. A couple of years later he changed his last name once again and that is how his granddaughter ended up to be called Walters.
Louis, Barbara’s father, worked as a Broadway producer and an Entertainment director for a popular resort n Las Vegas. Although Louis’ fortune never came close to Barbara Walters net worth, at the peak of his career Walter was a wealthy man and the whole family lived in a luxurious penthouse.
With her father working in an entertainments business, Barbara was surrounded by celebrities since the day she can remember. This childhood experience proved to be useful in her later career, when Walters had to take interviews from artists and influential politicians- she never felt overwhelmed by their fame.
Unfortunately, the family’s happiness did not last long. When Barbara was still a teenager her brother, Burton, died of pneumonia. Her sister, Jacqueline, was born mentally ill and suffered from ovarian cancer. Soon her father had a breakdown and lost all his business. The family’s penthouse and house in Florida, their car and even furniture were confiscated by the Government. At the time she was already a Sarah Lawrence College graduate and did not live with her parents, but Barbara Walkers net worth was not yet high enough to help safe her father business or take care of her mother and disabled sister.
Walters joined NBS team in 1964, as a writer for The Today Show. She was soon promoted to the position of the “Today Girl” and started to appear on the show regularly. At the time Barbara started building her career NBS was not a friendly environment for a woman. There was a widespread belief that nobody could take “hard content” news seriously if it was presented by a female. However, Barbara has managed to prove them wrong. She was the first woman given an opportunity to co-anchor evening news along with Harry reasoned on ABC network. Soon after this promotion Barbara Walkers net worth started to grow on the fast track.