Do You Know About Matt Lauer’s Net Worth?

Matt Lauer
TODAY -- Pictured: Matt Lauer appears on NBC News' "Today" show -- (Photo by: Peter Kramer/NBC/NBC NewsWire via Getty Images)

What is Matt Lauer Net Worth? Lauer began co-anchoring the program in January 1998 and became its sole anchor in April 2000. During his tenure at The Today Show, Lauer interviewed several prominent newsmakers, including politicians and celebrities. As a result, he was considered the most influential morning news anchor in the United States.

Lauer was born on December 30, 1957, in New York City to a Jewish family, the son of Marilyn Kolmer (née Morton) and Alan Lauer. His father was an electrical engineer and later vice president of NBC, who had been an engineer at RCA. His mother worked in the cosmetics industry. Lauer got his start as a local news anchor at WNBC-TV, New York City’s first 24-hour cable news and entertainment station, in 1981. He moved up to co-anchor of the 6 p.m. newscast on NBC’s O&O station WNBC-TV when the program was expanded to an hour long and Bill Kurtis was named news director.

After leaving WNBC in 1985, Lauer became a reporter on The Early Show in CBS’s Washington bureau. He also served as a substitute host for Bob Schieffer (who had taken over Koppel’s spot) while he was traveling on assignment with the White House Press Corps.

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Lauer was fired from the Today Show in November 2017 after allegations of sexual misconduct and inappropriate behavior were published on the “Today” show website by former NBC team member Ronan Farrow. In addition, Lauer has been accused of sexually harassing former co-anchor Ann Curry and of inappropriate touching while he was married. NBC News chair Andy Lack announced Lauer’s termination on November 29, 2017. 

On December 1, 2017, Lauer took a three-month leave while seeking treatment for sex addiction. He was replaced by former Al Jazeera America anchor Jenna Wolfe as substitute host beginning with the “Christmas in Rockefeller Center” telecast on December 25. Lauer hosted NBC’s coverage of the Olympic Games from 2000 to 2012 and was the anchor of Dateline NBC from 2005 to 2017. NBC fired Lauer on November 29, 2017, after complaints about his private conduct surfaced. 

A week later, he apologized for his behavior during the preceding two decades. Lauer was born in New York City on December 30, 1957, the son of Marilyn Kolmer (née Schwartz), a restaurant owner, and Jay Robert Lauer Jr., an electrical engineer. His parents divorced in 1960; Lauer and his elder brother Gregory, who was born with Down syndrome and died in 2016 at age 61, were raised by their father on Long Island.


From 1979 to 1981, Lauer was a general-assignment reporter for KVOA in Tucson, Arizona, where he also served as a sports anchor and host of the weekday talk show Arizona After Dark. In 1981, he moved to WTVJ in Miami, Florida, where he worked as a general-assignment reporter and news anchor until 1983. He then moved to WRC-TV in Washington, D.C., from 1983 to 1986. In 1986, Lauer joined NBC News, where he anchored the national news magazine Now with Tom Brokaw from 1990–91 and served as anchor of Saturday Night with Connie Chung from 1992–93 on NBC’s cable station MSNBC. 

Beginning in August 1994, anchor Norm Gardner was removed from The Today Show for another incident of sexual indiscretion (following a series of similar incidents, particularly the forced resignation of former host Bob McLean for sexual misconduct), and Lauer became co-anchor. 

He also substituted for Tom Brokaw on NBC Nightly News from 1994 to 1995. From 1989 to 1997, he anchored The Today Show opposite Jane Pauley and Katie Couric. On January 13, 2012, Lauer began co-hosting the show again with Savannah Guthrie after Meredith Vieira left in December 2011. Lauer announced his formal departure from the program on December 21, 2017; he officially departed on January 2, 2018.

A career at NBC News:

Lauer later moved to the Los Angeles NBC station KNXT and NBC’s O&O network affiliate WNBC in New York. In 1997, Lauer was made anchor of Today permanently after helming the program for six months following the departure of Matt Grant. Lauer served as co-anchor of Today for more than a decade. He occasionally filled in for Ann Curry on Today when she covered the 2008 and 2012 Summer Olympics, and then again from January 3, 2013, until Curry’s resignation on July 20, 2013. In addition, Lauer often substituted for Katie Couric when she hosted CBS Evening News from 2009 to 2012.

Dateline NBC:

Lauer has been the host of Dateline NBC since May 8, 1996, hosting the show solo during Peterson’s 1997 trial and sharing hosting duties with Katie Couric from 1999 until 2008. He was also hosted for a week in May 2006 when Couric was away for her wedding. In 2006 Lauer earned $20 million for his role as program anchor. On Today’s March 12, 2006, episode, Lauer noted that he had hosted more hours of Dateline than anyone else. He also mentioned that Diana Nyad was an upcoming guest on the show. 

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Lauer has been the host of the NBC coverage of the Olympic Games since August 1998. In addition, he served as the studio host for NBC’s coverage of figure skating at the 2014 Winter Olympics in Sochi, Russia. Lauer also substituted for Bob Costas as studio host for NBC’s coverage of tennis at Wimbledon (beginning in 2009) and golf at the Masters (beginning in 2007) if Costas was away or assigned other duties during those events. In 2004, Lauer anchored NBC’s coverage of the opening and closing ceremonies of both the Summer and Winter Olympics. The amazing career history is the reason behind Matt Lauer net worth.

Sexual misconduct allegations:

In November 2017, the New York Post reported several allegations of sexual harassment or abuse by Lauer against employees at NBC, including a complaint from a former team member that he had exposed his genitals to her without her consent. NBC suspended Lauer on Wednesday, November 29, in response to these claims and his previous “inappropriate sexual behavior.” The next day, Lauer issued a statement wherein he apologized for inappropriate conduct and confirmed that he was undergoing treatment for this problem. On December 3, 2017, it was announced that Lauer would be fired effective immediately amid the complaints. Several more women came forward with similar claims over the following weeks.

Matt Lauer Net Worth:

Matt Lauer net worth is $80 million. In addition to his residence on Long Island and his second home in Bedford, New York, he also owns a house on Fifth Avenue. On December 10, 1999, Lauer married Annette Roque, with whom he had two children: a son and a daughter. In October 2017, Roque filed for divorce from Lauer after twenty years of marriage.

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