Leslie Moonves is the super popular, ultra-rich television and broadcasting executive of CBS. He also works in the capacity of president, and chairman of the Board of CBS Corporation. He has even guest starred as himself in a couple of TV shows under CBS, for instance, ‘The Practice’. He has also been a regular contributor to the talk show, The David Lettermen Show. He has been doing that since 2004.
It is interesting to note that he is the great nephew of the first Prime Minister of Israel, David Ben-Gurion. Currently, he lives in the elite Beverly Hills, California, with properties in both New York and Malibu. This sure makes us wonder how much could be his net worth in 2019. Read on to find out.
Born to a Jewish family on October 6th, 1949 in New York City, he was named Leslie Roy Moonves. He grew up in New York itself where his mother worked as a nurse. He has two siblings. He did his schooling from Valley Stream Central High School and attended the Bucknell University for his higher studies. During his college days, he acted in a few plays and finally graduated in 1971. He moved out of his parents’ house to become an actor. He did many roles, but none of them remarkable. So later, he decided to work in the business aspect of the TV industry.
Once he realized his flair for TV industry business, he succeeded at a fast pace. He gained upper management experience quite early on in his career. He successfully ran the first-run syndication at the famous 20th Century Fox Television. He was also appointed the vice president for mini-series and films. He has been the development executive at Saul Ilson Productions and Catalina Productions. Once he joined CBS in 1995, he was given a quick promotion as the chairman. Under Moonves’ reign, dying shows like CSI and Survivor were granted a new life. In 2005, six out of ten prime-time TV shows were from CBS, under Moonves business strategy and acumen.
Awards and Achievements
Moonves is the recipient of the Alumni Award for Outstanding Achievement in the Chosen Profession in 2002. He also received the Milestone Award from the Publicists Guild of America (PGA) in 2011. Before this, PGA also awarded him with the Showmanship award in 1997. He was additionally added to the Television Hall of Fame in 2016.
Net Worth & Earnings of Leslie Moonves
Making a mark on the television business industry, Moonves’ net worth stands at a staggering $700 million. He draws a salary of more than $75 million yearly, which is impressive, to say the least. In the years 2012 and 2013, he was considered to be the highest paid director who earned $59 million and $66 million, respectively.
With so many show revivals and hit prime time slots, he is no doubt a very well-known face in the television industry. He is currently married to the TV show reporter, Julia Chen. His analytical skills and niche for business makes him one of the most important personalities in Hollywood. He has established his career all by himself and made use of every career opportunity wisely. No wonder his net worth is so high.