Julie Suzanne Chen was born on 6 January 1970, in Queens, New York City USA, and is of Chinese-Burmese descent through her mother. Julie is an American journalist, television personality, presenter and an actress, undoubtedly best known as the anchor for the CBS reality TV show “Big Brother” since its inception in 2000.
How rich is Julie Chen? Authoritative sources estimate that Julie’s net worth is estimated to be over $18 million as of mid-2017, mainly accumulated through her involvement in the entertainment industry during a career now spanning more than 25 years.
Julie Chen Net Worth $18 Million
Julie Chen attended University of Southern California, graduating with a degree in broadcast journalism, as well as English in 1991. Chen began working as an intern at a morning television news program “CBS Morning News”. Her job mostly consisted of answering phones and distributing copied faxes. A year later, while Chen was still studying at school, she applied to work at ABC NewsOne, and secured a job as a desk assistant. Chen was then given an opportunity to showcase her skills as a producer, which she did until leaving in 1995, when she went to Ohio to work for WDTN-TV television station as a news anchor. She worked there for two years until 1997. All these positions added steadily to her net worth.
In 1999, Julie Chen returned to “CBS Morning News”, but this time to work as an anchor. Julie Chan’s fame, as well as her net worth began increasing at the time, since she also worked as an anchor for the popular morning show “CBS This Morning”, and a news program “The Early Show” where her co-workers were Jane Clayson, as well as Bryant Gumbel. Chen co-hosted the show for almost eight years, from 2002 until 2010, and even though she left the position, Chen remained an active supporter until the show was cancelled in 2012. During her lengthy time spent on “The Early Show”, Chen worked alongside many famous anchors, including Erica Hill, Harry Smith and Hannah Storm.
An already well-recognized figure, Julie Chen contributed to her rising popularity by appearing as a weekend anchor and reporter for WCBS-TV. Chen’s many appearances on television include an American version of the reality game called “Big Brother”. During the beginnings of “Big Brother”, particularly its first season, Julie Chen was faced with some struggles, and received a lot of criticism from the public for her scripted and stiff communication with the live audience present in the studio. Yet despite the drawbacks, Chen managed to maintain the position of an anchor and accumulate a significant amount of money from this job. “Big Brother” was also one of the reasons Chen met her soon-to-be husband, multi-millionaire Leslie Moonves, who was also a chief executive officer at CBS Television. Even though Moonves was married at the time, Chen and Moonves began dating and in 2004 were married at a private ceremony right after Moonves’ divorce from his previous wife. An anchor, journalist and television personality, Julie Chen is currently working on a TV show called “The Talk” with her co-hosts being Sara Gilbert, Aisha Tyler, Sheryl Underwood and Sharon Osbourne.
Graduated from the University of Southern California, in Los Angeles, California in 1991 with a double Bachelors degree in Broadcast Journalism and English.
The catchphrase, "But first . . ."
Then I thought, 'I am the Chen-bot, and I have to embrace my inner Chen-bot.'
[Who once said that future journalists were as blurry as ever, led by increasingly opinionated cable news anchors]: When I was in journalism school, you were taught to be completely objective. But we don't see that anymore.
[Big Brother (2000), as a series]: It started out like 10 complete strangers, throw into a house, cut off from the inside world, and they have to co-exist where there are cameras/microphones monitoring everything that they do, and each week, they vote off their own, kind of like 'Survivor,' but in this house.
I don't know how that works out, ... I don't know what's going on that I'm hosting the Emmys during really hard times. But I guess it's an honor and a privilege that I'm the one who gets to try to walk that line of making people feel good.
[on parenting]: There are so many things you learn about motherhood as you're going to learn, well, unless, I'm completely in the dark more, so then, cause I was supposed to know that? The doctor told me, 'You have to feed him, every 2 to 3 hours.'
[on having new responsibilities as a mother]: I'm feeling like I'm tethered to my home, because of my feelings; you know, that's the biggest adjustment like, 'I don't know, can I make the dental appointment?' You know, I hope they're ready on time, it's like the whole schedule and do the map. If I can feed it and comeback at this time.
[on her husband]: As a very spiritual person myself, I was totally curious to meet the guy, and to hear stories of what Les was like as a kid -- and the reunion turned out to be a warm surprise. He turned out to be a very accessible person and a real sports nut like both me and Les. Our apartment has views to the West and so we all shared a beautiful sunset.
[When asked if her The Early Show (1999) crew were going to travel anywhere by ship]: I thought if we have to broadcast the next morning, I was concerned about how far it was going to be and how tired I was going to be.
[When she began hosting Big Brother (2000), her very first year]: People were writing that I was horrible in the job, and there was all this talk about 'blurring the line' and 'What's happening to journalism'?
[on Big Brother (2000)]: It's a real live Melrose Place. It takes you back to junior high - very catty, very cliquey. You can relate to at least one person in the house, see the cool kids try to bully the misfits and watch the misfits outsmart the bullies. You love to hate certain people.