Last Updated: May 26, 2024
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Net Worth:
$14 Million
$5 Million Per Year
May 3, 1975 (49 years old)
6 ft 3 in (1.93 m)
Commentator, Presenter
United States of America
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Willie Geist is an American television personality who has a net worth of $14 million. Willie Geist is best known for his work on various NBC and MSNBC shows. He was a co-host on "Today" for several years and currently hosts "Sunday with Willie Geist."


Willie Geist's NBC salary is $5 million per year.

Early Life

Willie Geist was born William Russell Geist on May 3, 1975, in Evanston, Illinois. He grew up in Ridgewood, New Jersey. His father, Bill Geist, is a retired television journalist and author, and his mother, Jody Geist, is a social worker. Willie is the older brother of Libby Geist Wildes, an Oscar-winning documentary film producer who produced "O.J.: Made in America" and "The Last Dance." Willie is the great-grandson of former Detroit Red Wings star and Hockey Hall of Fame player Herbie Lewis.

Geist attended George Washington Middle School in Ridgewood, New Jersey. He was captain of the basketball and football teams in high school and helped his school win the 1991 state football title. He was elected to both New Jersey Boys State and the National Honor Society. Willie went on to graduate from Vanderbilt University in Tennessee. While in college, he edited his college newspaper, "The Vanderbilt Hustler."


Willie began his professional career in the late 90s, working as a producer/editor for CNN Sports Illustrated, a 24-hour sports channel that ultimately folded in 2002. He subsequently became a field producer and reporter for CNN Sports where he covered the Super Bowl, the NCAA Final Four, and The Masters.

Geist then went on to work for "I, Max" with Max Kellerman on Fox Sports Net before joining "The Situation with Tucker Carlson" as Senior Producer in 2005. He stepped in as a substitute co-host on MSNBC's morning programming from 6 a.m. to 9 a.m. in 2007. During this time, Don Imus was fired in late April 2007, and Geist was named permanent co-host of "Morning Joe" alongside Joe Scarborough and Mika Brzezinski in September 2007.  In late 2009, he was then given his own show, "Way Too Early with Willie Geist," which aired at 5:30 a.m., immediately before "Morning Joe" on MSNBC.

Willie Geist Net Worth

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In 2010, Geist became a substitute for Matt Lauer on "The Today Show." He became an official co-host of "Today" in 2012, as well as the show's newsreader. He left "Way Too Early" right after he was named co-host of "Today." In 2016, he was named host of "Sunday Today," which launched in April of that year.

In addition, Geist has contributed to NBC Sports and NBC News coverage of every Olympic Games since 2010. He was the solo anchor of NBC's hours-long coverage of the Orlando Pulse nightclub shooting on the morning of June 12, 2016. Willie was on the air for seven hours in a row in an NBC News Special Report that aired nationwide. Along with "Today," Geist earned the prestigious Edward R. Murrow Award for similar coverage on August 4, 2019, after the mass shootings in El Paso, Texas, and Dayton, Ohio. Over the years, Geist has earned a reputation on "Sunday Today" as a well-regarded long-form interviewer of some of the biggest celebrities on the globe.

He also hosts the popular podcast "Sunday Sitdown," featuring the full-length, unedited versions of his "Sunday Today" TV profile interviews.

In addition to his successful career as a news anchor, Willie did voice work in "Kung Fu Panda 3," voicing Sum opposite Al Roker's Dim, in which their characters play twin panda brothers who are related to Po. Geist has made cameos in several other TV shows and films. He is a frequent guest on Andy Cohen's late-night show on Bravo, "Watch What Happens Live." Geist has appeared twice in "People" magazine's "Sexiest Men Alive" issues, both in 2012 and 2017.

Personal Life

Willie met his future wife, Christina Sharkey, in middle school in Ridgewood, New Jersey. They began dating in high school, and the sweethearts married on May 24, 2003, in Humacao, Puerto Rico. The couple has two children, Lucie Joy and George William.

Geist is a registered Independent voter. He sits on the board of the Michael J. Fox Foundation for Parkinson's Research. His father suffers from Parkinson's disease. Willie is also a board member at Operation Men, a UCLA Medical Center organization that aims to provide free surgery and care to America's most severely injured military veterans.

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