Dr. Phil is an American author, TV personality, mental health guru, and host of the popular TV show; Dr. Phil. Phil came into the spotlight after he first appeared on the widely-watched The Oprah Winfrey Show back in 1998, and also made several appearances after that. It all began when Phil’s legal consulting firm, CSI, helped secure Oprah’s victory in the Amarillo Texas beef trial. Overwhelmed with gratitude, she had him hosted on her show and subsequently got him weekly appearances as a relationship and life strategy expert on Tuesdays beginning in April of 1998.
The now-famous Dr. Phil would parlay his newfound celebrity status into bestselling books that continue to earn him millions of dollars to this day; becoming the fourth highest-paid celebrity in 2016 with an annual pre-tax income of $88 million. More than that, Dr. Phil is also a husband and a father of two adult sons. This article talks about his bio, current net worth, wife, divorce, and his family details.
Dr. Phil’s Age, Background and Early Life
Dr. Phil was born—Phillip Calvin McGraw—in Vinita, Oklahoma on September 1, 1950, to parents Joseph J. McGraw, Jr. and Anne Geraldine. His father worked as an equipment supplier in the oilfields of North Texas. Consequently, he alongside his three sisters—Deana, Donna, and Brenda grew up in North Texas. However, the family later moved to Kansas when his father decided to pursue a lifelong career in psychology. Growing up, Phil attended Shawnee Mission North High School in Overland Park, Kansas. He was later awarded a football scholarship to attend the University of Tulsa (TU), Oklahoma in 1968. At Tulsa, Phil played middle linebacker with the school’s football team.
However, towards the end of 1968 while with TU, his team suffered the greatest blow when it lost 100-6 to the University of Houston. After the defeat, the team’s coach, Glenn Dobbs retired while Phil moved to Midwestern State University, Wichita Falls, Texas. There, he graduated with a B.A in psychology in 1975. But he didn’t stop there, he earned an M.A. in experimental psychology in 1976, and a Ph.D. in clinical psychology in 1979 at the University of North Texas. Phil then joined his father’s private Psychology practice firm in Wichita Falls. However, Phil wasn’t so convinced about the effectiveness of the conventional one-on-one therapy system. In 1983 he joined Texas businesswoman Thelma Box, in launching the self-motivation Pathways Seminars which turned out to be a huge success. In 1991, Phil later sold his Pathways seminar stock for a whopping $325, 000.
According to sources, the proceeds went into efforts to set up his trial consulting firm, Courtroom Sciences, Inc. (CSI); an establishment he co-founded with Attorney Gary Dobbs in 1991. CSI enabled trial attorneys to use mock trials and behavioral analysis in building their cases. Asides consulting for Fortune 500 companies, the company also served high net worth individuals and would be instrumental in securing a trial victory for the ace TV personality, Oprah Winfrey in the Amarillo Texas beef trial in 1998. Back in 1995, Oprah Winfrey was sued by cattlemen who insisted that she had denigrated the beef industry through ill comments made on her show.
Dr. Phil’s victory with the case (now known as the Amarillo Texas beef trial) won him an appearance on The Oprah Winfrey Show in 1998. His popularity went over the roof, with more weekly appearances as a regular relationship and life strategist on the show beginning from April of that year. Flowing with the current Dr. Phil wasted no time in getting his first book, Life Strategies, published in 1999; which quickly became a New York Times best-seller. As of this writing, Dr. Phil has at least 10 best-sellers under his belt.
What to Know About His Wife, Son, and the Divorce Rumors
Dr. Phil is currently married to former Robin Jo Jameson, now Robin McGraw since 1976. Together, they have two adult children; Jay McGraw (b. 1979) and Jordan McGraw (b. 1986). But Robin won’t be his first. Back in 1970 when he was only 20, Phil married his first wife, Debbie Higgins McCall, but the marriage ended in divorce in 1973. His first son Jay McGraw has also published books based on his father’s books; targeted at teenagers. Together with his father, Jay works for Stage 29 and has received an Emmy Award with his father for their work on the show The Doctors. Jay McGraw is married to Erica Dahm, the second of the famous Dahm triplets.
Dr. Phil’s Net Worth
As of 2019, sources have revealed Dr. Phil’s net worth to be over $400 million. With an annual income of no less than $80, million. His ventures are quite multiple; ranging from his shows, books and even a mobile application, “Doctor on Demand” which enables users to contact a U.S psychologist for a fee.
His Height and Body Measurement
Dr. Phil’s only obvious aging signs have been his grey hair. Other than that, the soon-to-be septuagenarian maintains a tall build. He stands 6 feet 3¼ inches (1.9 meters) tall and weighs 176 pounds (80 kg). He has bald grey hair and blue eyes. As of this writing, his shoe size and body measurement are not known. But we’re sure to hint you as soon as we get the specifics.