Maury Povich is an American television personality most famous for his self-titled syndicated talk show, Maury, which has been airing non-stop since 1991. In his over five-decade-old broadcasting career, Povich has worked with several recognized news companies such as NBC, CBS, and ABC.
In addition to television broadcasting, he is also an actor, having featured in several television shows, including The Swinger (2001), How I Met Your Mother (2010), and Madea’s Big Happy Family (2011). It is a journey that has made him a lot of money and despite being famous as a reality talk show host, he started as a journalist.
Maury Povich’s Career Began on Radio as a News Reporter
It would be incomplete to discuss the achievements of Maury Povich on television without touching on where it all began which is the radio for the Washington station, WWDC. Having just completed his college degree in television journalism from the University of Pennsylvania, Maury joined the station as a reporter and publicity officer.
There, he developed what would become the hallmark of his career achievements – longevity. He spent four years even as a newbie reporter before moving to WTTG in 1966, where he added sportscaster to his resume. At WTTG, Maury took a step closer to becoming the man we know and love today by taking the reins as the co-host of the station’s popular midday talk show, Panorama.
The talk show became the catalyst for Maury Povich’s first claim to fame. As co-host, he gained widespread acclaim and national recognition. He rode the wave of success for almost a decade before starting his television career in 1976, kickstarting a life-long run.
He Worked For Six Television Stations in 22 Years
Maury Povich has always been in demand. After leaving radio in 1976, he began his TV career at WMAQ-TV in Chicago. He joined the station in January 1977 and worked as a co-anchor on evening newscasts. His arrival was met with plenty of joy and celebration. The station produced promotions from notable personalities like Carol Channing and US Senator, Hubert Humphrey.
Unfortunately, Maury only got a small chance to show what he was capable off before leaving the station after it reneged on a contract agreement. He spent eight months at WMAQ-TV before moving to KNXT in Los Angeles, where he worked as an anchor again.
Maury spent six months working for the station before moving to San Francisco, where he hosted AM San Francisco for KGO-TV. He also co-anchored newscasts for the station. He had his longest stint on TV at the station before returning to the East Coast in April 1980 with KYW-TV in Philadelphia.
The station continued the trend of using Maury Povich’s talents on TV as a news anchor and talk show host. He anchored the KYW-TV’s newscasts and its talk show, AM/PM, an audience-participation talk show, gaining further experience for the career gamechanger to come.
A Current Affair Brightened His Place in the National Spotlight
After three years at KYW-TV, Maury left for Washington and rejoined WTTG in June 1983 as the host of Panorama and The 10 O’Clock News. Following the acquisition of WTTG by 20th Century Fox in 1986, Povich began hosting A Current Affair, a tabloid infotainment show for WNYW, a New York station.
A Current Affair gave Maury Povich his first taste of a nationally syndicated television program two years into the show. The show received plenty of critical praise, and it further cemented his place as a national television star. He hosted the show and anchored the station’s 7 pm newscasts until 1990 when he left to begin The Maury Povich Show.
The Maury Povich Show (Maury) Has Been on Air for Over 29 Years
For all the lucrativeness and success that comes from having your own show, the driving factor to achieving both is longevity. That is what Maury Povich has had since he left the A Current Affair to start his nationally syndicated show, The Maury Povich Show in 1991.
His production company, MoPo Productions, in partnership with Paramount Domestic Television, began producing the show in September 1991. He hosted the tabloid talk show which deals with various social issues like teenage pregnancy, sexual infidelity, domestic violence, and more.
Its signature theme, however, and perhaps the crux of The Maury Povich Show’s popularity is paternity testing. Under this theme, a mother comes on air to prove or disprove their paternity via DNA testing offered by the show.
The idea has continually made his show one of the highest-rated daytime talk show programs on television. It has kept it alive for 29+ years with over 29 seasons and more than 2,994 episodes. Despite rebranding itself as Maury after NBCUniversal took over production from Paramount, the show has continued to thrive, making him a lot of money, bringing in lots of accolades.
Maury has received over 10 Daytime Emmy nominations and one GLAAD Media Award nomination, winning one Emmy. Maury Povich himself has a nomination for Outstanding Entertainment Talk Show Host and has received recognition from the city of New York. In 1995, the New York City mayor, Rudolph Giuliani, honoured him for his work on raising awareness on National Adoption Month through the show.
Not one to rest on his laurels, the popularity of Maury has helped Povich expand his onscreen presence. Although they have not been as successful as his syndicated show, they have grown his resume and improved his net worth.
He Has Made Multiple Acting Appearances and Hosted Two Additional Shows
In 2000, nine years into the success of Maury, Povich dabbled into game show hosting. He hosted the revival of the classic game show, Twenty One on NBC. Unfortunately, the show spent a few weeks on-air and got cancelled in the same year.
In 2005, he and his wife, Connie Chung (more on her later), began hosting the weekend news program, Weekends with Maury and Connie, in January 2006. Despite combining their respective skills, the show failed to take off, and it got cancelled in June 2006 due to low ratings.
Outside of hosting, Maury Povich has done some acting too, often appearing as himself. His first acting gig was in 1986 in the film The Imagemaker.
Since then, he has made other appearances, mostly on television shows like How I Met Your Mother and Wings. His only two film appearances so far came in 2010 and 2012 in the films, Madea’s Big Happy Family and Looking Forward, respectively.
The Talk Show Host is Also an Entrepreneur
The level of experience and achievements he has recorded since he joined the media industry in 1962 has made him a lot of money. But as his wealth grew, Maury Povich diversified his sources of income, some of which are outside of his profession.
In 2017, he became an investor and part-owner of the Washington DC bar and restaurant, Chatter. He owns the restaurant alongside other investors like Gary Williams and Tony Kornheiser. Povich is also the owner of a weekly print newspaper and online news magazine, Flathead Beacon.
He is also the owner of a ranch located just outside of Bigfork, Montana, where he also lives several months in a year. Between these, as well as yet to be disclosed investments and other sources of income, Maury Povich has amassed a net worth to be proud of.
A Media Career Spanning Five Decades Has Given Maury an $80 Million Net Worth
Years of honing his skills from radio to television, rising to the top on national television as the host of a syndicated television show, and popularizing the catchphrase, ‘You are NOT the father’ have made Maury Povich a rich man.
According to various sources, the daytime television giant makes up to $13 million in yearly salary. It is a figure that not only makes Maury one of the highest earners on daytime television but also primetime TV. Decades of earning millions in salary, combined with investments in other fields have made Maury a fortune worth $80 million overall.
He’s also enjoying the finer things of life with the wealth. He has a home in Flathead County in Montana, and in 2009, Maury and his wife spent $9 million on a house in Kalorama, Washington DC.
The house comes with 12,500 square feet of living space, designed with 1929 brick-style construction. As one would expect, it comes with luxury features like a pool, gazebo, koi pond, and manicured gardens. There is also a rooftop terrace that offers an excellent view of the city. At this magnificent abode, Maury enjoys a quiet life with his wife, Connie, whom he has been with since 1984.
Maury Povich Met His Wife, Connie Chung While Working at WTTG
Although his show, Maury, is the one that made him famous and wealthy, WTTG is a station that would hold a lot of space in his heart. It launched his career as a talk show host, as well as gave him the love of his life, Connie Chung, whom he has been married to for more than three decades.
They met during his first stint at the station, in the mid-60s. At the time, Connie, who has become a renowned journalist in her own regard, was a copy person who worked two nights a week as a college student at the station.
Even though post-graduation, Connie ended up in Los Angeles to start her career and Maury was in Washington, they maintained their relationship, and eventually got married on December 2, 1984, after seven years of dating. Their journey to the altar was not a classically romantic one.
During their dating period, Maury reportedly cheated on Connie regularly. When Connie got tired of the lack of commitment and rampant infidelity, she demanded they get married or end their relationship. The talk show host agreed and has supposedly been faithful ever since.
Following her marriage to the talk show host, Connie converted to Judaism and has been described as a devotee of the faith who regularly goes to the synagogue.
Maury and Connie’s marriage has also produced one son, Matthew Jay Povich, whom they adopted in 1995 after a decade of being married. The family lived in Manhattan, New York for several years before moving to Kalorama, Washington DC, in 2009.
Before Connie, Maury was Married to Phylis Minkoff
The marriage with Connie Chung has given Maury Povich lasting love and established his status as part of a media power couple. However, before Connie, he was in a 17-year marriage to Phyllis Minkoff, a public relations consultant. We do not know much about their relationship and subsequent marriage, but it began in 1962, and ended in 1979.
Before they parted ways, their marriage produced two daughters – Susan Anne (born in 1963) and Amy Joyce (born in 1967). Povich’s first daughter, Susan, is a practising lawyer. She married Ralph Gorham, a furniture construction consultant on May 9, 1998, and they have a son, Jesse Lewis, born in 1999.
His second daughter, Amy, is an actress. She married David Agus, an American medical doctor, author, and founder of Navigenics, on May 30, 1994. They have two kids – Sidney and Miles, born in 1997 and 2000, respectively.