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Matt Lauer Biography

Updated On 03 Jan, 2019 Published On 23 Mar, 2015
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Facts of Matt Lauer

Date of Birth :
Age : 66 years old
Family Name : Lauer
Birth Country : United States
Birth Sign : Sagittarius
Height : 5 Feet 8 Inch
Name Matt Lauer
Birth Name Matthew Todd Lauer
Mother Marilyn Lauer
Father Robert Lauer
Birth Place/City New York City, New York
Profession Television journalist
Ethnicity White Ethnicity
Nationality American
Working For NBC News
Net Worth $60 million
Salary $25,000,000
Face Color White
Hair Color Brown
Eye Color Blue
Married Yes
Married to Annette Roque (m. 1998), Nancy Alspaugh (m. 1981)
Children Jack Matthew Lauer, Romy Lauer, Thijs Lauer
Divorce Nancy Alspaugh
Education Ohio University
Awards Brad Lachman (executive producer)
Online Presence Facebook, Twitter, Instagram
TV Show Today in New York

Relationship short Statistics of Matt Lauer

What is Matt Lauer marital status ? ( married,single, in relation or divorce): Married
How many children does Matt Lauer have ? (name): 3 Children
Is Matt Lauer having any relationship affair ?: Yes3 affair
Is Matt Lauer Gay ? No

An American talented television journalist who was chosen as one of the 50 Most Beautiful People in the World by the "People" magazine. He is son to Robert Lauer and Marilyn Lauer. When he was a teenager, his parents got divorced and after some years of divorce, he suffered from sad demise of his father. Currently, he is working as the host of NBC’s The Today Show. He received his undergraduate degree from Ohio university. He started his career as a producer of TV show named 12 o’clock news for WOWK-TV in Huntington.

Early Life And Education Of Matt Lauer

Matthew Todd Lauer was born on 30 December 1957 in New York City, New York to the family of  Jay Robert Lauer and  Marilyn Lauer (née Gentry). His father was a bicycle-company executive and his mother was a boutique owner. His birth sign is Capricorn.

His parents separated with an official divorce when he was still a young kid.

Matt Lauer now and then
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He received his undergraduate degree from Ohio University in 1997. He attended the school's Scripps College of Communication and School of Media Arts and Studies. He stands at a height of 5.90 feet (1.8m).

Matt Lauer Career

Lauer started his professional career working as a producer for WOWK-TV in Huntington in 1979. He co-hosted Fame, Fortune, and Romance in 1986. He worked ESPN, WNEV-TV, and WWOR-TV in the late 80s and early 90s.

In 1991, he appeared as a co-host of "Etc., Etc." on the Travel Channel. He moved to WNBC in 1992 with Jane Hanson. He co-hosted Live at Five with Sue Simmons for three years.

While working for WNBC, he appeared on NBC networks many times. He officially joined NBC News in 1992 as a newsreader on The Today Show. He anchored NBC News at Sunrise from 1992 to 1997. 

Besides working on The Today Show, he also hosted on Discovery Channel and MSNBC. He interviewed Prince William and Prince Harry in June 2007.

He co-hosted several Olympic games including the 2000 Summer Olympics, the 2008 Summer Olympics, the 2010 Winter Olympics, the 2012 Summer Olympics, the 2014 Winter Olympics, and the 2016 Summer Olympics.

He celebrated the 20th year on NBC's The Today Show on 6 January 2017.

Sexual Misconduct Allegations

NBC News declared that Lauer had been terminated from the network on 29 November 2017 after a female employee addressed that she was sexually harassed during the 2014 Winter Olympics in Russia.

The statement reported,

"On Monday night, we received a detailed complaint from a colleague about inappropriate sexual behavior in the workplace by Matt Lauer. While it is the first complaint about his behavior in the over 20 years he’s been at NBC News, we were also presented with a reason to believe this may not have been an isolated incident. As of that date, the name of the complainant had not been revealed but The New York Times had met with the relevant individual; the article states that "she said she was not ready to come forward and tell her story publicly."

Further, she admitted that the harassment continued after they returned to New York. As it was the first time Lauer was accused of such sexual allegations over 20 years of his work on NBC, the network finally came with the decision to terminate his contract after going on independent investigations on his behavior.

The sexual harassment and assault were published by The New York Times and Variety.

Lauer apologized for his deeds in a statement and mentioned that part of the things said about him is untrue.

Two weeks later the sexual allegation, former Today production assistant Addie Zinone also made an addition sexual allegation against Lauer.

Matt Lauer Net Worth

Lauer holds an estimated net worth of about $60 million at present. He made about $100 million over his career before the sudden downfall.

He signed a contract with NBC News in April 2012 with $25 million per year. He signed a new deal with NBC News through 2018. It was reported that he had a salary of $20 million per year.

He purchased Richard Gere’s 12-bedroom waterfront house in 2016 in North Haven for $33 million. In addition to it, he is also the owner of Bright Side Farm, a world-class horse-training facility. He paid $3.5 million in 2012 for the 40-acre land in the Water Mill area where the farm is located.

He first worked at a clothing store where he earned $2.50 per hour. While on Today, he earned $4 million per year. He received about $17 million a year in 2006 when Katie Couric left the NBC network.

He got a sudden increment in his salary of $25 million a year. In 2016, Forbes declared him the fifth-highest paid TV host.

He sold his 11-room apartment on the Upper East Side for $7 million in April 2018. He also listed Hamptons home for $12.75 million after originally listing it for $18 million.

Meanwhile, he sold a 3-bedroom cottage in Southampton for $3.5 million in 2016 which was initially purchased for $2.1 million in 2009.

Matt Lauer's Personal Life

Lauer was previously married to TV producer  Nancy Alspaugh. The couple tied the knot in 1982. They maintained their relationship for seven years until 1989.

Later, he met his future wife on a blind date in July 1997. Lauer and Dutch model Annette Roque engaged after five months of dating and married on 3 October 1998 in Water Mill, New York in a private ceremony in presence of friends and family.

Matt Lauer and Annette Roque at a charity event
Source: Daily Mail

The couple has three children together; a son named Jack Matthew Lauer in June 2001, a daughter Romy Lauer in October 2003 and another son Thijs Lauer in November 2006.

Roque filed for divorce in 2006 during her pregnancy with her third child due to Matt's rumored affairs and his inhuman treatment. They made a quick understanding and withdrew the papers from the court within a few weeks after filing for divorce.

Five months being fired from The Today Show, his wife filed for divorce for the second time and it appears to be over this time. The divorce process is going on right now.

He stated,

"I fully acknowledge that I acted inappropriately as a husband, father, and principal at NBC. However, I want to make it perfectly clear that any allegations or reports of coercive, aggressive or abusive actions on my part, at any time, are absolutely false."

The couple began divorce proceedings in January 2018.

Matt Lauer Affairs

  1. Second Affair with Kristen Gesswein

    After his first divorce they dated for few years. There was also rumor that they got briefly engaged. Later on the couple split up due to some personal reasons.

  2. First Affair with Margaret Colin

    Occupationally she is an actress. Their relation came into light when they were spotted together in different occasions.They dated very shortly and split up.

  3. Third Affair with Tiffany Elliot

    Though their relation didn't gain so much popularity they were spotted dating couple of times by media.

Matt Lauer Married

First Marriage with Nancy Alspaugh

Occupationally she was television producer. While she was married with him she didn't gave birth to any children.

Second Marriage with Annette Roque

Together they are parents of three children. There is rumor that she filed divorced against him but the court reconciled it.

Matt Lauer Children

SON : Jack Matthew

Mother: Annette Roque

He is the eldest son of the family. Interesting fact is that he left in the middle of the broadcast to attend delivery of his wife when jack was going to born.


Mother: Annette Roque

She is very cute and adorable daughter of the family. She weighed 7lbs when she was born.

SON : Thijs

Mother: Annette Roque

When she was pregnant before giving birth to Thijs she file divorced in court. Later on the couple reconciled.

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