Robert William Barker was born in Darrington, Washington, on December 12, 1923. On the U.S. Indian Census Rolls, 1885–1940, he is listed as an official member of the Sioux tribe. He spent much of his childhood on the Rosebud Indian Reservation in Mission, South Dakota. He is a Sioux from the eighth generation. His father was a high-line foreman for an electric company, and his mother was a teacher.
Barker was given the scholarship to play basketball at Drury College in Missouri (now Drury University). He became a member of Sigma Nu’s Epsilon Beta chapter while he was there. He dropped out of college to become a fighter pilot in the US Navy during WWII, but the war was over before he could be sent to a squadron that went to sea. After the war, he went to college and got a Bachelor of Arts in economics.
Bob Barker Professional Life
During his college years, Barker worked at the KTTS-FM radio station in Springfield. He then moved to Palm Beach, Florida, where he worked for WWPG 1340 AM as a news editor and broadcaster. In 1950, he moved to California and got his own radio show, “The Bob Barker Show,” which he hosted in Burbank for six years. Ralph Edwards, who makes game shows, saw him when he was in California hosting an event where the audience could take part. Then, in 1956, Barker moved from radio to television and became the host of “Truth or Consequences.” Until 1974, he was a part of the show.
In 1971, he was chosen to host a pilot for NBC called “Simon Says.” At the time, he was still hosting “Truth or Consequences.” Then, at the beginning of 1972, CBS became interested in Mark Goodson and Bill Todman’s plan to bring “The Price Is Right” back. The network agreed to air it as long as Barker was chosen to be the host. So, on September 4, 1972, Barker took over as host of the new, updated version of “The Price Is Right” on CBS. He stayed in this job until October 31, 2006, when he said he was leaving the show and officially gave up his position as host. His last show, which aired on June 15, had been recorded on June 6, 2007. Barker has made three appearances since leaving the show: once in April 2009 to promote his new autobiography, once in December 2013 to celebrate his 90th birthday, and once in April 2015 for an April Fools’ Day joke where he briefly took over hosting duties from Drew Carey, who was the host at the time.
Bob Barker’s Personal Life
Bob was married to his high school sweetheart, Dorothy Jo Gideon, from 1945 until she died of lung cancer in 1981. Barker has never remarried, but he has been linked to a number of women, including one of the famous “Barker’s Beauties,” Dian Parkinson. It went on for three years.
What Is Bob Barker’s Net Worth?
Bob Barker has a net worth of $70 million and is a retired American TV game show host and animal activist. He is best known for hosting the game program “The Price is Right” for the longest time. From 1972 through 2007, Bob was the show’s host.