Quick Facts of

  • First NamePhil Donahue

Phil Donahue is one of the veteran on-air personalities best known as the longtime host of The Phil Donahue Show (later called Donahue). The show predominantly focused on issues that divide liberals and conservatives. 

His years-long association with the widely popular show won him nine Daytime Emmy Awards as an outstanding host. He was also corporated into the Academy of Television Arts & Sciences Hall of Fame in 1993. He often described as the ‘king of daytime talk’. 

In 1996, Donahue left the show, resurfacing with a short-lived show on MSNBC in 2002. He also served as a director for the 2007 documentary Body of War.  

How Much Is Phil Donahue Net Worth? 

According to Celebrity Net Worth, Phil Donahue has a net worth of $25 million as of 2020. He has racked such an impressive amount of wealth from his work in a wide array of popular TV programs.

Though the salary Phil received for his prime role as a talks show host is still missing, the average salary for this post in the U.S. is estimated at over $73,698 a year.

Charity Work 

Phil Donahue is a devoted philanthropist who supports many charitable organizations, most notably Peace Alliance and St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital.  

Alison Sweeney, Amanda Seyfried, Amber Valletta, Anna Kendrick, Anna Kournikova, and Anthony Kiedis are also part of the aforementioned non-profit projects.

Phil Donahue Sold His Westport Estate For $20 Million 

In June 2013, Phil Donahue and his wife Marlo Thomas, an actress, sold their Beachside Avenue waterfront estate in Westport for $20 million to neighbour Andrew Bentley

They listed the property for $27.5 million in May 2012. The 7.56-acre estate’s main house boasts five bedrooms, four full baths, two half baths, and three fireplaces. 

Sources reported that the couple also sold their 7,379-square-foot 1911 wood-and-stucco Tudor house in Long Island, New York, for $25 million in 2006. 

The house features nine bedrooms, nine bathrooms, and five fireplaces. It also includes a guesthouse.  

Phil Donahue Is From A Middle-Class Family 

Phil Donahue was born on 21st Dec 1935 in Cleveland, Ohio. He grew up in a middle-class family in Cleveland, where his father, Phillip Donahue, was a furniture sales clerk, and his mother, Catherine McClory, worked as a department store shoe clerk.  

Phil attended Our Lady of Angels elementary school in the West Park neighbourhood of Cleveland. He later got enrolled at St. Edward High School.  

In 1957, Donahue obtained a Bachelor of Business Administration degree from the University of Notre Dame. 

Wife And Children 

Phil Donahue married Margaret Cooney on 1st Feb 1958. The pair has five children: four sons Michael Donahue, Kevin Donahue, Daniel Donahue, Jim Donahue and a daughter Mary Rose. The couple, however, divorced in 1975.

On 21st May 1980, Donahue went on to marry his second wife, Marlo Thomas. They are together ever since.