Daytime chat host Regis Philbin and New Years Eve icon Dick Clark were both charismatic superstars. They both had long and very lucrative careers in the entertainment industry. And they each had huge net worth at their respective time of death. But whose net worth was higher?
Dick Clark’s net worth was $ 200 million when he died on April 18, 2012
Dating back to the 1950s, Clark was a multitalented television and radio host. According to Celebrity Net Worth, he had a net worth of $ 200 million at the time of his death. He died of a heart attack on April 18, 2012 at the age of 82.
Clark is best known for hosting American kiosk and Dick Clark’s New Years Eve. But he was also the CEO of Dick Clark Productions, founded in 1957 and involved in iconic awards shows such as the Golden Globes, Country Music Awards, and American Music Awards. Clark received a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame in 1976 and won a Daytime Emmy Lifetime Achievement Award in 1994.
In 2007, he sold his business for $ 175 million.
Regis Philbin’s net worth was $ 150 million when he died on July 24, 2020
Originally from New York City, Philbin was a television host, actor, singer, and author with a career spanning more than six decades. He had a net worth of $ 150 million at the time of his death, according to Celebrity Net Worth. Philbin died of heart disease on July 24, 2020 at the age of 88.
From 1988, he co-hosted the nationally-broadcast talk show Live! with Regis and Kathie Lee with Kathie Lee Gifford. She left in 2000 and Kelly Ripa took her place, with Philbin remaining until 2011. He was awarded a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame in 2003 and won a Daytime Emmy Lifetime Achievement Award in 2008. He was also inducted into the National Association of Broadcasters Hall of Fame and the Television Hall of Fame in 2006.
At his peak, Philbin was earning an annual salary of $ 20 million.
The New Year’s Eve contest in 2005
This apparently didn’t happen often in their overlapping careers, but as Today reports, Philbin and Clark were in direct competition for ratings in 2005.
Of course, Clark’s annual New Years Eve TV party was a tradition in many homes, and Philbin had replaced the host after suffering a stroke the previous year. But Philbin, then 74, said he didn’t hesitate when the folks at Fox asked him to host a show that would rival Clark’s to ring in 2006.
“Regis can do anything these young punks can do,” Philbin told Today. “I fit in perfectly with my Fox people. They want Regis to dance, Regis will dance. They want Regis to lift weights with them, Regis will lift weights with them. All they want!”
With the two men in their 70s, they were each present and broadcasting the countdown. But with Ryan Seacrest as co-head of Clark, ABC has carried on the ratings tradition. And that annual show is always called Dick Clark’s New Years Eve almost a decade after his death.
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