Kelly Ripa is a New Jersey-born actress and daytime TV host who has a net worth of $120 million. Kelly Ripa’s annual salary is $22 million.
Kelly Maria Ripa was born on October 2, 1970 in Berlin, New Jersey. She is the daughter of Joseph Ripa, Democratic County Clerk for Camden County, and Esther, a homemaker. Her sister, Linda, is a children’s book author. The sisters were raised Roman Catholic by their parents. Kelly is the first person in her family to be in the acting profession.
She is a studied ballet dancer and grew up playing piano. While attending Eastern Regional High School in New Jersey, she was encouraged by her drama teacher to pursue a career in acting. She starred in local theater productions and attended Camden County College, but dropped out to move to New York City to pursue acting.
Ripa quickly began to get local TV gigs, and her first national TV exposure was in 1986 when she was cast as a regular dancer on the program Dancin’ On Air. This later led to a job on Dance Party USA.
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Ripa first rose to fame in 1990 playing party girl Hayley Vaughn Santos on the ABC soap opera “All My Children”. She starred on the soap opera from 1990-2002, and also met her future husband, co-star Mark Consuelos, while on the show. After “All My Children” she worked on the sitcom “Hope and Faith”.
Since February 2001, Ripa has co-hosted the morning talk show “Live with Regis and Kelly”, while also continuing to act in various television shows and movies, including “Hope and Faith” and “Missing”. The banter and excellent chemistry between Ripa and her costar Regis Philbin attracted many new fans to the show and garnered stellar ratings. They became known for opening up on-air about their personal and family lives. Their viewership averaged around 6 million viewers per day.
Kelly became the head of the show when Philbin retired in January 2011, and had a various string of guest co-hosts when the show was known as Live! with Kelly. Michael Strahan became her new co-host in 2012 and the show’s title was changed to Live! with Kelly and Michael. When Strahan left the show in 2016 it was changed back to Live! with Kelly. In 2017, Ryan Seacrest became her new co-host and the show’s title was changed to Live! with Kelly and Ryan.
Ripa has been a spokeswoman for companies including 7 Up, Tide, Pantene, and more. She also has a prolific voiceover career with such projects as “Kim Possible”, “Delgo”, and “Fly Me to the Moon”. Although she is best known for her daytime TV work, she also has a few film credits to her name, including 1996’s acclaimed Marvin’s Room, where she acted alongside Meryl Streep and Leonardo DiCaprio.
Ripa won five Soap Opera Digest Awards and three Daytime Emmy Award nominations for her work on All My Children. Kelly won a Daytime Emmy Award for “Outstanding Talk Show Host” with co-host Regis Philbin in 2001, 2011, 2012, 2015, and 2016. The show won the Daytime Emmy for Outstanding Talk Show in its 24th year. Kelly has been nominated for several People’s Choice Awards for her work on Live! She was given a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame in 2015. Ripa was inducted into the New Jersey Hall of Fame in 2017.
Ripa met her co-star Mark Consuelos in 1995 on the set of All My Children. They eloped on May 1, 1996. They have three children together: Michael Joseph (b. 1997), Lola Grace (b. 2001), and Joaquin Antonio (b. 2003). On the day of Ripa’s first Live! With Regis tryout on Nov. 1, 2000, a celebrity psychic was one of the guests. She accurately guessed that Ripa was pregnant with her second child.
Kelly Ripa Real Estate:
Kelly and Mark own several homes around the country. In 2005 Kelly and Mark spent $9 million to purchase a 6,700 square-foot home in New York City. She eventually sold that home for a $3 million profit. In May 2014 they sold a different NYC home for $24.5 million. Today their primary residence is a give bedroom NYC townhouse that is worth at least $30 million.
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The five-story home has an elevator that takes people up to a private rooftop patio and garden. For vacations, they have a ski home in Telluride, Colorado and a beach home in the Hamptons. The couple bought their Hamptons home for $2.35 million in 2004. It’s likely that this home is worth $10-15 million today. Their combined real estate portfolio is worth at least $45 million.
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