Phil Donahue: Net Worth, Age, Young, Wives, Children and Full Bio

Phil Donahue is a very popular American TV host, writer, author, and very popular TV personality who has appeared in various news, shows, and political channels.

Phil Donahue

Donahue is mainly famous for his late-night talk show “The Phil Donahue Show. It was one of the first talk shows that had live audience participation and question-and-answer features where audiences could ask questions to guests.

The talk show lasted on the air for over 25 years and Donahue became one of the most recognized TV hosts and personalities during the 90s.

Phil was also the leading mind for the Oprah Winfrey show as numerous times Oprah has called if Phil was not there then the Oprah show would have never existed.

Donahue also contributed his expertise on other talk shows for channels such as MNBC, CNN, and more.

So if you are also a fan of Phil and like his presentation on some of the popular talk shows then you must be wondering about his life and how he became successful.

In this article, we will cover everything about Phil Donahue including his net worth, career, and relationship.

So let’s begin.

Phil Donahue Wiki

Name Phil Donahue
Real Name Phillip John Donahue
Age 87 Years
Birthplace Cleveland, Ohio, USA
Nationality American
Ethnicity White
Zodiac Sign Sagittarius
Father Name Philip Donahue
Mother Name Catherine McGlory
Boyfriend, Girlfriend, Spouse Mario Thomas
Hair Color Grey
Eye Color Brown
Height 6 ft or 183 cm
Weight 75 kg or 165 lbs
Net Worth $150 Million
Profiles Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, TikTok, YouTube

Early Life

Where was Phil Donahue born?

Phil Donahue was born in Cleveland, Ohio on 21st December 1935 which implies he is currently 85 years old as of 2022.

Donahue was born into a middle-class family as his father was Phillip Donahue and his mother’s name was Catherine McGlory.

His father Philip was a clerk for furniture sales and his mother was a clerk in a departmental store. Despite being born into a middle-class family his parents were always determined for him to get amazing education so that later down the line he would be very successful.

In terms of siblings, Phil grew up with one sister named Mary and three brothers named Kevin, Daniel, and Michael. In terms of education, Phil went to Lady of Angeles primary school and then later went to St. Edward High School where he graduated in 1953.

Phil was fond of becoming a business and a successful entrepreneur so he started learning business administration at Notre Dame University.

After graduating from the university he was looking for a business or marketing job but for him, fate had a different plan as he got a job as a production assistant at a TV and radio station which paved the way for the beginning of the year.

Now, let’s take a look at  Phil Donahue’s career:



Phil Donahue started his career as a production assistant for KYW radio and television and was only behind the camera for the beginning phase of it.

However, when one day an announced failure to show up for his show, Phil was asked to cover for him. He was quite successful in his show but did not take the job full-time.

He left KYW radio and joined some bank to become a bank cheque sorter but was still unfulfilled.

From his previous experience, he joined WABJ radio and became their program director for some time. Donahue was starting to get tons of new offers and jobs from various entertainment media agencies and industries.

Soon after he joined CBS Evening news as a freelance stringer but it was for a brief amount of time. Finally, Phil’s hard work paid off and he was hired by WHIO-TV, Ohio as the announcer and anchor where he was provided the opportunity to interview popular union leader Jimmy Hoffa.

Donahue was starting to make moves in news channels and radio where he got tons of respect for his ability to talk and articulate.

Phil also held a show titled Conversation Peace on the WHIO radio for four years between 1963 to 1967.

The Phil Donahue Show

Phil Donahue’s biggest break in his career came in 1967 when he joined WLWD which is now WDTN from WHIO. The offer from WLWD was to start his show titled “The Phil Donahue Show” on the stations owned by the parent company Crosley Broadcasting Corporation.

However just three years after the launch of the show due to its popularity it got nationwide syndication permission which began from Ohio to Chicago to finally in New York City.

Phil Donahue was now a nationwide celebrity and he would lots of VIP invitations to start or talk in the show including in the honor of Mary Martin in the event hall in Rainbow Room.

In 1996, on 13 September Phil Donahue aired his last show after 29 years and after over 25 years of nationwide syndication.

However “The Phil Donahue Show” was not the only talk show for Phil as he was the anchor of another popular talk show titled “The Today Show” for the NBC network.

This particular lasted for nine years from 1979 to 1988. However, another major career project also fell in the lap of Donahue and it was quite groundbreaking.

Space Bridge

In early 1980, Phil Donahue joined Vladimir Posner a soviet journalist for a television series during the cold war era.

The show was titled “US-Soviet Space Bridge when the USSR was open for transparency and information which got huge political eyes and ears to focus on the subject.

The show was very unique as Donahue hosted the audience in the USA and Posner was the representative of the Soviet audience who asked questions about each other’s country.

This was a big step on the road to peace because the people of both countries were expecting nuclear war. Donahue stated “We decided to reach out instead of lashing out.

Ever since the show Phil Donahue and Vladimir Posner have become very good friends to this day.


Antiwar Agenda

In 2003, the USA was in an environment of war against the USA and at the time Phil Donahue was the anchor on MSNBC.

However, previously Donahue worked as the mitigator between USA and USSR so for him war was never an option.

In his show, Phil Donahue was constantly speaking antiwar agenda which frustrated and angered political figures and higher-ups in the channel.

After frequent discussions, MSNBC decided to fire Donahue from The Today Show and after ten years he stated the fact that they were petrified of the antiwar voice and wanted everyone to be in support of the war.

Priest Pedophilia

Phil Donahue got into a huge controversy in 1988 when he covered the very controversial Priest Pedophilia news on his show.

Priests around the USA were furious by the coverage and one even called him and said: “The news has broken the trust of priests and now it was impossible for priests to play with children on the playground”.

They even blackmailed and threatened Phil to cancel the show and accused him of being popular by criticizing the church.


Who is Phil Donahue dating?

Phil Donahue is currently married to very popular actress Mario Thomas in 1980. The couple does not have any children to date however Phil already has five children from his previous wife.

Phil Donahue Wife

Donahue was previously married to actress Margaret Cooney in 1958 and after almost twenty years they got divorced.

Donahue has four children three of them being sons whose names are Dylan, Kevin, and Michael, and a daughter whose name is Mary.

Currently, Donahue is living together with his wife Thomas, and are still together living very happily.


What is Phil Donahue’s height & weight?

Phil Donahue stands at the height of 6 ft or 183 cm and weighs about 75 kg to 165 lbs. There is not much information on his body measurements of Phil however he does like to wear shoe size 8 US.

Phil’s hair color is a hair and his eyes color is green. When Phil was young he was a very handsome man with a tall and muscular body structure.

Donahue’s zodiac sign is Sagittarius. In terms of nationality, Phil Donohue is American and he belongs to the white caucasian ethnicity. Donahue follows Catholic Christain as his religion since he was going to Catholic school when he was young.

Net Worth

What is Phil Donahue’s net worth?

Phil Donahue was a very popular TV host, anchor, production director, and successful businessman.

Phil Donahue

Donahue was among the top paid celebrity when he was famous primarily for his show and the Today’s show on MSNBC channel.

According to, Donahue had a salary of $20 million from his career. Currenlty Phil lives in over $15 million worth of mansion in Manhattan and has plenty of lands across the USA.

Phil is also extremely fond of collecting cars and has quite a collection of vintage cars which are worth millions.

As of 2022, Phil Donahue has a net worth of approximately $150 million.


  • Phil Donahue was previously married to actress Margaret Cooney.
  • Donahue won over 20 Emmy awards during his talk show career.
  • Phil Donahue has a net worth of approximately $150 million.


Here are a few frequently asked questions about X:

Q: What was the name of Phil Donahue’s popular show?

A: Phil Donahue was the TV host of “The Phil Donahue Show” and also the host of “The Talk Show” for nine years.

Q: How many children does Phil Donahue have?

A: Phil Donahue has four children out of them three are sons and one is a daughter. Their names are Kevin, Michael, Daniel, and Mary Rose



Image Credit: @MarloThomasInstagram

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