Les Moonves and Julie Chen Net Worth and Age Difference: Who Is Richer and Older?

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Les Moonves and Julie Chen have been married since 2004 and are still going strong. But which of the couple is the richest and oldest?

Julie Chen Moonves married her husband, former CBS CEO, Les Moonves, on December 23, 2004, in Mexico, exactly thirteen days after his first divorce.

Les was previously married to Nancy Wiesenfeld, an American Businesswoman from California.

In 1978, Moonves married Nancy Wiesenfeld and in their over 2 decades of marriage, they welcomed three children; a daughter and two sons, including W magazine editor in chief Sara Moonves, Adam Moonves, and Michael Moonves.

While still married to Nancy, Moonves began dating Chen, the CBS’ The Early Show reporter and host of the reality series Big Brother and The Talk.

In 2009, Chen gave birth to a son named Charlie with her spouse. While Charlie is the only child to his mother, he is the fourth and youngest to his father.

Les Moonves and Julie Chen have been through tough times. The Tv show host sticked by the media executive when he faced numerous allegations of sexual harassment, sexual assault and abuse.

And while the duo are inseparable, fans want to know more about their ages and fortune. Like, which of the couple has the highest net worth and who is the oldest. Read on for more.

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What is Les Moonves’ net worth?

Les Moonves has an estimated current net worth of $400 million and earns an impressive salary. He made his fortune from his career as a media executive who was the chairman and CEO of CBS Corporation.

The majority of his money comes from compensation from CBS. Moonves earned $68.4 million in 2017, combined with stock options of the media company, worth over $100 million.

Moonves was the second most highly-paid executive for 2012 and 2013: he received $58.8 million and $65.4 million. He is considered the second-highest paid CEO, having been paid $68.4 million in 2017.

He held a series of executive positions at CBS from July 1995 to September 2018. He was also on the board of directors at ZeniMax Media from 1999 until 2021. 

He was co-president and co-chief operating officer (COO) of the original Viacom, the legal predecessor to CBS Corporation, from 2004 until the company split in December 2005. He became chairman of CBS in February 2016. 

In 2013, Moonves was inducted into the Television Hall of Fame. He became chairman of CBS in February 2016

Moonves stepped down as CBS’ chief executive in 2018 following multiple sexual misconduct allegations. The exit marked the end of Moonves’ tenure atop one of the most powerful companies in the media world. Moonves denied the allegations.

This same allegations that were levelled againt him got him “suspended” from the USC School of Cinematic Arts’ board of councilors.

Moonves resides in Beverly Hills, California, in a house he bought from Andy Heyward. He also owns residences in Malibu, California and New York City.

In 2015, Moonves and Chen made a major donation to University of Southern California, resulting in a media center being named the Julie Chen/Leslie Moonves and CBS Media Center. Moonves was already a USC School of Cinematic Arts’ board of councilors member. Previously Moonves was a University of Southern California’s Annenberg School for Communication and Journalism board member.

In September 2018, at the same time Moonves resigned, CBS announced that Moonves and the network would be donating $20 million to #MeToo-related organizations.

What is Julie Chen Moonves’ net worth?

Julie Chen (also known as Julie Suzanne Chen Moonves) has an estimated current net worth of $30 million and earns a sizable salary. She accrued her fortune from her works as an American television personality, producer, and news anchor.

Julie Chen Moonves is a TV personality from New York City, born on January 6, 1970.

Julie began her onscreen career as a news anchor for The CBS Morning News and This Morning in June 1999.

In 2000, Julie landed her most notable role as the host of Big Brother, and in 2018 she hosted Celebrity Big Brother.

Julie has also famously co-hosted The Talk from 2010 until her departure in 2018.

In addition to her hosting duties, the New York native appeared in an array of TV shows including NCIS: Los Angeles, Jane the Virgin, and The Millers.

Aside from Julie’s television career, the TV personality has announced she was releasing a memoir.

Her audio memoir But First, God is set to release on September 19, 2023.

Speaking with Juju Chang on Good Morning America, Julie reveals her memoir will touch on events that occurred in her life that allowed her to create a relationship with God.

She said: “Julie Chen before she found God was a self-absorbed, career-minded, vain, gossipy, fun to be with, but probably kind of a shallow person.

“Julie Chen Moonves, who now knows the Lord, is someone who wants to help others, who wants to look at everyone with a soft heart.”

Who is richer between Les Moonves and Julie Chen?

Chairman and CEO of CBS media corporation, Les Moonves (with a fortune of $400 million) is wealthier than his wife, Julie Chen (who is worth around $30 million).

The couple have a net worth difference of $370 million and a combined fortune of $430 million.

Although is clear that Tv Show host, Julie’s husband makes more money than her, the pair are all millionaires.

What is the age gap between Les Moonves and Julie Chen?

Les Moonves (age 73 years) is much older than his spouse, Julie Chen (age 53 years). They have an age gap of 20 years.

While media guru Moonves was born on October 6, 1949, his spouse, Julie’s birthdate was on January 6, 1970.

The duo are from the same nationality and city. They are New York, New York, United States natives.