Katie Couric, who returned to host the Today Show with Matt Lauer for the first week of 2017, is married to financier John Molner. The two have been married since June 2014 and became engaged in September 2013, after two years of dating.
The 59-year-old Couric and 53-year-old Molner do not have any children. Couric was married to John Paul “Jay” Monahan from 1989 until his death at age 42 in 1998, when he died of colon cancer. Couric and Monahan had two daughters, Elinor and Caroline. Molner has two children, Allie and Henry, according to Today.
Before dating Molner, Couric dated Brooks Perlin for five years. He is 17 years younger than Couric and the age difference is reportedly what drove them apart.
Couric and Molner live in a $12 million New York City condo they bought in March 2016.
Here’s a look at Molner’s career and his relationship with Couric.
1. Molner Was a Partner at Brown Brothers Harriman, the Largest & Oldest Private Bank in the U.S.
Molner is a graduate of Trinity College and also received a Master’s in Business Administration from the University of Chicago Booth School of Business. In 1990, he joined Brown Brothers Harriman, the largest and oldest private bank in the U.S.
While at BBH, he rose the ranks to lead the corporate finance and advisory practice, and was also the head of head of mergers and acquisitions. According to his BBH bio, he retired in December 2014, but remains associated with BBH as Senior Advisor to BBH Capital Partners. He is “actively involved in sourcing, investment evaluation, and providing post-investment value-added oversight to portfolio companies,” according to the company.
Molner is from Chicago, Couric revealed in a May 2013 interview with USA Today.
“He’s great. He’s from Chicago. I love Midwesterners,” Couric told USA Today. “I like Southerners and Northerners and Westerners, too!”
2. National Enquirer Claimed That Molner Was Dating Jessica Hsu While Still Dating Couric
In 2012, the National Enquirer reported that, after two years of dating Molner, Couric discovered that he was also in a two-year relationship with Jessica Hsu. Hsu, then 28, was a colleague of Molner’s at BBH. “Yes, John cheated on me,” the Enquirer quotes Hsu as saying.
Couric and Molner were first seen together in September 2012 before a special New York screening of The Perks of Being a Wallflower, notes Us Weekly. The two were introduced by mutual friends, The Daily Mail reported.
Although tabloids reported that friends of Couric’s were concerned about Molner’s past, the married couple are still happy together. There’s pictures of Molner all over Couric’s Instagram page. “Happy to ring in 2017 with this handsome bearded man and excited to make some new memories,” she wrote in a recent Instagram post with Molner.
3. Molner’s Brothers are Attorney Thomas Molner & Film Financier David Molner
Molner has two brothers. Thomas E. Molner is a partner at Kramer Levin, where he focuses on clients in “securities, corporate finance and business combination transactions,” according to his company bio. Thomas Molner was among the 104 Kramer Levin attorneys on the New York Super Lawyers list for 2016. He was also recognized on the Legal 500 US 2016 list.
Molner’s other brother is David Molner, who, according to his Bloomberg profile, was a Paramount Pictures and Viacom executive. He was also the founder of Screen Capital International and Aramid Capital Partners LLP.
In 2014, TheWrap reported that Aramid filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy while in the middle of a legal dispute with producer David Bergstein over a loan settlement. In September 2014, Deadline reported that the two sides reached a settlement, where Bergstein would be paid $6 million.
Molner’s parents are Paula and Herbert Molner.
4. Couric Was Completely Surprised by Molner’s Proposal at a Beach
Molner popped the question to Couric in September 2013 after dating for two years. People Magazine reported that the proposal happened at sunset on the beach in East Hampton, New York.
“He said that there was a reason he’d brought me there to the beach, and that he loved me and was committed to me, and I said, ‘Yeah, I know that, you didn’t have to bring me here to tell me that,’” Couric told People Magazine. “Finally he said, ‘Couric, I’m trying to propose to you,’ and I was stunned.”
Couric didn’t say yes immediately. “It took a long time for my brain to process what was going on,” she told People.
Later, Couric confirmed the news on Twitter. “Yes it’s true! So touched by all the kind Tweets & warm wishes-thank you,” she wrote.
5. Molner Co-Stars in Couric’s New Cooking Show ‘Full Plate’
If healthy eating is one of your resolutions for 2017, look out for my new web series "Full Plate" on surlatable.com next Sunday! @johnmolner and I learn to cook quick, healthy and delicious meals with the help of our friend, chef @joelgamoran @surlatable. #fullplate #healthyeating #happynewyear 🍽 #hansgrohe #greenpan
Although Couric has spent most of her life in front of the camera, Molner is finally getting some experience of his own. He co-stars in Full Plate with Katie & John, a cooking web series filmed in their New York apartment. Sur La Table National Chef Joel Gamoran also contributes and the three show viewers how to make quick and healthy meals in 20 minutes or less.
“John and I love cooking at home but can rarely find the time, so we are thrilled to partner with Sur La Table and Chef Joel Gamoran in creating these fast gourmet recipes,” Couric said in a statement. “We look forward to sharing them with our busy viewers and showing them that they can do the same.”
In addition to hosting that show, Couric is still working as Yahoo News Global Anchor.