The 2016 Summer Games in Rio de Janeiro marks Bob Costas’ 11th time as the primetime host for the games. That includes the 2012 London Games, which is the most-watched television event in U.S. history, reaching 217 million viewers.
Costas, 64, has become one of the most well-known broadcasters. He is also one of the highest-paid sports broadcasters in the country.
Here’s what you need to know about his net worth, and salary:
1. Costas Has a Net Worth Estimated at $45 Million
Costas has a net worth estimated at $45 million dollars, according to Celebrity Net Worth.
Costas began working in sports reporting while still in college. He became a sportscaster for NBC Sports in 1980 and has been with them ever since. He has received nearly 20 Emmy Awards and four “National Sportscaster of the Year” awards.
2. Costas Has a Salary Estimated at $7 Million
While no one could provide exact figures, Celebrity Net Worth estimated Costas’ salary with NBC at $7 million.
Four men are considered the highest-paid broadcasters in the U.S., according to Sports Business Daily. Bob Costas and Al Michaels at NBC, Joe Buck at Fox, and Jim Nantz at CBS. According to the article published in 2012, Costas, Michaels, Buck and Nantz each earns in the range of $5 million a year. The report states that of the four, Costas earns the most.
3. Costas Bought a Home For $4.7 Million in 2013
In 2013, it was reported by several publications that Costas and his wife Jill Sutton bought a 4,534-square-foot mansion in a gated community in Newport Coast for $4.7 million. Costas and Jill reside between their homes in St. Louis and New York.
4. He Has Been the Prime-Time Host of 11 Olympic Games
The first Olympics Costas worked was in Seoul in 1988.
He has been a part of NBC’s Olympics coverage for the past 28 years. Costas has served as primetime host for every Olympics on NBC since 1992. Costas told Sports Illustrated that he is treating each Olympics after Rio on a “case-by-case basis.”
“I’ll decide [to step aside] or we will decide mutually when the time has come to step aside,” Costas told the publication. “And that time will be before my ability to do it has diminished.”
“For a quarter-century, Bob has been NBC’s pilot of primetime at the Olympics, and over that span, the scope of our coverage has constantly evolved, with Rio set to become the most live event in U.S. television history,” NBC Olympics EP Jim Bell said in a previous statement. “Given his vast experience and uncanny expertise, simply put there is no one better than Bob,” he said.
5. Costas Has Won 26 Emmy Awards
Costas has won 26 Emmy Awards during his career–the most of any sports broadcaster. He has won Emmys for sports, news, and entertainment.
Costas has been honored eight times as Sportscaster of the Year by the National Sportswriters and Sportscasters Association, becoming the youngest person to receive the honor in 1985 at the age of 33.
He’s also won a Cable Ace Award, two TV Guide Awards and three Television Critics Association Awards.
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