Television reporters might not come off as big stars like Hollywood celebrities, but they do have their own special place. Lester Holt is one of those renowned American TV journalists who has won 4 Emmy Awards to date.

Holt is best known as the news anchor for the weekday edition of Dateline NBC and NBC Nightly News. Also, he is recognized as the reporter of the programs like WCBS-TV, KNXT, Weekend Today, and Today.

How Rich Is American Journalist Lester Holt?

Emmy Award-winning journalist Lester Holt has an estimated net worth of $12 million as of 2020. As per the Celebrity Net Worth, Holt earns a salary of $4 million per year.

Roles From CBS News To NBC News

Lester Holt began his career joining WCBS TV as a reporter in 1981. The next year, he served as a weekend anchor and a reporter in KNXT. Later, from 1983 to 1986, he anchored WCBS TV.

NBC News Lester Holt
NBC News Lester Holt

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Then, Holt was an anchor as well as a reporter of WBBM TV for 14 long years (1986-2000). After that, in 2000, Weekend Today anchor moved to NBC News and served as MSNBC correspondent for a year. From 2003 to 2015, he co-anchored Weekend Today.

CBS News reporter was a substitute anchor in the first three years for Today and NBC Nightly News. Later, his job was permanently fixed in shows after the sudden death of David Bloom.

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In 2007, he officially became the host of NBC Nightly News Weekend edition show. Then, in 2008, he worked as a sports reporter covering the Summer Olympics.

Recently, Holt is working as an anchor in programs, Dateline NBC and NBC Nightly News.

Lavish Lifestyles: Houses And Properties

Holt invested his incomes in real estate. As per the reports, he purchased Richard Gere‘s Hamptons villa for $36.5 million.

Prior to this, 6 feet tall star owned a condo in Manhattan. In 2007, the property featuring three bedrooms, two and a half bathrooms bought for $3.222 million was sold for $6.4 million.

Lester Holt Manhattan house
Lester Holt Manhattan house

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Moreover, NBC Nightly News host also owned a villa at Grand Madison in 2013. The property was purchased paying $4.75 million, which was later sold for $6 million.

Also, the journalist drives BMW manufactured car, which costs around $40,750 to $42,750.


Lester was born Lester Don Holt Jr. on March 8, 1959, in San Francisco, California, the United States to parents, June Holt, and Lester Holt Sr. He has three older siblings; however, their names are yet not disclosed.

Journalist Lester Holt is worth $12 million
Journalist Lester Holt is worth $12 million

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In 1977, Holt graduated from Cordova High School. After that, he enrolled at California State University but did not graduate.

During an interview in 2012, Lester said:

“My first on-air job was actually as a disc jockey at a Country and Western station. The only time I could land a full-time gig was if I was willing to report the news.”

The American journalist also stated that he kept his job on the radio station through his career.

Personal Life

Talking about his personal life, Lester Holt is married to real estate agent Carol Hagen. The couple exchanged wedding vows on May 8, 1982.

Lester Holt with wife Carol Hagen
Lester Holt with wife Carol Hagen

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The duo also shares two children, Stefan Holt and Cameron Holt.