Julie Chen Biography

Updated On May 28, 2019 Published On Jan 23, 2016
Facts of Julie Chen
Date of Birth: 1970 , January-6
Birth Nation: United States
Height: 5 feet 5 inch
Name Julie Chen
Birth Name Julie Suzanne Chen
Nick Name Chenbot
Father David Y. Chen,
Mother Wan Ling Chen
Nationality Ameriacn
Birth Place/City Queens, New York City, New York
Ethnicity Asian-American
Profession Journalist
Working For CBS, ABC news
Net Worth $16 million
Eye Color Black
Hair Color Black
Weight in KG N/A
Famous for Big Brother
Affair with Gary Donahue
Boyfriend Gary Donahue
Married Yes
Married to Leslie Moonves (m. 2004)
Children Charlie Moonves
Education University of Southern California
Awards Daytime Emmys
Online Presence Instagram, Twitter
TV Show Big Brother Since 2000, NCIS: Los Angeles
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A graduate of the University of Southern California, Julie Chen is a television personality and a news anchor from the United States. At the age of 48 years, she has become a well-known TV producer and widely popular as the host of the reality TV show, Big Brother

Julie Chen's early life

Julie, who is nicknamed Chenbot, was born as Julie Suzanne Chen on January 6, 1970, in Queens, New York City, US, to parents father David Y. Chen, and mother Wang Ling Chen. She is an American but is of the Burmese Chinese descent. 


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Julie Chen's grandfather, Lou Gaw Tong, was a poor man but through a chain of grocery stores became wealthy. With wealth, he also became a polygamist and had nine wives with 11 children. Julie has elder sisters Gladys and Victoria

The 48 years' old received her elementary education at the Junior High School in the Whitestone area of Queens. She later joined the St. Francis Preparatory School and then graduated from there in 1987. She also holds a degree in Broadcast Journalism from the Univesity of Southern California. Furthermore, she also graduated in 1991, at age 21, the same year with a major in English

Julie Chen's journalism career

In 1990, she worked as an intern at the CBS Morning Show alongside Andy Cohen. During that internship, she just answered phones and copied faxes for distribution. In 1991, she joined the ABC NewsOne for one season. She worked as a desk assistant during her time there. 

Also, see: American TV Personality Andy Cohen's Salary and Net Worth: His Professional Life

Later, she was promoted to work as a producer for three years after which she joined the WDTN-TV in 1995 and served there as a news anchor till 1997

Before joining the CBS again, she was a reporter and weekend anchor for the WCBS-TV in New York. 

In 1999, Chen got back to what she started from but at a much higher level. She was the anchor of the CBS Morning Show and also CBS This Morning alongside Bryant GumbelJane Clayson, Hanna Storm, Maggie Rodriguez, Erica Hill, and Rene Syler

In 2002, she was a co-host of the CBS show, The Early Show until 2010, until the show itself was canceled. Later, she started appearing on the CBS Daytime Talk show The Talk. The show premiered on October 18, 2010.

The show currently features Sharon Osbourne, Sara Gilbert, and Sheryl Underwood

The lady has also been a regular host for the American version of the reality TV show Big Brother. The first season of the show was full of criticism for her as the audience thought that the lady's delivery was highly scripted. This earned her the nickname, Chenbot

Recently, Julie talked about a secondary show, a spinoff of Big Brother on CBS. The spinoff was proposed to showcase the way of operation of the Jury House but, due to cost difficulties, the show has not yet been on-air. According to Chenbot, the show would come out one day. 

Julie guest-starred in the NCIS: Los Angeles episode In The Line of Duty portraying a U.S. Ambassador in January 2015

Also, see: Kathy Griffin Replaced By Andy Cohen CNN's New Year's Eve Broadcast's Co-Host With Anderson Cooper

Julie Chen's Awards

The lovely lady has been nominated in the Daytime Emmy Awards for a total of five times. But, luck has not been with her as she has only won once. It was in 2017 that she won the Daytime Emmy Awards. She received the award for the Outstanding Entertainment Talk Show Host category for her show, The Talk alongside her other co-hosts. 

Julie Chen's personal life

In September 1991, while Julie Chen was working as a news assistant for the ABC News, she fell in love with her former boyfriend, Gary Donahue. Her former longtime partner is a television news editor.

The pair dated each other for several years before they broke up amicably.  

With the start of 2000, Julie began having romantic love affairs with Leslie Moonves. He is the President and Chief Executive Officer of the CBS Television.

At that time, he was still in a married relationship with his wife Nancy Wiesenfeld Moonves. On April 22, 2003, Nancy filed for divorce in LA citing irreconcilable differences. 

However, the divorce was not finalized until 10th of December 2004. Turning their romantic dating boyfriend-girlfriend relationship into a marital bond, the couple, Leslie and Julie, walked down the aisle on December 23, 2004, at age 34, in a private ceremony in Acapulco, Mexico. The marriage was attended only by close friends and family. 

On 24th September 2009, Chen gave birth to their son, Charlie Moonves. Besides, Chen has three children to cater to from her husband Charlie Moonves' previous marriage.

They are living happily together and there are no rumors regarding their extra-marital affairs and divorce. 

Julie Chen's husband controversies

Following all the sexual allegation cases, Julie's husband was also subjected to a similar New York investigation that included sexual misconduct allegations. Even if there has been a media outrage, Chen still supports her husband in every possible way. 

On July 28, 2018, Chen released a statement on her Twitter profile stating that she knew her husband since the late '90s and have been married for almost 14 years.

She stated that her husband is a good man and a loving father, a devoted and inspiring corporate leader, at that.

She further stated that her husband has always been a kind, decent, and moral human being. Hence, she fully supports her husband and stands beside him. 

Julie Chen's net worth

While some of the tabloids suggest that Julie Chen has an estimated net worth of around $16 million, some suggest that she has around $50 million in total assets with $1 million as her salary.

But, three years ago, Julie only had around $8 million as her total worth with $500K as her annual salary. At the same time, her husband, Moonves has around $700 million as his total net worth as of July 2018

The lady earned her huge salary and fortune from her service in the field of journalism for more than two decades and also as a host of the reality TV show, Big Brother.

When talking about her salary, Leslie was paid around $70K in 2009 and the numbers seem to keep on rising after that. 

In 2006, Chen bought a house along with her husband in the Malibu section which costs around $14 million. In 2014, the pair set up their La Costa Beach house in Malibu for sale for around $28.8 million

Julie is usually active on her social media profiles such as Instagram, Facebook, and Twitter. Her Twitter account has 6767 tweets with 416K followers. Likewise, her Instagram profile has over 272K followers with 2738 posts

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Born in Queens, New York City, New York

January 6 , 1970

Julie Chen who is nicknamed Chenbot was born as Julie Suzanne Chen in Queens, New York City, New York of United States of America to Wan Ling Chen. She is an American and is of Burmese Chinese. She is five feet and five inch tall. 

Graduated from St Francis Preparatory School


Julie Chen received her elementary education from some junior school in Whitestone area of Queens. She later joined St. Francis Preparatory School and then she graduated from there in 1987. She also holds a degree of broadcast journalism from University of Southern California

Took an intern at CBS Morning News


While Julie Chen was still attending the University of Southern California, she took an intern at the CBS Morning News in 1990. She worked there alongside  Andy Cohen. In 1991, she joined ABC NewsOne and there she worked as a desk assistant.

Worked as a news anchor at WDTN-TV


Few months later after Julie Chen took the job of desk assistant at ABC NewsOne, she was promoted to the post of producer. She then joined WDTN-TV in 1995 and served them as a news anchor till 1997

Joined CBS


Julie Chen took an intern at CBS Morning News and almost a decade later, she got the job of an anchor at CBS Morning News. She then began working as the news anchor of the show, CBS This Morning

Became the host of the show, Big Brother


From 2000, Julie Chen began hosting the show, Big Brother. However, during the first session of this show, she was severely vilified for her heavily scripted, wooden delivery of the speeches. She also got the nickname of Chenbot due to her stiff delivery. 

Began dating Gary Donahue


In 1991 while Julie Chen was working in ABC New as a news assistant, Julie fell in love with Gary Donahue. Gary Donahue is a television news editor. They dated each other for several years and they broke up amicably.

Began dating Leslie Moonves


With the start of 2000, Julie Chen began having romantic love affairs with Leslie Moonves. Leslie Moonves is the president and Chief Executive Officer of CBS Corporation. At that time, he was still married to his first wife Nancy Wiesenfeld.

Married to Leslie Moonves

December 23 , 2004

After his affairs with Les, Julie Chen became popular in the media. His ex wife Nancy Wiesenfeld filed for divorce in 2003. He finalized his divorce with her on the 10th of December 2004 and he got married to Julie on 23rd of December 2004 in a private ceremony. 

First child, Charlie Moonves

September 24 , 2009

Julie Chen became mother for the first time in her life in 2009. She and her loving husband, Leslie Moonves welcomed their first child together on 24th of September and that time it was a son and they named him Charlie Moonves

Became the moderator of the show, The Talk


From the end of 2010, Julie Chen became the moderator of the talk show, The Talk. This show is created by an American actress, Sara Gilbert. With the start of 2015, Julie appeared in the television series, NCIS: Los Angeles.

Nominated in Daytime Emmy Awards


Daytime Emmy Awards is one of the prestigious awards in the entertainment world. Julie Chen has also been nominated in this award several times. She got her first nomination in this award in 2014 for Outstanding Talk Show Host and won it in 2017.

Net Worth around $16 million


As of 2018, Julie Chen has a net worth of around $16 million. She earns a good sum of money from her professional career.