Kelly Ripa is best known as an actress (although her actress days are far behind her) and talk show host – she’s been killing it on WABC-TV Live since 2000. Ripa has what we are tempted to call the perfect life – a great career with an enviable salary, a great husband and great children. What more could she want? Read on for more details.
Age (Birthday): October 2, 1970
Kelly was born as Kelly Maria Ripa in Stratford, New Jersey. Her father Joseph Ripa, president of the union and bus driver, while her mother Esther was a housewife.
Kelly Ripa Kids, Husband, Family
During her time on the ABC daytime show, All My Children, which is where she first became famous, Kelly Ripa met a certain Mark Consuelos who was added to the show in 1995, five years after Kelly began playing her role as Hayley Vaughan.
Just out of university (he graduated in marketing from the University of South Florida in 1994), Mark came to New York with the hope of pursuing a career as an actor. His first audition was for the role of Mateo Santos on AMC and for his screen tests, he was paired with who else? Kelly.
His character would later become Kelly’s love interest, but before the plot developed until then, the two men had developed a fondness for each other.
“My first impression of my wife was – she was obviously extremely beautiful – but she was very funny, very smart, very fast,” Mark told E! in 2006.
Less than a year after becoming co-stars, Kelly and Mark were ready to take their relationship to the next level. They fled on May 1, 1996, when they married in a small chapel – Kelly has always been a Catholic.
After their wedding in Vegas, they went to Rome for their honeymoon, which lasted a week. Upon their return, they both continued to play in AMC until 2001 (they came back later in 2010 when they appeared in a few episodes).
While Kelly had left the show to focus on her new concert – Live, Mike continued to score roles on both small and large screens. Since Kelly’s been in Live! Mike was the favorite star guest. Mike has made an invited appearance in Hope & Faith – Kelly’s next sitcom since he left AMC in 2001. She remained on sitcom ABC throughout the series, from 2003 to 2006.
Thirteen months after the wedding, that’s how long it took Kelly and her husband Mark to start a family together. The couple welcomed their first child Michael Joseph, born on June 2, 1997.
Four years later, they welcomed the next child, a girl named Lola Grace, born on June 16, 2001. Their third and last child, their son Joaquin Antonio Consuelos, was born on February 24, 2003.
Kelly often talks about her children in her live show! Like in an episode in 2017 when she cried on the set while talking to her co-host Ryan Seacrest about her son Joaquin’s dyslexia.
In 2007, Kelly and her husband founded their own production company, Milojo, which used the first two letters of each of their three children. Milojo’s first project was The Streak, a feature-length documentary about Brandon High School’s wrestling team and its 34 successful years.
The Streak, which premiered at the Tribeca Film Festival in 2008, was nominated for an Emmy Award. Other projects include the Masters of Reception documentary series, the film Off the Rez, the short film The Bensonhurst Spelling Bee and more.
Kelly’s husband, Mark, has Italian and Mexican roots from his parents. Born on March 30, 1971, in Zaragoza, Spain, he grew up in Lebanon, Illinois.
Kelly Ripa Net Worth, Salary
Ripa’s work on Live! is lucrative enough to make her one of the highest paid television hosts in America. In 2016, Forbes estimated that she earned $17 million, making her the 9th highest paid television host of the year. On average, Kelly earns an annual salary of $20 million. Kelly Ripa’s net worth is estimated at $100 million.
Height: 5 feet 2 inches (1.6 m)
Is She Dead?
Like a number of Hollywood stars, Kelly Ripa was the victim of a deadly hoax. A Facebook page called ‘R.I.P. Kelly Ripa’ mysteriously appeared saying that Ripa was dead and that his fans should like this page as a sign of condolences to the TV host. The page quickly attracted attention, but almost immediately it was discovered to be fake. Kelly Ripa is alive and well.