Steve Wilkos is more than just an excellent host, but also a family-oriented man with his wife and two children.
Steve Wilkos grew to fame after appearing on “Jerry Springer” as the host’s security guard for 21 seasons. He later had his own show and became even more popular.
Now, at past 50 years of age, Wilkos is a proud father of two children with his wife Rachelle and has an estimated net worth of $7 million. Here’s a look at his family.
GETTING TO KNOW RACHELLE
Rachelle was born to Maggie Carney, CEO and founder of an organization for cancer children called Wigs 4 Kids in Michigan.
She is a kind-hearted woman who received the Art Van Hope Award for her charitable work and is a part of the Macomb County Hall of Fame.
Before Rachelle, the host was married to Rosae from 1985 to 1987, and Hannah in 1999. While her husband works in front of the camera, Rachelle works behind it as an executive producer.
The Michigan-born mom graduated with a degree in journalism from Wayne State University before working on “The Jerry Springer Show” as a supervising producer. Springer said of her:
“This show is not for everybody, and yet she makes it happen every day. The fact that she can pull it off every day is just phenomenal. There’s no way I could do the show if she wasn’t here.”
Initially, Rachelle applied for an internship at WXYZ Detroit but was turned down due to lack of vacancy and instead interned at “Kelly and Company.”
Wilkos left the television series in 2006 and started his own show, “The Steve Wilkos Show,” the year after, with the help of producer Dominick, the former executive producer of Springer.
In 2007, Rachelle took it up a notch and became an executive producer and left the series to help her husband launch his own show.
HOW THE COUPLE MET
It was during their time at “The Jerry Springer Show” that they met and got to know more about each other. Wilkos recalled:
“I got to know her as a person, who she was as a woman, and as a producer from working together. I fell in love with her; I was in love with her even before we started dating.”
Rachelle also remembered how the tough-looking star professed her love to her in a romantic manner, which warmed her heart and made her fall in love even more.
A HAPPY FAMILY
The couple shares two kids, Ruby and Jack, in their Fairfield County, Connecticut home but also spend time in their Wisconsin vacation house.
According to the mother-of-two, their home his “kid-friendly” and safe for kids to play around, although sometimes things get messy.
As for Wilkos, his home is strategic as it is close to different places he usually goes to, making it easy to run home for the children.
The two are great at raising their kids and still as in love as ever. In an interview with Celebrity Parents Mag, the host credited his wife for making him a better man. He said:
“I need this woman to get through life. It’s true. I would have made bad decisions without her. She makes me see things in different ways.”