Gretchen Carlson Biography: Net Worth, Age, Instagram, Fox News, Parents, Husband, Kids, Wiki

Posted By Johnson Ajiboye September 23, 2023

Gretchen Carlson is an American broadcast journalist, author, and television personality. She is best known for her work as a news anchor and commentator on Fox News Channel from 2005 to 2016.

Carlson was one of the first high-profile women to speak out against sexual harassment in the workplace, and her lawsuit against Fox News CEO Roger Ailes helped to spark the #MeToo movement.


  • Full name: Gretchen Elizabeth Carlson
  • Date of birth: June 21, 1966
  • Age: 57 years
  • Gender: Female
  • Place of birth: Anoka, Minnesota, United States
  • Nationality: American
  • Profession: Broadcast journalist, author, television personality

Early Life & Education

Currently, at 57 years as of 2023, Gretchen Elizabeth Carlson was born on June 21, 1966, into a family of Swedish descent in Coon Rapids, Minnesota, in 1969.

Her father, Lee Roy Carlson, studied business at Gustavus Adolphus College and later became the owner/operator of Main Motor Sales, an automobile dealership started by his father in 1919. Carlson’s mother, Karen Barbara (née Hyllengren), was a homemaker. Gretchen was one of four children.

Elizabeth’s musical talent was evident from an early age. She began playing the violin at four and quickly became a gifted performer.

She studied with Dorothy DeLay at the Juilliard School of Music in New York City and Mary West at the MacPhail Center For Music in Minneapolis.

She graduated from Anoka-Hennepin School District 11’s Anoka High School in 1984, where she was the valedictorian. She then attended Harvard University, where she majored in history and literature. After graduating from Harvard, Carlson worked as a political consultant and a speechwriter for Republican politicians.

Personal Life

In a private ceremony in Greenwich, Connecticut, Gretchen Carlson and sports agent Casey Close tied the knot on October 4, 1997. The couple have two children together, a son and a daughter.

Carlson and Close met in the early 1990s when Close was representing Carlson’s brother, Buckley. The two quickly fell in love and were married just a few years later.

Close is a successful sports agent who represents some of the biggest names in baseball, including Clayton Kershaw, Gerrit Cole, and Justin Verlander.

The couple live in a large Greenwich, Connecticut estate with their two children. They are known for their private lifestyle and rarely publicly speak about their personal lives.


Gretchen began her career as a news anchor in local television markets in Cincinnati, Cleveland, and Dallas. In 2000, she joined CBS News as a correspondent for “The Early Show.”

She then moved to Fox News Channel in 2005, where she hosted the morning show “Fox & Friends” and the afternoon show “The Real Story with Gretchen Carlson.”

In 2016, Carlson filed a sexual harassment lawsuit against Fox News CEO Roger Ailes. The lawsuit alleged that Ailes had made unwanted sexual advances towards Carlson and had retaliated against her when she rebuffed him. The lawsuit was settled out of court for $20 million.

After leaving Fox News, Carlson launched her production company, SevenFifty Media. She has also written two books, “Be Fierce: Stop Harassment and Take Your Power Back” and “Getting Real: How to Be Your Own Boss, Define Your Own Life, and Do What You Love.

Net Worth

Gretchen Carlson‘s net worth as of 2023 is estimated to be $3 million.

Social Media

  • Instagram handle: @Gretchencarlson
  • Twitter handle: @Gretchencarlson

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