Frank Plasberg Net Worth in 2023 Career & Relationship

Estimated value: €3 million
Age: 65
Born: 05/18/1957
Country of origin: Germany
Source of Wealth: presenter and journalist
Last updated: 2021

Short introduction

Frank Plasberg is a German journalist and television presenter, well known to many from television.

early life

The moderator Frank Plasberg was born in the Tente district of Wermelskirchen, where he also spent his childhood and then later gained his first journalistic experiences in his youth and school days.


Since he discovered his interest in writing as a schoolboy, he soon began writing for a wide variety of newspapers and magazines such as the Rheinische Post, which was also published in Wermelskirchen as the Bergische Morgenpost. In 1975, after graduating from high school, he was able to complete his traineeship at this newspaper in Leutkirch im Allgäu. For a short time he worked as a police reporter and as an editor at the Munich evening newspaper. He later said on the show Zimmer frei! that he found this work exhausting and that others who were also studying at the time envied their free time. From 1980 he began studying theater studies, politics and education in the city of Cologne, which he abandoned after 17 semesters. The first radio show to go on the air started at station SWF3.

In collaboration with Christine Westermann, Frank Plasberg hosted the WDR program Current Hour from 1987 to 2002. From 1993 he also worked there as editor-in-chief. Frank Plasberg became well known when he moderated the hostage-taking in Gladbeck in 1988 and conducted interviews with the hostage-takers. He was later criticized for this interview by the German Press Council. Frank Plasberg later said that he did nothing wrong with the interviews.

Career highlights

Frank Plasberg’s actual career began in 2000. From 2001 he was able to moderate the political talk show Hart aber Fair on WDR television. From 2007 this program was then broadcast on the First German Television. In 2005, Plasberg founded the company Ansager und Schnipselmann GmbH & Co KG with producer Jürgen Schulte, which produced and produces the show Hart aber Fair and other formats at its Düsseldorf location. The other formats that Frank Plasberg was allowed to moderate include the quiz show The Smartest Children in the North from Norddeutscher Rundfunk (NDR). The well-known journalist moderated this from 2008. Also from 2008 Plasberg moderated the program 20xx – Das Quiz in the first. In 2012 he had the opportunity to act as a member of the jury in the quiz show The smartest German in the first. In addition, Plasberg, together with Jörg Schönenborn, was assigned to moderate the state elections in 2005, 2010, 2012 and 2017 for North Rhine-Westphalia in the first. He was also assigned to moderate the 2009 television duel of the 2009 federal election, for which he stood in front of the camera alongside Maybrit Illner, Peter Kloeppel and Peter Limbourg.

In the years 2016 to 2017, Frank Plasberg competed with his current wife in the evening quiz in pairs, this program was broadcast by the first German television for a few months from Monday to Friday and moderated by Jörg Pilawa himself. This program also came from his production company Ansager und Schnipselmann GmbH. Frank Plasberg has received many awards for his outstanding journalistic achievements. In 2005, these included the Adolf Grimme Prize for the program Hart aber Fair, also in 2005 the Ernst Schneider Prize and the Hanns Joachim Friedrichs Prize. Frank Plasberg was named Journalist of the Year together with Alice Schwarzer in 2005 in the field of “Politics” and in 2006 received the Bavarian Television Prize in the field of information for presenting Hart aber Fair. Other awards include Journalist of the Year in the field of “Politics” in 2006, the Bambi in the category “Moderation” in 2008 and the honor of being a language warden of the year in 2012 from the German language world.

Famous quotes

  • “To put it bluntly: it is not the job of journalists to keep parties small. That is, please, the job of political competition.”

Amazing Facts

After graduating from high school and completing a traineeship, Frank Plasberg was able to start directly at the Schwäbische Zeitung. Despite dropping out of his studies in theater studies, politics and education, he was later even able to switch to television.

After Frank Plasberg was married to the WDR presenter Angela Maas until 2007 and with whom he has two adult children, he married the well-known presenter Anne Gesthuisen in 2012 after separating from his first wife. Frank Plasberg has a son with her. Due to the marriage to Frank Plasberg and the work on a Roma, Anne Gesthuisen gave up her prestigious job on the ARD morning show in 2014.

Frank Plasberg even made it into film when he was asked by none other than Til Schweiger if he would like to be on the big screen. When he said yes, he landed a small role in his film, He’s Back. Frank Plasberg plays himself in this film. He also appeared in the film “Guardian Angel”.

Estimated value: €3 million