|Estimated value:||€1 million|
|Country of origin:||Germany|
|Source of Wealth:||TV journalist, author and actor|
Jenke von Wilmsdorff is known for his extreme experiments in the documentary series “The Jenke Experiment” on RTL. Before his RTL career, he had already appeared in TV series and was not too bad for various commercials. Jenke and his wife Mia Bergmann have a son together named Janik. The first name Jenke is derived from the Frisian first names Johannes and Johanna. So this name can be used for both genders. Jenke von Wilmsdorff belongs to the noble family “von Wilmsdorff”.
Jenke von Wilmsdorff was born on October 16, 1965 and grew up with his brother Winfried and his single mother in Bonn. He graduated from high school in Bonn and then trained as an actor in Düsseldorf. In 1988 Jenke had the first points of contact with his profession as an actor. He worked for various theaters in Frankfurt, Bonn, Aachen and Hof. In 1990 he was seen in supporting roles in the TV series Tatort, Die Wache, Lindenstraße and the Kommissarin.
In the 90s, Jenke was part of numerous commercials for McDonald’s, Commerzbank, Mercedes-Benz and Renault. In the series “Hidden Camera” he was also seen as an actor from 1933 to 2003. He was also successful as a radio presenter on the stations Antenne AC, Aachen 100 and Radio NRW. In 2000, Jenke wrote the screenplay for the film “Die Blaue Mauritius”, which was shown on Sat.1. He worked as an assistant director for the television stations Sat.1, RTL and ARD.
In 2001, Jenke worked as an editor and author for the television show “Extra – Das RTL-Magazine” and at the same time became known through his work there as a reporter. There he traveled to crisis areas and documented tragic stories. One of the most famous tragic stories is the ride on a boat that brings North African refugees to Lampedusa. He was the first journalist to ride there. The “Jenke Experiment” section was also broadcast in the program “Extra – Das RTL-Magazin”. There, Jenke von Wilmsdorff went into malnutrition for weeks to show the consequences. He also took on the role of a single mother there for a week in order to show the viewers the everyday life of a single mother and to draw their attention to the situations they have to deal with on a daily basis.
From March 2013 to March 2020 Jenke then had his own documentary series on RTL “The Jenke Experiment”. Through self-experiments, such as life in poverty or with alcoholism, as well as other socially relevant topics, he wanted to inspire his viewers. In 2014, Jenke published a book entitled “Who Dares Wins: Life as an Experiment”, in which he shares his views on the topics of borderline experiences and fear during his travels and experiments with the readers. At the end of 2014 he went on a reading tour with this book.
Jenke has been married to his longtime girlfriend Mia Bergmann since 2015. The two have a son together and live in Cologne and Leipzig. In the reality action show “bounty” and the reports “Jenke Über Leben” and “Jenke macht Mut!” he appeared as a presenter in 2018. He has been a testimonial for the ThermaCare heat pad since 2019. It has been known since May 1, 2020 that Jenke has ended his collaboration with RTL. ProSieben, on the other hand, announced in June 2020 that Jenke von Wilmsdorff would develop some new projects for this station in the future. The first episode “JENKE” was released on ProSieben on November 30, 2020. There, Jenke conducts self-experiments on the subject of beauty.
– March 2009: Completed an apprenticeship at the RTL journalism school.
– March 2013: Start of the RTL documentary series “The Jenke Experiment”.
– November 2020: Broadcast of the first episode of Jenke’s new documentary series “JENKE” on ProSieben.
“I would do it again, tell this story exactly the same way.”
“I love and live experiments and so I’m really looking forward to the many new opportunities that ProSieben offers me”
“This is a state that is so pleasant and so beautiful that I want to stay in that state”
“Of course you can see it that way. But for me it was about authenticity: I really felt the drugs that way in that moment. If I hadn’t said that, I wouldn’t have documented the point that makes the drugs so dangerous. […] It was important to me to show that you have to pay dearly for the intoxication.”
“Oh no thanks. Then I start to fly.”
“I think when you’re a journalist, you want to make the world a little more understandable, a little less mean, a little more honest, a little more open.”
“For several years now I have not only been doing humorous topics, but also working on very shocking stories”
“It was a journey into the abysses of humanity”
– Jenke von Wilmsdorff tried his hand as a pop singer with the name Rico Diamond and published a single called “Spiel des Lebens” under this pseudonym.
– Jenke was nominated for the German environment and sustainability award.
|Estimated value:||€1 million|