|Estimated value:||€2 million|
|Country of origin:||Germany|
|Source of Wealth:||Presenter/Journalist|
Oliver Welke – known as a sports expert and journalist from the heute show – was born on April 19, 1966 in Bielefeld. From the age of five he grew up in Harsewinkel near Gütersloh, his father owned an advertising agency. Back then, at the age of four, he briefly worked as a children’s photo model and his face could be seen on canned sausages. Later in his school career, he completed his Abitur at a Protestant high school and then studied journalism at the University of Münster. While still a student, he worked as a freelancer for a regional magazine agency in Gütersloh.
Gradually he came into contact more and more with the activity as a radio presenter. He also took his first steps as a radio and television presenter as a freelancer at local radio stations and at WDR.
Oliver also appeared in comedy series during this time and played his own characters in those series.
From 1996 he also started to work for Sat.1 as a freelancer, among other things he could be seen in the football show “ran”, which was very popular at the time. He also acted as a moderator for other sporting events, such as boxing matches.
When Sat.1 showed the UEFA Champions League, he presented these programs with Oliver Bierhoff. Since 2012 he has also been a moderator for ZDF at European and World Championships, he moderates these programs together with Oliver Kahn.
Increasingly, he got more and more offers from TV stations for shows. It was also becoming increasingly apparent that he was pushing into the comedy field. He already had his place with Rudi Carrell in his show “7 days, 7 heads”. Further appearances in various comedy shows followed, and since May 2009 Welke has been presenting his own comedy show “heute-Show”.
But one of his career highlights is much more than that, as he also made a name for himself as a screenwriter and voice actor.
Together with Bastian Pastewka (who also acted in the film) and Oliver Kalkofe, he wrote the screenplay for the feature film “Der Wixxer”, and he also dubbed English shows and films.
Since 2009 he has also been running a management agency together with his partner, which also works for other creative artists.
Due to his successful career on radio and television, he received awards almost every year. In 1995 he was awarded the “golden cable” for the first time for his radio breakfast show. The German Comedy Prize, the Grimme Prize, the German Television Prize and many other awards followed.
Highlights also include published CDs, various book releases and dubbings.
Oliver Welke is a true workaholic and was able to secure a permanent place in the television landscape through his diligence and ambition.
He has been married to his wife Diane since 1997, who also works as a TV journalist. The couple has two sons together, they lived in Berlin from 1997 to 2011, the family now lives in Bonn. Together with colleagues and listeners of the radio station “Radio Fritz”, Oliver founded the first “Gummiboot Throwing Club in Germany”. He also appears again and again for social commitment, he supports, among other things, “Children in Need” organizations.
He often had to answer for various criticisms of statements made, so he had to apologize publicly because he twice falsely accused left-wing politician Marlena Schiewer of right-wing statements.
Another time he discredited the AFD politician Dieter Amann because of his stutter, without considering that he suffers from a speech impediment.
But Welke, who is now 54, is best known for his sense of humor, which is exactly why he likes to crack jokes.
One of these sayings is: “OK, if someone puts four cell phones in their trouser pockets, at least they don’t have to be sterilized anymore!”
|Estimated value:||€2 million|