Kelly Ripa is many things, however, she is best known as an actress (though her acting days are far behind her) and a talk show host – she has been killing it on WABC-TV’s Live! since 2000. Ripa has what we’re tempted to call the perfect life — a great career with an enviable paycheck, a great husband, and amazing kids. What more could she possibly desire? Read on for details.
Kelly Ripa Kids, Husband, Family
During her time on ABC daytime soap opera, All My Children which is where she first found fame, Kelly Ripa met a certain Mark Consuelos who was added to the show in 1995, five years after Kelly began playing her role as Hayley Vaughan.
Fresh outta college, (he earned a marketing degree from the University of South Florida in 1994), Mark landed in New York City with hopes to pursue a career in acting. His first audition was for the role of Mateo Santos on AMC and for his screen tests, he was paired with who else? Kelly.
His character would later become Kelly’s love interest, but before the plot would develop to that point, the two had developed a thing for each other.
“My first impression of my wife as—she was obviously extremely beautiful—but she was really funny, really intelligent, really quick,” Mark told E! in 2006.
In less than a year after becoming co-stars, Kelly and Mark were ready to take their relationship to the next level. They eloped on May 1, 1996, when they got married in a small chapel – Kelly is a lifelong Catholic.
After their wedding in Vegas, they jetted off to Rome for their honeymoon which lasted for a week. When they returned, they both continued to star in AMC until 2001 (they later returned in 2010 when they appeared in a couple of episodes).
While Kelly had left the show to focus on her new gig – Live!, Mike continued to score roles both on the small and big screen. Since Kelly came on Live! Mike has been a favorite guest star. Mike made a guest appearance on Hope & Faith – Kelly’s next sitcom since leaving AMC in 2001. She remained on the ABC sitcom throughout its entire run from 2003 to 2006.
Thirteen months from the marriage was how long it took Kelly and their husband Mark to begin a family together. The couple welcomed their first kid Michael Joseph on born June 2, 1997. He got into college in 2016.
Four years later, they welcomed the next child, a daughter named Lola Grace born on June 16, 2001. Their third and last child, son Joaquin Antonio Consuelos was born on February 24, 2003.
In 2007, Kelly and her husband established their own production company, Milojo formed using the first two letters of each of their three kids. Milojo’s first project was The Streak, a feature documentary about the Brandon High School wrestling team and its 34-year winning streak.
The Streak which premiered at the Tribeca film festival in 2008 snapped an Emmy nomination. The company’s other projects include; docu-series Masters of Reception, film Off the Rez, a short film; “The Bensonhurst Spelling Bee” and more.
Kelly’s husband Mark has Italian and Mexican roots from his parents. He was born on March 30, 1971, in Zaragoza, Spain, and raised in Lebanon, Illinois.
Kelly Ripa Net Worth, Salary
Ripa’s job on Live! is highly lucrative enough to make her one of America’s highest-paid TV show hosts. In 2016, estimated that she earned $17 million making her the 9th highest-paid TV show host of that year. On average, Kelly earns an annual salary of $20 million. Kelly Ripa’s net worth is estimated at $100 million.
Age (Birthday): October 2, 1970
Kelly was born as Kelly Maria Ripa in Stratford, New Jersey. Her father Joseph Ripa, a labor union president and bus driver while her mother Esther was a homemaker.
Height: 5 feet 2 inches (1.6 m)
Is She Dead?
Like a number of Hollywood stars, Kelly Ripa has fallen victim to a death hoax. A Facebook page titled ‘R.I.P. Kelly Ripa’ mysteriously appeared saying that Ripa had died and that her fans should like the page as a sign of condolence to the TV hostess. The page quickly garnered attention but almost immediately, it was discovered to be fake. Kelly Ripa is alive and well.