American journalist, Maria Shriver is well-known for her long association with NBC. Likewise, she rose to the limelight as the ex-wife of Arnold Schwarzenegger.

Picture of American journalist, Maria Shriver
 Caption: Picture of American journalist, Maria Shriver (Photo: Instagram)

Early Life of Maria Shriver

In Presbyterian Hospital in Chicago, Illinois, she was born on November 6, 1955. She is the second child of politician Sargent Shriver (father) and activist Eunice Kennedy (mother). Maria is a niece of the late U.S. President John F. Kennedy, U.S. attorney general, and U.S. Senator Robert F. Kennedy. As per reports, she has six siblings, they are Anthony Shriver, Bobby Shriver, Mark Kennedy Shriver, and Timothy Shriver. Having American nationality, Maria is of Irish and German ethnicity. 

Except for a brief period in the summer of 1968, when Shriver's family briefly relocated to Chicago as a result of Eunice Kennedy Shriver's involvement with the Special Olympics, Shriver spent her middle school years in Paris. In 1970, she permanently returned from France to Bethesda, Maryland. She enrolled at Stone Ridge School of the Sacred Heart high school and graduated in 1973. Later, she enrolled at Manhattanville College in Purchase, New York, for two years, then transferred to a Bachelor of Arts degree in American studies at Georgetown University in Washington, D.C, and graduated in June 1977.

Career in Journalism

She began working as a news writer and producer for KYW-TV after completing her studies. Shriver started working at WJZ-TV and wrote and produced the show ‘Evening Magazine.’ Eventually, she moved on to work for ‘CBS News’ and co-anchored the popular show ‘CBS Morning News.’ In the year 1987, she joined ‘NBC News’. Maria began anchoring shows and then appeared in ‘Main Street’ and ‘Sunday Today.’ She has hosted a show called ‘First Person with Maria Shriver’ and conducted interviews with several well-known personalities, such as Fidel Castro, Sarah Ferguson, and Magic Johnson. She has worked as a contributing anchor to the weekly show ‘Dateline NBC’ from the year 1992 to 2004. Also, she appeared as herself in the 1993 film ‘Last Action Hero.’ In November 2003, she resigned from NBC. 

Maria Shriver posing for the picture
Caption: Maria Shriver posing for the picture (Photo: Pinterest)

Shriver started to work as n executive producer for the show ‘American Idealist: The Story of Sargent Shriver’ in 2008. Also, she worked as an executive producer for the documentary series ‘The Alzheimer’s Project.’ The program received a lot of praise for its thorough examination of Alzheimer's disease, which affects millions of people globally, and awarded two Emmy Awards for it. Maria ‘The Shriver Report: A Woman’s Nation Changes Everything’ in 2009. She is also an author, who has published several books, such as ‘Ten Things I Wish I'd Known Before I Went Out Into The Real World,’ ‘What's Happening to Grandpa?’ and ‘And One More Thing Before You Go..’ Maria rejoined NBC as a special anchor and covers issues surrounding the roles of women in America.

What is Maria Shriver Net Worth? 

As per reports, Maria Shriver's net worth is estimated at around $200 million. Also, she is a direct descendant of the famed Kennedy family and therefore receives a considerable income through inheritance and other assets/trusts set up in the family name. She has collected assets of more than $170 million as per reports. She has been quite active in the real estate market, after splitting from Arnold Schwarzenegger. She and Arnold paid $4.8 million for a 6-acre property in LA's Brentwood neighborhood in 2002.

Picture of Maria Shriver clicked with the car
Caption: Picture of Maria Shriver clicked with the car (Photo: Daily Mail)

She paid $10 million for an 11,000-square-foot home in Brentwood, not far from the family home she once shared with her husband after the divorce was finalized. She spent $12.2 million on the next-door property. Shriver allegedly began looking for properties in 2017 with the idea of presenting them to her two daughters who had just received their university degrees.

Is Maria Shriver Still Married?

At present, Maria Shriver isn't married and single. Previously, she was married to her husband Arnold Schwarzenegger. The duo met in 1977 at a charity tennis tournament and introduced by Tom Brokaw. Eventually, she tied the wedding knot with Arnold on April 26, 1986. The duo's lavish wedding ceremony held in Hyannis, Massachusetts, at St. Francis Xavier Roman Catholic Church. Out of their married life, they became parents of four children, two girls, Katherine Schwarzenegger, born on December 13, 1989, and Christina Schwarzenegger born in 1991. 

Maria Shriver with her ex-husband Arnold Schwarzenegger
Caption: Maria Shriver with her ex-husband Arnold Schwarzenegger (Photo: People)

The couple has two boys Patrick Schwarzenegger, born in 1993, and Christopher Schwarzenegger, born in 1997. She along with her husband Arnold announced about them getting divorced. Then she quickly moved out of the family home. When Schwarzenegger officially acknowledged that he had fathered another kid outside of marriage with the family maid, Mildred Patricia Baena, the cause for their divorce became clear. Finally, they got divorced officially in December 2021. Previously, she was in a relationship with Matthew Dowd in 2013. Dowd, her ex-boyfriend, is a political strategist and adviser who previously supported Schwarzenegger's reelection effort.

What is the Height of Maria Shriver?

Maria Shriver has a height of 5 feet 10 inches or 1.8 m tall. While her body weighs around 67kg or 147 pounds. Likewise, Shriver has light brown hair with hazel eyes color.