Capital: € 1.5 million
Age: 39
Born: February 23, 1981
Country of origin: Germany
Source of wealth: Journalist and moderator
Last updated: 2022

Short introduction

The all-rounder Jan Böhmermann is not only known as a German satirist, but also as a presenter on television, radio and podcasts. He is also an author, journalist, film producer and musician. His career started off bumpy, but his talent and courage made him famous and successful.

Early life

Jan Böhmermann was born in Bremen in the Gröpelingen district in 1981. He grew up in the Vegesack district of Bremen. Jan Böhmermann likes to keep his private life private and rarely expresses any serious comments about it. Therefore, not much is known about his past life. His father was a police officer and died of leukemia when Jan Böhmermann was 17 years old. His mother emigrated to Germany in the 1970s. Jan Böhmermann gained his first experience as a journalist in 1997 at Die Norddeutsche, which is a local edition of the Bremer Tageszeitung AG.


He started at Radio Bremen in 1999 as a radio presenter and reporter and remained loyal to the station for a long time. He continued his radio career at 1 Live and the WDR. Here he worked as a moderator and comedian. His popularity rose above all through the column “Lukas’ diary”, in which he was Lukas Podolski, who was a professional footballer at 1. FC Köln at the time. In 2007 Jan Böhmermann found his way to television with the comedy show “genuinly Böhmermann”. Two years later, his first book with the title “Everything, everything about Germany – half knowledge compact” was published and achieved commercial success. In 2009 Böhmermann found his permanent place in the ARD ensemble of Harald Schmidt. Until 2011, Böhmermann hosted the satirical show “The very big Jan Böhmermann radio show” every month on radio station 1 Live. His most famous television show is the night show “Neo Magazin”, which was broadcast on ZDFneo from 2013 to 2019. In the “Neo Magazin”, Böhmermann satirically worked on current political topics in addition to well-known guests, especially from German politics and the media industry.

Career highlights

Böhmermann received his first German television award in 2009 in the category “Best Comedy” for the show TV heroes on RTL. In 2013 he was nominated for the Grimme Prize for the program “Roche & Böhmermann” in the “Entertainment” category. In 2014 he finally received the Grimme Prize for “Neo Magazin” in the “Entertainment” category. In the same year he was awarded Journalist of the Year in the “Entertainment / Culture” category. In the following years, further Grimme prizes followed mostly in the entertainment category. He has also received other awards such as the “Goldene Kamera Digital Award in 2017 or the“ Romy ”award in 2018. Jan Böhmermann received his last Grimme Prize in 2019 for the show “Let yourself be monitored! The PRISM IS A DANCER Show ”from ZDFneo. Jan Böhmermann has worked closely with the songwriter Olli Schulz for years. Since 2013 the two have moderated the radio show “Gentle & Careful”, which was first heard on Radio Eins, then on five other radio stations. As the successor to the program “Gentle & Careful”, Schulz and Böhmermann have been moderating the podcast “Fest & Flauschig” since 2016.

Famous quotes

  • “My Dalai Lama-like, private kindness is the reason for my occasional professional aggressiveness. Privately loving, not professionally, better than the other way round. ”
  • “I just have a hard time doing things that I don’t find useful. For example, as a [radio] presenter, having to find a song that I don’t like. ”

Amazing facts

Jan Böhmermann had to overcome a few hurdles at the beginning of his career. He was rejected by three drama schools and stopped studying history, sociology, theater, film and television studies at the University of Cologne. Nevertheless, he successfully went from journalist to television presenter.


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