Capital: € 2 million
Age: 54
Born: 04/19/1966
Country of origin: Germany
Source of wealth: Moderator / journalist
Last updated: 2022

Early life

Oliver Welke, known for the Today Show, as a sports expert and journalist, was born on April 19, 1966 in Bielefeld. From the age of five he grew up in Harsewinkel near Gütersloh, his father was the owner of an advertising agency. Back then, at the age of four, he worked for a short time as a children’s photo model and his face was visible on canned sausages. Later in his school career, he graduated from high school in Protestant and then studied journalism at the university in Münster. During his studies, he worked as a freelancer for a regional magazine agency from Gütersloh.


Little by little he came into contact with the work as a radio host. He also took his first steps as a radio and television presenter as a freelancer for local radio stations and the WDR.

Oliver also appeared in comedy series during this time and played his own characters in these series.

From 1996 he also started working for Sat.1 as a freelancer, among other things he was seen in the then very popular football show “ran”. He also acted as a moderator at other sporting events, such as boxing matches.

When Sat.1 showed the UEFA Champions League, he moderated these programs with Oliver Bierhoff. Since 2012 he has also been a moderator for ZDF at European or World Championships, which he moderates together with Oliver Kahn.

Career highlights

He was getting more and more offers from television stations for shows. It was also increasingly evident that he was pushing into the comedy area. So he already had a permanent place with Rudi Carrell in his show “7 days, 7 heads”. This was followed by further appearances in various comedy shows, since May 2009 Welke has moderated his own comedy show with the “heute-Show”.

But his career highlights include much more than that because he also made a name for himself as a screenwriter and voice actor.

Together with Bastian Pastewka (who also starred in the film) and Oliver Kalkofe, he wrote the screenplay for the film “The Wixxer”, and also dubbed English shows and films.

Since 2009 he has also been running a management agency with his partner, which also works for other creative artists.

Due to his successful career in radio and television, he received awards almost every year. For the first time he was awarded the “golden cable” in 1995 for his breakfast program on the radio. The German Comedy Prize, the Grimme Prize, the German Television Prize and many other awards followed.

The highlights also include published CDs, various book releases and dubbing.

Amazing facts

Oliver Welke is a true workaholic and thanks to his hard work and ambition he was able to secure a permanent place in the television landscape.

He has been married to his wife Diane since 1997, who also works as a TV journalist. The couple have two sons together, they lived in Berlin from 1997 to 2011, and the family now lives in Bonn. Together with colleagues and listeners of the radio station “Radio Fritz”, Oliver founded the first “long-distance rubber boot throwing club in Germany”. In addition, he appears again and again for social engagement, among other things he works for “children in need” organizations.

He often had to answer for various criticisms of statements made, so he had to apologize publicly because he twice wrongly assumed that the left-wing politician Marlena Schiewer was right-wing.

Another time he discredited AFD politician Dieter Amann because of his stuttering, without taking into account that he was suffering from a speech disability.

But the now 54-year-old Welke is best known for his humor, which is why he likes to knock sayings.

One of these sayings is: “OK, if someone puts four cell phones in their pockets, at least they no longer have to be sterilized!”


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