|Capital:||€ 110 million|
|Country of origin:||Germany|
|Source of wealth:||Moderator|
Stefan Raab is a person who likes to be in the spotlight – regardless of whether it’s about music, film or television. With programs such as “TV total” and numerous music releases, the native of Cologne developed a status that remains steadfast for years after retiring from television.
Stefan Konrad Raab was born in Cologne in autumn 1966. He has a sister, the parents run a butcher shop. Raab attended a Jesuit school where he graduated from high school in 1986. He then did military service in Cologne, ready to fly.
Raab studied law in Cologne and Bielefeld for five semesters. At the same time, he worked in his parents’ butcher shop, where he trained. The young man completed this in an exemplary manner with the journeyman’s examination and was the best in his district.
From 1990 Stefan Raab wrote and produced advertising jingles and spots for television shows. Among other things, he was involved in a toothpaste advertisement and the ARD morning magazine. Raab also worked as a music producer for artists such as The Princes and Citizens Lars Dietrich.
In 1993, Stefan Raab attended a casting at Viva, where he was offered to host the show “Vivasion”. Raab did this until 1998. The following year he joined ProSieben on the “TV total” program, with which he achieved ultimate fame. “TV total” also included regular events such as the World Wok Championship, TV total diving or several poker nights.
In the nineties, Raab published several pieces of music that were well received. In 1996 he composed the song “Here comes the mouse!” for the birthday anniversary of the show with the mouse, successes were also his song about the then national coach Berti Vogts and a cover version of “A bed in the cornfield”. In 1997 Raab regularly hosted radio shows for the WDR.
Stefan Raab regularly looked for and supervised candidates for the Eurovision Song Contest. He took Max Mutzke and winner Lena Meyer-Landrut under his wing. Raab was also able to place in the top 5 through his own participation. Based on the Eurovision Song Contest, Raab invented the Bundesvision Song Contest in 2005, and he also held a DSDS parodic casting.
Over the years, other shows such as the popular “Schlag den Raab” concept or the “Absolute majority” talk show, which scored with its new, innovative concept, established itself. In 2015, Stefan Raab left the TV business. The attempt to continue his formats without him failed.
One of Stefan Raab’s most successful TV formats is “Schlag den Raab”, which won the German TV Award, among other things. However, it was not enough for the success of “TV total”: the moderator’s probably most successful show ran for sixteen years, received several awards and a wax figure by Stefan Raab in the Madame Tussauds cabinet in Berlin even sits behind a replica of the desk from “TV” total”.
Raab has also had great success in the music industry. For “Here comes the mouse!” from 1996 he received a gold record, further songs achieved gold and platinum status. Stefan Raab was awarded several echoes, including the best producer. There are also the Golden Camera, a Bambi and the Adolf Grimme Prize.
Raab also showed his talent for music at the Eurovision Song Contest: Already in 1998 he composed for the participant Guildo Horn, two years later he took part himself. With Stefan Raab’s help, Lena Meyer-Landrut achieved first place in the 2010 competition, Max Mutzke earned fourth place in 2004. Both musicians are still active in the industry.
– Don’t give too much to the judgment of people who have more experience than you. Experience is only knowledge of the status quo. But in many cases this does not help you to correctly assess the future.
– My taste often coincides with that of the crowd.
– I have spread more ideas than anyone else on German television.
– Stefan Raab had the habit of not giving interviews to both Bild magazine and RTL broadcaster.
– In 2005, Raab made a scandalous joke about the air strikes on Dresden in 1945, but later apologized for it.
– In 2001, the moderator received criticism from the press for acting as a jingle producer and advertising medium for McDonalds.
– Stefan Raab participated in the soundtrack of the film “(T) Raumschiff Surprise”.