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Günther Johannes Jauch (German pronunciation: [ˈɡʏntɐ joˈhanəs ˈjaʊx]; born 13 July 1956) is a German television host. He is a member of the Hamburg Jauch family, but currently lives in Potsdam, Brandenburg with his wife Thea (Dorothea) Jauch and his four children.

Günther Jauch
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Jauch in 2016
Günther Johannes Jauch

(1956-07-13) 13 July 1956 (age 63)
OccupationPresenter, journalist, producer
Spouse(s)Dorothea "Thea" Jauch
Parent(s)Ernst Alfred Jauch (†1991)



Jauch was born in Münster. He is known for a unique style of informing and entertaining people that is generally considered witty and funny; he won several awards for his appearances in German television. Jauch also owns the production company "i&u TV", which stands for Information und Unterhaltung ("information and entertainment"). He is known to make large donations from money he receives from his appearances in advertisements and other promotional work.

Jauch has used his personal wealth to purchase and restore several historic buildings in and around Potsdam, his current town of residence.

Jauch has produced and hosted the prime time TV programme Stern TV, a television news magazine programme, on the private German RTL national TV network since 1990. The programme caused some sensation due to the transmission of falsified articles delivered by the journalist Michael Born who subsequently was convicted to a four-year prison sentence in 1996, a few other prominent German TV networks had also been deceived with such material.[1] In January 2011, after celebrating the end of his 21-year reign hosting Stern TV, Jauch will now host a weekly political talkshow on the national German public TV network Das Erste ("The First").[2]

In 2005, Jauch was named by Stern magazine the most famous German in the world. In late 2006, Jauch announced that he would only host the first broadcast of the Four Hills Tournament (from Oberstdorf) and celebrate New Year's Eve with his family. Jauch had hosted all events of the Four Hills Tournament since the year 2000. The 2007 season tournaments from Garmisch-Partenkirchen, Innsbruck and Bischofshofen were hosted by Marco Schreyl instead.[3]

Jauch together with Thomas Gottschalk is also part of the German TV show Die 2 - Gottschalk und Jauch gegen alle.[4]

In 2015, shortly after Stefan Raab had announced the end of his TV career, Jauch declared publicly that he intends to gradually reduce his appearance on TV too; stating that he will eventually give up his political talk show Günther Jauch on ARD and to focus on his other TV shows such as Wer wird Millionär? on RTL.[5][6]

Personal lifeEdit

After 18 years of common-law marriage, Jauch married Thea in 2006[7][8] without permitting the press to photograph the wedding. A photo that circulated in the tabloid media (which had not much detail) was published by BILD. The newspaper was fined €200,000 for the abuse of personal rights. He married in the Orangerie at Schloss Sanssouci in Potsdam.

Jauch and Thea have two biological daughters, Svenja (born in 1989) and Kristin (born in 1993). The couple later adopted two orphaned daughters in 1997 and 2000, named Katja and Masha.[9][3]

Shows hostedEdit


Products advertisedEdit

Jauch is known for donating a significant part of his income to charitable causes.

References in popular cultureEdit

See alsoEdit


  1. ^ Thomas Pritzl: Der Fake-Faktor. Spurensuche im größten Betrugsfall des deutschen Fernsehens. kopäd, 2006, ISBN 3-938028-69-6
  2. ^ "Günther Jauch ab 2011 im Ersten". Das Erste (in German). Archived from the original on 13 June 2010. Retrieved 22 January 2011.
  3. ^ a b "Der Familie zuliebe: Jauch tritt kürzer". Der Spiegel (in German). 27 December 2006. Retrieved 27 December 2006.
  4. ^ "RTL: Die 2: Gottschalk und Jauch gegen alle" (in German).
  5. ^ "Südddeutsche: Zum Rückzug von Günther Jauch" (in German).
  6. ^ "Spiegel: Abschied von Jauchs ARD-Talk: Es wurde Zeit" (in German).
  7. ^ "Günther Jauch heiratet seine Thea" (in German). 28 March 2006.
  8. ^ "IMDb: Günther Jauch - Biography".
  9. ^ "Günther Jauch adoptiert zweites Waisenkind" (in German). 7 May 2000.