Name: Cenk Kadir Uygur
Born: March 21, 1970
Occupation: Entrepreneur, media personality and activist
Cenk Uygur was born in Istanbul, Turkey on March 21, 1970. He is the son of Dogan Uygur and has one sibling: Sedef Piker. He was raised in a Muslim household, but later became agnostic.
Raised in East Brunswick, New Jersey, he attended Brunswick High School. Upon graduation, he attended the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania, earning a degree in management. Cenk then attended Columbia Law School, where he received his Juris Doctor (J.S.)
Cenk is presently married to Wendy Lang, a family and marriage therapist. They have two children: Joy Helena and Prometheus Maximus.
Cenk started his career in law as he served as an associate at Drinker Biddle & Reath in Washington, D.C. and Hayes & Liebman in New York City. However, he would later transition into entertainment as he appeared as a talk show host on WWRC in Washington, WRKO in Boston and WAMI-TV in Miami. This is what prompted him to co-found The Young Turks on Sirius Satellite Radio in 2002.
Since then, it has become one of the largest Internet news programs in the world today with a total of one billion views and three million subscribers on YouTube. In 2011, it was picked up by Current TV, but then was dropped in 2013. The Young Turks was later picked up by Fusion.
Cenk was tapped by MSNBC in 2010 to serve as a contributor and substitute anchor. His contract was eventually ended after disputes. He claims it was because insiders in Washington didn’t like what he was saying, while MSNBC claims there was debate about his style. Also, Cenk declined taking a lower profile weekend slot.
Despite his success, Cenk has been vehemently criticized for espousing numerous falsehoods on his show. Some of them relate to author Sam Harris, the Armenian Genocide, YouTube personality Skagg and others.
Cenk has also executive produced “The Point” and “What the Flick?!”
Cenk was a conservative in his youth: he was pro-life, criticized affirmative action, railed against feminism and even defended Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas. Soon after the election of Republican George W. Bush, Cenk became more progressive, and even founded Justice Democrats, an organization to steer the Democratic Party in the direction of progressivism.
We estimate that Cenk Uygur’s net worth is $5 million (2016).
So how much is $5 million really?
$5 million can allow you to launch your own political talk show, whether it is on television, radio or the Internet. $5 million can also pay for several young people to attend the Wharton School.