Chris Hansen Net Worth

Net Worth $ 5,000,000
Real name Christofer Edward Hansen
Source of Wealth TV Shows, Journalism
Profession Journalist, TV host
Spouse/Partner Gabrielle Gagnon
Date of Birth Sep 13, 1959
Zodiac Virgo
Age 63
Gender Male
Pronoun He/Him
Height 187 cm / 6 ft 1 inch
Nationality American
Siblings /


Christofer Edward Hansen, or Chris Hansen, is well-known in crime investigative journalism. Many intriguing crime TV shows are associated with his name - “To Catch a Predator“ being the most prevalent.

In his career, Hansen has covered one of the most thrilling criminal stories, brought felons to justice, educated the public, and raised awareness about the dangers and mistreatments in the world that somehow managed to fly under the radar.

On top of his work as an investigative journalist on national TV, Hansen also has a YouTube channel with more than three hundred thousand subscribers and a total view count of 23,553,577.

His net worth is estimated at $5 million.

Early life and career development

Christofer Edward Hansen was born in Chicago, Illinois, on September 13, 1959. He graduated from Brother Rice High School in Bloomfield Hills, Michigan, and earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in telecommunications in 1981 from Michigan State University.

Hansen got the idea of being an investigative journalist after Jimmy Hoffa’s disappearance, the American labor union leader from the late fifties.[1]Hansen stated that he would ride his bicycle to the crime scene a few miles away from his house and watch the reporters cover what was, at the time, an intriguing and scary story.[2]

Besides having a diploma from a prestigious university, Chris Hansen was determined to become a journalist and joined local radio stations and newspapers to work as a reporter.

During his senior year at University, he started working for WILX-TV- an NBC affiliate in Lansing, Michigan.

He continued his career working for WFLA-TV, an NBC affiliate in Tampa, Florida, and WXYZ-TV, the ABC station in Detroit, until he joined NBC News in 1993 as a correspondent for “Now with Tom Brokaw and Katie Couric.” [3]

Hansen has many eminent, moving, and socially meaningful accomplishments in his race. As a part of the “Dateline NBC” franchise, “The Hansen Files,” Hansen revealed many secrets and deceptions regarding health care insurance and vitamin supplements people consume daily.

With the help of a team of policemen, Hansen started one of his most successful shows in 2004, “To Catch a Predator,” which involved luring adults through text messages who wanted to have sexual relations with teenagers under the age of consent. Actual youthful-looking adults portrayed the “minors,” and dozens of hidden cameras caught the predators in the act.

At first, the actor/actress would make small talk with the predator, after which Chris Hansen would show up and confront them with copies of their conversation with the underaged kid. The show had a repulsive energy since the crew transparently showcased the real-life predators and their lame excuses.

Hansen managed to catch more than 300 predators that tried to target teenagers over the Internet.

The show ended in 2008, after the suicide of Louis Conradt - assistant district attorney of Texas. Conradt was caught exchanging messages with a thirteen-year-old boy (actor). The Dateline crew caught his suicide on camera after they entered his home with the police.[4]

NBC was sued by Conradt’s sister William Conradt Jr. The matter was later resolved to the satisfaction of both parties.[5]

The great success of “To Catch a Predator” also made it possible for Hansen to have other shows covering the same topic. He hosted Discovery ID’s “Killer Instinct,” started a new independent project, “Hansen Vs. Predator,” and is the producer of “Unseemly: The Investigation of Peter Nygard.”

Besides taking part in numerous reality TV shows and news magazines, Hansen reported on various essential issues, including child sex trafficking in Cambogia and child slave labor in India to manufacture some of the finest clothing sold in the United States.

For his incredible work, he has received multiple awards and acclamations.

He has won eight Emmys for investigative reporting, outstanding coverage of a news story, and outstanding coverage of breaking news.

In addition, he has won an Overseas Press Club award, an IRE (Investigative Reporters & Editors), the National Press Club award, and an award from the International Consortium of Investigative Journalists. [3]

Personal Life

Chris Hansen was married to Mary Joan, with whom he has two boys, but the couple divorced after nearly 30 years of marriage.

In 2021, Chris Hansen got married to Gabrielle Gagnon.


Chris Hansen was born on September 13, 1959. He is among the most well-known and awarded investigative journalists and YouTube personalities.

During his career, he was part of many TV Shows and uncovered international issues.

His net worth is estimated at $5 million.


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  3. Chris Hansen. (2004, January 13). Retrieved November 10, 2022, from

  4. To catch a predator. (2022, October 31). Retrieved November 10, 2022, from

  5. (n.d.). Retrieved November 10, 2022, from