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Günther Jauch
Jauch in 2021
Günther Johannes Jauch

(1956-07-13) 13 July 1956 (age 67)
Occupation(s)Television presenter, television producer, journalist
SpouseDorothea "Thea" Jauch
ParentErnst Alfred Jauch (d. 1991)

Günther Johannes Jauch (German pronunciation: [ˈɡʏntɐ joˈhanəs ˈjaʊx]; born July 13th 1956) is a German television presenter, television producer, and journalist.


Jauch 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 to charity 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.

In the 1980s, Jauch worked for radio programs of Bayerischer Rundfunk. Jauch has produced and hosted the prime time TV programme stern TV [de], 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 was subsequently 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 [de], 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 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 announced the end of his TV career, Jauch declared publicly that he intended to gradually reduce his TV appearances; 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 life[edit]

After 18 years of common-law marriage, Jauch married Thea in the Orangerie at Schloss Sanssouci in Potsdam in 2006.[7][8] He is a member of the Hamburg Jauch family.

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


Jauch in 2008

Jauch is characterised by his secluded lifestyle. He stated in interviews that he takes the liberty of leading a life that does not correspond to his supposed economic possibilities. According to his own statement, he has spent considerable amounts of his income, including all the profit from advertising jobs, on charitable causes since the early years of his career.[10] In 2002, he made significant financial contributions to the reconstruction of the Fortunaportal (Gate of the Fortuna) at the Potsdam Stadtschloss city palace. Jauch has also given financial support to other projects in Potsdam, e.g. the Belvedere on the Pfingstberg, (where he got married in 2006), the Potsdam city canal, the Kloebersaal,[11] a hall in the north wing of the Marmorpalais (Marble Palace), which is opposite his villa at Heiligen See lake, as well as the restoration of the Neptungrotte (Neptune Grotto) in the palace gardens of Schloss Sanssouci.[12] Furthermore, he supported the construction of the Marienschule Potsdam, a co-educational Roman-Catholic school for primary and secondary education, which belongs to the archdiocese of Berlin.[13][14] The prime minister of Brandenburg, Matthias Platzeck, called him a citizen every mayor could ever wish for.[15] Jauch was an ambassador for the Berlin Pro-Reli-Kampagne, a petition which aimed to change the Education Act of the state of Berlin in order to introduce religious studies as an elective subject instead of ethics as a sole compulsory subject. The campaign eventually failed in April 2009.

Jauch's ancestress on his grandmother's side, Anna Weißebach, founded the Caritas Konferenzen, the German branch of the International Association of Charities. Jauch's own family set up soup kitchens in Hamburg as early as the 19th and 20th century and founded and maintained poorhouses in Hamburg and other places. In line with his family's tradition of charitable foundations, Jauch endowed the founding of a branch of Die Arche in Drewitz (Potsdam) in 2009, which provides free meals for children in need. He also covers ongoing property and personnel expenses.[16] Die Arche – Christliches Kinder- und Jugendwerk e.V. is a Christian organisation for children and adolescents.

Vineyard owner[edit]

Jauch also continues a 200-year-old family tradition of wine-growing.[17] In 2010, he successfully applied for membership in the German Prädikat Wine Estates VDP (German: "Verband Deutscher Prädikatsweingüter"), in order to acquire a relative's vineyard (Othegraven in Kanzem) which was approved by VDP that certifies Germany's wines that meet the organizations requirements.[18] The entire property, including a mansion and an English Garden, has been subject to preservation orders since 2003.

Jauch's family has been running the winery since 1805, when his ancestor and merchant Emmerich Grach bought the property. Jauch's grandmother Elsa von Othegraven, his grandfather Hans Jauch and his father Ernst-Alfred Jauch were part of the community of heirs. However, in 1996 the winery was inherited by a distant relative.

In order to ensure that the winery was not going to be sold to a party outside the family, Jauch decided to buy it.[19] One of the previous owners had been Jauch's famous great-great-uncle, Franz Weißebach. According to the VDP, the vineyard is a gem of a vineyard, rare in its quality and attractive location.[17] In 2011, Jauch acquired a further vineyard (Wawerner Herrenberg) in Wawern that is 3.5 acres.[20] It had also belonged to his ancestor Emmerich Grach. Jauch also co-produced wines that supermarket chain Aldi has been selling under his name since 2018.[21]

Dispute about privacy[edit]

Jauch wanted to legally prohibit any type of media coverage in the preparation of his wedding in July 2006. The Landgericht Berlin granted him an interim injunction against the newspaper Bild and other publications of the Springer publishing house.[22] The Kammergericht Berlin, however, decided against a prohibition of general media coverage in June 2006 due to his celebrity status. According to the judges, they were allowed to report about the date and place of the wedding.[23] After the magazine Bunte published photos of the wedding and details about the ceremony, Thea Jauch went to court against the publishing house to demand damages and compensation for pain and suffering totalling 325,000 Euros. The Landgericht Hamburg awarded her only 25,000 Euros compensation in January 2008. The judgment was set aside by the Hanseatisches Oberlandesgericht in October 2008. As a public figure, interest in Jauch's wedding was legitimate, it said. An anew appeal was refused by the Federal Constitutional Court. The demand for damages by Jauch in a separate lawsuit was in vain as well.

The couple then went before the European Court of Human Rights to claim that the German justice system did not protect Jauch's right to privacy sufficiently and breached his right to protection of property, because they did not award him damages for the published photos. The court in Strasbourg affirmed the public's interest in his wedding and therefore, their claims were without cause. German justice had carefully weighed between the right to privacy and the freedom of the press, it said. The complaint was declared inadmissible.[24]

Shows hosted[edit]

  • 1985–1987: Live aus dem Alabama
  • 1988–1997: Das aktuelle sportstudio (Up-to-date Sport news)
  • since 1989: Menschen, Bilder, Emotionen (People, Pictures, Emotions)
  • 1990–2010: Stern TV
  • since 1999: Wer wird Millionär? (German version of Who Wants to Be a Millionaire?)
  • 2000–2006: RTL-Skispringen (ski jumping)
  • 2001–2004: Der Große IQ-Test (The Big IQ Test)
  • 2001–2009: 5-Millionen SKL Show
  • 2002–2004: Grips-Show (Brain Show)
  • since 2009: 5 gegen Jauch (5 against Jauch)
  • 2011–2015: Günther Jauch (Sunday evening political talkshow on Das Erste)
  • 2013–2017: Die 2 – Gottschalk & Jauch gegen alle (with Thomas Gottschalk and Barbara Schöneberger)
  • 2016–2017: 500 – Die Quiz-Arena
  • since 2018: Denn sie wissen nicht, was passiert – Die Jauch-Gottschalk-Schöneberger-Show (with Thomas Gottschalk and Barbara Schöneberger)
  • since 2019: Bin ich schlauer als Günther Jauch? (Am I smarter than Günther Jauch?)


Products advertised[edit]

References in popular culture[edit]

  • Jauch is mentioned in the song Rot by Markus Henrik, in his role as the host of the show Wer wird Millionär? (Who Wants to Be a Millionaire?).
  • Jauch is also mentioned in the Blumentopf song "Warum eigentlich nicht?"

See also[edit]


  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). 5 June 2015.
  6. ^ Buß, Christian (5 June 2015). "Spiegel: Abschied von Jauchs ARD-Talk: Es wurde Zeit". Der Spiegel (in German).
  7. ^ "Günther Jauch heiratet seine Thea" (in German). 28 March 2006.
  8. ^ "IMDb: Günther Jauch – Biography". IMDb.
  9. ^ "Günther Jauch adoptiert zweites Waisenkind" (in German). 7 May 2000.
  10. ^ "Jauch verschenkt "jeden Cent"" (in German). Archived from the original on 3 February 2005. {{cite journal}}: Cite journal requires |journal= (help)
  11. ^ Karutz, Hans-Rüdiger (27 June 2003). "Ein Fall für Jauch: Kloebersaal wieder geöffnet". Die Welt (in German).
  12. ^ "Schlosspark Sanssouci: Günther Jauch spendet eine Million für Grottensanierung" (in German). 24 January 2014. {{cite journal}}: Cite journal requires |journal= (help)
  13. ^ "Opus Dei erhält Schulverbot". F (in German).
  14. ^ "Günther Jauch und Katherina Reiche stehen Pate". Der Tagesspiegel Online (in German).
  15. ^ "Montblanc de la Culture Arts Patronage Award 2003" (in German). {{cite journal}}: Cite journal requires |journal= (help)
  16. ^ "Geldflut für die "Arche"". Der Tagesspiegel Online (in German).
  17. ^ a b "VDP Prädikatsweingüter: Günther Jauch aufgenommen | News | DER DEUTSCHE WEINBAU". {{cite journal}}: Cite journal requires |journal= (help)
  18. ^ "Günther Jauch wird Winzer" (in German). {{cite journal}}: Cite journal requires |journal= (help)
  19. ^ Tuma, Thomas (26 June 2011). "Spiegel-Gespräch : "Ich bin angstfrei" – Der Spiegel 26/2011". Der Spiegel (in German).
  20. ^ "Günther Jauch: "Ich dachte, ich werde da mal ebenso rotnasig wie freundlich auf der Veranda sitzen"". Die Zeit (in German). 21 September 2011. ISSN 0044-2070.
  21. ^ "Jauch verrät neue Details zu seinem Aldi-Wein" (in German). 3 April 2018. {{cite journal}}: Cite journal requires |journal= (help)
  22. ^ "Bild darf keine Einzelheiten über Jauchs Hochzeit verbreiten" (in German). 9 May 2006. {{cite journal}}: Cite journal requires |journal= (help)
  23. ^ "Netzeitung Medien: Jauchs Berichterstattungsverbot eingeschränkt" (in German). Archived from the original on 1 July 2006. {{cite journal}}: Cite journal requires |journal= (help)
  24. ^ "Günther Jauch und seine Frau scheitern mit Klage vor Menschenrechtsgerichtshof". Der Tagesspiegel Online (in German). 16 June 2016.

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