Who is Alison Berns?

Alison Berns was born on 26 May 1954, in Newton Centre, Massachusetts USA, and is a former actress and radio hostess, but perhaps best known for being the ex-wife of radio personality Howard Stern, who gained popularity through his radio program entitled “The Howard Stern Show”, which began in the mid-1980s.

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The Riches of Alison Berns

How rich is Alison Berns? As of late-2018, sources estimate a net worth that is over $20 million, earned through her success in her various endeavors, plus a significant amount thanks to the divorce settlement from her successful ex-husband, who has a net worth estimated at $90 million. As she continues her endeavors, it is expected that her wealth will also continue to increase.

Early Life and Marriage

While there is little information available about Alison’s childhood, it is known that she attended Newton North High School, and after matriculating enrolled into Boston University before moving to Columbia University. It was during this period that she met Howard Stern, who was a film student and the two grew close as they worked on a project called “Transcendental Meditation”, intended as one of Stern’s submissions for school. Shortly afterwards, Stern asked Berns to see a movie, thus beginning their relationship. The two stayed together throughout college and after completing his education, Howard became a known figure in the radio industry. He would be the cause of his girlfriend’s rise in popularity, as she became involved in the entertainment industry as well. In 1978 the two married in Brookline, Massachusetts at the Temple Ohabei Shalom, attended by friends and family members; they would have three children together during their two decade marriage. With Stern’s popularity reaching a high point, Alison gained acting opportunities, causing their net worth to increase in conjunction.

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Ex-Husband – Howard Stern

Howard got his start on radio during the mid-1970s, developing his on-air personality through numerous radio stations, including WRNW, WCCC, and WWWW based in various locations. In the early 1980s, he began working with New York City’s WNBC, but was fired after three years with the company. In 1985, he began “The Howard Stern Show” which achieved syndication within a year, airing to over 20 million listeners during its peak. The show and Stern would earn numerous industry awards, and he became Billboard’s Nationally Syndicated On-Air Personality of the Year for eight consecutive years.

His show would become one of the top shows in the country, but he also became the most fined radio host by regulatory boards, due to content that was deemed indecent for radio airing. Eventually, he became one of the highest paid figures on radio after signing a five year deal with Sirius XM worth $500 million. He has been featured in numerous publications, and also briefly served as a judge for the show “America’s Got Talent”. He’s been described as the “King of All Media”, and has released two books which became New York Times best sellers. He has also made numerous films and soundtracks over the course of his career.

Acting Projects and Fallout

Berns began her rise to fame during the 1980s, appearing in the film “Negligee and Underpants Party” starring Howard Stern. She then worked on another of her husband’s projects in “US Open Sores”, a live event which took place a year later, with Stern battling against his radio producer Gary Dell’Abate. Over the next few years, she continued working with her husband, and was even cast in the biographical film entitled “Private Parts”, on the book of the same name written by her husband, and which followed his life from childhood up to his success on radio.

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However, things didn’t bode well for the couple even after all that success, and in 1999 after more than 20 years together, they decided to divorce. While details about their divorce weren’t shared publicly at the start, Stern later mentioned that his attitude of being a workaholic started to chip away at their relationship. He had also become neurotic, which contributed to their separation, and their divorce was finalized in 2001, the settlement allowing Berns a significant amount of money.

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Even though the couple separated, Alison and Howard remain good friends, and still meet in family events for the sake of their children. They have been seen in pictures together, while she also maintains the home that they were living in when they were married. On the other hand, Stern moved to an apartment located in the Upper West Side of Manhattan, which has an area of 4,000 square feet. A few months after their separation, Alison started a relationship with businessman David Simon, who is the CEO of the Simon Property Group, and the two would marry, while Stern started dating television host Beth Ostrosky, and they also married.

Since their separation, Berns has lived away from the spotlight and coverage of her has lessened as the years passed. One of the reasons there is almost no information about her current endeavors is due to her lack of any online presence. She does not have any social media accounts, and what is available online stems largely from her younger years when she was still married to Stern.

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