Rick Steves - Biography

Last Modified: Nov 5, 2022

Rick Steves
Profession: Author, Activist, Travel writer
Best Known For: Travel with Rick Steves (Radio show)
Salary: Under Review
Net Worth: $15 million

Personal Details

Born on : May 10, 1955 (age 68)
Birth Name /
Full Name:
Rick Steves
Birth Place: Barstow, California, USA
Horoscope: Taurus
Father's Name: Richard John Steves
Mother's Name: June Erna Steves
Siblings: 2

Jan (sister)
Linda (sister)

University: University of Washington
Ethnicity: Norwegian
Nationality: American


Sexual Orientation: Straight
Marital Status: Divorced

Anne Marie Jenkins (1985-2010)

Children: 2

Andy Steves (son)
Jackie Steves (daughter)

Body Measurements

Height: 1.83 meter (6 feet 0 inch)
Weight: 80 kg (176.37 lb)
Hair Color: Grey
Eye Color: Blue
Shoe Size: N/A
Bicep Size: N/A
Chest Size: N/A
Waist Size: N/A

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Who is Rick Steves?

Rick Steves is an author, activist, travel writer by profession, and American by nationality. He has been hosting Rick Steves' Europe since 2000 and is also the host of the radio show Travel with Rick Steves.

Rick Steves – Age, Parents, Siblings

Rick Steves’ birth took place on May 10, 1955, in Barstow, California, USA. He was born to his father Richard John Steves, a high school band director and piano technician, and his mother June Erna Steves. He is not the only child of his parents and has two siblings – sisters Jan and Linda. 

Education, Ethnicity

After graduation from high school Rick Steves was educated at the University of Washington. He graduated in 1978 with a major in European history and business administration. 

His ethnicity is Norwegian.

young Rick Steves (Image: Rick Steves Europe)

Rick Steves – Girlfriend, Wife, Children, Divorce

Rick Steves married his longtime girlfriend Anne Marie Jenkins in 1984. They have two children together- son Andy Steves and daughter Jackie Steves, who are both adults now. However, after years of marriage, he and his wife divorced, which was finalized on 5 March 2010.

Andy has followed in his father’s footsteps and founded his own travel company, Weekend Student Adventures Europe. Currently, Rick Steves seems to be a single man.

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Rick Steves and Anne Marie Jenkins with their children (Image: Justrichest)

Rick Steves – Career

Early days

Rick Steves was just 14 years old when he took a trip to Europe with his parents. While on the trip, he documented his experience as well as views on the back of postcards and in 1969, visited relatives in Norway.

Following his 18th birthday, he once again visited Europe, all the while keeping journals. And while a student at the University of Washington, he started teaching travel classes through The Experimental College while working as a guide in the summer and as a piano teacher. 

And in 1979 Rick Steves released the first edition of Europe Through the Back Door (ETBD), based on his travel classes. He eventually opened a storefront business that did travel consulting, organized a few group tours per year, held travel classes as well as taught piano.


His TV show Travels in Europe With Rick Steves debuted in April 1991and ran until its production ended in 1998. He has been hosting Rick Steves' Europe since September 2000. As of 2019, the show has accounted for 10 seasons.

He also co-authored Europe 101: History and Art for Travelers, written Postcards from Europe, Travel as a Political Act, and published numerous travel guides. 

Currently, he writes and co-produces his TV programs through his production company Back Door Productions. He has launched the weekly radio show Travel with Rick Steves and a mobile app Rick Steves' Audio Europe. In 2006 he began working as a newspaper columnist on the Tribune Content Agency column. 

Related: Personal trainer Jillian Michaels

Rick Steves (Image: azpbs)

Rick Steves – Net Worth, Salary

His net worth is around $15 million while the figure on his annual salary/income is unclear.

Rick Steves – Instagram, Twitter, Facebook

On social media handles such as Instagram, Twitter, and Facebook, Rick Steves is followed by several hundred thousand followers. He also has a Youtube channel with 785K subscribers and an official website-  ricksteves.com.

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