Dr. Phil is a television personality, author, psychologist, and the host of the television show Dr. Phil, which debuted in 2002. Dr. Phil first gained celebrity status with appearances on The Oprah Winfrey Show in the late 1990s.
Dr. Phil graduated in 1975 from Midwestern State University with a Bachelor of Arts in psychology. He went on to earn a Master of Arts in experimental psychology in 1976, and a Doctor of Philosophy in clinical psychology in 1979 at the University of North Texas, where his dissertation was titled “Rheumatoid Arthritis: A Psychological Intervention”. After run-ins with several faculty members, Dr. Phil was guided through the doctoral program by Frank Lawlis, who later became the primary contributing psychologist for the Dr. Phil television show.
In 1995, Oprah Winfrey hired Dr. Phil’s legal consulting firm CSI to prepare her for the Amarillo Texas beef trial. Winfrey was so impressed with Dr. Phil that she thanked him for her victory in that case, which ended in 1998. Soon after, she invited him to appear on her show. His appearance proved so successful that he began appearing weekly as a “Relationship and Life Strategy Expert” on Tuesdays starting in April 1998.
The next year, Dr. Phil published his first best-selling book, Life Strategies, some of which was taken from the “Pathways” seminar. In the next four years, Dr. Phil published three additional best-selling relationship books, along with workbooks to complement them.
As of September 2002, Dr. Phil formed Peteski Productions and launched his own syndicated daily television show, Dr. Phil, produced by Winfrey’s Harpo Studios. The format is an advice show, where he tackles a different topic on each show, offering advice for his guests’ troubles.
How Dr. Phil Made His Money – Psychologist, Television Personality and Author
Estimated Net Worth: $220 Million
Birthday: September 1, 1950
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