Jacqueline Dena Guber is a prominent personality and businesswoman who gained fame for being one and only daughter of the revered journalist Barbara Walters. Since she was adopted by the well-known media guru and her then-husband Lee Guber, she has been in the news for all sorts of reasons both good and bad. Like many celebrity children, Jacqueline has lived a somewhat troubled life, much to the surprise and disdain of the media and public which she has gone to great lengths to stay away from.
Jacqueline Dena Guber’s Bio
Jacqueline Dena Guber was born on June 14, 1968, in the United States. Shortly after she entered the world, she was given up for adoption to Barbara Walters and Lee Guber, two popular figures in the American media and entertainment landscape. At the time, Lee already had two children of his own from his previous marriage, while Barbara was without a child and had suffered through several miscarriages.
She was raised by her adoptive parents who brought her up as if she was their own flesh and blood. Despite the love and attention that Jacqueline was showered with, the adoption combined with teenage angst soon left her feeling like she didn’t belong so she turned to a life of partying. By the time she was 13, she had a habit of wearing mini skirts and skimpy outfits and sneaking out of her parent’s home to explore the nightlife in New York City.
One of Jacqueline’s favorite spots was Studio 54, a notorious nightclub where she was introduced to drugs like methamphetamines and marijuana. She went on to try several other drugs and became hooked on the substances. At 15, feeling like she couldn’t take the pressure of being the child of famous parents anymore, Jacqueline ran away from home. Her mother spent a month looking for her with no luck, but she refrained from filing a missing person’s report with the police because she knew that if the media found out what was going on it would likely make things worse for her daughter.
Several weeks later, Jacqueline Dena Guber hitched a ride with a man who contacted Barbara to tell her the whereabouts of her daughter. Barbara immediately sent for her to get picked up and taken to a rehab facility in Idaho. While there, Jacqueline was able to overcome her addiction and finish high school. She left the intervention program three years after she arrived and moved to Oregon to be as far away from her mother’s fame as possible.
Now a reformed drug addict, she decided to use her experience to inspire and help other young women who were battling with substance abuse. Jacqueline founded New Horizons, an intervention program that used outdoor living and clinical therapy to treat women with addiction issues. After many successful years, the program shut down operations in 2008.
Personal Life of Barbara Walters’ Daughter
Ever since she was a little girl, Jacqueline Dena Guber has spent her life trying to avoid the media which she felt were constantly watching her because of her mother’s extraordinary fame. She found the situation to be suffocating so she always did her best to live a lowkey life. As a result, not much is known about her personal relationships. However, she married a man named Scott Pontius in 1995 in a private ceremony that was only attended by friends and family. The marriage ended peacefully 10 years later as Jacqueline and her husband decided to go their separate ways.
What Is Her Net Worth?
Coming from a family with a healthy financial status, it is expected that Jacqueline Dena Guber has built up a considerable net worth for herself. Over the years, she has started several business ventures which have provided a constant source of income for her. She is estimated to have a net worth of over $1 million, while her mother, Barbara Waters has accumulated a net worth of $170 million.
Other Facts About Jacqueline Dena Guber
1. She changed her name when she turned 18, adopting her father’s last name instead of her mother’s because he was less famous and Jacqueline didn’t want to to be linked to her mother’s fame.
2. Jacqueline Dena Guber is a very tall woman, she stands at a height of over 6 feet.
3. In 2014, Jacqueline was arrested in Florida for driving under the influence, but she was later released after posting a $1000 bail.