Age Gap Does Not Matter in Healthy Relationship: Fox News' Chairman and CEO Roger Ailes: Married Life, Wife, and Children

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Age Gap Does Not Matter in Healthy Relationship: Fox News' Chairman and CEO Roger Ailes: Married Life, Wife, and Children

Quick Fact Check

  • Date of Birth B - 1940-05-15, D - 2017-05-18
  • Nationality American
  • Profession Television Producer
  • Birth Name Roger Eugene Ailes
  • Zodiac Sign Taurus
  • Ethnicity/Race Mixed
  • Father Robert Eugene Ailes
  • Mother Donna Marie Cunningham
  • Brother/s Robert Ailes Jr.
  • Son/s Zachary Ailes
  • Relationship Status Married
  • Wife/Spouse Elizabeth Tilson (m. 1998–2017)
  • Divorce/Split Yes (Twice)
  • Wedding Date February 14, 1998
  • Ex-Wife Norma Ferrer (m. 1981–1995), Marjorie White (m. 1960–1977)
  • Gay No
  • Dating/Affair No
  • Salary $20 Million
  • Net Worth $100 Million
  • Career 1962-2016
  • College Ohio University
  • Height/ How Tall? 5' 8" (1.73 m)
  • Weight N/A
  • Hair Short
  • Hair Color Black & White
  • Eye Color Dark Brown

There has been a quote for a long time that states “love has no boundaries.” Roger Ailes replicates the marriage life and a love story that can relate to this quote.

Roger Ailes, chairman, and CEO of the Fox News had a long and hard journey to reach the position of fame and stature in life. He was a Property Assistant (1962), Producer (1965), and Executive Producer (1967–68) for KYW-TV. These struggles and hard work of Roger was able to build him a legacy unheard of before.

The world was sent into mourning post his saddening death. However, the former Fox News chairman has left behind a legacy that marks him as a legend in the field of journalism.

However, apart from his professional success, he had quite an interesting personal life as well.

Roger Ailes's Personal Life: Married Life and his Wife

Roger Ailes, despite his growing age, was always young at heart. This was much significantly highlighted by his personal life and his ever-so interesting marriage. Roger was married to Elizabeth Tilson but she prefers ‘Elizabeth Ailes’.

She is a successful broadcaster and is a 20-year veteran of NBC, CNBC and MSNBC. The couple got married on February 14, in the year 1998. The couples resided in a hilltop home made of Adirondack River Stone.

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Roger Ailes with wife Elizabeth (Tilson) Ailes. (Photo: gettyImage.com)

The most interesting part of the story was that the former Fox News CEO was twenty years older than his wife, Elizabeth at the time of their marriage. Yes, 20 years. Roger Ailes was born in the year of 1940 whereas Elizabeth Tilson was born in the year 1960.

Roger was 58 years old and Elizabeth was 38 years old when they were tied in the bond of husband and wife. Despite everything, the couple proved that love has no boundaries and also, they proved that age is just a number when in love.

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The husband and wife attending an honoring program. (Photo: gannett-cdn.com)

After a marriage that lasted almost two decades, Roger and his wife underwent various ups and downs during their relationship tenure, but their love for each other never decreased. Their biggest ups came after the birth of their son Zac. However, information about the children is missing except that their son is in his teen days.

His personal life never caught the media’s attention because his work life kept them busy enough. Surely, his life experiences and hard work has made him a responsible person and that helps in making him a good and loving husband and a caring and responsible father.

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However, the biggest down of Roger's marriage came in the form of a lawsuit that was filed for him by Gretchen Carlson. Roger was held up against a lawsuit filed by the former Fox News anchor Gretchen Carlson which claimed that Roger sabotaged her career because she refused his sexual advances and complained about severe and pervasive sexual harassment.

However, Roger declined the allegation and addressed it as an act for defamatory and was ready for defending vigorously.

A Saddening Death:

The world lost one of its biggest television personality on 18 May 2017, following Roger's tragic death. The Fox News chairman died because of a severe head injury after an accident in his home in Palm Beach, Florida.

The Palm Beach County Medical examined revealed the cause of his death to be a subdural hematoma, aggravated by hemophilia. His wife Elizabeth released a heartfelt condolence to her husband with a statement on The Drudge Report

""I am profoundly sad and heartbroken to report that my husband, Roger Ailes, passed away this morning"

Roger, who died just three days after his 77th birthday, however, should have no regrets after living a legendary life. Amazingly, in his 2013 book, Roger Ailes: Off Camera, he had spoken about his death and how he would miss his family post life.

"Because of my hemophilia, I've been prepared to face death all of my life. When it comes, I'll be fine, calm. I'll miss life, though. Especially my family."  

Such a loving husband, and a caring father, it goes without saying that his family misses the legendary media consultant as well.

Roger Ailes' Short Bio:

Born on 5 May 1940, Roger Ailes joined Ohio University and graduated with a bachelor's degree. While in college, he majored in radio and television and serves as student station manager for two years for WOUB. Roger started his career in 1962 as a property assistant. On June 12, 2013, Roger was awarded the 10th Bradley Prize.

Roger Ailes was also the producer of a famous book called, “You Are the Message: Secrets of Master Communicators

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