Barry Soper Net Worth 2022, Age, Wife, Children, Height, Family, Parents

Barry Soper net worth

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Barry Soper is a New Zealand political journalist, and has been featured regularly on radio and television since the 1970s. In 2010, Soper was fined and disqualified from driving for six months for drink-driving.

Early life

NameBarry Soper
Net Worth$5 million
Age71 years
Barry Soper net worth

Barry Soper was born in 1951 (age 71 years) in Gore, New Zealand. In 1969, after finishing high school he attended the Royal New Zealand Police College at Trentham for six months before he withdrew from studying. Soper returned to Gore, and started to work for The Southland Times.

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Barry Soper worked for a number of media organizations: Mataura Ensign, Otago Daily Times, New Zealand Truth, and the Waikato Times after working at The Southland Times. Following this, he worked for the New Zealand Wool Board as a speechwriter.

Soper joined the Parliamentary Press Gallery in 1980 working for APN, before moving to Newstalk ZB, where he currently works. Soper covered Nelson Mandela’s inauguration in 1994.

In 2001, Soper was named Individual Radio Journalist of the Year at the Radio Awards. Soper covered both the 1987 Fijian coups d’état, and the 2000 Fijian coups d’état, securing the first international interview with George Speight.

Barry Soper himself made the news in July 2006 during the visit of Foreign Minister Winston Peters to Washington, DC, where Peters singled out Soper from a group of journalists who questioned Peters during the trip.

Soper reported that Peters’ own behaviour was outside what would reasonably be expected of a politician during an international visit. Previously, he was also one of the “You’ve Got Male” panellists on TV One’s Good Morning.

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Currently, Barry Soper‘s main role is political editor at Newstalk ZB, a radio network in New Zealand. Through its agreement with Prime Television, he appears as the political editor for the TV network on its nightly broadcasts.


Barry Soper is married to journalist Heather Du Plessis-Allan, they had their wedding in 2009. His current wife is a journalist, In October 2021, his third wife Du Plessis-Allan announced she was pregnant. The baby boy was born on 26 February 2022. Soper has five children from his two previous marriages. His daughter Alice Soper is a rugby player, television analyst, and kids’ television show host.


On 28 July 2017, Barry Soper’s son Henry Soper was stabbed during an argument at a bar in Courtenay Place. Months later, his younger son Hugh was severely injured after falling down a steep bank on a walking track near Karori. In 2021, Hugh was convicted of assault for a 2019 attack on two Wellington bar owners.

Barry Soper net worth

How much is Barry Soper worth? Barry Soper net worth is estimated at around $5 million. His main source of income is from his career as a journalist. Soper successful career has earned him some luxurious lifestyles and some fancy cars trips. He is one of the richest and influential journalists in New Zealand.