Laurie Oakes Net Worth 2023, Age, Wife, Children, Height, Family, Parents, Salary

Laurie Oakes net worth

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Laurie Oakes is an Australian retired journalist. He worked in the Canberra Press Gallery from 1969 to 2017, covering the Parliament of Australia and federal elections for print, radio, and television. In 2011, Oakes was inducted into the Logie Hall of Fame. He delivered the 2011 Andrew Olle Media Lecture.

Early life

NameLaurie Oakes
Net Worth$5 million
OccupationRetired journalist
Age79 years
Laurie Oakes net worth

Laurie Oakes was born on August 14, 1943 (age 79 years) in Newcastle, New South Wales, Australia. He is the son of Wes and Hazel Oakes. His father worked for BHP as an accountant. When Oakes was six years old, his father was transferred to Cockatoo Island, a small island off the coast of Derby, Western Australia, where there was an iron ore mine.

Oakes began his schooling at a one-teacher school with only 20–30 children. Oakes later moved back to New South Wales and attended Lithgow High School. He graduated in 1964 from the University of Sydney while working part-time with the Sydney Daily Mirror.


Laurie Oakes was the Melbourne Sun’s Canberra Bureau Chief at the age of 25 and while working for that paper he began providing political commentaries for the TV program, Willesee at Seven. In 1978 he began The Laurie Oakes Report, a televised political journal.

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Oakes joined Network Ten in 1979 and worked there for five years. He has since written about politics for The Age in Melbourne and the Sunday Telegraph in Sydney. He commentated on several radio stations. In 1980 he obtained a draft copy of the Australian federal budget before it was delivered to Parliament.

In 1997, he used leaked documents to report on the abuse of parliamentary travel expenses, which ended the careers of three ministers, several other politicians and some of their staff. More recently he used leaked documents showing the Rudd Government ignored warnings from four key departments about its FuelWatch scheme.

Laurie Oakes has been a weekly contributor to various Publishing and Broadcasting Limited (PBL) owned media outlets, including the former Channel 9 television program, Sunday. He has also been a regular reporter for Nine News.

He wrote a weekly column for The Bulletin magazine until it ceased publication in January 2008. Oakes now writes for publications. He announced his retirement date as 18 August 2017. Oakes has been nicknamed the “Sphere of Influence” by Crikey.

In a 2004 interview, Oakes said: “My personal politics are pretty much in the middle, I would think. I’ve voted both ways at various times. I don’t know if perceptions about my politics influence whether people will be interviewed. [Paul] Keating used to boycott the program every now and again; not because he thought I was a Liberal but because he thought I wouldn’t toe the line. Paul believed in rewards and punishment.”

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In 1998 Laurie Oakes won the Walkley Award for journalistic leadership, and again in 2001 for television news reporting. He claimed the Gold Walkley in 2010 for his reporting of Labor leaks during the federal election campaign. In 2010, Oakes won the Graham Perkin Australian Journalist of the Year award.


Laurie Oakes is currently a married man. Laurie Oakes has children with his wife. When it comes to his wife’s Background much is not known about Laurie Oakes’s wife’s net worth, age, family, parents, siblings, and profession. As of March 2023, it is confirmed that Laurie Oakes and his wife are still married.

Laurie Oakes net worth

How much is Laurie Oakes worth? Laurie Oakes net worth is estimated at around $5 million. His main source of income is from his primary work as a retired journalist. Laurie Oakes’s salary per month and other career earnings are over $400,000 dollars annually. His remarkable achievements have earned him some luxurious lifestyles and some fancy car trips. He is one of the richest and most influential former journalists in Australia. He stands at an appealing height of 1.78m and has a good body weight which suits his personality.