Charlie Ergen

Charlie Ergen is famously known as an American billionaire businessman. He is also the chairman and co-founder of Dish Network and EchoStar. In May 2011, Charlie stepped down as Chief Executive Officer of Dish Network in favor of Joseph Clayton. Joseph however retired in March 2015 and therefore, Ergen took back his position of CEO of the company.

He held this position until 2017 when they decided to promote COO and President Erik Carlson to the CEO position. For Charlie, he remained as the Chairman. According to Reuters, this move was meant to enable Charlie to concentrate more on building out Dish Network’s emerging wireless business.

Well, how well do you know about Charlie Ergen? If not much, we have compiled all you need to know about Charlie Ergen’s net worth in 2021, his age, height, weight, wife, kids, biography and complete details about his life. Well, if you’re all set, here is what we know about Charlie Ergen to date.

Biography and Early Life

There was joy and jubilation in a family living in Oak Ridge, Tennessee in the United States of America on the 1st of March in 1953. This is because their long-awaited son arrived and they named him Charles William Ergen. Charlie is the son of William Ergen and Viola Ergen and he has a sibling named Dr. Fred Ergen. However, there is nothing much known about Charlie’s brother Dr. Fred. However, one thing that is very clear is that these are not the only kids of Viola and William since he has three other siblings whose names are not revealed at the moment.

Charlie is a successful man who loves talking about his background. His mother Viola (née Siebenthal) is listed among the first female accountants working in the state of Minnesota. His father William Krasny Ergen was an Australian immigrant, but he worked as a nuclear physicist in Sweden.

Prior to World War II, he decided to leave Europe, and he is the one who coined the phrase “China Syndrome”. His parents tied the knot in 1944 in Minnesota and later moved to Camden, New Jersey before moving to Oak Ridge where they settled. His father was offered a job at Oak Ridge National Library which he accepted.

Age, Height, Weight & Body Measurement

So, how old is Charlie Ergen in 2021 and what is his height and weight? Well, Charlie Ergen’s age is 68 years old as of today’s date 2nd August 2021 having been born on 1 March 1953. Though, he is 5′ 8″ in feet and inches and 176 cm in Centimetres tall, he weighs about 176 lbs in Pound and 80kg in Kilograms.


Charlie can be listed among the secretive celebrities who only talks much of their lives as adults and leaves the information about his childhood a mystery. Therefore, after spending much time doing research about his childhood life, we realized only very short information was available.

Some of the information we haven’t managed to find out to date is information about his early years in school. However, he has been fair enough to reveal that he attended Wake Forest University, from where he graduated with an M.B.A degree in 1976.

He was also a student at the University of Tennessee at Knoxville immediately after graduating from high school, from where he graduated with a Bachelor of Arts degree. After graduating from Wake Forest University, he joined Frito-Lay as a financial analyst, but he retired two years later with hopes of starting his own business. He later became a professional gambler and majored in playing poker and blackjack.

Personal Life: Dating, Girlfriends, Wife, Kids

Charlie does not only have a successful career life, but he is also a great husband and father. He has been married to his wife Cantey (“Candy”) McAdam and the couple has been blessed with five children. It is however not clear when the two got married and how long they had dated before tying the knot. Charlie and his wife Cantey lived in Colorado in The Village at Castle Pines.

Is Charlie Ergen Gay?

Charlie Ergen is definitely not gay. Although he has not revealed the information of his past relationships before he met his wife Cantey, their marriage proves he only has an interest in women.

Professional Career

Charlie initially started off as a professional gambler, but it seems things didn’t work out so well in card counting. Therefore, he decided to try out his luck elsewhere. This is the time that he came up with the idea of founding Dish Network in the 1980s and luckily, he had finally found his field as this worked out well for him.


Charlie is a successful businessman who started a business with intention of reaching rural area houses. With time, he has been one of the most successful entrepreneurs in the United States, and he continues running the business to date.

Net Worth, Salary & Earnings of Charlie Ergen in ’2021’

As of 2021, Charlie has a net worth of $12 Billion, all of which he has earned from his career as the Chairman and one of the founders of EchoStar Communications Corporation.

Some Interesting Facts You Need To Know

  • Despite his so much wealth, Ergen is well known for living a frugal lifestyle. This is because he never flies first class and he has second-hand couches in his office.
  • He used to sign all the cheques issued by his company, but he has changed with time and he currently signs only cheques for $100, 000 and over.
  • Charlie’s supporters say he has a patient and prudent negotiating style.
  • For the many years he has been around, he is known as an avid mountain climber. He has scaled many mountains including, Mount Everest, whose base camp is in Nepal, Mount Aconcagua in Argentina and Mount Kilimanjaro in Tanzania among others.

EchoStar Communications Corporation is Dish Network’s parent company. The company has millions of subscribers and seems to be getting better and more famous with each passing day.


Facts of Charles William Ergen

  • Gender Male
  • full nameCharles William Ergen
  • birthplaceOak Ridge, Tennessee, United States
  • Date of Birth March 01, 1953
  • Age 71 years 2 months
  • Horoscope Pisces
  • Lucky Number 4
  • Lucky Stone Aquamarine
  • Lucky Color Sea Green
  • Best Match for Marriage Cancer, Scorpio
  • nationalityAmerican
  • religionEpiscopalian
  • net worth$12 Billion
  • professionBillionaire businessman
  • weightIn Kilograms – 80 Kg, In Pounds – 176 lbs
  • heightIn Centimetres – 176 cm, In Feet and Inches – 5′ 8″
  • hair colorN/A
  • eye colorN/A
  • high schoolN/A

Written by Joel S. Elkins

Tom Colicchio

Hannah Bronfman