- Birthday1st Sep, 50
- Birth PlaceUnited States
- Marital statusMarried
An eminent TV psychologist, life strategist and television host, Phil McGraw was born in Oklahoma and was raised in Texas. The author of numerous bestselling self-help books, Phil also started a self-motivation seminar “Pathways” and a company called Courtroom Sciences, through which he also met Talk show queen Oprah Winfrey. The straight talking psychologist is an instant celebrity, as he provides the ultimate solutions for relationships and emotional disorders via his shows and motivational seminars.
Phil attended the University of Tulsa on a football scholarship, but later the 6-foot-4-inch linebacker had to quit it as he got injured during the course of play. He completed his degree at the “Midwestern State University” in Texas and after four years, acquired his master's and Ph.D. in psychology from the “University of North Texas”.
Phil started his initial career with a construction business in collaboration with his brother-in-law, but later gave it up considering the trade inappropriate for him. He later launched “Pathways”, a self-motivation seminar and founded a company “Courtroom Sciences”, a venture which enables trial lawyers to build cases using the techniques of psychology by performing mock trials, jury selection, behavioral examination and mediation.
Dr. Phil met Talk show queen Oprah Winfrey, during the course of Courtroom Sciences. He enabled Oprah win her 1996 case in which she was prosecuted by the cattlemen for criticizing the beef trade on one of her talk shows, and as a result of the win, Dr. Phil became a regular visitor on Oprah’s shows, as a specialist with life strategies and relationships. Later he launched his own one-hour talk show “Dr. Phil”, providing solutions to deal with emotional disorder, which achieved the highest ratings as compared to other syndicated series shows. Apart from TV shows, Dr. Phil conducted motivational seminars throughout the country. He has also been the privileged author of four New York Times bestsellers.
An active Philanthropist, Dr. Phil founded “The Phil foundation”, a nonprofit charitable organization which aims to improve the lives of youths and families at risk by offering support and encouragement. Married to Robin since 1976, Dr. Phil has two sons, Jay and Jordan.
- My dad used to say, 'You wouldn't worry so much about what people thought about you if you knew how seldom they did.
- There's a big difference between falling in love and being in love. There's a big difference between infatuation and falling in love.
- It's better to be healthy alone than sick with someone else.
- Sometimes you just got to give yourself what you wish someone else would give you.
- At the end of the day, whether or not those people are comfortable with how you're living your life doesn't matter. What matters is whether you're comfortable with it.
Did you know?
- He graduated in 1975 from Midwestern State University with a B.A. degree in psychology.
- He gained celebrity status with appearances on The Oprah Winfrey Show in the late 1990s.
- His his first best-selling book, Life Strategies was published in 1999.
- McGraw is also a private pilot, with an instrument rating, flying single engine airplanes.
Family & relationships
Beverly Hills home
Phil and Robin McGraw own a $7.5 million plush home in Beverly Hills, which the couple bought in 2002. The 11,000 square feet mansion is currently in market listed at $16.5 million.
Location: The plush home is located in the affluent city Beverly Hills in California, USA.
Accommodation: The Mediterranean hilltop mansion is spread over 11,000 square feet and features eight bedrooms, nine exotic baths which include two half-baths, a formal dining room, a screening room, double height living room, beauty salon, media room, well equipped colossal kitchen, custom fitted dressing rooms, breakfast room featuring mirrored walls, and a spacious dining area.
The marvelous home includes sweeping three fire places, dual staircases, a double-height rotunda entrance hall featuring diamond pattern stone flooring, a full library, a billiards room, a home fitness center, offices and staff quarters. The three acre property also includes a lighted tennis court, a rectangular shaped swimming pool, a giant fountain, covered parking for 5 cars and a detached private guest house with another bedroom and a complete bath.
Gorgeous rectangular pool
Los Angeles home
Phil McGraw owns a plush home in Hollywood Hills, Los Angeles, which the TV psychologist bought for a hefty sum in 2008. Reported to be the chief residence for Dr Phil’s son, Jordan, the 2,356 square foot home is currently listed in market for $2,785,000.
Location: The plush property is located in Hollywood Hills, Los Angeles, California, USA.
Accommodation: Spread over 2,356 square foot, the posh pad features two luxurious bedrooms, three bathrooms, well equipped kitchen and a marvelous living area. The home’s prime Los Angeles location enables it to offer spectacular city views from almost every angle of each room. Phil’s mansion features open living spaces, soaring ceilings, floor to ceiling glass windows, a personal front facing gorgeous pool and an elevator. The posh pad also incorporates a spacious master suite featuring a personal viewing terrace and a fireplace.
Los Angeles home
Phil adores the game of Golf to death, as he has been spotted a number of times playing the game in resorts, whenever he gets the time. The golf lover practices his favorite strokes before the start of the game, and employs them to perfection as soon as the game starts.
Tennis has been one of the most favorite games of Phil since his childhood days and the eminent talk show host loves playing short tennis games with his family or friends, whenever free.
2001 Gemballa Porsche 911 Turbo
Phil owns a 2001 Gemballa Porsche 911 Turbo, featuring an upgraded performance suspension, which was reported to be on an auction. Turbo comes equipped with a 3.8-liter turbo engine producing 500 hp and 516 lb-ft of torque. The black Porsche features a stunning exterior design along with glorious interiors, to make a strong on road presence. The incorporated state of the art suspension ensures a comfy ride while its dominant brakes deliver enormous stopping power.
2001 Gemballa Porsche 911 Turbo
2002 Ferrari 360 Spider
The talk show host owns a 2002 Ferrari 360 Spider, featuring titanium paint and a blue convertible top with toning interior. Phil’s Spider car was reported to be on an auction. Equipped with a commanding 3.6-liter V8 engine developing 400 hp and 276 pound-feet of torque, Spider delivers sheer performance. Other prominent features of the car include chrome wheels, easily adjustable suspension, smooth steering system and powerful brakes. The spacious interiors incorporate comfy seats offering a relaxed seating position.
The eminent TV psychologist was spotted spending his vacations at the French Riviera, an ultimate destination for spending a luxurious holiday. The region bears a world-class reputation for marvelous sceneries, gorgeous hotels and mammoth beaches.
Location: French Riviera is located in Mediterranean Sea in France.
Accommodation: One of the most popular tourist destination, French Riviera features spectacular hotels and resorts, offering the perfect luxurious accommodation for everyone. The luxury resorts feature comfy and spacious rooms, spectacular pool area and incorporate the latest amenities and equipments for optimum entertainment.
Main Attraction: Stretching approximately 40 miles, from Cannes to Menton, French Riviera features heavenly sand beaches which offer the visitors enormous space for recreational activities including sunbath and beach volleyball. The world-class gourmet restaurants serve the best international cuisine and hospitality service while the lavish casinos make the nightlife more exciting. French Riviera also hosts a number of events and festivals, which include Cannes Film Festival, Monaco Grand Prix, International Circus festival, Rose festival and jazz festival. The visitors have the option of enjoying the spectacular drives or shopping at the available designer stores in markets.
Resort's spectacular pool
Dr. Phil was spotted with his family spending vacations at the St Tropez in French Riviera, which is eminent for being a playground to millionaires. The beautiful area features heavenly beaches, gorgeous resorts, rich cultural history, traditions and offers enormous places for the visitors to explore and have fun.
Location: St Tropez is located in French Riviera in France.
Accommodation: The hotel and resorts at St Tropez offer sharp, charming and tolerant service to the visitors. With spacious and refined rooms equipped with world class furnishings and bedding, the resorts are an ideal place for accommodation for the wealthy. Hotel La Ponche, Hotel Le Mouillage and Pastis Hotel are some of the magnificent hotel spots in the area.
Main Attraction: The vacationers can enjoy the area’s collection of marvelous beaches spread along its five-kilometer shore. Measuring about thirty meters wide, each beach features its own beach hut and private/public tanning area. The beaches offer a number of fun outdoor activities which include windsurfing, sailing, water skiing, scuba diving and motorized water sports. St Tropez offers the visitors a chance to explore the history of modern art with its ancient museums for art lovers. The place is equally famous for the delicious cuisine served in the gorgeous restaurants offering nearly all sorts of food varieties and an entertaining nightlife.
Best hospitality service
Dr Phil foundation
Phil McGraw founded the Dr Phil foundation to improve the lives of youth and promote them. The noble foundation collaborates with other charities and institutions for achieving its goals of providing a better life and brighter future to the youths. The charity offers the basic and critically needed services to the youth which includes safe and decent housing, proper education and job training and sufficient medical health services. A secure and affectionate environment is insured for the children to enable them develop a new sense of accountability to become responsible citizens in future.
Nancy Davis Foundation for Multiple Sclerosis
Phil supports the “Nancy Davis Foundation for Multiple Sclerosis”, a charity organization founded by Nancy Davis for the healing and critical cure of Multiple Sclerosis (MS). The 1993 founded charity accumulates funds via an annual fundraiser “Race to Erase MS”, to support the foundation’s “Center Without Walls” program, an exclusive program dedicated to develop new therapeutic approaches and more pioneering research programs to eradicate MS. Center Without Walls is a collaboration of eminent physicians and scientists who work as a team on therapeutic approaches to eradicate MS along with spreading awareness in the public.
Dr. Phil stands for the Red Cross Foundation, aimed at offering relief to the victims of disasters and prepares to prevent and respond to emergencies and disasters. It also offers assistance to the victims of war and internal violence by performing various activities to preserve their lives and self-respect. The noble foundation works on the noble universal humanitarian principles to employ effective planning to prevent any disaster and counter domestic aggression in an efficient manner.
Dr. Phil McGraw's female dog “Maggie” might appear quite decent in appearance but is a ferocious creature by nature. Phil’s rare purebred Korean Jindo dog killed two other family pets which include a cat and a rabbit, apart from killing various other skunks. A stinging lawsuit was filed from Dr. Phil's former best friend “Janet Harris” after the fierce female dog allegedly attacked and wounded her badly at the couple's mansion.