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Barry Soper Age, Wiki, Biography, Weight, Height, Net Worth, Family

Barry Soper is a renowned journalist and political editor from New Zealand. He is mainly known for his work at the Parliamentary Press Gallery in New Zealand. He has covered top political news of the country throughout his career and interviewed many big politicians. He has also worked as a journalist for top media organizations.

Barry Soper

Soper is regularly featured on radio and television shows for political debates as he has expertise in this field since 1970s period. He is one of the most respected and renowned parliamentary press journalists in the country. He recently retired from his services in 2022.

Interestingly, he did not complete his college education but managed to become a good journalist due to his communication skills. Over the years, he worked with Newstalk ZB as a political editor and regularly hosts their radio shows on important political news in New Zealand. Apart from that, he is also regularly seen on Prime Television.


Barry Soper was born in 1951 in Gore region of New Zealand. Barry Soper’s current age is 73 years.

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Barry Soper hails from a middle class family based in Gore region of New Zealand. He completed his primary education from his hometown in Gore and later moved to Royal New Zealand Police College. He moved to Trentham to attend the college. However, he could not continue his studies for some reason and quit college after few months.

Soper then came back to his hometown and started working as a journalist for The Southland Times. Due to his good communication skills, he got good recognition in the field of journalism and soon got good offers from renowned newspapers and magazines. He went on to work with top media organizations like Otago Daily Times, Walkato Times and others.

However, it was his stint at the Parliamentary press gallery that brought him good name and fame in the media industry. He joined APN in 1980 and later moved to ZB and stayed for a long time. He recently quit parliamentary press gallery in 2022.


Barry Soper hails from a middle class family based in Gore region of New Zealand. He has not revealed much details about his family members to the media.

Girlfriend and Relationships

Barry Soper had three marriages and is currently living with his third wife Heather Du Plessis Allan whom he married in 2009. He has 6 children in total and 5 among them are from his earlier two marriages. One of his daughters Alice Soper is a well known rugby player and television host. Two of his sons are Henry Soper and Hugh Soper. He recently had a baby boy with his third wife in 2022.

Physical Appearance

Barry Soper is charming and handsome even at the age of 73. He has lost his hair over the years but still looks good with his light beard. He is usually seen in formal dress due to his nature of work. He stands at 5.8 feet tall and weighs about 80 kgs.


Barry Soper started his career in journalism in the year 1970 from his hometown Gore. Interestingly, he quit college only after six months and started his career. He worked for The Southland Times for few years and got good experience in the media industry. After that, he was part of Mataura Ensign, New Zealand Truth and other prominent media companies.

He was also part of Waikato Times and Otago Daily Times for few years in that period. While this phase continued for about ten years, he got a huge breakthrough in 1980 with an offer to join the Parliamentary Press Gallery. He began working with APN and got a good name in that field. He later moved to Newstalk ZB radio and became a political analyst.

In the year 2000, he got the first international interview with George Speight and also covered the 2000 Fijian coups detat. he had earlier covered the 1987 Fijian coups detat. In the year 2001, he received the honour of Individual Radio Journalist of the year from Radio Awards. He also had the distinction of covering Nelson Mandela’s inauguration in 1994.

Barry Soper also worked as a panel member for TV One show Good Morning. He is well known for working with Prime Television as a political editor. Apart from that, he is also a regular political editor at newstalk ZB radio network.

Net Worth

The net worth of Barry Soper is around $4 million. He has worked in the media field for a long time and is one of the longest standing speakers in the Parliament. He has other businesses and earns money from different sources. He has few villas and cars in his hometown.

Facts and Information

Barry Soper married three times and has 6 children in total. Soper became a father at the age of 73 recently for his 6th child.

Even though he has had a low profile personal life, he was involved in a drunk and drive case in 2010 and fined by the police. He was disqualified from driving for about six months after that incident.

Soper’s son Henry Soper got stabbed by some unknown people in 2017 after having an argument at a bar.

Soper’s younger son Hugh Soper was also involved in a similar controversy in 2019 for attacking bar owners in Wellington. He was convicted for the assault in 2021.

Soper recently quit the parliamentary press gallery in 2022 and made some controversial statements about leading politicians in New Zealand.

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