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A comparative view of Karl Stefanovic and Jasmine Yarbrough

Today show host, Karl Stefanovic and his fiancée, Jasmine Yarbrough are set to wed on December 8 in Mexico.

But while they prepare to become one during lavish nuptials in San José del Cabo, backgrounds, the high-profile pair have very different backgrounds. 

The Channel Nine star and his Mara & Mine shoe designer fiancée have had varying upbringings, education, careers, love lives and wealth.  

 

Raised in a multi-million dollar home versus humble beginnings in working-class Brisbane suburb: The very different backgrounds of Today Show host Karl Stefanovic his bride-to-be Jasmine Yarbrough ahead of their Mexican nuptials 

KARL AND JASMINE: EARLY LIFE AND UPBRINGING  

Although Karl earns a $2 million-plus salary, 34-year-old Jasmine is a successful businesswoman in her own right and hails from a rather privileged background. 

Jasmine, who is the co-founder of shoe company Mara & Mine, grew up in Brisbane as the eldest child in a well-to-do, tight-knit family.

Jasmine’s father, Bob is a businessman and her mother, Cheryl is a private school teacher.

Jasmine’s siblings, Jade and Joshua also share their older sister’s creative flair.

Back then: Karl was born on August 12, 1974 in Darlinghurst, New South Wales and was subsequently raised in both Cairns, Tropical North Queensland and the River City 

Back then: Karl was born on August 12, 1974 in Darlinghurst, New South Wales and was subsequently raised in both Cairns, Tropical North Queensland and the River City 

Family: The Channel Nine star lived in the working class suburb of Capalaba, alongside his two brothers Peter and Tom

Family: The Channel Nine star lived in the working class suburb of Capalaba, alongside his two brothers Peter and Tom

Tough: His parents, Jenny and Alex Stefanovic, divorced when he was a teenager, and today Karl remains estranged from his father

Tough: His parents, Jenny and Alex Stefanovic, divorced when he was a teenager, and today Karl remains estranged from his father

Comfortable: Jasmine is a successful businesswoman in her own right and hails from a rather privileged background. Pictured: Jasmine's family 

Comfortable: Jasmine is a successful businesswoman in her own right and hails from a rather privileged background. Pictured: Jasmine’s family 

Those days: She grew up in Brisbane as the eldest child in a well-to-do, tight-knit family. Pictured: Jasmine's family

Those days: She grew up in Brisbane as the eldest child in a well-to-do, tight-knit family. Pictured: Jasmine’s family

Younger sister Jade is an interior designer, while brother Joshua is based in Los Angeles where he works as an art director and designer.

The matriarch of the family is Jasmine’s 92-year-old grandmother Isabel Hollingworth, who was front and centre at Jasmine and Karl’s commitment ceremony in Palm Beach earlier this year. 

Isabel is also related to Peter Hollingworth, who served as Australia’s Governor-General from 2001 until 2003 and was the Anglican Archbishop of Brisbane from 1989 until 2001. 

Wealthy tight-knit family: Jasmine (back left) is pictured with Karl, her mother Cheryl (centre back), father Bob (right), sister Jade (front left) and grandmother Isabel (front right)

Wealthy tight-knit family: Jasmine (back left) is pictured with Karl, her mother Cheryl (centre back), father Bob (right), sister Jade (front left) and grandmother Isabel (front right)

Yarbrough clan: Jasmine is pictured with her family at her commitment ceremony to Karl earlier this year

Yarbrough clan: Jasmine is pictured with her family at her commitment ceremony to Karl earlier this year

Matriarch: Jasmine with her beloved grandmother, Isabel Hollingworth, a relation of high-powered Brisbane identity Peter Hollingworth

Matriarch: Jasmine with her beloved grandmother, Isabel Hollingworth, a relation of high-powered Brisbane identity Peter Hollingworth

Meanwhile, the Yarbrough family owns property in one of Brisbane’s wealthiest areas.

The family home is located in the leafy riverside suburb of Ascot and is today worth an impressive $2.2 million.

Real estate records show the five-bedroom Queenslander was purchased back in 1997, when Jasmine was 13 years old and just entering high school.  

Jasmine’s privileged upbringing is a far cry from that of her fiancé, Karl.

Home, sweet home! The Yarbrough family owns this property in the leafy riverside suburb of Ascot - one of Brisbane's wealthiest areas

Home, sweet home! The Yarbrough family owns this property in the leafy riverside suburb of Ascot – one of Brisbane’s wealthiest areas

Dive on in! The family home is worth an impressive $2.2million, and boasts five bedrooms and a plunge pool

Dive on in! The family home is worth an impressive $2.2million, and boasts five bedrooms and a plunge pool

Plush: Real estate records show the five-bedroom Queenslander was purchased back in 1997, when Jasmine was 13 years old and just entering high school

Plush: Real estate records show the five-bedroom Queenslander was purchased back in 1997, when Jasmine was 13 years old and just entering high school

Alumni: Jasmine and Jade attended Brisbane Girls Grammar (pictured), which is promoted as 'the best girls private school in the city'.

Alumni: Jasmine and Jade attended Brisbane Girls Grammar (pictured), which is promoted as ‘the best girls private school in the city’.

While Karl also grew up in Brisbane too, he did so under rather different circumstances.

Karl was born on August 12, 1974 in Darlinghurst, New South Wales and was subsequently raised in both Cairns, Tropical North Queensland and the River City. 

The Channel Nine star lived in the working class suburb of Capalaba, alongside his two brothers Peter and Tom.

His parents, Jenny and Alex Stefanovic, divorced when he was a teenager, and today Karl remains estranged from his father. 

Daddy's girls! Jade (left) and Jasmine (right) with their beloved dad Bob 

Daddy’s girls! Jade (left) and Jasmine (right) with their beloved dad Bob 

Father-in-law: While Karl is estranged from his own father, Alex, he is quickly bonding with Jasmine's father Bob 

Father-in-law: While Karl is estranged from his own father, Alex, he is quickly bonding with Jasmine’s father Bob 

Alex spoke about their relationship in a tell-all interview with New Idea last year.

‘They [Karl and his brother Peter] walked away from me 25 years ago following my divorce from their mother,’ he said at the time.

‘We’ve barely spoken since. That’s the reality. He’s embarrassed about me because I’m fat, I’m bald and I’m poor.’

It’s unlikely Alex will attend Karl and Jasmine’s destination wedding next month.

However, Karl is welcomed with open arms by the Yarbroughs, who already consider him to be part of the family.

Nice pedigree: Jasmine and her sister, Jade both attended Brisbane Girls Grammar, which is promoted as 'the best girls private school in the city'. Pictured with a friend 

Nice pedigree: Jasmine and her sister, Jade both attended Brisbane Girls Grammar, which is promoted as ‘the best girls private school in the city’. Pictured with a friend 

Educated: Karl studied at the University of Queensland, where he graduated with a Bachelor of Journalism in 1994

Educated: Karl studied at the University of Queensland, where he graduated with a Bachelor of Journalism in 1994

KARL AND JASMINE: EDUCATION  

Jasmine and her sister, Jade both attended Brisbane Girls Grammar, which is promoted as ‘the best girls private school in the city’.

Presently, tuition at the prestigious institution costs $24,000, making it one of the most expensive schools in the country.

Jasmine has made the most of her elite education, using her business acumen to launch shoe label Mara & Mine in 2012.

Meanwhile Karl was reportedly educated at Catholic boys’ high school, Saint Augustine’s College (Cairns) and the Anglican Church Grammar School (ACGS) in East Brisbane. 

Karl studied at the University of Queensland, where he graduated with a Bachelor of Journalism in 1994. 

High-profile clan: Karl (left) and Peter (right) pictured alongside their mother, Jenny (centre)

High-profile clan: Karl (left) and Peter (right) pictured alongside their mother, Jenny (centre)

KARL AND JASMINE: CAREER  

Jasmine started shoe company Mara & Mine with her friend Tamie Ingham and it has grown to become a popular cult label.

The stylish shoes are stocked in Nordstrom in the U.S. and David Jones in Australia.

Last year, the brand opened its first flagship store in the upmarket Sydney suburb of Paddington.

Jasmine and Tamie have been profiled in The Hollywood Reporter, Australian Vogue and Hamptons Magazine, no doubt enhancing their fashion credentials.

New store: Last year, Mara & Mine opened its first flagship store in the upmarket Sydney suburb of Paddington

New store: Last year, Mara & Mine opened its first flagship store in the upmarket Sydney suburb of Paddington

Chic: In just six years, Mara and Mine has become a cult fashion label, lusted after by members of the international style set. The interior of the brand's Paddington store is pictured

Chic: In just six years, Mara and Mine has become a cult fashion label, lusted after by members of the international style set. The interior of the brand’s Paddington store is pictured

Meanwhile, Karl is said to have commenced his media career as a cadet reporter for WIN in Rockhampton and Cairns in 1994.

He later took up a position with TVNZ as a reporter for One Network News in New Zealand. 

In 1998, Karl returned to Australia and worked for Channel 10 in Brisbane.

Two years later he moved to the Nine Network and started out as a reporter and back-up presenter for National Nine News. 

Today show line-up: Karl (left) pictured alongside his current co-host,  Georgie Gardner(right) 

Today show line-up: Karl (left) pictured alongside his current co-host, Georgie Gardner(right) 

In 2002, Karl relocated to Nine’s Sydney newsroom and made his mark reporting on various natural disasters, including the Canberra bushfires in 2003.

He went on to replace Today host Steve Liebmann in 2005, and still holds the plum hosting role in 2018. 

In 2011, Karl won the Most Popular Presenter and the coveted Gold Logie at the Logie awards. 

Mara & Mine: Jasmine (right) started shoe company Mara & Mine with her friend Tamie Ingham (left) and it has grown to become a popular cult label

Mara & Mine: Jasmine (right) started shoe company Mara & Mine with her friend Tamie Ingham (left) and it has grown to become a popular cult label

KARL AND JASMINE: LOVE LIFE

Karl reportedly met his now ex-wife, Cassandra Thorburn in 1995 at a party in Rockhampton. 

Karl and Cassandra later married in an intimate ceremony in Port Douglas, Queensland.

The former flames had three children together, Jackson, Ava, and River before separating after 21 years. Their divorce was finalised in October 2017. 

In December 2016, Karl met Jasmine Yarbrough. 

After meeting on a Sydney Harbour boat cruise, Karl and Jasmine were seen kissing the following February and their romance was confirmed.

Former flames: Karl reportedly met his now ex-wife, Cassandra Thorburn in 1995 at a party in Rockhampton. Pictured Logie Awards in 2011

Former flames: Karl reportedly met his now ex-wife, Cassandra Thorburn in 1995 at a party in Rockhampton. Pictured Logie Awards in 2011

Spotlight: After Cassandra's marriage to Karl  collapsed in September 2016, she (pictured) was thrust into the spotlight

Spotlight: After Cassandra’s marriage to Karl collapsed in September 2016, she (pictured) was thrust into the spotlight

In February 2018, the couple confirmed their engagement with New Idea reporting Karl had popped the question to Jasmine during a holiday in Fiji. 

The couple made their first appearance at the Mercedes Benz Fashion Week and spent time together in Bora Bora and Mexico, where Karl met Jasmine’s parents for the first time. 

However, many slammed Karl’s quick move from Cassandra to Jasmine, including former KIIS FM radio host Meshel Laurie.

The radio host blasted their displays of affection as ‘insensitive’ and ‘shameless’.

‘It feels a little insensitive, obviously I don’t know these people. Is it criminal? No. Is it illegal? No, is it a bit bloody shameless and rotten? Maybe.’ 

Countdown is on! Today show host, Karl Stefanovic and his fiancée, Jasmine Yarbrough are set to wed on December 8 in Mexico 

Countdown is on! Today show host, Karl Stefanovic and his fiancée, Jasmine Yarbrough are set to wed on December 8 in Mexico 

KARL AND JASMINE: WEALTH 

While Karl Stefanovic’s net worth has been rumoured as $10 million, it has not been confirmed, but he is considered to be one of the highest-paid stars on Australian television. 

The Today show host’s salary garnered a lot of media attention after Lisa Wilkinson quit the program last year following a reported lack of pay parity with Karl.

According to news.com.au, Karl earned at least AU$2 million per year with a bonus that could take his salary up to just below AU$3 million if ratings targets were hit. 

Meanwhile his former co-star Lisa was reported to have been on a contract worth $1.1 million per year before her departure from the show. 

Jasmine’s net worth is unknown however she is a successful designer and the most expensive shoes in her range retail for $435.00 USD.  

Boss lady! Jasmine's net worth is unknown however the most expensive shoes in her range retail for $435.00 USD

Boss lady! Jasmine’s net worth is unknown however the most expensive shoes in her range retail for $435.00 USD

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