Claas Relotius Biography-German Journalist

Published Date   01st Feb. 2019, 08:18 am
Claas Relotius Biography-German Journalist
Quick Info
Birth Name: Claas-Hendrik Relotius
Birth Sign: Scorpio
Ethnicity: German
Eye Color: Grey
Hair Color: Blonde
Nationality: German




German journalist Claas-Hendrik Relotius was born on 15 November 1985. Claas is known for his heart-touching, professional writings.

Claas Relotius had won awards including the Journalist of the Year(CNN), European Press Prize and Deutscher Reporterpreis. Claas Relotius worked at Der Spiegel but he resigned as the journalist was accused of numerous journalistic fraud.

Net worth and Earnings of Claas Relotius

Claas Relotius was under  Forbes 30 Under 30(Europe – Media 2017) list of most successful media personalities.  Successful journalists have an estimated net worth of $1 million to $100 million.



Claas Relotius was a freelance journalist. Relotius has written for a number of German publications such as CiceroFrankfurter Allgemeine SonntagszeitungNeue Zürcher ZeitungFinancial Times DeutschlandDie TageszeitungDie WeltSüddeutsche Zeitung MagazinDie WeltwocheZeit Online and Reportagen.

Claas Relotius, the German Journalist

German Journalist Claas Relotius has won several awards for his work. Image Source: Protothema

In 2017, Claas Relotius became a journalist for Der Spiegel. Relotius worked at Der Spiegel for seven years and worked his way up to become the editor for a year and a half. An average journalist earns $39,490 per year. Claas Relotius must have earned a large sum of money as he was a successful journalist.

Claas Relotius was the star of Der Spiegel magazine. He started his career as a freelance journalist for various German magazines including  Süddeutsche Zeitung Magazin and Neue Zürcher Zeitung. 

With his passion for writing, the freelance journalist soon became a staff journalist for Der Spiegel. Since 2011, 60 articles by Claas Relotius has been published in Der Spiegel. Claas Relotius grabbed several awards for his detailed and qualitative reporting. On four occasions, Claas Relotius received the Deutscher Reporterpreis.  

CNN gave Claas Relotius German language-Journalist of the Year award in 2014, claiming that he is the best reporter. Some of Relotius’ best articles are about Iraqi children kidnapped by the Islamic State, a Guantánamo Bay inmate, and Syrian orphans from Aleppo who ended up as child slaves in Turkey.

Claas Relotius' Jaeger's Border.

Jaeger’s Border (Jaegers Grenze) by Claas Relotius.

Der Spiegel sent Relotius to  Fergus Falls, Minnesota to write an article about Donald Trump. On investigation, the articles were found to contain falsifications. American journalist Juan Moreno proved Claas Relotius’ journalistic fraud.

The reporter had created fake and false contents. He had also created fake information about an interview with NFL footballer Colin Kaepernick‘s parents.

Claas Relotius’ has not stepped into the world of social media. Since he has been exposed, he has not made any bold moves that the media would notice. The journalist accepted his crime and said that he was insecure. He wanted to stay in the limelight.

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