Geraldo Rivera’s Daughter Simone Cruickshank River is a Lawyer

By Aarone Hernandez | Published on: January 26, 2024 | Updated on: January 26, 2024
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Simone Cruickshank Rivera, who we have seen mostly on her father’s Twitter, has also always made the news. Her dad Geraldo Rivera is a journalist famous for his work on Fox News. From 1987 until 1998, he hosted the tabloid talk show Geraldo.

People have asked a lot about Geraldo’s second-oldest daughter, but she has an introverted existence. However, it all ends today as we’ve brought you answers to all the queries you might have about Geraldo’s gorgeous baby girl.

Key Takeaways

  • Cynthia Cruickshank’s and Geraldo’s daughter is a Yale Law Institute graduate. She previously studied at Northwestern University.
  • Simone’s mother, Cynthia Dyer, and her father, Geraldo dated each other despite the fact that Geraldo Rivera was still married to his now third wife.
  • She began working at the United States District Court for the Eastern District of New York in January 2023. Her legal career, however, began when she began working as a Summer Associate at Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher LLP.

Was Born Into Stardom

She was born in September 1994 and she is 29 as of 2024. Rivera is the youngest daughter of Cynthia Cruickshank and the second oldest daughter of Geraldo Rivera. Simone is also the biological blood sibling of Isabella Holmes Rivera.

Just like every other Rivera child, Simone has also opted to keep her life private. But we do know that she is also very loved by her father. Her father, Geraldo often shares pictures of the fourth child and expresses how proud he is of her. However, the Cruickshank sisters seem to be closer to their mother as they are not seen together as often with their dad.

Simone Studied Law at Yale

She graduated high school from The Spence School in Manhattan. Afterward, for her higher education, she went to Northwestern University.

While at Northwestern University she was part of the Phi Beta Kappa sorority and also was involved in volunteer work at the Alma Mater Charter School. She graduated in 2013 with a Bachelor’s Degree in Political Science.

Simone didn’t just stop her education at Northwestern University. In 2019, she enrolled at the prestigious Yale Law School.

While at the Law School, she became a feature editor of the Yale Journal of International Law, and the VP of communications at the National Security Group. She graduated from Yale Law School on May 23, 2022.

Simone’s Parents Divorced when She was just a Child

The news of her parent’s marriage and their divorce was a big hit. It might’ve also grabbed everyone’s attention due to the fact that it was the 4th marriage of her father. What caught the most eye was that Cynthia and Geraldo had been seeing each other ignoring the fact that Rivera was already a married man.

Regardless, the pair married on July 11, 1987, in a civil ceremony. The exes faced a lot of hard times in getting pregnant. They even tried IVF six times, however, each time they tried, it sadly ended in a miscarriage. Many speculated this might’ve been the reason why they had to part ways.

Geraldo’s notoriety, however, suggested something else. People have even said that Geraldo was too pushy with his wife, no one would like to see their wife go through miscarriage six times and then just leave her. Eventually, the couple’s divorce was finalized in 2000.

Father has been married 5 times

You’ve read that right! Geraldo has walked down the aisle 5 times. His first marriage was to Linda Colbentz whom he married in 1965. They were only married for 4 years. Geraldo then married Edith Vonnegut in 1971 and was together with her for only 3 years.

In 1976, he was married to the then ABC producer Sheryl Raymon, who also was the mother of his first kid Gabriel Miguel Rivera. They ended their courtship in 1984.

His fourth wife is someone we have already discussed, Cynthia Dyers who also was a producer for ABC News. His fifth and current wife is Erica Michelle Levy. They got married on August 10, 2003, and as of 2024, they have been married for 20 years.

Simone has Three Half-siblings and One Biological Sibling

Rivera Family is one big family. Simone has 2 older brothers and 1 younger sister who are her half-siblings.

Gabriel Rivera is the oldest of the bunch and was born from their father’s third marriage to Sheryl Raymon. Cruz Grant Rivera is the mysterious one, as there are no mentions of who might be his mother. Cruz also has served 6 months in jail for allegedly choking his ex-girlfriend.

The youngest one is Solita Lilliana Rivera who is also known as Sol. Sol also has already started making headlines as she is always seen with her parents and has published a book named Restrict. She is the only daughter between Geraldo and his fifth spouse, Erica.

Simone’s only biological sister Isabella Holmes Rivera is known to be the quiet one. Unlike, any of her siblings, we rarely see her on social media of her father and she is also not present on social media.

Cruikshank is a Survivor of the Paris Stade De France Attack

Back in 2015, Simone was one of thousands of people who were present during the suicide bombing just near the Stade De France stadium. During the terror incident, Geraldo tweeted that his daughter almost died.

Simone and her companions were watching a soccer game between France and Germany at Stade De France when they heard three different types of explosions. She claimed that was the most hazardous period of her life.

Rivera subsequently reported that she survived this tribulation by God’s grace.

Simone has been working as a Judicial Law Clerk

Seems like Simone already has been taking her life seriously. She started working as a Judicial Law Clerk at the United States District Court for the Eastern District of New York at the start of 2023.

Her lawyer journey began when she started working as a Summer Associate at Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher LLP. She worked as a summer associate for 4 months starting from May 2021 to August 2021.

Furthermore, she also worked as a Legal Extern at the U.S. Department of Justice part-time for 6 months. There is no ending to Simone’s working life as she has been working since 2014 till 2023. She started as a Research Assistant for Harvard University and now works as a Judicial Law Clerk. Simone has certainly come a long way.

Simone Seems To Be Single But Her Reserved Lifestyle Says Otherwise

Though she is active on Instagram with the username @simmrivv where she can share her romantic endeavors, she has kept it private so there’s no telling if she is dating or not. That being said, considering her age, she might be dating someone.

Meanwhile, her brother Cruz is a married man with three beautiful children.

has a Net Worth of Millions

Cruickshank working as a judicial law clerk has given her advantages as she earns over a million in a year. The salary of a judicial law clerk is $42,372. However, it’s nowhere near her father Geraldo, as his net worth is over $20 million.