Robin Douglas Leach (born 29 August 1941) is an English-born American entertainment celebrity reporter writer famous for hosting his first show, Lifestyles of the Rich and Famous, in the mid-1980s and into the mid-1990s, which focused on profiling well-known celebrities and their lavish homes, cars and other materialistic endeavors. His voice is often parodied by other actors with his signature phrase, “champagne wishes and caviar dreams.” During the final season, he was assisted by Shari Belafonte, and the show was renamed, Lifestyles with Robin Leach and Shari Belafonte.
Leach moved on to the Daily Mail as Britain’s youngest “Page One” reporter, at age 18. In 1963, he emigrated to America and wrote for a number of publications (New York Daily News, People, Ladies Home Journal etc.) before launching GO Magazine and then was show business editor of The Star.
Other television work includes reporting for People Tonight, on CNN and Entertainment Tonight and helping start Good Morning Australia, as well as the Food Network. Leach was also a guest at World Wrestling Entertainment’s WrestleMania IV, where he read the rules for the championship tournament. In 1993, he hosted a Lifestyles spinoff Fame, Fortune & Romance, along with future “Today Show” host Matt Lauer. Leach also hosted The Surreal Life: Fame Games on VH1 in 2007.
Most recently he served as the public address announcer for the 2010 NASCAR Sprint Cup race at Las Vegas Motor Speedway. Leach currently resides in Las Vegas and writes the daily VegasDeluxe.com Web site.