“A winner is a dreamer who never gives up” – Nelson Mandela
TV Personality, Photographer, Writer & Sports journalist
Humberto Tan is one of the most well known TV personalities in the Netherlands. He was born on October 26, 1965, in Suriname, a vast country north of Brazil in South America. Together with his mother, two brothers, and sister, he emigrated to the Netherlands when he was about 4 years old.
In 1991, he finished his Law Master’s at the University of Amsterdam, and started his TV career. From the early start in his TV career, he was the host of the following programs: NOS Studio Sport, NOS Journaal, RTL Late Night, Holland’s Got Talent, and UEFA Champions League, just to name a few. He hosted the daily famous talk show RTL Late Night over 1000 times!
Humberto went on to win many awards in TV and Radio, including: The Zilveren Televizier-Ster (which he won two times), the Sonja Barend Award for best TV interview of the year, and Broadcast personality of the year.
In addition to his TV and radio career, he is also an established author and photographer. In 2022, Humberto published the book “Morgen gaat het beter”, which dives into the lives of 100 people who are 100 years and older. The book’s story is partially told in images made by Humberto, which will be displayed in a special exhibition in the Museum of Photography from September 2023 to March 2024 in the city of Maastricht, the Netherlands. In August 2023, he proudly accepted the invitation to become Ambassador of the Black Jaguar Foundation.
HOW I RELATE TO THE BJF
In 2023, I made a documentary film called “De Jacht op de Jaguar” (The Hunt of The Jaguar) which revolves around the importance, beauty and also the illegal hunt of Jaguars in Suriname.
I was amazed to find out about the Black Jaguar Foundation through BJF’s Ambassador Kees Rijnhout and BJF partner Waterbear. Like the founder of BJF, Ben Valks, I went on a search for the Jaguar to learn more and try to make a picture of this majestic and iconic animal. As a result, I made a documentary film about my journey in search of the Jaguar and Ben started the Black Jaguar Foundation.
What we all share in the Foundation is how we want to leave this world, when we’re 105 or maybe older, with nature in a stronger, better and healthier way than it is at the moment. 1,7 billion native trees will help to achieve this goal.
Next to the Black Jaguar Foundation, I am already an ambassador for the Dutch Red Cross, WWF the Netherlands and the Nationale Postcode Loterij.
At the moment I host a daily talk show for RTL 4 in the Netherlands. The show is called Humberto. I am also a proud father of two girls and a boy, who are 23, 26, and 16 years old.