Is Kevin Hart The Richest Comedian in History? Kevin Hart’s Net Worth

Since his breakout standup special, I’m A Grown Little Man, in 2008, comedian Kevin Hart has been everywhere. The Philadelphia native has starred in a slew of films including Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle, Night School, Think Like A Man, it’s sequel, and a ton of others. In fact, according to his IMDB, Hart has at least six new projects slated for release in 2019 including sequels for both Jumanji and The Secret Life of Pets –and that’s just his filmography.

Hart is also an executive producer, had his own television series, The Real Husbands of Hollywood, and he’s continued to do standup as well. Though he’s been working tirelessly in the industry since he snagged a recurring role on Judd Apatow’s series, Undeclared in 2001, the past decade has been good for Hart’s legacy and for his pocket. But is he the richest comedian in history?

Kevin Hart in 2014

Actor Kevin Hart at a screening of The Wedding Ringer in 2014. Hart is filming a movie and has released a video game, amidst an extortion scandal in his personal life. | Rick Kern/Getty Images for Screen Gems

Kevin Hart’s net worth

According to Go Banking Rates, Kevin Hart is worth an astounding $120 million. In 2017 alone, Forbes reported that the comedian brought home $57 million, a culmination of his standup work and movie roles. Hart’s intense work ethic and dedication to his craft has only grown his fan base even when a cheating scandal back in 2017, threatened his position as an A-lister in the entertainment industry. Constantly optimistic and interactive when it comes to his fanbase and others in the industry, Hart has banked not just on his talent but also on his ultra likeability.  He’s also been super clever about expanding his brand, earning endorsements from Nike and the underwear brand, Tommy John. He also has his own streaming service  — Laugh Out Loud, which debuted in August 2017 in partnership with Lionsgate.

Between 2015 and 2016 alone when Hart appeared in Get Hard, The Wedding Ringer, Central Intelligence, and Ride Along 2, he earned over $90 million. When Time Magazine named the father of three one of the most influential 100 people in the world, legendary comedian Chris Rock called his friend, “The biggest stand-up comedian in the country [and] a new kind of cool. Not a keep-a-distance-from-the-audience kind of cool, but a loveable, show-your-warts kind of cool.”

But with $120 million in the bank is Kevin Hart the richest comedian in history?

The $950 million comedian

Sorry, Kevin, that honor goes to Jerry Seinfeld. Yes indeed, the comedian from your favorite ’90s sitcom is worth almost $1 billion. To be fair to Kevin Hart, Seinfeld has been in Hollywood, much longer. Much of the Brooklyn native’s money comes from Seinfeld and from its lucrative syndication. However, the comedian is no one trick pony. He’s also made lots of dough as a best-selling author and public speaker.

Jerry Seinfeld on the tonight show

Jerry Seinfeld on The Tonight Show. l Theo Wargo / Getty Images

Like Hart, Seinfeld has also been smart enough not to pigeonhole himself. Back in 2008, he snagged a $10 million endorsement deal with Microsoft to make just a handful of ads. Though Seinfeld is now in his 60s, he doesn’t seem to be slowing down one bit. His latest TV ventures were Comedians in Cars Getting Coffee and The Marriage Ref. Between June 2017 and June 2018 alone, Seinfeld earned $60 million.

Still, since Kevin Hart is 25 years younger than Seinfeld, we think he has a shot of given the older comedian a run for his money.

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