You Won’t Believe How Much Roseanne and These Other Comedians Are Really Worth

Making people laugh pays off, and famous comedians are some of the most wealthy people in show business. You won’t believe what the richest comedians are worth. Even a controversial comic like Roseanne is set for life (see page 10).

20. Jim Gaffigan (TIE)

Comedian Jim Gaffigan attends the 10th Annual "Stand Up For Heroes" event presented by the New York Comedy Festival

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Net worth: $16 million

This food-obsessed stand-up comic isn’t confined to the stage. He’s an actor, producer, writer, and father — the last of which gives him ample source material. All his hard work gives him an estimated net worth of $16 million. It’s a nice nest egg, but Jim Gaffigan is far from the richest comedian in the business.

Next: A woman poised to move up the list.

20. Amy Schumer (TIE)

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Net worth: $16 million

As a prolific writer and actress, Amy Schumer’s roles in successful movies like Trainwreck up her income alongside appearances on TV shows such as 30 Rock, Bob’s Burgers, Family Guy, and The Simpsons.

Next: She makes big bucks despite awful feuds.

19. Kathy Griffin

Kathy Griffin in 2015

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Net worth: $20 million

Kathy Griffin is in the news more these days for her crazy feuds and hating on the Trump family, but she’s experienced success in the past. Hosting her TV show The Talk helped build a substantial net worth.

Next: Hosting a big awards show hardly impacts his net worth.

18. Jimmy Kimmel

Jimmy Kimmel attends the NBA All-Star Game 2018

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Net worth: $35 million

Starting his career as a radio personality, this Jimmy Kimmel gained fame on Comedy Central before moving on to his popular late-night talk show. The comedian makes $15 million per year hosting and producing Jimmy Kimmel Live

Next: He’s come a long way from soap operas.

17. Howie Mandel

Howie Mandel, host of TV show "Deal or No Deal" on NBC poses after he received a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame

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Net worth: $40 million

Getting his big break on soap opera St. Elsewhere, Howie Mandel has his hand in many projects. However, two shows, Deal or No Deal and America’s Got Talent, are what make him one of the richest comedians.

Next: Acting is fun, but stand-up shows pay the bills.

16. Dave Chappelle

Dave Chappelle poses on the Vanity Fair red carpet in sunglasses

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Net worth: $42 million

Dave Chappelle is a talented actor and made a lot of money with Chappelle’s Show. But he made a ton of money with his return to stand-up comedy. Netflix paid him $60 million for three exclusive one-hour specials in 2017.

Next: A long showbiz career, including The View, makes her a rich woman.

15. Whoopi Goldberg

Whoopi Goldberg

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Net worth: $45 million

The comedian has won an Oscar and hosted the Academy Awards, but she faced backlash for supporting someone accused of sexual assault. Regardless, Whoopi Goldberg’s extended run on The View brings in the bacon.

Next: Lots of touring contributes to his net worth.

14. Jeff Dunham

Jeff Dunham poses on his Hollywood Walk of Fame Star

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Net worth: $60 million

Whether or not you find his ventriloquism act funny, it’s made Jeff Dunham one of the richest comedians. Constant touring and DVD sales help him add to his net worth every year.

Next: Adam Sandler’s frequent collaborator has a career of his own.

13. Kevin James

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Net worth: $80 million

Yes, Kevin James seems to appear in every Adam Sandler movie, but he has his own career. James’ star TV roles in The King of Queens and Kevin Can Wait boost his net worth.

Next: This controversial comedian was rich before her (now canceled) TV show reboot.

12. Roseanne

Actress Roseanne attends the DVD launch of "Roseanne: Season One"

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Net worth: $80 million

A 2018 Roseanne reboot put Roseanne Barr on millions of TV screens, but that ended badly. Several producer credits plus acting cameos on shows like My Name is Earl, Portlandia, and The Office contribute to her high net worth.

Next: A Brit who’s thriving long after his early starring role

11. Ricky Gervais

Actor Ricky Gervais smiling

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Net worth: $90 million

Ricky Gervais starred in the British version of The Office until 2003. But many other gigs make him one of the richest comedians. He’s written, produced, and acted on Extras, produced for the U.S. version of The Office, and hosted the Golden Globe Awards several times.

Next: Life has “rocked” since this comedian’s big break.

10. Chris Rock

Chris Rock onstage during the BET AWARDS '14 at Nokia Theatre L.A. LIVE

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Net worth: $100 million

Being a cast member on Saturday Night Live was Chris Rock’s first big break, but acting, writing, and producing add to his net worth. He returned to stand-up comedy for his 2018 Netflix special Tambourine.

Next: The man has a “heart” for comedy.

9. Kevin Hart

Kevin Hart

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Net worth: $120 million

Kevin Hart’s busy schedule makes him a rich comedian. He has more than 80 acting credits since 2001, but he started in stand-up and he’s starred in several one-man specials since 2009.

Next: Everybody loves” this comedian.

8. Ray Romano

Ray Romano

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Net worth: $130 million

The younger crowd knows Ray Romano (or at least his voice) from the Ice Age movies. The older crowd probably remembers him as the star of Everybody Loves Raymond. The show’s success built his net worth and helped make Romano one of the richest comedians in the world.

Next: It’s all “fun and games” until you see his net worth.

7. Steve Harvey

Steve Harvey in August 2017

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Net worth: $140 million

Since starting his career in stand-up, Steve Harvey has done a bit of everything. He’s one of the richest game show hosts thanks to Family Feud. Harvey has starred in TV shows, written books, hosted radio shows, and created a dating app. Not bad for someone who was once homeless.

Next: Comedians gravitate toward game show gigs — and it pays.

6. Drew Carey

Host Drew Carey speaks during the 2015 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Awards show

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Net worth: $165 million

Similar to Steve Harvey, Drew Carey started as a stand-up comic before hosting Whose Line is it Anyway, starring in his sitcom, and replacing Bob Barker as the host of The Price is Right. He also found time to become a weight-loss success story in Hollywood.

Next: One of the most successful female comedians of all time

3. Ellen DeGeneres (TIE)

TV show host Ellen Degeneres appears at "The Ellen Degeneres Show" Season 13

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Net worth: $400 million

A 2017 Netflix special was the first time in years Ellen DeGeneres performed a stand-up routine. So how is she one of the richest comedians in the world? Oh, just producing and starring in her own syndicated talk show, hosting the Academy Awards, voicing characters in two hit Disney movies, and generally being an all-around inspiring person.

Next: This famous face is a household name.

3. Jay Leno (TIE)

Jay Leno

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Net worth: $400 million

Jay Leno’s car collection is his big claim to fame these days, but he started in stand-up. Leno made his fortune as the host, writer, and producer for NBC’s Tonight Show for 20 years. Now, you’ll still find him on-screen hosting Jay Leno’s Garage.

Next: A streaming talk-show revival adds to his wealth.

3. David Letterman (TIE)

David Letterman at The New Yorker Festival 2016 - David Letterman Talks With Susan Morrison at MasterCard Stage at SVA Theatre on October 7, 2016 in New York City.

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Net worth: $400 million

Hosting two late-night talk shows, Late Night With David Letterman and Late Show With David Letterman, over the course of three decades, plus co-owning an auto racing team, contribute to Letterman’s net worth. Hosting a talk show for Netflix also made him one of the highest-paid streaming stars.

Next: A comedian you’d expect to find on this list.

2. Jerry Seinfeld

Host Jerry Seinfeld speaks at the GOOD+ Foundation & MR PORTER Host Fatherhood Lunch

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Net worth: $720 million

It was a show about nothing, but Seinfeld gave something back to Jerry Seinfeld: a massive net worth. Well-paying endorsements, the hit web series Comedians in Cars Getting Coffee, and a 2017 stand-up special make him a rich man.

Next: Showbiz has been pretty, pretty, pretty good to this comedian.

1. Larry David

Actor Larry David arrives at the premiere of "Hall Pass? in Hollywood, California

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Net worth: $800 million

Being the co-creator, executive producer, and writer for a little show known as Seinfeld makes Larry David as wealthy as he is. He has the same roles on Curb Your Enthusiasm, but he also stars in that show. If he’s not the richest, he’s one of the richest comedians of all time.

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