David Letterman Net Worth $400 Million
David Michael Letterman was born in 1947 in the state of Indiana. His father Harry Joseph Letterman was of English descent; while his mother is of the German descent. Growing up, David admired his father’s ability to crack jokes and often wished he could emulate him. Known for his sense of humor, David certainly took some pointers from his father.
David’s successful show business career has been that of humble beginnings. He began his career as a weatherman and a part time anchor for the WLW in the 1970s. He gained popularity for his eccentric demeanor and sarcastic jokes as a weatherman. One of his most famous antics was when he congratulated a hurricane for being upgraded to a storm. After stints as a host for TV shows, Letterman moved to Los Angeles in 1975 where he hoped to launch his comedy career.
While in Los Angeles, he performed stand up comedies and co-wrote jokes for Jimmie walker. By 1977, David had learnt the ropes of the comedy world; he had frequent appearances on TV shows such as the standard local band. Letterman got his big break in 1980 when he was given his own morning show: The David Letterman show.
The show was an instant hit in Hollywood but was canceled a few months later after it debuted. NBC gave him another contract under the new name Late Night with David Letterman. The show did not disappoint it garnered many viewers thanks to its quirky nature and unpredictability.
Show business has not been all rosy for Letterman. In 1995, he hosted the much-acclaimed 67th academy awards. He brought his comedian antics on board; the stint did not go well with the viewers and producers, who deemed his demeanor mundane and irrelevant. In June 2000, David underwent bypass surgery after doctors discovered his heart had an obstruction. David described the surgery as one of the most scary things that has ever happened to him
David hosts Late Show with David Letterman show in CBS. The show continues to be a massive hit having won six awards in Outstanding Variety, Music or Comedy Series. The show is also raking in some big bucks for the comedian cum TV host. In 2009, the show was bringing in $290 million from advertisements alone. Letterman has broken records thanks to his 52 Emmy awards nominations.
He has managed to clinch five of them, from the look of things, this show host will be smashing more records. Aside from his TV personality, Letterman is also a producer with his own production company called worldwide pants.
In a recent interview, David Letterman revealed that one of his regrets was the fact he didn’t have more children. He has one son with his wife Regina Lasko. David Letterman was ranked as one of the richest and influential people in the show business by Forbes. The charismatic comedian has a net worth estimated at $400 million.