Comedians are a varied group. The richest comedians have far more money than many people would imagine, though, so just take a look at this list and see for yourself.
Jerry Seinfeld made a name for himself as a stand up comic before creating the biggest sitcom of all time with larry David, Seinfeld. Currently, he has a web series called Comedians In Cars Getting Coffee, that includes Seinfeld having conversations with some of the biggest names in comedy. Today, he still performs stand up across the world and has earned himself an incredible $800 million in the process, making him at the top of this list of the richest comedians.
This former stand up turned talk show host has just announced his retirement from The Late Show, where he has been for decades, but that doesn’t mean he has any plans of slowing down. With a fortune valued at $400 million, he has a collection of cars anyone would envy and a work ethic that every comedian looks up to.
Former, then current, then former Tonight Show host Jay Leno still makes a living performing stand up. He claims to live off of stand up income alone and donates all of his earnings from the show to charity, but he nonetheless has an impressive car collection and a $350 million net worth.
Adam Sandler might be known for childish comedies, but this comic has built a formidable production company known as Happy Madison and as a result has earned himself a cool $300 million.
The host of Ellen in the afternoons got her start as a stand up comic and her salary of $65 million a year helps, but she earns a great income from comedy as well, helping her build up this $250 million fortune that she has today.
Drew Carey currently hosts The Price Is Right after the retirement of Bob Barker. He still maintains his original passion, though in his stand up performances as well as past hosting gigs on Who’s Line Is It Anyway?
From doing stand up comedy to being a reporter live from the red carpet, Joan Rivers has had a varied career that has covered a lot of ground. For her efforts, she now has $150 million and still stays busy between duties on several television shows in addition to stand up comedy.
Everyone Loves Raymond was one of the most successful sitcoms of its time, but Ray Romano’s first love has always been stand up. After being born and raised in Queens, he has now worked hard to build up a $120 million worth that many would kill for.
Steve Martin is famous for quitting stand up when he got too famous, but that doesn’t change the fact that his $110 million net worth is incredible for someone who has done so few roles. He currently tours with his bluegrass band that is made up of a group of musicians from Western North Carolina.
Say what you will about his brand of comedy, but Jeff Foxworthy is the best selling comedian of all time and through several successful tours and television shows he has earned himself $100 million.