Jon Stewart is an American comedian, political satirist, talk show host, writer, actor, producer, and director. Stewart is best known for hosting the Comedy Central show “Daily Show With John Stewart”. He has an estimated net worth of $80 million.
Jon Stewart Net Worth: Brief History And How He Began
Jon Stewart was born as Jonathan Stuart Leibowitz on November 28, 1962 in New York City. Due to the rocky relationship between him and his dad, Jon dropped his surname and went by Jon Stuart. He would later change Stuart to Stewart. His parents divorced when he was 11 years old and he still remains estranged from his father. Jon Stewart was raised in Lawrenceville, New Jersey.
After high school at Lawrence, Stewart attended College of William & Mary in Virginia, graduating in 1984 with a degree in psychology. Though Jon was good at sending his friends hysteric in school, he never considered pursuing a career in comedy. However, after working a series of post-college menial jobs, he moved to New York City to try his hands on comedy, starting with stand-up.
Stewart performed regularly at the Comedy Cellar and roughly three years later became a comedy writer for the TV show “Caroline’s Comedy Hour.” He also began hosting a number of shows including; CC’s “Short Attention Span Theater” and MTV’s “You Wrote It, You Watch It”.
Jon Stewart Net Worth: Breakthrough With The Jon Stewart Show
After gaining widespread exposure by appearing on NBC’s Late Night with David Letterman, Jon developed his own talk show on MTV entitled “The Jon Stewart Show”. The eponymous show would become MTV’s first talk show as well as a hit for the network as it became the network’s highest rated show, bested only by “Beavis and Butt-head”. However, the high flying show dropped in ratings after a change in time slot, leading to its cancellation in 1995.
After the show’s end, Stewart who had gained Letterman as one of his fans, continued earning from host duties mostly on shows created by Letterman’s production company, Worldwide Pants.
Jon Stewart Net Worth: Success With The Daily Show
Undoubtedly Stewart’s most lucrative gig is “The Daily Show with Jon Stewart” which aired from 1999 to 2015. Stewart landed the hosting job following the departure of Craig Kilborn for a different project. Stewart’s arrival on the show garnered much acclaim from critics and increasing ratings. The following year in 2000, Jon was paid a salary of $1.5 million.
In 2008, he earned $14 million from all his endeavors, placing him 10th of the year’s list of highest paid talk show hosts.
Two years later, in 2010, Stewart inked a new 3-year deal to continue as host of the show which saw him earn between $20 and $30 million annually. Stewart announced his departure from the show during a taping on February 10 2015. He aired his last episode on August 6, 2015 and was succeeded by South African comedian Trevor Noah.
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Contrary to rumors that Stewart was leaving the show to produce a direct-to-consumer version of the show in order to earn as much as 5 times higher than his Comedy Central paycheck, that is- $100 million, the award winning comedian instead signed a four-year deal with HBO in November 2015 to produce an animated news parody show set to air from March 2017.
For his work on The Daily Show, Jon has received 22 Emmy Awards including as a director and writer of its spin off. That number makes Stewart the most awarded male recipient of the award.
Jon Stewart Net Worth: Other Works
In addition to parodying politicians and real news anchors, Stewart also took up acting gigs and directed, produced and wrote other works. In March 2013, Stewart took a hiatus from The Daily Show to direct, write and produce the political drama film Rosewater. However, the movie was a box office bomb, grossing only $3.2 million from a $5 million budget.
Stewart’s company Busboy Production after years of struggling, inked a funding deal with Comedy Central in 2005. Under the company, Stewart produced spin offs of The Daily Show such as “The Colbert Report”, and “The Nightly Show with Larry Wilmore”. Others include the film “The Donor” and TV series “Important Things with Demetri Martin”.
Stewart has also enjoyed commercial success as an author. His audio book “America (The Book): A Citizen’s Guide to Democracy Inaction” won a Grammy in 2005 for Best Comedy Album.
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