Will Ferrell is an American actor, comedian, producer, and writer whose net worth is estimated at over $100 million. Here’s more on how he built such a fortune from the show business.
Will Ferrell Net Worth: Brief History
John William Ferrell was born on July 16, 1967 in Irvine, California. At the age of 8, his parents began living separately and later divorced. While many of today’s comedians showed an early passion for entertainment, the same can’t be said for Will who hated the show business because of his father whose involvement with the show business kept him away for months from the family. Will instead dreamed that he would stick to a steady paying job when he grew up. However, the display of his comic side while attending University high school, Irvine was the first sign that just maybe, he would follow in the footsteps of his father.
The class clown, Ferrell would make his friends laugh by faking an accident like colliding with a wall or a trip and fall. Fast forward to senior year, he began performing comic skits in talent shows and even wrote his own materials. In high school, Ferrell was also active in the students council and in sports joining the varsity, football, soccer and baseball teams.
After high school graduation, he enrolled in the University of Southern California, where he earned a bachelor’s degree in Sports Information in 1990. Despite his comic side getting the best of him in high school and in college, Ferrell remained adamant about pursuing a career in show business opting instead to find a steady paying job. However, he finally yielded after his attempts at “steady paying jobs” like a teller and hotel valet proved unfruitful.
Will Ferrell Net Worth: How He Started His Comic Career
Ferrell in 1991 left for Los Angeles California to pursue a career in show business. He started out doing stand up and latter developed passion for improvisation and impersonation. Soon he successfully auditioned and joined the popular Los Angeles comedy improv group “The Groundlings”. While honing his improv skills with the group, he landed a few gigs including commercials, low-budget movies and even TV series.
Will Ferrell Net Worth: Breakthrough With Saturday Night Live (SNL)
In the mid 90’s New York-based late-night sketch comedy show, Saturday Night Live began to drop in ratings and in a bid to revive the show, its boss Lorne Michaels embarked on a journey to Hollywood to scout for capable hands. He then discovered Ferrell with The Groundlings (the group was already famed for producing SNL cast members). After a successful impersonation auditions, Will Ferrell was listed as one of SNL’s main cast in 1995.
His first years with the New York based show were quite rough, however, he got it all figured out after a few seasons and evidently SNL was back on its feet with surging ratings. Will was known to make impersonations of George W. Bush. In 2001, he became the highest-paid SNL cast member with a salary of over $350,000. The raise was meant to lure Ferrell to stick to the show despite other mouthwatering offers from Hollywood, however, Ferrell quit SNL in 2002 after five highly successful seasons. He continues to make sporadic appearances on the show.
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Will Ferrell Net Worth: Movie Career
While with SNL, Ferrell landed several roles in movies like the SNL spinoff “A Night at the Roxbury” and the first of the Austin Powers movies. His first post-SNL role came in Old School (2003) which struck box office gold and was labelled as his signature role. His success continued with box office hits like “Elf” (2003), Anchorman: The Legend of Ron Burgundy (2004), Melinda and Melinda (2004) Talladega Nights: The Ballad of Ricky Bobby (2006), Blades of Glory (2007), and Step Brothers (2008). In 2005, Ferrell was estimated to have earned $40 million from all his endeavors.
After receiving $7 million for his role in 2004 movie “Anchorman: The Legend of Ron Burgundy”, Ferrell began to command a paycheck as high as $20 million per role. Some of his recent movies include; The Internship (2013), Get Hard (2015), and Daddy’s Home (2015).
Beginning in 2009, Ferrell became a regular on Forbes list of Hollywood’s Overpaid Actors. This list features actors who despite receiving huge paychecks for their roles, fail to make the movies a combined box office success. In 2015, Forbes reported that out of every $1 he made, his movies returned $6.80. Regardless, Ferrell continues to be active in Hollywood and have also lent his voice to numerous animated movies.
He has received not less than two Emmy and Golden Globe nominations. He has won 1 MTV Movie and 1 Teen Choice Award both in 2007 for best kiss in “Talladega Nights: The Ballad of Ricky Bobby”. He was inducted into the Hollywood Walk of Fame in 2015 and the same year, GQ Magazine named him The Best Comedian of The Year.
Will Ferrell Net Worth: Other Endeavors
Ferrell alongside comedy partner Adam McKay founded comedy website “Funny or Die” in 2007. The duo have also produced their own show like HBO’s “Eastbound and Down” and Fusion TV’s “The Chris Gethard Show”
In 2009, he founded his own sunscreen lotions which came in three types; Sun Stroke, Sexy Hot Tan, and Forbidden Fruit. Ferrell eventually donated sale proceeds to a Cancer charity program.
In January 2016, Ferrell alongside Magic Johnson became a part-owner of Major League Soccer team Los Angeles FC which will begin featuring in the league in 2018.