Late Night Variety Shows are a staple of American television and its hosts have become one of the most significant personalities in the entertainment industry. Not just because of the humor they introduce to major American conversations, as well as the influence they wield over their viewers, but also because of their significant wealth. Jimmy Kimmel, who is one of the most popular late-night TV hosts has amassed a significant net worth through his popular show, Jimmy Kimmel Live!.
In this article, we took a look at just how rich the charming late-night host is, and how he stacks up against other late-night TV hosts whom he competes with for ratings and influence. Check it out below.
Jimmy Kimmel’s Net Worth
Everyone knows those who work in the entertainment industry, especially in standout roles like host earning massively but just how massive is a combination of several things, from experience to popularity to bargaining power aka your agent’s negotiating skills.
For Jimmy Kimmel, all the things that need to be in his favor to earn significantly are in place, which is why it comes as no surprise that he earns as much as $15 million per year, for his show, Jimmy Kimmel Live!, a stark contrast to his first year on the show in 2003 where he earned $1.75 million per year.
Through his massive salary increase, which went from $1.75 million to $6 million and then to $15 million, Jimmy Kimmel has been able to accrue a personal net worth of $45 million, making him one of the richest late-night show hosts working today.
With $45 million in net worth, Jimmy Kimmel has been able to afford certain luxuries like buying an $8.2 million mansion in Hermosa Beach in Los Angeles, as well as another mansion in Hollywood, worth $2.01 million.
How He Achieved His Net Worth
We have mentioned that the bulk of Jimmy Kimmel’s net worth comes through his salary as the host of Jimmy Kimmel Live!, but he has expanded his career as a comedian and host to other entertainment sectors, some of which have been significant contributors to his net worth.
Before he began earning the big bucks at ABC, he worked on radio for stations like KUNV, KZOK-FM, KCMJ, and a couple of others. He also worked for Comedy Central, where he began his TV career working on the game show, Win Ben Stein’s Money.
As a host, he has appeared and worked on other shows like Live with Regis and Kelly, Set for Life, Larry King Live. He has also hosted several award shows, including the Emmy Awards and the Academy Awards.
In addition to deploying his comedic skills to other shows and programs outside of Jimmy Kimmel Live!, the Brooklyn-born comedian has also achieved his net worth through a career as an actor.
Jimmy Kimmel has appeared in more than 40 movies and TV shows. His first dive into the world of acting was in 1995 when he played a minor role as a race track announcer in the film, Delinquent’s Derby. Since then, he has appeared in major and minor roles across both mediums, with notable titles like Family Guy, Road Trip, Garfield, Project X, Ted 2, Scandal, The Boss Baby, Crank Yankers, and several others.
A $45 million net worth places Jimmy Kimmel among the richest people in Hollywood, but how does he compare to other late-night show hosts?
How Rich is He Compared to Other Late Night Hosts?
Jimmy Kimmel’s show, Jimmy Kimmel Live! is one of the highest-rated late night shows on television, and that appears to reflect in his salary and net worth too. Compared to other late night hosts, Jimmy Kimmel places third behind Conan O’Brien, Stephen Colbert, and Jimmy Fallon, who have a net worth of $95 million and a joint $60 million respectively.
While they have more in net worth, Jimmy Kimmel is joint second in salary with Colbert, at $15 million per year, and Conan is third, with $12 million in yearly salary. Jimmy Fallon is top with a salary of $16 million per year.
Behind Jimmy Kimmel in net worth are other late-night hosts like Chelsea Handler who have a net worth of $40 million, Seth Meyers has a net worth of $12 million, and James Corden also has a net worth of $12 million.
However, compared to past and present late-night hosts, Jimmy Kimmel ranks lower with iconic names like David Letterman and Jay Leno top of the list with a net worth of $400 million and $350 million respectively.