Larry David, born Lawrence Gene David on July 2, 1947 in Brooklyn, New York is a comedian, writer, actor and TV producer. Popularly known as the co-creator of hit TV series Seinfeld, Larry David has a net worth estimated at $400 million. Let’s take you through the key moments in his life and how he became so rich.
Larry David Net Worth: Career Beginnings
Larry attended high school at Sheepshead Bay and college at University of Maryland from where he graduated with a degree in History. He also attended Robert H. Smith School of Business where he obtained a degree in Business Administration. Shortly after college, Larry had a brief stint with the US Army.
He began his show biz career as a stand up comedian in the late 1970’s and bolstered his comedy income by working odd jobs including a limo driver, and store clerk. He soon branched into writing beginning with ABC’s “Fridays” which he was also cast. Up next was NBC’s “Saturday Night Live”. Larry wrote for SNL for a year between 1984 and 1985. Only one of Larry’s sketches ever made it to the show, causing him to quit out of frustration. However, he returned a few days later. While writing for Fridays and SNL, Larry met some comedians who would become a key part of his comedy career. Including them were Julia Louis-Dreyfus and Michael Richards.
Larry David Net Worth: Breakthrough With Seinfeld
In 1988 Larry joined forces with iconic comedian Jerry Seinfeld to create The Seinfeld Chronicles later called Seinfeld. Seinfeld would turn out to be one of the greatest and most successful series of all time. The show topped TV Guide’s list of 50 Greatest Shows of All Time and snapped top spot on other notable rankings. Larry based the character George Costanza on himself and also voiced character George Steinbrenner. Seinfeld ran for 9 seasons and aired 180 episodes from 1989 to 1996. Larry wrote 62 of those episodes. Almost two decades after the show ended, it is still being syndicated across the US.
Thanks to his deal with NBC worth $1.7 billion. Larry will continue to receive royalties from the series until he’s paid in full. In 1998, he received $250 million from syndication. Larry has received 19 Emmy nominations for his work on Seinfeld winning 2.
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Larry David Net Worth: Continued Success With “Curb Your Enthusiasm”
Larry hit it big again with HBO series “Curb Your Enthusiasm” of which he was the executive producer and sole writer until the 5th season when other writers were added. He based the show’s story on his life experiences after his wealth and fame with Seinfeld. The show aired from 2000 to 2011 and produced 8 seasons and over 60 episodes. Like Seinfeld it is also being syndicated. Curb Your Enthusiasm brought Larry 30 Emmy nominations with 1 win, and 1 Golden Globe award. The show was so successful it inspired a pop culture phrase “Larry David moment” which means accidentally creating a social awkward situation.
Apart from his two signature shows, Larry David has been involved in writing and acting in other TV series as well as movies. Among them include “Whatever It Takes” (2009), TV series “Entourage” and “Marriage Ref”, The Three Stooges (2012), “Clear History” (2013) “The League” (2015) and more.
Following the 2016 race to the white house, Larry parodied Democratic underdog candidate Bernie Sanders on SNL and acted as the host in one episode.
Larry David’s net worth of $400 million is far from chicken feed but it could’ve been more if he had not divorced his ex-wife Laurie Lennard in 2007. Larry had to part with half his fortune. It was speculated at the time that he was worth around $900 million.