Steve Harvey is an American comedian, author, radio and TV host; screenwriter and film producer. Harvey is one of the top-earning entertainers today. He earns an average salary of $30 million and is certainly, familiar with the saying “smiling all the way to the bank”.
Harvey and his family have come to represent goals for a lot of families across the world. Even his costly mistake of announcing the wrong contestant as the winner of the 2015 Miss Universe contest has not been able to stop his meteoric rise to success.
Steve Harvey Wiki
Broderick Steven Harvey is an African-American entertainer who was born on the 17th of January, 1957 in Welch, West Virginia. He spent his early life in Cleveland, Ohio where his dad worked in the mining industry. Harvey attended Kent State University before proceeding to West Virginia University. After graduation, he took up several jobs before finally settling for standup comedy. These included carpet cleaning, boxing, insurance salesman and also, a mailman.
Steve ventured into the world of entertainment as a standup comedian in 1980, regularly performing in bars and nightclubs. His talent received widespread recognition when he achieved the first runner-up position in a national Comedy Search contest hosted by Johnnie Walker.
Following this achievement, he was offered a role as the host of a popular TV show – “Showtime at the Apollo” which ran from 1992-2000. This was Steve’s first taste of success and stardom. While hosting the show, he also wrote and co-produced another TV show – “The Steve Harvey Show” playing the role of Steve Hightower. The comedy show ran from 1996 until 2002.
More success followed Steve Harvey as he was among the four comedians in “The Original Kings of Comedy” show produced by Spike Lee. Good performance and creativity have not only seen Steve Harvey continue to rise in the entertainment world but has also earned him titles such as reigning King of Comedy. Over time, he has expanded his wings and taken on other roles in the entertainment industry. Currently, he hosts a radio show, “The Steve Harvey Morning Show” which has a huge following. Also popular are two daytime talk shows “Family Feud” and “Steve Harvey”.
As the new and first black host of “Family Feud”, Steve Harvey helped the show achieve position two in 2012 in terms of the highest rated shows. The man has to juggle between cities to produce the shows. Currently residing in New York, Steve has to travel to Atlanta to film Family Feud, while The Steve Harvey daytime talk show is filmed in Chicago.
Income, Net Worth and House
Besides being an accomplished actor, comedian, screenwriter and producer, Steve is also an author. He has written several books, three of which turned out to be best-sellers. “Act like a Lady, Think Like a Man” is without-doubt Harvey’s best-selling book. As a relationship expert, Steve offers advice on relationships through the book that earned him a publishing deal worth $5 million.
The 2009 bestseller was later on turned into a romantic comedy “Think like a Man” in 2012 and featured an ensemble cast that included Kevin Hart, Terrence J, Gabrielle Union, Taraji P Hensen Chris Brown and many others. In its first week of release, the film topped the charts and has earned $100 million. Steve Harvey also makes good returns from his clothing line – “The Steve Harvey Collection”.
From humble beginnings, Steve Harvey has risen to become an influential figure in the world of comedy and entertainment. He is featured in many shows and participates in forums that aim at helping budding actors, comedians and entertainers make it in the real world. He once said that he owes his success to the support of his third wife, Marjorie Bridges Wood, who has stood and supported him in his endeavours.
His net worth is now estimated to be over $110 million. In fact, Forbes stated that he made over $42.5miliion in 2017.
Steve Harvey owns a home in Atlanta which is considered quite luxurious. It has its own waterfall, a cigar cabinet containing his private cigar collection, in-house grill, mini-golf course and a huge closet which houses his specially designed shoes.
Steve Harvey Wife and Kids
Steve Harvey is currently married to Marjorie Bridges. Marjorie is Steve’s third wife after Mary Shackelford (1996-2005) and Marcia Harvey (1980-1994). Three of Steve Harvey’s kids – Morgan, Jason, and Lori – are actually Marjorie’s kids with her ex-husband.
Steve Harvey is the father of seven children in total. Three of those seven are the stepchildren mentioned above; Morgan, Jason, and Lori. Apart from them, Mr Harvey has a set of twin daughters (Brandi and Karli) from his first marriage. Also, he has two sons from his second marriage. They were named Broderick Jnr and Wynton.