The majority of movies are action and adventure films, but comedy isn’t far behind. Additionally, incorporating a fair amount of comedy into their storylines has greatly enhanced the success of several recent blockbuster animations, including certain Marvel movies.
And don’t forget about television. Netflix comedy specials from a number of Hollywood comedians to late-night talk shows that are hilarious every minute are all very popular right now.
We all seem to benefit much from your ability to lift our spirits. Here, we list the ten highest-earning comedians in terms of net worth as of 2022.
10. Rowan Atkinson – US$150 million
He may be among the most famous faces on the earth as a result of his iconic roles in the Mr. Bean (1990) and Johnny English films.
Most people have no idea that Rowan is also an obsessive automobile collector. Among his many sports cars are McLarens, BMWs, Rolls-Royces, Jaguars, Aston Martins, and an ancient Ford Falcon, to name a few.
Man vs. Bee, his most recent Netflix production, is already in the top 10 Netflix global shows and has already received 25.4 million views total in July.
9. Will Ferrell – US$160 million
Ferrell has amassed a net worth of US$160 million from his work as an actor, writer, and content creator over the course of a career spanning almost three decades.
He will star alongside Margot Robbie and Ryan Gosling in the forthcoming Barbie movie, which he will also co-produce alongside the critically acclaimed Succession (2018) on HBO.
Oh, and Ferrell was a founding member of the Los Angeles FC team. Cohen first gained notoriety in the UK as the controversial Ali G, but Borat, his creation in Kazakhstan, helped him gain notoriety worldwide.
The Emmy and Oscar-nominated actor earned an astounding US$80 million for the follow-up to Borat. He reportedly earned US$53 million for The Dictator (2012). He was also awarded a Golden Globe for his performance in the film (2020).
8. Sacha Baron Cohen – US$160 million
Cohen first gained notoriety in the UK as the controversial Ali G, but Borat, his creation in Kazakhstan, helped him gain notoriety worldwide. According to Parade, the Emmy and Oscar-nominated actor earned an astounding US$80 million for the follow-up to Borat. He reportedly earned US$53 million for The Dictator (2012). He was also awarded a Golden Globe for his performance in the film (2020).
He also won a Golden Globe for his work in the movie (2020).
Additionally, the British actor has a number of assets and around 20 producer credits to his name. Currently residing in Australia with his wife Isla Fisher.
7. Mike Myers – US$200 million
Another well-known comedian from the 1990s started off doing sketches on Saturday Night Live before rising to fame for his parts in Wayne’s World, Austin Powers, and the Shrek film.
The actor has benefited from his successful comedy franchises, not the least of which is the fact that he created and acted in a number of them. He made US$3.5 million on the first Austin Powers film, according to Variety, but by the third one, he was making US$25 million.
The Canadian-born actor has a net worth of US$200 million despite his most recent Netflix series The Pentaverate bombing with both reviewers and viewers. Not too bad, in our opinion.
6. Eddie Murphy – US$200 million
Coming to America, Beverly Hills Cop, and The Nutty Professor are just a few of Eddie Murphy’s comedies from the 1980s and 1990s that are well known. In 2022, he’ll reportedly have a handsome US$200 million.
He was once the highest-paid actor in the world, earning $20 million a picture in his prime, and his movies have made over $7 billion dollars worldwide.
Eddie signed a US$70 million agreement with Netflix in 2019 to join the list of comedians who have their own Netflix comedy specials.
He is the father of 10 children,(including one with former Spice Girl Mel B), and the estimated value of his Beverly Hills mansion is above US$40 million.
In 2007, Eddie also purchased a US$15 million private island in the Bahamas.
5. David Letterman — $400 million
David enjoyed 22 years of success as one of the most well-liked US late-night anchors on The Late Show with David Letterman.
David made a comeback to the public eye in 2018 with his Netflix show My Next Guest, which has four ongoing seasons and reportedly generates US$2 million every episode.
Syndication and license fees were said to bring in much to $50 million for Letterman annually. The 75-year-old host co-owns Rahal Letterman Racing, an automobile racing team, in addition to owning a number of properties.
The Jumanji star is one of the most-paid celebrities in the world, reportedly earning between $40 million and $60 million annually. Hart recently earned US$100 million from his movies and stand-up specials in addition to his two production companies that he consolidated to become the media company HartBeat, which he still owns 85% of.
3. Adam Sandler- $480 million
He rose to fame after joining the Saturday Night Live cast before moving to Hollywood. He currently boasts an incredible 82 acting credits on IMDB. Each of Adam Sandler’s films easily earns $20 million, and he annually earns between $50 and $60 million from all of his other projects combined.
He has also signed a four-film deal worth US$250 million with Netflix back in 2016 (he renewed his contract in 2017). Since 1999, the majority of his films have been made through his Happy Madison Production firm. His films are said to have earned over $4 billion worldwide.
Over US$4 billion has reportedly been made by his flicks globally.
2. Ellen DeGeneres – US$500 million
DeGeneres, the list’s lone female comedian, is also unquestionably one of the most renowned hosts of chat shows worldwide. Her annual earnings for The Ellen DeGeneres Show, excluding her other activities, are estimated to be around US$60 million.
Additionally, DeGeneres has voiced characters for Disney (playing Dory in Finding Nemo and Finding Dory), runs her own production company, and frequently promotes brands including Olay, American Express, and VitaminWater.
More than 20 residences have been sold by her and her partner Portia de Rossi since 2003. She reportedly made $20 million for her Relatable Netflix original series, and she also runs her own lifestyle company, ED by Ellen DeGeneres, which offers everything from clothing to pet supplies.