it’s no surprise that Jennifer Aniston is the richest cast member of the American sitcom Friends, but what about Courtney Cox, Lisa Kudrow, and the others?
Notorious for negotiating: In season one each cast member earned a cool US$22,500 per episode. That worked out to $540,000 for the entire first season.
In season two, things got complicated – and unequal – with cast members earning between US$20,000 and US$40,000 each per episode.
In season three they made history after negotiating their salaries as a team and agreeing on US$75,000 each per episode ($1.875 million for the season), $85,000 per episode for season FOUR ($2.04 million), $100,000 per episode for season FIVE ($2.5 million) and $125,000 episode in season SIX ($3.125 million).
They each ended up earning $750,000 per episode in seasons 7 and 8. That worked out to $18 million for each of these seasons.
For seasons 9 and 10, each cast member earned a whopping $1 million per episode – the highest ever for actors in a sitcom at the time. That worked out to $24 million for season 9 and $18 million for season 10. According to Cosmopolitan, the syndication rights earn the show around US$1 billion a year – and the cast gets a 2% cut of this.
Here are the Friends stars’ estimated net worths in 2021.
- Jennifer Aniston: US$300 million
- Courtney Cox: US$150 million
- Matthew Perry: US$120 million
- Lisa Kudrow: US$90 million
- David Schwimmer: US$85 million
- Matt LeBlanc: US$80 million
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