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The 10 Richest Stand Up Comedians In The World, 2021

“If we don’t laugh, we cry” is a phrase that often rings true, given the abundance of talent we have in the Stand-Up comedy genre. Often tagged as the most lucrative jobs out there, some of the most sought-after comedians are making fortune based on their talent.

Depending on the money they make, we have shortlisted the best stand-up comedians of the world today. Let us check the list below to delve further into details.

  1. Jerry Seinfield
    Net Worth: $950 million.
    Jerry Seinfield is mostly credited for his performance in the sitcom “Seinfield”. With equity points of 7.5%, the show topped the ratings and also earned Jerry a hefty amount of $1 million per episode. Even though his character has exited from the show, today his total earnings are estimated as $950 million.

  2. David Letterman
    Net Worth: $400 million.
    David Letterman is always credited as the longest-serving late-night television host.  He has spent nearly three decades in the industry and is known for his cheeky interviews with celebrities.  His current net worth is around $400 million.

  3. Matt Stone
    Net Worth: $700 million.
    Matt Stone is a stand-up comic who walks multiple paths with equal aplomb. Before creating the successful series “South Park”, Matt has co-produced Cannibal. Today he earns around $25 to $30 million annually and has a net worth of $700 million.
  4. Bryon Allen
    Net Worth: $400 million.
    Bryon Allen’s breakthrough performance came when he starred in The Tonight Show with Johnny Carson. While he did break the record of being the youngest performer on the show, today he owns a series of television networks that earns syndicate profits. He is one of the sought-after comedians today.
  5. Matt Groening
    Net Worth: $600 million.
    When we talk about comedy how the creator of “The Simpsons” be left behind. Yes, the man behind one of the famous shows is none other than Matt Groening. With a string of successful shows under his belt, Groening has also received several awards in his career for his work. Today his net worth is $600 million.

  6. Bill Cosby
    Net Worth: $400 million.
    Bill Cosby is mainly credited for bringing the Cosby show to the main limelight. Apart from this, he has also created other shows which have touched the peak of popularity. Today his net worth is estimated at around $400 million.

  7. Trey Parker
    Net Worth: $600 million.
    Trey Parker is also touted as one of the most successful stand-up comedians today. He along with Matt Stone is credited for bringing the famous series “South Park” to life. Just like his partner his net worth is around $600 million today.

  8. Adam Sandler
    Net Worth: $420 million.
    Many of us know Adam Sandler as one of the prolific actors in Hollywood today. But before joining the A-league Sandler worked in “Saturday Live”. Today he earns $20 million per movie and is regarded as a comedian and actor with dozens of hit films to his credit.

  9. Ellen DeGeneres
    Net Worth: $500 million.
    The title to one of the finest female comedians of the era will go to “Ellen DeGeneres”. Apart from having her show today, Ellen has also worked as a voice artist for films like “Finding Nemo” and “Finding Dory”.

  10. Jay Leno
    Net Worth: $450 million.
    Jay Leno’s first stint as a comedian happened when he featured on the Tonight Show. After that, there was no looking back. He frequently acted as a substitute for Johnny Carson in the show and left a great impact on the audience. Today he performs independently on several platforms and has a net worth of $450 million.

Detailed findings & methodology: CEOWORLD magazine put together a panel of experts to go over data points culled from virtually every reputable wealth tracking media outlet including Bloomberg, The Richest, Money Inc, Cheat Sheet, GOBankingRates, Celebritynetworth, Wealthygorilla, Forbes, and more. Based on a consensus from these sources, the final decision for ranking was judged editorially. All data is for the most recent period available. Some were not included in the official statistics for various reasons, primarily due to the lack of necessary data. Just remember, these values and fluctuations are estimations based on a host of variables and publicly available documents. The margin of sampling error for the full data sample is plus or minus 1.2 percentage points. In addition to sampling error, one should bear in mind that as in all survey research, there are possible sources of error—such as coverage, nonresponse, and measurement error——that could affect the results. All figures in US dollars.

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