How much is Conan O’Brien worth?

Net Worth:$150 Million
Profession:Professional TV Host
Date of Birth:April 18, 1963
Country:United States of America
1.93 m

Hosting Late Night with Conan O’Brien for 16 years before a short stint on The Tonight Show that ended on bad terms, to say the least.

Who Is Conan O’Brien

He got his start behind the cameras, lending his comedic talents as a writer before he endeared himself to America as the host of Late Night with Conan O’Brien. During his 16-year stint as master and commander of the popular talk show, his refreshingly self-deprecating sense of humor made him a fan favorite—something that became evident when his supporters bandied together after his The Tonight Show snub to create Team Coco.  

Conan O’Brien has a net worth ballparking $150 million dollars, as of 2020. He’s one of the richest and most successful TV hosts of all time.

The Smart Comic

Born to a large Irish Catholic family in Brookline, Massachusetts, Conan Christopher O’Brien is the third of six children to an epidemiologist father and a retired attorney mother. He graduated the valedictorian of Brookline High School in 1981 before moving on to Harvard University, where he majored in American History. 

At Harvard he wrote for the Harvard Lampoon and was elected editor for two consecutive years, in 1984 and 1985, only the second person to ever accomplish the feat. He graduated magna cum laude with a B.A. in American History in 1985.  

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After college Conan moved to Los Angeles and where he bounced between several gigs writing for various TV shows including the HBO sketch comedy show Not Necessarily the News and Fox’s The Wilton North Report.  In 1988, he trekked to New York to become a writer for Saturday Night Live, a gig he held for three years.  

The Politics Of Talk

After the snub, Letterman bolted NBC for CBS leaving a void in the spot behind The Tonight Show.  With several talented and well-known comedians, actors and TV personalities vying for the role it ended up going to Conan, a relative unknown at the time.  At first, it was widely regarded that NBC had screwed up in selecting O’Brien over so many other talented, well-known, personalities.  But Conan played this to his advantage and used the criticism for material, evolving it into the self-deprecating style that made fans love him. For four years Conan was renewed every 13 weeks until he could prove he could produce good ratings, but finally, in 1997, NBC gave him his first five-year contract.

Dueling Funnymen 

In 2009, Jay Leno’s contract with NBC expired and Leno announced his retirement.  Conan was tapped to fill the spot on The Tonight Show, and he officially hosted his first episode on June 1, 2009 with Will Ferrell as his first guest. Leno’s retirement turned out to be a bluff, however, and he came back to NBC with a new contract and a new prime-time hosting gig. The Jay Leno Show turned out to be a ratings disaster and NBC scrambled to create a compromise for the two personalities that would have The Tonight Show pushed back into a midnight slot so Leno could have a 30-minute show beforehand.  

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Conan refused the offer and, after just seven months in the chair Johnny Carson made famous, Conan left The Tonight Show amidst controversy and protests from angry fans and Leno was back in.  His last show aired on January 22, 2010.   

Making The Move To TBS

But it wasn’t the end of his tenure as a late-night talk show host. Rival networks scrambled to negotiate a deal with the popular star, and it wasn’t long before he reached a deal with cable channel TBS. Conan currently airs weeknights at 11 PM EST.  

O’Brien admitted that he sank into a depression after the late-night musical chairs debacle, but he used humor as his outlet once again when he went on a comedy tour. The Legally Prohibited from Being Funny on Television Tour was virtually sold-out in all of its 30-dates.  

O’Brien continues to reside in Los Angeles, where he moved for his Tonight Show gig. He has been married to Elizabeth Ann Powell, who he met on Late Night, since 2002 and the couple have two children—Neve and Beckett.

Defining Quote “Every comedian dreams of hosting The Tonight Show and, for seven months, I got to. I did it my way, with people I love, and I do not regret a second. I’ve had more good fortune than anyone I know and if our next gig is doing a show in a 7-Eleven parking lot, we’ll find a way to make it fun.”

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