Drew Carey Net Worth

How much is Drew Carey worth?

Net Worth:$170 Million
Profession:Professional Actor
Date of Birth:May 23, 1958
Country:United States of America
1.78 m

Who Is Drew Carey

Drew Allison Carey is an American comedian, television host, and actor, born in 1958. He was brought up in Cleveland Ohio and was the youngest in his family. He went to St. James Ford Rhodes while attending school here he joined the band and Drew played the trumpet. He attended Kent State University for three years but left. In 1980 he enlisted in the Marine Corps Reserve. He served in the Marine for six years.

American actor Drew Carey has a net worth of $170 million dollars, as of 2021.

How Did Drew Carey Get So Rich?

At his peak, he was among the highest-paid entertainers worldwide. In 1998 Drew Carey took home $45 million earned from his several projects. From 2001 to 2004 he earned $ 750,000 for each episode of ” Drew Carey Show”. From 2001 to 2004 he recorded 79 episodes of that show. He has also earned a good amount of money from being a TV game host. Drew Carey earns $12.5 million every year from hosting this show, making him one of the highest-paid television hosts globally.

Drew Carey’s remarkable net worth is from the many years he has been in comedy and also as a game show host. Being a game show host earns him a lot of money. He also earns royalties from his book “Dirty Jokes and Beer” that he published in 1997 when a book is bought.

He is also a minority shareholder of the Seattle Sounders team. Though he is not involved with its day to day running’s, he has an entitlement of a share of profits made by the team. He occasionally also makes money selling photographs. He loves sports photography and sells his works under the alias Brooks Parkenridge.

Why Is He So Famous?

Drew Carey began his comedy acts in 1985 after a suggestion from his friend David that he borrows books on writing jokes from the library. The following year after he won a contest, he became a master of ceremony at a Cleveland Comedy Club. He continued performing in clubs in Los Angeles and Cleveland over for a couple of years.

Drew Carey first gained recognition nationally as a comedian after appearing on “Star Search” show in 1988. He also appeared on shows like “The Tonight Show” that starred Johnny Carson, and the “Late Night Show” starring David Letterman.

Carey’s early success in comedy landed him supporting roles in films like “Coneheads” and television shows such as “The Good Life”. After Good Life was canceled, Drew Carey was hired by Bruce Helford who was a writer on the sitcom “Good Life” to be a consultant of the television show “Someone Like Me”.

After working together on the television show “Someone Like Me”, Bruce Helford and Drew Carey came up with the story line of “The Drew Carey Show”. The sitcom revolved around a dramatized version of Drew Carey. In September 1995 the show premiered on ABC and earned high ratings for its first seasons. However, it got canceled eventually because of its low ratings and increased production costs. The show ran for nine years and it had 233 episodes in total.

While still featuring in ” Drew Carey Show”, in 1998 he started getting involved with other projects such as the improvisational show “Whose Line is it Anyway?” On this show, he played combined roles those of a host and a contestant. He had many roles like announcing the guests, directing the games, and participating in the final games of every episode. The show-stopped broadcasting in 2006 after running for 220 episodes.

Drew Carey also starred and co-produced “Drew Carey’s Screen Show, Whose Line?” and it was picked by comedy central. The income from “Drew Carey Show” and “Whose Line is it Anyway?” saw Carey listed among the highest-paid TV entertainers of 1998.

Carey also became famous when he started hosting game shows. His first gig was a pilot CBS game show “Power of 10” from August 2007 to January 2008. CBS contacted him regarding replacing Bob Baker and become the host of “The Price is Right”. He recorded his first episode of “The price” in August 2007, and it aired in October 2007. Drew Carey successfully hosted the show and in 2017 he celebrated his 10th anniversary as the show’s host.

Apart from being a stand-up comedian and a games show host, Drew Carey has also earned money from commercials that he appeared in. He had a 2-year contract with A&W foods of Canada but it was terminated in November 1998 and he sued the company for his dismissal. In 1999 he was featured in an attraction “Sound Dangerous” by Walt Disney.

What Makes Him So Successful?

Drew Carey attributes his success to when he got invited to the couch by Johnny Carson. Before that, he never had much faith in himself and he had struggled with depression for many years. After sitting next to Johnny Carson he believed that his career would take off and it did and he starred in his sitcom “Drew Carey Show” which was a huge success.

Drew Carey is a naturally empathetic person that is focused on constantly improving himself. He is not overshadowed by fame and fortune and he tries to incorporate what he learns into his work. Drew Carey reads everything that can help him be a better person in life and practices it. He has read many self-help books and he says they have helped him succeed both in his career and general life.


Drew Carey is a famous stand-up comedian, actor, and television host who has had the distinction of having two television shows run simultaneously, “Drew Carey Show” and “Whose Line?”. These two shows were huge successes making him among the highest-paid TV entertainers in the late 90s.

He has also had a successful career as a game show host. He has hosted this gig from 2007 after replacing its previous host Bob Baker and has done a good job as a CBS game host.

Apart from his many ventures in comedy and television shows Drew Carey has donated money and time to keep libraries open. He has an interest in libraries because that is where he got material for his first routine as a stand-up comedian. In the public eye, he has been termed as lovable old Drew donning his trademark spectacles.

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