How much is Gabriel Iglesias worth?
|Net Worth:||$40 Million
|Date of Birth:||July 15, 1976|
|Country:||United States of America|
Who Is Gabriel Iglesias
Gabriel Jesus Iglesias was born in San Diego, CA on July 15, 1976. Now 44, Gabriel Iglesias, aka Fluffy, has become a world-renowned comedian through hard work and good, clean, funny material delivered to multi-cultural audiences. The Southern Californian has toured around the globe, playing to packed audiences. He has also appeared in, or lent his voice to, an extensive list of movies and TV shows. Currently, Gabriel is starring in his own Netflix series, Mr. Iglesias, now in its second season. The comedian plays a history teacher at a public high school in the series. Hilarity ensues!
Gabriel Iglesias has a net worth of $40 million dollars, as of 2020.
How Did Gabriel Iglesias Get So Rich?
Over the past decade, Gabriel has often been among the Top 10 earners among comedians. He was the sixth highest paid comedian in the world last year, with an estimated income of $20.5 million. By several estimates, Gabriel’s current net worth is at least $40 million.
There are many reasons for Gabriel’s wealth, principal among which is his popularity. He is among the most watched comedians with over 400 million views on YouTube, and 15 million social media followers. These avid fans help Gabriel sell out venues around the world, boost sales of Fluffy videos, DVDs and online feeds, and flock to his movies. In addition to his earnings from stage shows and royalty streams from online views of past shows, Gabriel’s association with Netflix has proved very lucrative. Gabriel has produced a number of comedy specials and is currently airing his sitcom through the streaming service platform. There are other revenue sources, including the sale of Fluffy themed merchandise.
Why Is He So Famous?
Gabriel worked a regular job as a twenty-something in the ’90s – till one day he decided to chuck it all and become a stand-up comedian on a full-time basis. That was in 1997. There were initial struggles for sure. At one point, he was dead broke, even losing his home and car.
Gabriel gradually gained ground in the industry over his first 10 years as a stand-up comedian and a voice artist. In 2000, he appeared in Nickelodeon’s comedy All That and taped a half hour long Comedy Central special in 2003. The 2003 show gave him national recognition, though success continued to be fleeting for a couple more years.
It all started to change in 2006, when Gabriel reached the finals of Last Comic Standing on NBC. Though he got disqualified when he was found with a Blackberry on stage, he had made his mark. He was named Comedy Central’s Comedian of the Year that same year. The network hosted his first one hour special, Hot and Fluffy, in 2007. The DVD went triple-platinum, completing his rise to fame. The same year, Gabriel performed what he deems to be his favorite voice work, performing as identical twin characters on Disney’s animated series The Emperor’s New Clothes. Fluffy had arrived.
For the past 12 years, Gabriel has continued to entertain tens of millions of followers through live shows, TV, Movies and YouTube.
1. Comedy Specials
Gabriel built on the success of his 2007 stand up special with two other releases – Hot and Fluffy and I’m not Fat – I’m Fluffy – within the next couple of years. Since then, he has continued to produce specials on Comedy Central, Netflix and elsewhere. Gabriel Iglesias Presents Stand Up Revolution debuted in 2011, running for three seasons. The show featured a line-up of comedians selected by Gabriel performing live on Comedy Central. In 2013, the channel ran an unprecedented two hour special – Aloha Fluffy – which attracted 15 million viewers. The last special show, Gabriel Iglesias – One Size Fits All, played in 2019.
2. Live Shows and Tours
Gabriel live shows are always packed, no matter where he’s performing. He has had the rare honor of headlining and selling out marquee venues such as the Sydney Opera House in Sydney, Australia; Madison Square Garden in New York and Staples Center in Los Angeles. He began a new world tour in 2018, his sixth in the Fluffy series – called Beyond the Fluffy.
3. Movies and Television
Gabriel’s first breakout movie came in the summer of 2014 – a personalized, stand-up driven feature called The Fluffy Movie (Open Road Films). This was followed by a string of appearances in high profile movies, including Magic Mike and Magic Mike XXL. He continued to lend his voice to hit animated films such as Planes (2013), The Nut Job (2014), El Americano: The Movie (2016), Smurfs: The Lost Village and The Nut Job 2: Nutty by Nature (both 2017). His latest voice role in Blazing Samurai should be available soon.
What Makes Fluffy So Successful?
Gabriel comes across as someone who is an everyday person. He has always been overweight, which gave rise to his famous line: “Oh, I’m not fat, I’m fluffy!” He then took it a few steps further, explaining that there are five levels of fatness, “Big”, “Healthy”, “Husky”, “Fluffy” and “DAMN”. He later added a sixth level – “Oh Hell No!”
As with some of the other successful comedians, including his own idols such as Eddie Murphy, Bill Cosby and Robin Williams, Fluffy bares himself on the stage – talking about his weight, his Latino ethnicity, his experiences good, bad and ugly (but always funny) – connecting with his audiences in a unique, self-deprecating way.
He is a talented impersonator and a man with many voices – including one famous instance where he was the voice of an entire Hispanic family on an episode of Family Guy. This explains why he has a long record of sold out programs around the world – he and his fans are simply simpatico, be they in North America, Europe, Asia or Australia.
Today, Gabriel sits on top of the comedic world, and he is here to stay. His appeal is posing as your next-door neighbor, far from perfect and certainly willing to be funny about it. His strong online presence keeps him in his fans’ eyes even during down times. For the next guy feeling down and depressed, take in a Fluffy show – its sure to cheer you up.