How much is Jerry Seinfeld worth?
|Net Worth:||$950 Million|
|Date of Birth:||April 29, 1954|
|Country:||United States of America|
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Who Is Jerry Seinfeld
Jerry Seinfeld is one of the most famous, most successful and highest-paid comedians of all time. In 2020 his net worth is estimated at $950 million dollars and he will probably become the first comedian who will be worth more than a billion dollars. Seinfeld was born and raised in a first-generation immigrant family in New York. That city would greatly influence the way he sees the world as well as his approach to comedy.
His father, Kalman, was generally understood to be the funniest one in the family and worked as a commercial sign maker, owning and operating—yes—Seinfeld Signs. Young Jerry would study at his feet. He inherited the family sense of humor, but if he had early comedic aspirations, he kept them to himself.
Whether he was intimidated by his father’s wit or he was silently honing his comedic timing, it wasn’t until graduating Queens College in New York City with a degree in communications and theater that he announced what he wanted to do. It was a relatively late start for a comic, but stand-up is the great equalizer. It doesn’t matter who you are, where you came from, or how long you’ve been doing it. If you’re funny, you’ll do well. And Jerry Seinfeld was funny.
As of 2021, we estimate Jerry Seinfeld has a net worth of $950 million dollars. Jerry may in fact actually already be a billionaire with the massive deal he struck with Netflix for Sienfeld.
How did Jerry Seinfeld get so rich?
Seinfeld’s early open mic nights left a good impression on a lot of successful people.
His dry, incisive observations about everyday life quickly won him a following. He easily established himself in the New York comedy circuit, and after four years, moved to Los Angeles for a new challenge and a run at television. Jerry had his act by that point, and easily found stand-up success in California as well.
Young And Fired
The first person who contacted him to offer some help was Rodney Dangerfield. He offered Jerry Seinfeld a guest spot on one of his HBO comedy specials. His first television part was as Frankie, a joke-writer on the short lived comedy, Benson, but was unceremoniously fired after just three episodes. He didn’t really want to go along with the plans that the show-runners had for his character.
The experience stuck with him: he was a natural stand-up comedian and was confident that he could write better comedy than the words he was forced to deliver on someone else’s show. That was in 1980 and the last time he would he would appear on television on anyone’s terms but his own. Seinfeld stayed clear of TV, becoming a celebrated stand-up instead. He appeared on The Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson in 1981 and would return regularly throughout the decade, packing comedy houses in between.
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He continued to turn down sitcoms, preferring the purity of his own comedy. Then in 1989, he was approached by NBC to create his own sitcom on his own terms. Finally, this was the opportunity he was waiting for. He called Larry David, a fellow comedian from New York, to be his writing partner. Though he and David weren’t best friends, he sensed that David’s influence would balance his comedy well. The two worked on, pitched and ultimately sold The Seinfeld Chronicles—later shortened to just Seinfeld—a show, famously, about nothing.
Seinfeld took four seasons to find its audience, but once it did, it became a decade-defining hit. It defined television comedy in the late ‘90s and introduced an unprecedented amount of terms into the cultural lexicon—it’s been over 15 years since “No soup for you!” and still, any American over 30 will know what it means.
It was amongst the top three shows on television for the last five seasons and the series finale in 1998 was watched by 78 million people. That was roughly 58% of all people watching anything that night. Larry David left after the seventh season and Seinfeld chose to end the show on top instead of watching the quality sink any farther than it already had.
Loved To This Day
The show was beloved by fans and critics alike. It is by far one of the most re-run TV shows on a global scale. Many Best TV Shows of all time list have it in its top 10 or top 20. It ran for 9 seasons and totaled 180 episodes. In addition to all that, the TV show is one of the most quoted shows of all time as well. It also made Jerry Seinfeld one of the highest paid actors on television. During the last few seasons, he was paid one million dollars per single episode. When it ended in 1997 it was still one of the most-watched shows on television, a feat that few shows manage.
Aside from the occasional hilarious cameo (as himself, obviously), Seinfeld stayed away from television, mostly because he could. He did another HBO special, co-wrote and starred in the underwhelming Bee Movie in 2007, and directed a Broadway show. But with his show earning more in syndication than most current shows do on television, Seinfeld can afford to enjoy himself as the retired king of sitcoms and essentially only works when he feels like it.
Back To Stand Up
For a brief period after the show ended he was back to doing stand up comedy exclusively. But he soon found time for other creative projects as well. He is the author of a few books, including a book for children called Halloween. He was also a creative force behind some of the biggest marketing campaign in the tech world. For example, he was behind the Windows Vista ad campaigns that were worth close to $250 million dollars. He also was in a sort of “Seinfeld reunion”, where his character along with all the rest of Seinfeld cast was in the season seven finale in the show Curb Your Enthusiasm, which was created and starred his former creative partner Larry David.
Jerry Seinfeld’s last few creative successes were the series Comedians in Cars Getting Coffee. It later expanded to other people, not just comedians and it even featured the former president of the USA, Barrack Obama. IN 2017 Jerry Seinfeld signed an exclusive deal with Netflix, giving them the rights to his new series Comedians in Cars Getting Coffee, as well as two new stand-up specials, for $100 million. Yet even bigger, Netflix has acquired the rights to Seinfeld in a $500 million dollar deal. We’re beginning to think that Jerry Seinfeld’s net worth of $950 million is on the low-side and he is actually already a billionaire.
What makes him so successful?
Jerry Seinfeld was a comedy actor and stand-up comic that changed show biz forever. As one of the most talented comedians of his generation, he honed his skill and creative output at comedy clubs all around the country. From the start, you can feel a special kind of courage and confidence in him. Many of his older colleagues testified to that. He was a man who knew what he wanted to do in his life and he was confident enough to try and pull it off.
He is one of those rare comedians who actually went to college and got a degree. He majored in communications and theater at the Queens College. During his time at college, he was starting to get interested in acting and in comedy. He was a member of various comedy sketch troupes in college. As soon as he was out of college he performed at open mic nights. His first few breaks and opportunities in the show biz world can be directly tied to his great early stand-up comedy. He has stated on numerous occasions that his comedy icons and influences were Steve Martin, Lenny Bruce, George Carlin and Mike Nichols. In the early days, he was also a frequent guest of late-night talk shows, especially those who had 5-minute slots for stand up comedians. He even impressed even Carson and Letterman with his stand up.
During his career Jerry continually looked to improve upon every detail. The biggest turning point in his life was the creation of his now-iconic sitcom Seinfeld. In its early production, the show was named “The Seinfeld Chronicles”, but the name was dropped after a few episodes.
In just three short years, Seinfeld became the biggest sitcom in the USA. The show was created by Seinfeld himself and comedy writer and performer Larry David. It stars Jerry Seinfeld as a semi-fictional version of himself. The rest of the characters include George Costanza, Jerry’s best friend, who was played by Jason Alexander, Elaine Baines, Seinfeld’s on and off girlfriend played by Julia Louis-Dreyfus and Cosmo Kramer, his awkward and bizarre neighbor living next door.
His creative idea was king. He didn’t let TV executives or other TV heads tell him what his show is or should be. He stuck to his vision and was rewarded like few people in the history of show business have been. Of course, if he was less talented, he would have flamed out spectacularly and would fade into the abyss of those forever forgotten. But he was a true comedic genius and will be remembered forever.
The life of Jerry Seinfeld is another example of the delight of an American Dream that came true. A son of an immigrant family, he strived for greatness in this new land where his parents started their lives from scratch. In comedy, he found his home, his haven and his big-ticket to fame and success. With a bit of help from Larry David, he was able to create one of the greatest TV shows of all time. That TV show, Seinfeld, stood the test of time, better than any TV show ever has. For over 20 years since its ending, it is still seen and shown all around the world. A small, immigrant boy was able to create something eternal, that is the story of the life and success of Jerry Seinfeld.