How much is Julia Louis-Dreyfus worth?
|Net Worth:||$270 Million|
|Date of Birth:||January 13, 1961|
|Country:||United States of America|
About Julia Louis-Dreyfus
Julia Louis-Dreyfus is an actor who rose to super stardom in the 1990s as a New York socialite and serial dater in Seinfeld, in the 2000s as a divorced gym owner in The New Adventures of Old Christine, and in the 2010s as the foul mouthed Vice President in Veep. Dreyfus is television royalty and she has owned three decades with three different award winning and envelope pushing comedies.
We calculate Julia Louis has a net worth of $270 million dollars, as of 2021.
How did Julia Louis-Dreyfus get so rich?
Dreyfus is one of the five highest paid television actresses in the world. She gets paid $500,000 per episode of Veep, that’s basically $5 million per season. However, it’s obvious which show of her career that got her the most money.
Most television shows peak mid way in to the series and then audiences decrease, but Seinfeld is not like most shows. Seinfeld did something incredible, the first season averaged 22 million viewers, then the following season it grew to 25 million views, then it grew again, and again, and again. The final season averaged 38 million viewers, and the season finale got almost 80 million households tuned in, more than 50% of that nights viewers. The finale of Seinfeld is one of the most watched season finales in TV history, behind only M.A.S.H., Cheers, and The Fugitive. This is why for the last season of the show, Louis-Dreyfus’ salary tripled to $600,000 per episode, a total of $15 million for the full season.
Even though she is not a creator or producer of the show, Louis-Dreyfus still receives royalties for reruns and syndication sales of Seinfeld, which is reported to be a few hundred thousand per year. Though that amount doesn’t sound like much when you find out that Seinfeld has made more than $4 billion in syndication alone!
2020 was the first year in seven years in which Dreyfus stared in a theatrical movie. But not only did she star in one movie, she starred in two. The first was Downhill, a comedy-drama alongside Will Ferrell, and the second was the latest Pixar movie, Onward, which is set in a fairy tale land co-starring Chris Pratt and Tom Holland. Though neither of the films were financially successful, she would have made a great salary for both.
A lot of Dreyfus’ wealth comes from her being the heir to the Louis-Dreyfus Group, which is an international commodities and shipping conglomerate. When she inherits her father’s business, she will be worth 10 figures, in other words, she will be a billionaire.
Why is she so famous?
Dreyfus famously played Elaine on Seinfeld for nine years, between 1989 to 1998. She almost never won the role as the character originally didn’t even exist. Of the four main characters of Seinfeld, it was only Seinfeld, George, and Kramer in the original pilot episode, but the executive producers believed that the show was too male-centric and they demanded that Jerry Seinfeld and Larry David, co-creators of the show, create a female character. In response they wrote in the character of Elaine, who became a short fused, blunt, attractive female, and the audience fell in love with her. The show became a huge hit, and Elaine was one of the most popular characters in the series, as she starred in almost every single episode.
The next time Dreyfus found major success would be when she returned to television permanently eight years later in The New Adventures of Old Christine in the title role. The show lasted for 88 episodes and she starred alongside on-screen husband, Clark Gregg. Though ratings fizzled as the show got older, just like many shows do, it was still extremely successful in its fifth and final season as it averaged 6.7 million viewers, and Kari Lizar argued that CBS cancelled the show because they were sexist and she was never fully comfortable working there.
In 2012, Dreyfus got lucky for the third time in a row, getting her second lead television series with Veep, a show about a fictional Vice President that doesn’t hold her tongue when it comes to foul language and hurling insults. Veep is her most accomplished work as an actress and it has even earned her more Emmy wins and nominations than Seinfeld. Veep is more of an ensemble cast than Seinfeld too, as she gets to work alongside established comedy actors who all graduated from various critically acclaimed shows and sitcoms, including Tony Hale of Arrested Development, and film stars Kevin Dunn and Gary Cole, to name a few.
What makes her so successful?
Louis-Dreyfus’ success is attributed to more than her just being in the right place at the right time when she was cast as Elaine, and she has a closet full of Emmys to prove it. She has won an astounding nine Emmy awards for Veep, six of them for acting and three for producing. She has won an Emmy for her role as Elaine in Seinfeld, and even an Emmy for The New Adventures of Old Christine.
There are a lot of seasons of Veep, seven to be exact, but there are less episodes per season than there are in Seinfeld and Old Christine,’ with a total of 65 episodes. Never the less, she has thoroughly put an end to the “Seinfeld curse,” a term coined when several of the sitcom’s stars tried scoring their own sitcoms after the finale of Seinfeld, but they all failed after the first or second season. Few people know that Veep is an adaptation of The Thick Of It, a British comedy about government also created by Armando Iannucci. However, the success of Veep has far surpassed that of The Thick Of It, and a lot of that can be attributed to Louis-Dreyfus due to her seasoned acting in comedy.
Julia Louis-Dreyfus has an estimated net worth of $270 million, which is an almost unachievable amount of money for movie stars, never mind actors who are predominantly oriented to TV. Now Veep is officially over, the actor will continue to do what she has always done best, produce and star in excellent television comedies, and though it isn’t very clear what the next project will be, she has recently signed a deal with Apple TV+ to do exactly that.