How much is Ken Jeong worth?
|Net Worth:||$15 Million|
|Date of Birth:||July 13, 1969|
|Country:||United States of America|
About Ken Jeong
He is famous as Ken Jeong, but his birth name is Kendrick-Kang-Joh Jeong. Ken Jeong is a child of two South Korean immigrants and was born in Michigan in 1969. He is known as a comedian, actor, producer and TV personality. He also holds a medical degree. While he was born in Detroit, his family didn’t stay there long. He was raised in North Carolina. He was always a talented kid academically and graduated high school early at the age of 16. He went to Duke University for his pre-med phase of education. It was there that he fell in love with acting.
At the time, he considered switching his major to drama but stayed with medicine. He obtained his medical degree in 1995 at the University of North Carolina. But he was still in love with theater and drama, so on the side, he also took theater and acting lessons at UCLA.
As of 2021, we estimate Ken Jeong has a net worth of $15 million dollars.
How did Ken Jeong get rich?
He would finally decide to become a full-time actor and comedian following the movie Knocked Up (2007), which was a massive success grossing just shy of $220 million dollars at the box office. Soon after, he would receive two roles that would cement his place in the comedy and entertainment world. The first was the role of “Mr Chow” in the smash comedy hit The Hangover with Bradley Cooper. For the global movie audience, that was the first time they had seen how funny and good Ken Jeong could be in a movie. He was hilarious people were blown away! The Hangover movie would spawn two more sequels, The Hangover Part II and The Hangover Part III. Only the first one of the three was a critical success, but all three were a phenomenal success at the box office grossing over $640 million worldwide. While he was only a cameo in the first two movies, in the third he would be a significant part of the plot and share a lot of air time with the three main protagonists of the Hangover franchise; played by Bradley Cooper as Phil, Ed Helms as Stu and the also hilarious Zach Galifianakis as Alan.
In 2010 he would be added to the star-studded and weird cast of Community. With Dan Harmon at the helm, Community would become one of the most important sitcoms in the last 20 years and would run for almost 10 years. And Ken Jeong’s “Senor Chang” was an instrumental force in that success. He was even nominated for the MTV’s male breakout star award for his roles as Chow and Chang.
While he was a great stand up comedian throughout his life, he only released his first comedy special a year ago. It was titled You Complete Me, Ho and it was inspired by and dedicated to his wife Tran Ho.
In 2015 he developed, produced, wrote and starred in his own show called Dr Ken. It is only loosely based on his life. It follows a doctor who struggles to balance his work life and his life back home. It ran on ABC for two seasons yet didn’t meet with much success. Most of Jeong’s money has been earned through his movie work.
Why is he so famous?
For the first eight years of his professional life, he worked primarily as a doctor. He moved to Louisiana, where he worked as a resident for the field of internal medicine. The little free time that he had he spent in and around comedy clubs. He was a regular at open mic nights all around Louisiana. While still a resident, he even competed at various comedy laugh offs. One such was the Big Easy Laff Off in 1995. He thrilled judges and audience alike and won the competition. There were two really important judges on the panel, the president of NBC Brandon Tartikoff and an important figure in the Improv and stand up comedy scene Budd Friedman. Both of them implored him to move to Los Angeles and start his comedy career. This was the kick-start to Jeong’s soon global fame.
Thought it was the seed of Ken Jeong future show biz career, it would still take him three years to find a good enough job in Los Angeles so he coild move there permanently. He moved to Los Angeles in 1998 and worked as an internal medicine resident at Kaiser Permanente hospital. He was now a regular at various comedy clubs including the famous Laugh Factory. His success in comedy clubs got him various roles in TV, including ‘Two and a Half Men’ with Charlie Sheen and the series ‘Entourage’ with Jeremy Piven. As well as into movies most notably an early role as in Judd Apatow‘s Knocked Up where he played the doctor Kuni.
It was only in The Hangover franchise however that Jeong suddenly met with worldwide fame with his role as “Mr Chow”.
What makes him so successful?
There are a couple of things that set Ken Jeong apart from your average person. He is a very smart, dedicated and studious guy. You don’t get to graduate high school, college early and get a medical degree from one of the most prestigious colleges in the USA if you are not a very smart guy. But, without proper planning and dedication, he wouldn’t have managed to keep everything in order. Without having such a high work ethic, he would not have the will to juggle his work, his passions and his family life. But he knew where his passions lie and he dedicated the majority of his free time to them.
But he also risked things. There comes a lot of reputation with being a doctor. Doctors are supposed to be quite serious, so when you are a comedian on the side, people will probably have doubts and questions as to your qualities as a doctor. But he persisted. He even moved from place to place, juggling his medical practice with his acting ambitions and through perseverance prevailed.
We calculate Ken Jeong is worth $15 million dollars in 2020.
Ken Jeong has fulfilled the American Dream. A child of immigrants, he has worked hard, got educated and made a career that has made him rich beyond his wildest dreams. He sacrificed a lot for his career, even a budding medical practice. It took a lot of willpower and energy to juggle two such demanding jobs for so long. Being a doctor by day and comedian by night doesn’t allow for much sleep or free time. Even if comedy is about making people laugh, its a very stressful affair.
But Ken Jeong is not your average person. His wit and intelligence helped him carve out a career in Hollywood for himself. It shows once again, if you work hard, plan things and believe in your passions, that you can also become a global star even when you hit your forties.