How much is Steve-O worth?
|Professional Television Personality
|Date of Birth:
|June 13, 1974 (age 48)
|5 ft 9 in (1.77 m)
“Rather than wait to be discovered, discover yourself. Whatever it is that you intend to do later, start doing it now, get good at it, and show people what you’ve done. Actions speak louder than words.” Steve-O
Steve-O is a TV personality most famous for his over the top stunts in Jackass . The show spawned three movies and Steve-O became the MVP of the series, being most of the fans’ favorite performer. He has also pursued other careers in music, stand-up comedy, and writing, to varying degrees of success.
“I’m a proud vegan, whistle-blower, and animal rights activist.” Steve-O
Breaking Down Steve-O’s Net Worth
Steve-O got a massive amount of traction after prominently appearing in the MTV series Jackass. The show went on to become a highly successful franchise, which included a successful console video-game and three Hollywood movies, with the third film having a budget of $20 million and being shot on the best 3D cameras in the industry, just to be used to film a bunch of self-proclaimed rejects prank each other.
In total, the Jackass trilogy has grossed a total of $356.2 million, and that’s partly thanks to Steve-O as his stunts are by far the most brutal and disgusting.
“I felt like it was inevitable that I was going to fail in life and die young. So I was frantically scrambling to document my stunts and pack my message into a bottle. I thought maybe I could be discovered after I’d died, like Van Gogh.” Steve-O
Arguably his most memorable stunt was when he pushed a fishing hook through his cheek, jumped in to the sea attached to the hook, and was used as bait for sharks. He had the honor of closing out the final Jackass movie, Jackass 3D, when he was shot in to the sky in a porta potty filled with excrement.
Besides self inflicting pain on TV with his friends, Steve-O became somewhat of a television personality and is known for revealing a giant tattoo of his face, which covers his whole back. Steve-O has broken several bones for our entertainment.
“My first call is always to my dad. It’s really rad. What had initially drove my dad and me apart – all my stunts and antics – has brought us together, closer than we’ve ever been. My dad’s been a huge part of my team.” Steve-O
He has broken a total of 12 bones in his career, most recently breaking both of his legs trying to pull off a skateboard stunt in 2016. In classic Steve-O fashion, the stunt included a porta potty and a wrecked car. Not only has he broken bones for our enjoyment, but he has also had stints in jail due to his stunts too. He was jailed for climbing a crane and protesting against Seaworld in 2015, leading to fans raising his bail money through a GoFundMe page.
Though he was famous, he was still broke while shooting season two of Jackass and it wouldn’t be until years later when he would begin to feel financially comfortable. Around filming Jackass, he would shoot stand-up comedy specials and he saw a lot of success from it.
After the final series of Jackass ended, Steve-O continued to perform stunts with fellow Jackass performer Chris Pontius on the new television series, Wildboyz, only this time there was a heavier focus on acts with animals. Though the jackass crew had disbanded for the television show, members intermittently featured on Wildboyz, getting up to their usual boys-will-be-boys pranks. The series was incredibly successful and it even outlasted Jackass, being on screen for four seasons.
Steve-O has lent his voice to three video-games, including a game adaptation of the Jackass series, and more importantly in Tony Hawk’s Underground 2. Despite not being a professional skater, Steve-O prominently featured in the game. Underground 2 was a departure from the previous games in the Tony Hawk series, as it required the player to perform stunts and pranks more often than pulling off gravity defying tricks on a skateboard. The game was clearly directly influenced by Jackass and cashed in on the popularity.
Steve-O’s Total Net Worth
Steve-O may not have earned as much money as one would think. He has given a lot to his stunts and performed incredible feats, and while he may have been one of the best paid in the Jackass crew. He still may only have had career earnings in the region of $7.5 million dollars.
From his work with Jackass franchise it is estimated that Steve-O earned a total of $4 million dollars. Between all of his other appearances, including in “Wildboyz” for which he is a creator, “Steve-O: Gnarly”, “Guest House” and all of his other appearances including his 34 acting credits, 9 producing credits, and 180 appearances as himself. Steve-O has earned about $3.5 million. That figure also includes earnings from his books and from YouTube.
Steve-O has been active since 1998 and is still active today in 2022. His average yearly earnings have been about $310,000 per year. However some years Steve-O has earned more than in others, it is estimated that in total Steve-O has paid around 35% of his career earnings in taxes. In total, Steve-O has therefore earned $4.88 million after tax, having paid about $2.62 million to the government.
While some people may look at Steve-O and think he is a reckloose, nothing could be further from the truth. Steve-O is sensible in his everyday life and lives a life that purposefully does not harm others. He is a vegan and a whistle-blower who stands up for animal rights.
Steve-O married Brittany Mcgraw in 2006 and they divorced in 2008. By 2006 Steve-O had already been very active and already earned about $1 million, a number that may have increased to $1.2 million by the end of the marriage. It is unlikely that Steve-O would have had to pay any more than $150,000 as a divorce settlement in these circumstances. Aside from that, Steve-O has been quite the upstanding citizen, he may have spent some of his money on drugs in his earlier years, however he has been sober now for 15 years.
Overall, it appears that Steve-O has a net worth of $4 million.
YouTube Success & More
As entertainment has shifted from television networks to streaming services and YouTube, Steve-O has made use of the latter, as he not only uploads to his own channel but also often features on other personalities’ channels, which helps push his hot sauce to those outside of being fans of his stunts.
“I’m the perfect kind of personality for making YouTube videos. I deal in short attention span theater. I do wild things.” Steve-O
He has over six million subscribers on YouTube, and his videos usually get around two million views. It is estimated that Steve-O makes around $600 per day from his YouTube channel.
Most of his videos are about his past as he explains strange encounters and weird jobs he had before he was famous.
In 2011, Steve-O published Professional Idiot: A Memoir, an autobiography further explaining bizarre situations he had gotten himself in to and how he became the professional idiot he is today. Steve-O’s most recent, non-life threatening venture is his very own hot sauce, creatively named Hot Sauce For Your Butthole, which continues to sell out. To promote the hot sauce, he appeared on Gordon Ramsey’s YouTube channel. He spontaneously poured his brand of hot sauce in to his eye while being recorded. Ramsey watched in disbelief, when all they were supposed to be doing is making omelettes. The video his gained over eight million views in just two months.
“I have been really enjoying making a project out of seeking out an extremely healthy diet of raw, organic, vegan foods – and I plan on continuing to do so.” Steve-O
Steve-O has been sober for almost 15 years.
“The first thought that I had about really trying to get sober was, ‘Man, I could do a lot of good in the world. I can lead by example and just be this heroic recovery guy.’ And that’s just a bad reason to get sober. You can’t get sober for anybody’s benefit, let alone the world at large. You really got to do it for yourself.”
Despite his fame and being wildly popular, Steve-O’s net worth is estimated to be $4 million. Unfortunately, after Jackass ended, most of the stars of the show had something else to fall back on. Johnny Knoxville became a movie star. Bam Margera continued his professional skating career. But Steve-O can’t act like Knoxville, as he’s only done cameos here and there, and though he does skate, he isn’t professional like Margera. Still, $4 million is a lot better than his reported pay of $500 per life threatening stunt during the first series of Jackass.
The fourth main installment in the Jackass film series Jackass Forever is a 2022 American reality slapstick comedy film directed and produced by Jeff Tremaine, along with producers Spike Jonze, Johnny Knoxville, and Steve-O. It was released by Paramount Pictures.
“What brings you closer to God is being in service to others. I think any religion or spiritual way of life will indicate that service to others will lead to a connection with a higher power.” Steve-O