Ellen DeGeneres net worth and salary: Ellen DeGeneres is an American comedian, actres, and TV personality who has a net worth of $285 million and an annual salary of $70 million. Ellen DeGeneres was born on January 26, 1958 in Metairie, Louisiana. Early in life Ellen worked at J.C. Penny and as a waitress at TGI Friday's. In her free time, she moonlighted at New Orleans comedy clubs until she was able to tour nationally. In 1982, Showtime named her the Funniest Person in America. Appearances on The Tonight Show led to a variety film and television roles. In 1994, she landed a sitcom of her very own, aptly titled "Ellen". The show aired 109 episodes over five seasons on ABC. The show reached the peak of its ratings in February of 1997, when DeGeneres's character came out as a lesbian. Shortly after this episode aired, DeGeneres herself came out officially on The Oprah Winfrey Show.
In September 2003, DeGeneres launched a daytime talk show called The Ellen DeGeneres Show. Today, The Ellen DeGeneres show is one of the most-watched shows on daytime television. As of February 2014, the show has aired more than 1800 episodes over 11 seasons and has won 33 Daytime Emmys. The Ellen DeGeneres show averages four million viewers every day. As if she wasn't busy enough, Ellen was hired as a judge for the ninth season of American Idol, replacing longtime judge Paula Abdul. Additionally, she has hosted both the Primetime Emmys and the Academy Awards, for which she won a Primetime Emmy. DeGeneres has been in a relationship with actress Portia de Rossi since 2004. They were married in 2008.