Ellen DeGeneres net worth and salary: Ellen DeGeneres is an American comedian, actress, and TV personality who has a net worth of $200 million and an annual salary of $65 million. Ellen DeGeneres was raised in Metairie, Louisiana, and 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 film and television roles, and in 1994, she launched her first sitcom: Ellen, which ran for four seasons on ABC. Ellen reached the peak of its ratings life in February of 1997, when DeGeneres's character, Ellen, came out as a lesbian, shortly after DeGeneres herself had done the same on The Oprah Winfrey Show.
In 2003, DeGeneres launched her own talk show, The Ellen DeGeneres Show, which is one of the most-watched shows on daytime television and has received twenty-nine Daytime Emmys over the course of seven seasons; she also currently appears as a judge on 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 is married to actress Portia de Rossi.