Johnny Carson net worth: Johnny Carson was an American talk show host and cultural icon who had a net worth of $300 million. Johnny Carson was born on October 23, 1925, in Corning, Iowa and died January 23, 2005 in West Hollywood, California. Carson hosted "The Tonight Show With Johnny Carson Show" for 30 years straight, from 1962 until 1992. His influence on American pop culture can not be over emphasized. During that 30 year run, Johnny Carson launched the careers of hundreds of future super stars including comedians like Jerry Seinfeld, David Letterman and even his future replacement Jay Leno. Comedians lived and died by Johnny's invitation to perform on the show and possibly even join him on the couch for an interview after their set. When Johnny died, he left roughly $200 million to his charity, The Johnny Carson foundation. At the peak of his show in 1991, he earned $25 million per year in salary which is equal to roughly $40 million in today's dollars.