Stephen Colbert's Salary: $6 million
Born in Washington D.C. and raised in South Carolina, comedian, writer, actor and political satirist Stephen Colbert has a net worth of $45 million. Colbert attended Hampden-Sydney College before transferring to Northwestern University to study performance art. His early career began at the ImprovOlympic's Annoyance Theater where Colbert performed long form improvisation before moving on to Second City where he made friends and connections that led to his first television gig, the Comedy Central sketch show Exit 57. Colbert has appeared in various television and film titles, most notably The Dana Carvey Show, Stranger with Candy, and The Daily Show, all of which he also wrote for. In 2005 Colbert was granted his own Daily Show spin-off show, The Colbert Report, a satirical news program hosted by a caricature of Colbert himself, airing on Comedy Central. The Colbert Report has won an Emmy Award and Peabody Award, while Colbert himself has won three Emmy Awards as a writer on The Daily Show and a Grammy Award for A Colbert Christmas: The Greatest Gift of All! Colbert has loaned his voice for television and film roles on The Simpsons, American Dad!, Monsters vs. Aliens, Harvey Birdman, Attorney at Law, and Saturday Night Live. As an author, Colbert co-authored Wigfield: The Can Do Town That Just May Not and authored under the satirical Colbert Report caricature I Am America (And So Can You!) which reached number one on the New York Times Bestsellers List.