Yakov Smirnoff net worth: Yakov Smirnoff is laughing all the way to the bank with a net worth of $4 million. Smirnoff acquired his net worth from the 1980's as an actor/comedian. Born in Ukrainian SSR, Soviet Union (now known as Ukraine), Smirnoff moved to the US in 1977. Before becoming a sensation in the comedy circuit, Smirnoff worked as a bartender at Grossingers Hotel in New York. By the 1980s, he was in big blockbusters, including Buckaroo Banzai (1984), Brewster's Millions (1985), and The Money Pit (1986). Smirnoff also made many TV appearances: he was featured many times in the 1986 hit sitcom The Night Court. He also had a lead role in the 1986 sitcom, What a Country! Smirnoff played a Russian minicab studying for his US citizenship test. He continues to be a sensation: he appeared in the highly successful Broadway show, As Long as We Both Shall Laugh, as well as owning a theatre in Missouri, where he performs all year. Smirnoff is also a writer for AARP magazine, having his own column called Happily Ever Laughter. There is no end to this man's abilities as he is a professor at Missouri State and Drury University, where he teaches The Business of Laughter. In addition, Smirnoff is a painter and has made a painting of the 9/11 event which he transformed into a large mural for $100,000. The painting, called America's Heart, can be seen at his theatre.