Dick Wolf Net Worth
Dick Wolf net worth and salary: Dick Wolf is an American producer, television show creator and writer who has a net worth of $550 million. Dick Wolf is probably most famous today for having created the "Law & Order" television franchise. Dick Wolf was born on December 20, 1946. He attended Phillips Academy with George W. Bush, and then graduated from the University of Pennsylvania in 1969. He originally worked in advertising as a copywriter at Benton & Bowles while writing screenplays in hopes to break into the film industry. He moved to Los Angeles a few years after meeting struggling screenwriter Oliver Stone, and subsequently had three of his screenplays produced. One of these, Masquerade, starring Rob Lowe, was particularly well received. He also held a position as a staff writer on the television series Hill Street Blues, where he received his first Emmy nomination.
From Hill Street Blues, Dick Wolf moved to the show Miami Vice, where he was supervising producer. Miami Vice brought him great success, but nothing like that of his future series Law & Order which debuted in 1990. Law & Order has been nominated for the most consecutive Emmy Awards of any show in history. Wolf is the creator and executive producer of Law & Order, Law & Order: Special Victims Unit, Law & Order: Criminal Intent, and Law & Order: UK. He is also the creator and executive producer of the "Chicago" franchise of television shows which began in 2012. Today that franchise includes Chicago Fire, Chicago P.D., Chicago Med and Chicago Justice. As of January 2019, the Chicago franchise has aired more than 350 episodes of its various series.
Wolf also produced the short documentary Twin Towers in 2003, about two brothers who lost their lives on September 11, 2001. In addition, he has won many awards for his work, most notably from the Banff Television Festival, NATPE, Anti-Defamation League, Entertainment Industries Council, New York Chapter of the National Academy of Television Arts & Sciences, Publicist's Guild of America, and the Edgar Award from the Mystery Writers of America. On March 29, 2009 Dick Wolf received a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame. He has been married three times. His divorce battle with wife #2, Christine Marburg, lasted 12 years. In January 2019 it was revealed that Wolf was divorcing from wife #3 Noelle Lippman.
Divorce Settlement With Christine Marburg: The divorce between Wolf and Marburg started in the early 2000s and was legally settled in 2005. Noelle agreed to receive a settlement of $17.5 million in cash plus $2 million per year for eight years. Not surprisingly, a big part of their settlement talks was the value of Law & Order. Since it was created during their marriage, Christine was legally entitled to half the value of the show. During negotiations, financial advisors estimated that the total value of Law & Order was a meager $8 million. So, you can imagine Christine's shock when, just a few months after signing the settlement deal, she read in the LA Times that claimed Dick was finalizing a new production deal with NBC that valued Law & Order at $1.6 billion. This revelation set Christine on a legal rampage that lasted until 2016. Her lawsuits were ultimately not successful.
Dick Wolf's Annual Income: In 2012 Wolf earned around $70 million according to a number of public reports. In January 2019, a court filing as part of his divorce from Noelle Lippman revealed that Dick Wolf earns between $10 and $15 million every month from his TV empire. That's $120 – $180 million per year. The same filing showed that Wolf and Lippman do have a prenup which would protect a large portion of TV assets, she would still be entitled to half the income he earned and half the assets they acquired during their marriage which lasted from 2006 to 2018. That would likely be a very very large number even with a prenup.