Ellen DeGeneres Net Worth

How much is Ellen DeGeneres Worth?

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Ellen DeGeneres Net Worth:
$490 Million

Ellen DeGeneres' Salary

$75 Million

Ellen DeGeneres net worth: Ellen DeGeneres is an American comedian, actress, writer, producer, and TV personality who has a net worth of $490 million. She is best known for the sitcom Ellen, which she created and which ran from 1994 to 1998 as well as the syndicated talk show The Ellen DeGeneres Show, which has aired since 2003.

Early Life: Ellen DeGeneres was born on January 26, 1958, in Metairie, Louisiana. Her mother Elizabeth was a speech therapist and her father Elliott was an insurance agent. She has a brother named Vance who is a musician and producer. DeGeneres is of French, English, German, and Irish descent. She was raised as a Christian Scientist. Her parents divorced n 1974 and her mother remarried and moved with her new husband and Ellen from New Orleans to Atlanta, Texas. Ellen graduated from Atlanta High School in 1976 and moved back to New Orleans to attend the University of New Orleans. She dropped out after one semester to take a clerical job at a law firm. She also worked at J.C. Penney, was a waitress at TGIFridays,  house painter, hostess, and bartender.

Career: During the years when Ellen was working odd jobs, she started performing stand-up comedy at small clubs and coffee houses. By 1981, she was the emcee at Clyde's Comedy Club in New Orleans. DeGeneres cites Woody Allen and Steve Martin as her main influences at this time. In the early 1980s, she began to tour nationally, and in 1984 she was named Showtime's funniest person in America.

DeGeneres's first regular TV role was in a Fox sitcom called Open House in 1989. She played the role of Margo Van Meter, an office worker at the Juan Verde Real Estate company. In 1992, DeGeneres was cast in the sitcom Laurie Hill, in the role of Nurse Nancy MacIntyre. Although the series was canceled after only four episodes, the producers were so impressed with DeGeneres' performance that they soon cast her in their next ABC pilot, These Friends of Mine, which was renamed Ellen in its second season.  The ABC show was popular in its first few seasons due in part to DeGeneres' style of observational humor; she was often referred to as a "female Seinfeld."

Ellen reached its height of popularity in April 1997, when DeGeneres came out as a lesbian on The Oprah Winfrey Show. Her character on the sitcom also came out to her therapist, played by Oprah Winfrey. The coming-out episode, titled "The Puppy Episode," was one of the highest-rated installments of the show. The series returned for a fifth season but experienced declining ratings due to ABC's cutting back on promoting the show. In May 1998, Ellen was canceled. DeGeneres returned to stand-up comedy and later re-established herself as a successful talk show host. DeGeneres returned to television in 2001 with a new sitcom on CBS, The Ellen Show, which was canceled after 13 episodes.

In 2003, DeGeneres was cast in the role of Dory, the fish with short-term memory problems in Pixar's Finding Nemo. She reprised her role in the 2012 sequel, Finding Dory.

In September 2003, DeGeneres launched a daytime talk show called The Ellen DeGeneres Show. Today, The Ellen DeGeneres Show is one of the most-watched shows on daytime television. It was nominated for 11 Daytime Emmy Awards in its first season, winning four, including Best Talk Show. The show won 25 Emmy Awards for its first three seasons on the air. DeGeneres is known for her dancing and singing with the audience at the beginning of the show and during commercial breaks. She often gives away free prizes and trips to be in her show's studio audience with the help of her sponsors. On May 1, 2009, DeGeneres celebrated her 1000th episode, featuring celebrity guests Oprah Winfrey, Justin Timberlake, and Paris Hilton, among others.  Jennifer Aniston and Justin Timberlake surprised DeGeneres on her 2,000th show in December 2015.

On September 9, 2009, it was confirmed that DeGeneres would replace Paula Abdul as a judge of the ninth season of American Idol. DeGeneres reportedly signed a contract to be a judge on the show for at least five seasons. She made her American Idol debut on February 9, 2010. However, on July 29, 2010, DeGeneres announced that she would be leaving American Idol after one season. In a statement, DeGeneres said that the series "didn't feel like the right fit for me."

Starting in the 2017-2018 television season, DeGeneres began hosting the game show Ellen's Game of Games on NBC which expands on games played on her talk show.

DeGeneres has also hosted the Emmy Awards, Grammy Awards, and Academy Awards.

Ellen DeGeneres Net Worth

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Personal Life: DeGeneres came out as a lesbian in 1997. That same year, she started dating actress Anne Heche. They dated until August 2000. From 2000 to 2004, DeGeneres was linked to actress Alexandra Hedison. In 2004, she started dating actress Portia de Rossi. They married in August 2008 at their home in Beverly Hills, California.

Ellen and Portia are vegans.

In January 2018, for Ellen's 60th birthday  Portia de Rossi gifted Ellen a permanent gorilla home in Rwanda built in her name for the Digit Fund.  This gift was part of a new arm of the Digit Fund now called the Ellen DeGeneres Wildlife Fund.

Salary Highlights: DeGeneres earns a salary of between $75 million and $90 million every year. For example, between June 2018 and June 2019, Ellen earned $80 million from her various endeavors.

Real Estate: Ellen Degeneres and Portia de Rossi are serial house flippers. The couple has bought and sold more than 20 properties since 2003. In 2019 alone, DeGeneres and de Rossi sold properties for $6.98 million, $15.5 million, and $23 million.

In 2003, DeGeneres bought a home in the Hollywood Hills for $6 million. She sold the four-bedroom, four-and-a-half bathroom property to Will Ferrell three years later for $9 million.

In 2004, she paid $1.275 million for a midcentury-style Hollywood Hills home nicknamed "the treehouse," due to its 2,000 square feet of outdoor living spaces. She sold the two-bedroom, two-bathroom property for $2.1 million one year later to late actor Heath Ledger.

In 2007, DeGeneres and de Rossi acquired a mansion in Montecito, California, for $15.75 million and sold it for $20 million that same year.

In 2008, the couple paid $29 million for a 9,200-square-foot property in Beverly Hills and then bought the two surrounding homes to incorporate into the estate. They got married at this house.  By 2012, they had sold the compound to Ryan Seacrest for $37 million. That same year, DeGeneres bought a horse ranch in Thousand Oaks, California, for $8.5 million. After renovating the property, she sold it in 2013 for $10.85 million.

In 2011, the couple bought Brad Pitt's former Malibu home for $12 million. They sold it a year later for $13 million.

In 2012, they paid almost $40 million for Holmby Hills home called the Brody House and then sold the lavish property for $55 million just six months later to Sean Parker. That same year, the couple shelled out $13.2 million for a pair of adjacent condos in Los Angeles.  Three years later, they sold the residences for $11.85 million.

In 2015, they bought a four-bedroom, eight-bathroom Beverly Hills villa for $16 million and sold it three years later for $35 million.

In 2018, they bought a mansion in Beverly Hills for $15 million in 2018. Less than a year later, they said goodbye to the five-bedroom property with a $15.5 million sale. That same year, they paid $6.7 million for a ranch in Santa Barbara. They sold it for $6.98 million a year later to Nickelodeon president Brian Robbins.

In 2019, the couple bought a five-bedroom, 12-bathroom, newly renovated mansion in Beverly Hills from Adam Levine for $45 million.

Ellen DeGeneres Net Worth

Ellen DeGeneres

Net Worth:$490 Million
Salary:$75 Million
Date of Birth:Jan 26, 1958 (62 years old)
Height:5 ft 7 in (1.71 m)
Profession:Comedian, Actor, Voice Actor, Television producer, Screenwriter, Television presenter, Film Producer
Nationality:United States of America
Last Updated:2020

Ellen DeGeneres Earnings

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