Larry David Net Worth

How much is Larry David Worth?

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Larry David Net Worth:
$400 Million

Larry David net worth: Larry David is an American comedian, writer, actor, director, and television producer who has a net worth of $400 million. He is best known as the creator of Seinfeld alongside friend Jerry Seinfeld as well as the creator and star of Curb Your Enthusiasm. Since 2015, David has made multiple guest appearances playing the 2016 and 2020 United States Presidential candidate Bernie Sanders on Saturday Night Live.

Early Life

Larry was born on July 2, 1947, in Brooklyn, New York. His father was a men's clothing manufacturer. He has an older brother named Ken. His family is Jewish. His father's side moved from Germany to the U.S. during the 19th century, while David's mother was born into a Polish-Jewish family in Tarnopol, now in Ukraine. He attended Sheepshead Bay High School then the University of Maryland, College Park. where he was a brother in Tau Epsilon Phi in the 1960s. He graduated with a bachelor's degree in history.  It was while at college that David started developing his take on things and discovered that he could make people laugh, simply by being himself. After college, David enlisted in the United States Army Reserve and held various odd jobs including working as a store clerk and a limo driver, while also practicing his stand-up at night. From 1980 to 1982 he was a writer and cast member on the ABC sketch show Fridays. He was then a writer for Saturday Night Live from 1984 to 1985. He famously only got one of his sketches on the air while at SNL, which aired at 12:50 AM, the last time slot on the show. He worked with future Seinfeld stars Michael Richards on Fridays and Julia Louis-Dreyfus on SNL.

Creation of Seinfeld

In 1989 Larry teamed up with Jerry Seinfeld to create a pilot for NBC which was originally titled The Seinfeld Chronicles. The name was eventually shortened to Seinfeld. Larry was the co-creator and executive producer of Seinfeld, which ran 180 episodes between 1989 and 1998. David was the head writer and executive producer for the first seven seasons. Larry wrote 62 episodes of Seinfeld (out of 180), including the episode "The Contest." David's work on Seinfeld won him two Primetime Emmy Awards in 1993, for Outstanding Comedy Series and Outstanding Individual Achievement in Writing in a Comedy Series, for "The Contest." Seinfeld is one of the most successful shows in television history, reaching the top of TV Guide's list of the 50 greatest TV shows of all time. Entertainment Weekly ranked it the third-best TV show of all time.

Creation of Curb Your Enthusiasm

David gained further recognition for the HBO series Curb Your Enthusiasm, which he created, in which he stars as a semi-fictionalized version of himself. David wrote or co-wrote every episode of the series since its pilot episode in 1999. The show is critically acclaimed and has been nominated for 30 Primetime Emmy Awards, with one win, as well as one Golden Globe win. On Wednesday, June 2, 2010, the series premiered on the TV Guide Network, making its network television debut. The show's 10th season premiered in 2020.

Larry David Wealth

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Larry David Seinfeld Syndication Earnings

As you might assume, Larry earned the vast majority of his net worth thanks to his association with the massively successful Seinfeld. From the outset of the show, Larry and Jerry each owned 7.5% of the show's backend equity points. At the peak of the show's success in the mid-1990s, the duo negotiated a deal with NBC that boosted their points to 15% apiece. Part of that boost also came from Larry and Jerry buying out an equity owner who was looking to cash out. The show was first syndicated in 1998. That first deal generated $1.7 billion in revenue, giving Larry and Jerry each a $250 million windfall. In an average year, he makes $40-50 million between syndication, DVD sales, merchandise, and other platform royalties. In some years that number can be much higher. In 2015 Larry earned a total of $80 million after Hulu paid $180 million to acquire Seinfeld's streaming rights, giving both Larry and Jerry an extra $30 million. In the last two decades, Seinfeld has generated well over $4 billion in syndication revenue, roughly $17 million per episode. As of this writing, Jerry and Larry have both earned at least $800 million from Seinfeld between salary, DVD, merchandise, and syndication deals.

When Seinfeld sold to Netflix for $500 million in September 2019, both Larry and Jerry earned $75 million.

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Personal Life

On March 31, 1993, David married Laurie Lennard. They have two daughters, Cazzie Laurel (born May 10, 1994) and Romy March (born March 2, 1996). Laurie David filed for divorce on July 13, 2007, citing irreconcilable differences and seeking joint custody of the couple's two daughters.

In the summer of 2017, PBS's Finding Your Roots discovered through genealogical research that David and Bernie Sanders are distantly related. Sanders told David the news.  The comedian explained that Sanders is "a third cousin or something."

David is an atheist and has said that religion should be ridiculed.

Salary and Net Worth Details

Unfortunately, Larry's net worth took a pretty large hit after his divorce from ex-wife Laurie in 2007. Larry reportedly paid Laurie 50% of his net worth at the time. That resulted in a $200-300 million settlement that includes future syndication income from both Seinfeld and Curb Your Enthusiasm.

Real Estate

In 2014, Larry David sold his 11.272 square foot estate in Pacific Palisades, California for $12 million. The home has seven bedrooms and 10 baths, with a master bedroom that includes a deck overlooking the ocean, a grassy backyard, and a pool. The property features a large guest house, multiple fireplaces, living room, family room, and dining room.

Larry David Net Worth

Larry David

Net Worth:$400 Million
Date of Birth:Jul 2, 1947 (73 years old)
Height:5 ft 10 in (1.8 m)
Profession:Actor, Television producer, Screenwriter, Comedian, Film Producer, Writer, Voice Actor
Nationality:United States of America
Last Updated:2020

Larry David Earnings

  • Seinfeld
    from the sale of the syndication rights to the show
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