Last Updated: May 29, 2024
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Net Worth:
$35 Million
Sep 12, 1967 (56 years old)
Washington, D.C.
6 ft (1.83 m)
Screenwriter, Actor, Television producer, Television Director, Film director, Film Producer, Comedian, Voice Actor, Television Editor, Film Editor
United States of America
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Louis C.K. is an American stand-up comedian, film writer, actor, producer, and director who has a net worth of $35 million. Louis C.K. is known for his dark, observational humor and self-deprecating comedic style. CK's parents are of Hungarian and Mexican-Irish descent, and he spent part of his early childhood in Mexico before moving back to the United States. The family eventually settled in Massachusetts, where CK became interested in comedy and began performing stand-up routines in his early twenties.

Over the years, Louis CK has established himself as one of the most influential comedians of his generation. His unique brand of humor combines raw honesty with biting wit, often exploring themes such as family, relationships, and the absurdities of everyday life. CK's comedy specials, including "Shameless" (2007), "Chewed Up" (2008), and "Hilarious" (2010), have been critically acclaimed and helped cement his reputation as a leading comedic voice.

In addition to his stand-up work, Louis CK has enjoyed a successful career in television and film. He has written for several TV shows, such as "The Chris Rock Show" and "The Dana Carvey Show," and created the short-lived HBO series "Lucky Louie" in 2006. His most significant television accomplishment came with the creation, writing, directing, and starring in the critically acclaimed FX series "Louie" (2010-2015), which garnered numerous awards and nominations, including two Primetime Emmy Awards for Outstanding Writing for a Comedy Series.

Despite his professional success, CK's career took a significant downturn in 2017 when multiple women accused him of sexual misconduct. CK initially denied the allegations but later admitted to the inappropriate behavior. As a result, several projects, including the release of his film "I Love You, Daddy," were canceled or postponed, and CK took a hiatus from the public eye.

In 2018, Louis CK began making a gradual return to stand-up comedy. Today he performs in sold-out stadiums and self-releases comedy specials directly to his fans.

Early Life

Louis C.K.'s real name is Louis Székely (pronounced like the letters C K). He was born in Washington, D.C., on September 12th of 1967. His parents were well-educated Harvard graduates – a software engineer and an economist.

When Louis C.K. was just a year old, his family moved to Mexico City. He spent the next six years of his life in Mexico's capital, speaking Spanish as his first language.

When he moved back to the United States, he learned English for the first time in Boston at age 7. Three years later, his parents divorced. From the age of 10 forward, Louis C.K. was raised by his mother alongside his three sisters. His father was not a major part of his life from that point on, and Louis C.K.'s entire family on his father's side still lives in Mexico. His paternal uncle even reached a high position within Mexico's government.

Early Career

By age 17, Louis C.K. had directed his first film, a comedic short called Trash Day. After some thought, the teen decided to pursue a career in stand-up comedy rather than film – at least initially. Although his first experiences with stand-up comedy were negative, he stuck with it until he was opening for comedians like Jerry Seinfeld and Lenny Clarke in his early 20s. By the '90s, he had started to perform on television. At this point, he also started creating short films once again, which were submitted to major film festivals.

In the early '90s, Louis C.K. began to flex his writing muscles, writing material for figures like David Letterman and Conan O'Brien. From the mid-'90s onwards, Louis C.K. advanced his career considerably, serving as head writer for the Dana Carvey Show. He also released his first comedy special and landed his first major voice-acting gig on an animated series called Dr. Katz, Professional Therapist. He experienced the most critical praise for his work on The Chris Rock Show in the late 90s and was nominated three times for an Emmy. He eventually won "Best Writing in a Variety or Comedy Series" in 1999. During the next few years, Louis focused on film. He was an actor, director, and writer for all kinds of movies, including Tuna, I Think I Love My Wife, Pootie Tang, and more.

Success as a Standup Comedian

In the mid-2000s, Louis C.K. switched his focus back toward his true passion: stand-up comedy. He once again released a comedy special in 2005 and toured with other well-known comedians in 2007. Later that year, the comedian released another special – his first hour-long release. He repeated the feat in 2008 and was nominated for an Emmy as a reward. Prior to 2009, Louis C.K. had been releasing his specials through networks such as HBO. When he released the concert film Hilarious, he produced it independently and sold it to Epix and Comedy Central.

Another major breakthrough came when FX picked up the comedian's TV series, which was called Louie. The show helped Louis C.K. win multiple Emmys. He also released more comedy specials during this time and continued to act in movies such as American Hustle and Trumbo. From 2016 onwards, the comedian shifted back towards creating his own films and related projects. Many of these projects would be canceled after he was embroiled in controversy.



In 2017, Louis C.K. faced numerous allegations of sexual misconduct from multiple women. Although Louis C.K. technically didn't break any laws because he always asked for the women's permission to perform sex acts in front of them, he nonetheless acknowledged that it was an abuse of power. Louis C.K. later stated that his position in the entertainment industry prevented these women from coming forward with their stories.

The controversy dragged on for several months and completely derailed the comedian's career. He lost countless roles in movies, his managers cut all ties with him, and his reputation suffered a major blow. After these allegations, it seemed unlikely that Louis C.K. would ever be involved in "family-friendly" projects again.

$30-40 Million "Gone"

In a 2018 statement, Louis C.K. estimated that the controversy had cost him an estimated $30-40 million in an instant.

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In 2018, Louis returned to comedy. Despite various figures continuing to condemn him, he made unannounced appearances at comedy clubs and announced an international tour.


Louis C.K. has a unique system that allows him to sell digital downloads of his comedy specials and tickets directly through his website. Although there were concerns about pirated content, the comedian's venture paid off. In one instance, Louis C.K. was able to gross $4.5 million in just under 48 hours. Intelligent financial strategies such as these have helped Louis C.K. accomplish feats like earning $16 million in 2013 alone. This system was so successful that it inspired other comedians to follow suit. Louis C.K.'s earnings rose dramatically between 2016 and 2017, and he earned $50 million during this period.

Personal Life

Louis C.K. married his first wife, Alix Bailey, in 1995. They had a daughter in 2002 and another in 2005. The couple separated in 2008. In 2018, he started dating a French comic and actress called Blanche Gardin. They broke up in 2019.

Real Estate

In 2014, he paid $2.4 million for a waterfront home on New York's Shelter Island.

In 2012, Louis paid $6.5 million for a 5,000-square-foot brownstone in NYC's West Village. He listed this unit for sale in September 2022 for $8.499 million, ultimately accepting $5.8 million in March 2023.

In 2016 Louis paid $2.45 million for an apartment in New York City's Greenwich Village. He attempted to sell this unit at the beginning of 2022 for an asking price of $2.5 million. He ultimately accepted $1.9 million, a nearly $600,000 loss, in October 2022.

At the same time as his Greenwich Village sale, Louis paid $3.85 million for an apartment in a different New York City building, this one on Fifth Avenue.

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