Ricky Gervais Net Worth
Ricky Gervais net worth and salary: Ricky Gervais is a British-born actor, comedian, writer, and filmmaker who has a net worth of $130 million. He earned the vast majority of his net worth as the creator of the television series The Office. The Office started out as a limited run British series in 2001. In 2005 it was adapted to an American version which aired 201 episodes over 9 seasons. The American version of The Office is one of the most-lucrative shows in syndication history, earning billions of dollars in royalties and fees. As a result, Gervais continues to regularly earn tens of millions of dollars off the show when a deal is renewed or it is sold to a new platform.
Early Life: Ricky Gervais was born on June 25th, 1961 in Reading, England. He grew up in a loving family in the suburbs of Whitley and went to college at University College London in 1979 to study philosophy. Not knowing what do after college, he formed a band called Seona Dancing. Though they did not receive much success, they oddly had a hit single in the Philippines.
After college he began to work in odd jobs dealing with media and music. His connections through these jobs helped him score television gigs during the 90's. He was soon featured in the Chanel 4's "The 11 0′ Clock show".
The Office: Ricky's huge break came in 2001 when he released "The Office". The show developed a cult following and was loved by critics. The British version aired 12 episodes over two seasons and two specials. Ricky himself starred on the show as David Brent, the British version of a character American audiences would later know as Michael Scott, played by Steve Carell.
In 2005 an American version of The Office debuted on NBC. The first season was nearly a word-for-word, shot-for-shot remake of the British version which upset some fans of the original. From the second season on, the show was entirely original in its plot lines. The show became a huge hit with American audiences. The American version eventually aired 201 episodes over 9 seasons.
Syndication Earnings: Gervais and his co-creator Stephen Merchant earned tens of millions of dollars during the original run of The Office through various producer and creator credits. Ricky's true windfall has come thanks to extremely lucrative syndication and licensing deals in more recent years. Ricky owns at least 10% of The Office's syndication equity points. In other words, he earns 10% of all profits generated by the show.
To date, Ricky Gervais has easily earned north of $100 million before taxes through syndication sales.
In June 2019, Comcast's NBC paid $500 million for the rights to show The Office beginning in 2021. The show had previously been airing on Viacom-owned networks like Comedy Central. The show was also a longtime feature of Netflix.
Other Projects: After The Office, Ricky produced and starred in a new show for HBO called "Extras". Though the show wasn't as successful as The Office it did also gain a cult following. By this time, Gervais' fame on the rise and there was only one place he could go next… movies. Over the years he has hit the big screens in such films as Ghost Town, Night at the Museum, and The Invention of Lying.
As of this writing, Ricky has won seven BAFTA awards, two Emmy awards, a Screen Actors Guild award and three Golden Globe awards – a show which has hosted five times.
Netflix: In 2018, Netflix reportedly paid Ricky $20 million for a standup special. Netflix had previously purchased his special "Humanity", reportedly also for $20 million. Between June 2017 and June 2018, Ricky earned $25 million from his various endeavors. That was enough to make him one of the five highest-paid comedians in the world.
Personal Life: Ricky Gervais currently lives in Hampstead and New York City with his partner, best-selling noveist Jane Fallon. They are both staunch animal rights supporters and advocates.
In 2006 they spent around $6.5 million on a London home. They listed this property for sale in 2015 for $11.8 million. In 2016 they moved into a new home which they acquired for a little under $16 million.
|Net Worth:||$130 Million|
|Date of Birth:||Jun 25, 1961 (58 years old)|
|Height:||5 ft 8 in (1.73 m)|
|Profession:||Author, Comedian, Actor, Television Director, Television producer, Screenwriter, Writer, Film director, Film Producer, Disc jockey|