Seth MacFarlane Net Worth

How much is Seth MacFarlane Worth?

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Seth MacFarlane net worth:
$300 Million

Seth MacFarlane net worth and salary: Seth MacFarlane is an American producer, writer, voice actor, singer and comedian who has a net worth of $300 million. Anyone who was lucky enough to create just one hit television shot for a major network TV channel with DVDs and merchandise would die a very happy and VERY rich person. Seth MacFarlane has managed that feat not once but three times with his smash hit shows Family Guy, American Dad and The Cleveland Show. He has also written, directed and produced several films including 2012's Ted which grossed over $500 million, 2015's Ted 2 which grossed just under $200 million and 2014's A Million Ways to Die in the West.

Early Life: Seth MacFarlane was born October 26, 1973 in Kent, Connecticut. He is a distant descendant of Mayflower passenger William Brewster. Seth developed an interest in illustration as a child thanks to cartoons like Woody Woodpecker and Fred Flintstone. Amazingly, Seth decided to pursue a career in animation when he was just five years old. At the age of nine he published his first comic, "Walter Crouton", which was published weekly in The Kent Good Times Dispatch. Seth earned $5 per week from the comic, his first paying gig.

In high school Seth began making short films using his parents' 8mm camera. He then went on to the Rhode Island School of Design (RISD) where he studied film, video and animation. While at RISD, Seth's had a classmate named Patrick Henry. At some point Patrick introduced Seth to his brother Mike Henry, an aspiring stand-up comedian/actor who would later collaborate on several MacFarlane projects. Mike Henry would later voice the characters Cleveland Brown, Herbert, Consuela and Bruce. In 2009 Mike co-created The Cleveland Show which ran until 2013.

But back to RISD. During his senior year, Seth created a film these called The Life of Larry. His professor submitted the film to executives at Hanna-Barbera who instantly offered Seth a job. Seth worked on a number of Hanna-Barbera projects. In 1996 he created an updated version of The Life of Larry called Larry & Steve which featured a lovable/dumb middle-aged character named Larry and his loyal intelligent dog, Steve. Sound familiar?

Family Guy: After seeing Larry & Steve, executives at Fox asked Seth to pitch them a show idea. Fox initially passed but after the surprise success of their 1997 show King of the Hill, Seth was invited back to pitch again. This time around Fox agreed to produce a pilot but offered Seth a scant $50,000 to use as his budget. At the time, most animated prime time shows had a per-episode budget of $1 million.

Seth spent six months creating what he would later admit was a crudely animated film. The pilot impressed Fox execs who immediately ordered a full season. At 24 years old, Seth was the youngest executive producer in television.

Family Guy debuted on January 31, 1999 immediately after Fox's broadcast of Super Bowl XXXIII. The show's debut was seen by 22 million people. The first season performed well enough to earn a second season. Unfortunately during the second season the show faced steep competition at the Thursday, 9PM time slot and ratings subsequently tanked. Fox technically canceled the show in May 2000 after the second season, but after a last-minute reprieve a third season was approved and returned in November 2001. The show continued to find good ratings and was officially canceled in the summer of 2002.

Family Guy found a following when reruns began airing on Cartoon Network. It was actually the network's highest-rated show overall, boosting viewership more than 200%. In 2003 the show's first and second seasons were released on DVD. An astounding (for the time) 400,000 copies sold in the first week. Seasons 1 and 2 sold millions of copies and were the best-selling DVDs of 2003 and 2004. Today the season 1 and 2 set is the second best-selling TV DVD in history behind Chappelle's Show. Fox quickly uncancelled the show, bringing back a fourth season in May 2005.

Syndication Revenue: Over the next 15 years, Family Guy would air more than 300 new episodes over an additional 14 seasons. It has been syndicated globally in dozens of countries and languages. Between 2005 and 2008 alone, the show generated north of $1 billion in revenue – $400 million from syndication deals, $400 from DVD sales and $200 million in merchandise sales. To date the show generated several billion in revenue from all income sources.

As of this writing, a single syndicated episode sells for $2 million. A single 30-second commercial on the new airings sells for $200,000. The show generates $500 million a year in ad revenue. More than 500 Family Guy-related toys and items have been licensed to major retailers including Wal-Mart and Target, generating $100 million a year in revenue.

Seth MacFarlane's Earnings: Between 2005 and 2008 MacFarlane was paid $2 million per year by Fox for his show-running duties. In 2009, he negotiated a 5-year $100 million dollar deal to run his animation empire. It was the largest and priciest contract in television history up to that point. And neither of those salary figures include DVD or merchandise rights which are estimated to earn Seth upwards of $20 million additionally each year!

As MacFarlane, Trey Parker, Matt Stone and Matt Groening prove, there is A TON of money in the animation business!

Other Work: Seth is also the creator/executive producer of American Dad which premiered in 2005 and is still going strong to this day. He co-created The Cleveland show which ran from 2009 to 2013.

He has also written, directed and produced several films including 2012's Ted which grossed over $500 million, 2015's Ted 2 which grossed just under $200 million and 2014's A Million Ways to Die in the West. In 2016 he created the live-action Fox series The Orville.

He has released five musical albums and performs regularly as a big band act.

Real Estate: Seth's primary home since 2008 has been a large mansion in Beverly Hills that he scooped up for $13.5 million. In 2019 he spent $15.7 million on a home in Malibu, California.

Personal Life: A lifelong bachelor, Seth has been romantically linked to a number of beautiful actresses. He dated Eliza Dushku briefly. He dated Emilia Clarke from 2012 to 2013.

Seth MacFarlane Net Worth

Seth MacFarlane

Net Worth:$300 Million
Date of Birth:Oct 26, 1973 (46 years old)
Gender:Male
Height:5 ft 10 in (1.78 m)
Profession:Actor, Composer, Animator, Television producer, Voice Actor, Comedian, Singer, Screenwriter, Film director, Television Director
Nationality:United States of America
Last Updated:2019

Seth MacFarlane Earnings

  • Family Guy
    $50,000/episode
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