Conan O’Brien Net Worth 2022 (Forbes) – Salary, Income, Earnings

Conan O’Brien Net Worth 

Conan O’Brien has an estimated net worth of $200 million. Comedian and writer Conan O’Brien rose to fame as the host of the talk show ‘Late Night’ and later the ‘Tonight Show’ and ‘Conan.’ He earns most of his income from his talk shows. 

Conan O’Brien began his career as a TV writer before transitioning to front of the camera as a TV talk show host. O’Brien landed a prime spot hosting Late Night after writing for Saturday Night Live and The Simpsons, and has since hosted the Tonight Show and Conan.

To calculate the net worth of Conan O’Brien, subtract all his liabilities from his total assets. Investments, savings, cash deposits, and any equity he has in a house, car, or other similar asset are included in the total assets. All debts, such as personal loans and mortgages, are included in total liabilities.

Here’s the breakdown of his net worth:

Name: Conan O’Brien
Net Worth: $200 Million
Monthly Income: $1 Million
Annual Salary: $12 Million per year
Source of Wealth: Talk show host, Comedian, Actor, Screenwriter, Film Producer, Television producer, Presenter, Voice Actor

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Early Life

Conan Christopher O’Brien was born on April 18, 1963, as the third of six children in Brookline, Massachusetts. His father, Dr. Thomas O’Brien, is a well-known epidemiologist, the head of microbiology at Peter Brigham Hospital, and a Harvard Medical School professor. Ruth Reardon O’Brien, his mother, was a partner at the law firm Ropes & Gray outside Boston until she retired in 1997. He has three brothers: Neal, an antique car collector, Luke, a lawyer, and Justin, a business consultant, as well as two sisters: Kate, a teacher, and Jane, a screenwriter.

O’Brien went to Harvard University and majored in American History. He was twice elected president of The Harvard Lampoon, a venerable parody magazine (the only other person to hold that distinction was humorist Robert Benchley in 1912). Following graduation, O’Brien relocated to Los Angeles and began writing for HBO’s Not Necessarily the News. He also performed with The Groundlings, an improv group.

Writing for Television

O’Brien wrote for the hit comedy sketch show Saturday Night Live from 1988 to 1991; the show’s writing staff won an Emmy for Outstanding Writing in 1989. (Among O’Brien’s more memorable sketches are “The Girl Watchers,” which was first performed by Tom Hanks and Jon Lovitz, singing “Roxanne” in the elevator with Sting, and Mr. Short-Term Memory.)

For the 1992-1993 season, O’Brien worked as a writer and then as a supervising producer on The Simpsons. He has stated that his favorite episode is “Springfield Gets a Monorail.”

When late-night host Johnny Carson announced his retirement in 1992, both Jay Leno, who had been the show’s permanent guest host, and David Letterman, whose own late-night show followed Carson’s, were considered as his replacement. NBC chose Leno over Letterman, and Letterman moved to CBS, where his new late-night show would compete with Leno’s.

Countless celebrities and comedians applied and auditioned for the coveted spot after The Tonight Show, so it came as a surprise when Conan O’Brien was introduced as the new host of Late Night. Some questioned, critiqued, and ridiculed NBC’s choice, who was tall (6-feet 4-inches) and a little gangly, with no previous experience in front of the camera.

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‘Late Night with Conan O’Brien’

O’Brien persevered with his own style of off-center, self-effacing comedy, reminiscent of Letterman’s early days, when he was establishing himself as a favorite of college students and the Generation X crowd, despite initially struggling in the ratings (he was renewed at 13-week intervals until he proved himself). NBC finally gave O’Brien a lucrative five-year contract after four years on the air. O’Brien founded his own television production company, Conaco, in 2001, which shared production credits for Late Night.

During his tenure as Late Night host, O’Brien was known for his eccentric, comedic stunts. After making a joke about an amorous manatee Web site in 2006, he unintentionally created a cult following. Conan created his own series of material to fill the void left by the Writers Guild of America strike two years later. His acts included a staged argument with The Daily Show’s comedian Jon Stewart and a stunt in which O’Brien ziplined through his audience to his anchor desk.

Jay Leno Controversy and ‘Conan’

After Leno’s contract expired in 2009, O’Brien took over the Tonight Show. O’Brien was replaced on Late Night by comedian Jimmy Fallon, and he relocated to the Tonight Show’s headquarters in California. Leno renegotiated his contract with NBC a few months before O’Brien took over, moving to a prime-time slot just before O’Brien’s show. When Leno’s show received low ratings, the network attempted to rearrange the programming schedule.

O’Brien, who had only been on the show for seven months, was adamant about staying. “I had the mistaken belief, like my predecessor, that I would have the benefit of some time and, more importantly, some degree of ratings support from the prime-time schedule,” he explained to his audience. In 2010, O’Brien officially ended his contract with NBC and moved his late-night show, Conan, to the cable network TBS. Conan is scheduled to end in June 2021.

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Personal Life

Liza Powell, an advertising executive, met O’Brien in 2000 when she appeared in a Late Night skit. They started dating and announced their engagement a year later. On January 12, 2002, the couple married in Seattle, Washington. Powell and O’Brien have two children.

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