Dave Chappelle Net Worth 2022 (Forbes) – Salary, Income, Earnings

Dave Chappelle Net Worth 

Dave Chappelle has an estimated net worth of $60 million. Dave Chappelle is a comedian whose Comedy Central program, ‘Chappelle’s Show,’ became a smash hit in the early 2000s. He earns most of his income from his comedy shows and movies. 

Dave Chappelle, who was born in Washington, D.C. in 1973, began his stand-up comedy career in high school. In 1993, he made his film debut in Robin Hood: Men in Tights, and later that year, he starred in the stoner comedy Half Baked. The comedian rose to prominence with the debut of Chappelle’s Show in 2003, before abruptly leaving the wildly popular show on the eve of its third season. Chappelle resumed stand-up comedy touring in 2013 and later delivered a series of critically acclaimed Netflix specials.

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Here’s the breakdown of his net worth:

Name: Dave Chappelle
Net Worth: $60 Million
Monthly Salary: $700 Thousand
Annual Income: $10 Million
Source of Wealth: Actor, Comedian, Film Producer, Television producer, Artist, Screenwriter

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Early Life

On August 24, 1973, in Washington, D.C., comedian and actor David Khari Webber Chappelle was born. His parents were both professors: his father, William, taught at Antioch College in Yellow Springs, Ohio, and his mother, Yvonne, worked as a professor at Howard University and then the University of Maryland, while also serving as a Unitarian minister. Dave Chappelle’s parents divorced when he was six years old, and he began dividing his time between his parents’ homes in Wasington and Ohio.

Chappelle was inspired by the sitcom The Cosby Show and its star, comedian Bill Cosby, to pursue a career as a comedian. Chappelle began his stand-up career as a high school student at the Duke Ellington School of the Arts in Washington, D.C. His mother had to accompany him to clubs as his legal guardian because he was underage. Chappelle’s brand of humor was controversial even at a young age, resulting in frequent heckling—he was even booed offstage during amateur night at New York’s famed Apollo Theatre.

TV, Films and Comedy Specials

‘Robin Hood: Men in Tights,’ ‘Comic Relief VI’

Dave Chappelle dropped out of college to pursue a career as a stand-up comedian in New York City. By the early 1990s, he was receiving recognition for his work in comedy. He made his feature film debut in Mel Brooks‘ Robin Hood: Men in Tights (1993), and he was the youngest comedian to appear on HBO’s Comic Relief VI (1994).


At the age of 18, Chappelle began to make his way into television, landing the first of many TV deals he would eventually be offered. Only one of the pilots he shot made it to the air: Buddies, a Disney-produced ABC series about two New York City friends. Unfortunately for Chappelle, the show was canceled after only four episodes, but his celebrity grew after that.

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‘The Nutty Professor,’ ‘Half Baked’

In the 1990s, Chappelle began to appear in more films with larger roles. In 1996, he co-starred in The Nutty Professor with Eddie Murphy, and in 1998, he appeared in three popular films: Woo, You’ve Got Mail, and Half Baked. Chappelle’s father died the same year, forcing the comedian to rethink his life.

‘Killin’ Them Softly,’ ‘Undercover Brother’

Following that, Chappelle directed the hugely successful comedy special Killin’ Them Softly in 2000, followed by the film Undercover Brother in 2002. While his popularity grew, he had yet to land the role that would propel him to superstardom.

‘Chappelle’s Show’ and Seclusion

Dave Chappelle landed his own show, Chappelle’s Show, on the Comedy Central cable network in 2003. For the wildly popular and controversial show, which frequently addressed race relations and featured musical guests, Chappelle received three Emmy Award nominations. The controversial comedian not only drew the attention of popular TV personalities such as Oprah Winfrey and James Lipton of Inside the Actor’s Studio, but he was also offered a massive TV deal from Comedy Central after only two seasons, a reported $50 million for an additional two-year contract.

When Chappelle’s Show was about to begin its third season in 2005, he abruptly left during production. Unsatisfied with the show’s direction and under pressure from network executives to change the tone of the comedic series, Chappelle left the United States to visit South Africa. Upon his return, he began to live a more private life, relocating to Yellow Springs, Ohio, and making only a few public appearances. In 2006, he released the documentary Dave Chappelle’s Block Party, which was one of his last public appearances for several years.

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Many people were surprised when Dave Chappelle appeared at the famed New York City comedy club The Comedy Cellar in February 2013. Later on stage, he was joined by comedian Chris Rock, and the two discussed the possibility of a tour, which excited many fans. Following his surprise appearance, Chappelle took a more formal approach to his return to stand-up, performing several scheduled stand-up gigs across the South, including Atlanta, North Carolina, South Carolina, and Tennessee.

Chappelle also headlined the Funny or Die Tour, which began on August 23, 2013 in Austin, Texas. During his set, he alluded to his departure from Comedy Central, telling the audience, “It’s easier to resign as Pope than it is to leave a cable show.”

More Screen Appearances and Specials

‘Chi-Raq,’ ‘A Star Is Born,’ Netflix

Following his return to the big screen in Spike Lee’s Chi-Raq (2015), Chappelle delivered a series of concert specials for Netflix in 2017, eventually winning Best Comedy Album at the 2018 Grammy Awards for The Age of Spin & Deep in the Heart of Texas. That same year, he appeared as a supporting actor in Bradley Cooper’s remake of A Star Is Born.

The Kennedy Center awarded Chappelle the prestigious Mark Twain Prize for American Humor in May 2019. A few months later, Netflix released Sticks & Stones, a Grammy-winning stand-up special by Chappelle.

Wife and Children

Chappelle and Elaine have two sons, Sulayman and Ibrahim, as well as a daughter, Sonal.

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