Ellen DeGeneres Net Worth 2022 (Forbes) – Salary, Income, Earnings

Ellen DeGeneres Net Worth

Ellen DeGeneres has an estimated net worth of $500 million. With her own talk show, Ellen DeGeneres is one of America’s most well-known comedians. She’s also an advocate for LGBTQ rights. She earns most of her income from her talk shows. 

Ellen DeGeneres rose to prominence as a stand-up comedian before launching her own sitcom, Ellen. She came out as gay in 1997 and became an outspoken advocate for LGBTQ rights. Since 2003, she has hosted her own award-winning talk show, The Ellen DeGeneres Show, and she married her girlfriend Portia de Rossi in 2008.

To calculate the net worth of Ellen DeGeneres, subtract all her liabilities from her total assets. Investments, savings, cash deposits, and any equity she 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 her net worth:

Name: Ellen DeGeneres
Net Worth: $500 Million
Monthly Income: $5 Million
Annual Salary: $75 Million
Source of Wealth: Comedian, Actor, Voice Actor, Television producer, Screenwriter, Television presenter, Film Producer

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Early Life

DeGeneres was born Jan. 26, 1958, in Metairie, Louisiana, the daughter of an insurance salesman and a working mother who divorced when DeGeneres was a teenager. Growing up, DeGeneres dreamed of becoming a veterinarian, but abandoned the idea because she was “not book smart.” Instead, she waitressed, sold vacuum cleaners, painted houses and worked as a paralegal.

DeGeneres’ older brother Vance, an actor/comedian and former Daily Show correspondent, was long considered the most humorous member of the family. When DeGeneres once gave a speech at a public event, she was afraid of the crowd and used humor to get through the experience. She was a hit and received offers to do stand-up comedy. With the moral and financial support of her mother, she began performing in 1981.

Stand-up Comedy

DeGeneres began performing at a local coffeehouse when she was 23 years old. Her big break came in 1986, when The Tonight Show starring Johnny Carson sent a booking agent to see her act at the Hollywood Improv after hearing about it from Jay Leno. As a result of that engagement, DeGeneres appeared on The Tonight Show and became the only female comedian to be invited by Johnny Carson to sit on the famed “couch” during her first visit.

DeGeneres then began appearing on talk shows on a regular basis, including appearances on The Late Show with David Letterman, The Tonight Show with Jay Leno, The Oprah Winfrey Show, Later with Greg Kinnear, Larry King Live, and Good Morning, America. She was also extensively profiled on ABC’s PrimeTime Live.

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Coming Out on the ‘Ellen’ TV Show

Her wit won over audiences, and Ellen DeGeneres finally found success as an actress with her own prime-time sitcom, Ellen. The show was originally called These Friends of Mine before being renamed in 1994. From that point forward, the show transitioned from an ensemble effort to a showcase for DeGeneres.

When DeGeneres’ character became the first lead in sitcom history to openly acknowledge her homosexuality on air in April 1997, the show received harsh criticism. The historic episode was refused by an ABC affiliate in Birmingham, Alabama. Fearing backlash, some of the show’s sponsors, including Daimler Chrysler, withdrew their advertisements.

Following her reveal, several episodes featured gay themes, and DeGeneres and ABC executives faced a barrage of criticism for the rest of the season. However, the show was applauded by gay-friendly activists, including DeGeneres’ mother, Betty DeGeneres, who appeared on numerous talk shows in support of her daughter. Ellen was canceled in 1998, despite a supportive audience, an Emmy Award for the coming-out episode, and the show’s groundbreaking place in television history.

DeGeneres later revealed the difficulties she faced in coming out, ranging from the advice of Ellen executives to the backlash she received for making her personal life public. In 2018, she spoke on Dax Shepard’s Armchair Expert podcast about the humiliation of being the subject of late-night talk show jokes, while rejecting the notion that she was an LGBTQ “leader” simply because she didn’t want to keep the secret any longer.

‘The Ellen DeGeneres Show’

Ellen DeGeneres’ self-titled talk show, Ellen, became a big hit with daytime viewers in 2003. The show has won numerous awards since its inception, including 64 Daytime Emmys for a daytime talk show.

DeGeneres announced in May 2021 that her talk show would end in 2022.

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Movies

By the time her show was canceled, DeGeneres had already made the leap to the big screen, playing a woman in search of the perfect man in the dark comedy Mr. Wrong (1996). She also starred in the comedy EdTV (1999) with Matthew McConaughey and in the television production If These Walls Could Talk 2 (2000), in which she had a well-received love scene with Sharon Stone.

‘Finding Nemo’ and Awards Show Host

Also in 2003, DeGeneres provided the voice of Dory, a friendly but forgetful little blue fish, in the animated box office smash Finding Nemo. The following year, she was nominated for two Emmy Awards for her stand-up comedy special Ellen DeGeneres: Here and Now. DeGeneres later returned to the Finding Nemo franchise in 2016 with the sequel, Finding Dory.

Ellen DeGeneres became a popular choice to host major award shows due to her unique combination of kindness and wit. She hosted the Grammy Awards in 1996 and 1997, the Primetime Emmy Awards in 2001 and 2005, and the Academy Awards in 2007 and 2014. In 2009, DeGeneres was chosen to fill the coveted fourth spot as a judge on American Idol, replacing Paula Abdul.

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Books and Executive Producer

DeGeneres is also the author of several books, including My Point … And I Do Have One (1995), Seriously … I’m Kidding (2011) and Home (2015). Her film work slowed after the success of her talk show, but she continues to work primarily behind the scenes as an executive producer of several television shows, including Bethenny (2012-2014), Repeat After Me (2015), One Big Happy (2015), Little Big Shots (2015) and her HGTV reality competition show Ellen’s Design Challenge.

Other Projects and Honors

DeGeneres has continued to build her empire while juggling multiple roles in Hollywood. She has her own record label, “eleveneleven,” as well as a lifestyle brand, Ed by Ellen, which launched in 2015 and sells shoes, home and baby items, accessories, and a pet line. She is a vegan who is passionate about animal rights and gay rights.

President Barack Obama awarded DeGeneres the Presidential Medal of Freedom in November 2016 for her contributions to the arts.

As part of her 60th birthday present, de Rossi learned of plans to establish the Ellen DeGeneres Campus of the Dian Fossey Gorilla Fund in Rwanda, the first initiative of the new Ellen DeGeneres Wildlife Fund.

DeGeneres received the honorary Carol Burnett Award for excellence in television at the Golden Globes in January 2020. She was the honor’s second recipient, following its namesake in 2019.

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Personal Life

DeGeneres dated actress Anne Heche for several years before buying a home in Los Angeles in 1999. Despite publicly declaring their desire to marry at one point, the couple divorced in August 2000.

Marriage to Portia de Rossi

DeGeneres then dated actress Alexandra Hedison for a few years before marrying Portia de Rossi in December 2004. DeGeneres married de Rossi on August 16, 2008, in what was possibly the most publicized gay marriage since California legalized them. De Rossi was granted legal permission to change her name to Portia Lee James DeGeneres in 2010.

Sexual Abuse Revelations

In a 2005 interview with Allure magazine, DeGeneres first claimed that her stepfather had sexually abused her. During an appearance on David Letterman’s Netflix show in 2019, she elaborated on the topic, recalling how her stepfather insisted on “examining” her breasts for lumps after her mother was diagnosed with breast cancer in the 1970s.

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