Jimmy Kimmel Net Worth 2022 (Forbes) – Salary, Income, Earnings

Jimmy Kimmel Net Worth 

Jimmy Kimmel has an estimated net worth of $50 million. TV personality and comedian Jimmy Kimmel was a game show host before he embarked on his successful late night talk show ‘Jimmy Kimmel Live!’ He earns most of his income from television shows. 

Jimmy Kimmel made the transition from radio to television as the host of the game show Win Ben Stein’s Money in 1997. Two years later, he founded Jackhole Industries, a production company. ABC expressed interest in him as a potential late-night host after he had several hit shows under his belt. Jimmy Kimmel Live! debuted in 2003 and is currently ABC’s longest-running late-night talk show.

To calculate the net worth of Jimmy Kimmel, 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: Jimmy Kimmel
Net Worth: $50 Million
Monthly Income: $1 Million
Annual Salary: $15 Million
Source of Wealth: Comedian, Talk show host, Television producer, Actor, Screenwriter, Voice Actor, Film Producer, Singer

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Early Life

Jimmy Kimmel, a television personality and comedian, was born James Christian Kimmel on November 13, 1967, in Brooklyn, New York. Kimmel moved to Las Vegas with his parents, Jim and Joan, and siblings Jonathan and Jill when he was nine years old. Kimmel, the eldest of three children, excelled as an artist and a student, earning straight A’s throughout high school. Kimmel discovered his idol, David Letterman, when he was a teenager.

Kimmel’s first foray into show business was as a college radio disc jockey. Kimmel began his professional radio career at the age of 21 after testing the airwaves at UNLV and Arizona State University. After bouncing around cities like Seattle, Phoenix, and Tucson, Kimmel eventually found a home at Los Angeles’ famed KROQ, where he worked as “Jimmy the Sports Guy” on The Kevin and Bean Show.

Television Debut: Comedy Central’s ‘Win Ben Stein’s Money’

Kimmel made the transition to television in 1997, as the host of Comedy Central’s game show, Win Ben Stein’s Money. Kimmel served as a comedic foil for the show’s eponymous challenger. Stein and Kimmel won a Daytime Emmy for Best Game Show Host in 1999 and were nominated for another in 2001.

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‘The Man Show’

Kimmel founded Jackhole Industries, a production company, with longtime friends Adam Carolla and Daniel Kellison, two years after his game show success. Through Jackhole, the trio began developing comedy shows and pitching them to various networks.

The Man Show, one of the company’s projects, was pitched to Comedy Central in 1999. The half-hour comedy show, billed as the “anti-Oprah,” glorified testosterone and featured beer chugging, models bouncing on trampolines, and unabashed toilet humor. The show was a runaway success for the network, reaching new heights in puerile comedy and resulting in Kimmel’s frequent appearances as a commentator on Fox NFL Sunday.

Following their success with Man Show, Kimmel and his company launched Crank Yankers on Comedy Central in 2002. The show featured puppets impersonating comic celebrities such as David Alan Grier, Dane Cook, Seth MacFarlane, Wanda Sykes, Sarah Silverman, and even Kimmel’s own children. Other shows, such as The Sports Show with Norm Macdonald and The Andy Milonakis Show, followed.

‘Jimmy Kimmel Live!’

In the early 2000s, with several hit shows under his belt, ABC expressed interest in Kimmel as a potential late-night host. Jimmy Kimmel Live! premiered to mixed reviews on January 26, 2003. Thousands of episodes later, however, Kimmel has earned the respect of A-list guests and has outperformed rival late-night talk shows in the ratings. ABC has repeatedly extended Kimmel’s contract over the show’s decade-long run due to his continued success as a host. In 2012, the network announced that Jimmy Kimmel Live! would be moved to a later time slot to compete with NBC’s The Tonight Show with Jay Leno.

Kimmel spoofs rapper Kanye West’s interview with Britain’s BBC on his show Jimmy Kimmel Live! in September 2013. In response, West went on a Twitter rant about Jimmy Kimmel. Kimmel also stated that he spoke with West later on the phone, and that West told him that Kimmel’s life would be much better if he apologized. Kimmel later invited the rapper to his late-night talk show, where the two reconciled their public Twitter feud.

Kimmel hasn’t shied away from using his platform to mock public figures, including former Alabama Supreme Court Chief Justice Roy Moore, who was accused of sexual misconduct while running for the U.S. Senate in 2017. When Moore suggested on Twitter that they settle their differences “man to man,” Kimmel told his audience that he would gladly accept the challenge.

During the coronavirus outbreak in 2020, Kimmel, like his late-night talk show rivals, hosted a stripped-down version of his show from home, announcing that each quarantine edition would raise money for a different organization.

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Emmys, Oscars and ‘Who Wants to Be a Millionaire’ Host

Kimmel hosted the Primetime Emmy Awards to positive reviews in 2012, 2016, and 2020. He also hosted the Academy Awards in 2017 and returned the following March to host the 90th Academy Awards.

Kimmel began hosting a revival of Who Wants to Be a Millionaire with celebrity contestants in April 2020.

Personal Life and Kids

Kimmel married his college sweetheart Gina Maddy in 1988, and the couple has two children: Kevin and Katherine. Kimmel’s marriage began to fall apart as his show and career flourished. Gina filed for divorce in 2002, and Kimmel grew closer to friend and Crank Yankers co-star Sarah Silverman. Soon after, the two began dating, forming an alternately sweet and antagonistic team with an unusual penchant for sharing personal details in a highly public way.

Kimmel and Silverman split briefly in 2008, and after reuniting later that year, the couple split for the final time in 2009. Kimmel appeared on The View shortly after the break-up. When asked why the relationship ended, he explained, “What exactly do you mean, and what happened? Take a look at me. What do you believe happened? I’m a 41-year-old man with Koosh balls in my bra. I’m an idiot. She couldn’t date an idiot any longer.” Kimmel and Silverman are still good friends.

Kimmel began dating Molly McNearney, a co-head writer on Jimmy Kimmel Live!, the same year.

The couple announced their engagement in August 2012, and they married in July 2013. Kimmel and McNearney welcomed their first child, Jane, on July 10, 2014, and their second child, William “Billy” Kimmel, on April 21, 2017.

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Kimmel and the Healthcare Policy Debate

Kimmel revealed on his show in an emotional monologue that his son Billy was born with a serious heart condition and underwent open heart surgery three hours later. He also took advantage of the opportunity to discuss the importance of affordable healthcare in the United States, as well as coverage for pre-existing conditions. “It shouldn’t matter how much money you make if your baby is going to die and it doesn’t have to,” he said. “I think that’s something we all agree on, whether you’re a Republican, a Democrat, or something else, right?”

Kimmel made headlines again in September 2017 when Republicans attempted to repeal Obamacare through the Graham-Cassidy Bill. Kimmel chastised Cassidy, saying the Louisiana senator “just lied right to my face” during a recent appearance on his late-night show to discuss healthcare issues.

“I don’t know what happened to Bill Cassidy,” Kimmel continued. However, during his publicity tour, he clearly stated his demands for a healthcare bill. These were his exact words. He stated that he wants universal coverage, no pre-existing condition discrimination, lower premiums for middle-class families, and no lifetime caps. What do you think? None of these things are addressed by the new bill.”

In an unprecedented move, especially for a late-night talk show host, Kimmel encouraged his viewers to contact their congressional representatives and urge them to vote against the bill. The late-night host’s takedown of Cassidy and commentary on the healthcare debate sparked a media firestorm, with politicians and pundits all reacting.

ABC announced on December 4 that 7-month-old Billy Kimmel had undergone a successful second heart surgery. His father was scheduled to take some time off to be with his family, and celebrities such as Chris Pratt, Tracee Ellis Ross, Neil Patrick Harris, and Melissa McCarthy were lined up to fill in as hosts of Jimmy Kimmel Live! for the week.

Kimmel returned to the show with Billy in his arms on December 11, saying his son was “doing great” just one week after surgery. He went on to thank the doctors at Children’s Hospital Los Angeles and again chastised politicians for failing to include funding for the Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP) in the recently passed Senate tax bill.

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