Joan Rivers Net Worth 2022 – Salary, Income, Earnings

Joan Rivers Net Worth

Joan Rivers has an estimated net worth of $150 million. Comedienne Joan Rivers was known for her appearances on ‘The Tonight Show,’ creating a Grammy Award-nominated comedy album and launching a syndicated daytime talk show, among various other projects. She earns most of her income from television shows. 

Joan Rivers’ big break came in 1965, when she was booked on Johnny Carson’s Tonight Show. She was an instant success, and her first syndicated daytime talk show, “That Show,” with Joan Rivers, along with appearances on Carson and The Ed Sullivan Show, helped Rivers become a household name.

To calculate the net worth of Joan Rivers, 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: Joan Rivers
Net Worth: $150 Million
Monthly Income: $2 Million
Annual Salary: $40 Million per year
Source of Wealth: Comedian, Talk show host, Actor, Screenwriter, TV Personality, Writer, Voice Actor, Television producer

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Early Life

Joan Alexandra Molinsky, the daughter of Russian immigrant parents, was born on June 8, 1933, in Brooklyn, New York. Her father was a doctor with a great sense of humor, and she was the youngest of two daughters. The Molinskys eventually relocated to Larchmont, a New York City suburb.

Rivers attended Barnard College, where she pursued her musical interest. During her time on campus, she appeared in a number of campus productions. Rivers, however, abandoned her dreams of becoming an entertainer after graduation in favor of a more practical career. She went to work as a buyer for a big box store and fell in love with the owner’s son. This relationship, however, did not last; the couple divorced six months after their wedding.

‘Tonight Show’ Star

Rivers returned to her first love, performing. Determined to succeed, she appeared in a number of small plays, including one in which she played a lesbian opposite a similarly unknown Barbra Streisand. When it became clear that acting was not for her, she shifted to comedy and spent the next seven years performing in New York’s comedy clubs.

Her years as a struggling performer in Greenwich Village coffeehouses provided Rivers with the necessary experience, and her big break finally came in 1965: a booking on The Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson ignited her career, as she was an instant hit.

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Her Own TV Series: ‘That Show’

Rivers landed her own show, “That Show” with Joan Rivers (also known as The Joan Rivers Show), in the late 1960s, which featured guests such as Florence Henderson, Soupy Sales, and Jerry Lewis. She also appeared on Carson’s show as well as The Ed Sullivan Show. Rivers quickly became a household name.

Rivers dabbled in film work around this time. She appeared in the 1968 film The Swimmer alongside Burt Lancaster. Rivers co-wrote the 1973 television film The Girl Most Likely To and later directed her first film, Rabbit Test (1978), starring Billy Crystal.

Personal and Professional Challenges

Rivers was headlining Las Vegas by 1983, had a Grammy Award-nominated comedy album, and two best-selling books. The following year, she was named Carson’s permanent guest host. Rivers’ friendship with Carson would end only a few years later, when FOX offered the comedian her own late-night talk show, which would compete directly with Carson’s show, and she accepted. The Late Show Starring Joan Rivers premiered in October 1986 and was cancelled the following year. Carson, according to Rivers, was so enraged by her decision to leave his show for her own without first consulting him that he never spoke to her again. Rivers has maintained that she left The Tonight Show due to a disagreement with NBC, not Carson, whom she has referred to as a father figure and “the man who handed me my career.”

During this time, Rivers experienced a string of career setbacks. Her show was canceled, and the entertainment industry abandoned her. Rivers also lost her husband and producer of 22 years, Edgar Rosenberg, to suicide in 1987.

Rivers, brave and determined, returned to New York and began rebuilding her life and career. She debuted her own syndicated daytime talk show in 1989. She later won an Emmy and a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame (1990). Later, in 1994, she co-wrote and starred in Sally Marr…and Her Escorts, for which she was nominated for a Tony Award for best actress.

Rivers also made a name for herself as an entertainment commentator, hosting the E! show Live from the Red Carpet from 1996 to 2004. During her tenure, no celebrity was immune to her quips and cracks.

‘Joan & Melissa’ and Other Recent Projects

In her 80s, Joan Rivers continued to juggle a number of different ventures. She designed and sold her own collection of costume jewelry and other products on QVC. And in 2010, she was the subject of an acclaimed documentary, Joan Rivers: A Piece of Work.

Rivers remained a popular personality at TV. She hosted the show Fashion Police, where she continued to critique celebrities on the red carpet, and had her own reality show TV Joan & Melissa: Joan Knows Best? (2011-14), in which her daughter Melissa also participated.

Rivers also continued to enjoy success as an author, publishing 2012’s I Hate Everyone… Starting With Me and 2014’s Diary of a Mad Diva. She maintained her career as a stand-up comedian, appearing in numerous shows each year.

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Health Crisis and Death

Rivers underwent vocal cord surgery in a New York medical clinic in August 2014. Rivers stopped breathing during the procedure and was rushed to Mount Sinai Hospital in New York. According to news reports, Rivers suffered a cardiac arrest before being placed in a medically induced coma and placed on life support. Rivers was gradually being taken out of his coma, according to reports on September 1. Melissa Rivers, her mother’s daughter, issued a statement through the hospital thanking “everyone for the overwhelming love and support” for her mother.

Melissa Rivers said in a statement that her mother, Joan Rivers, died peacefully on September 4, 2014, surrounded by family and close friends.

Rivers’ funeral was held at New York’s Temple Emanu-El on September 7, 2014. Celebrities and notables such as Barbara Walters, Michael Kors, Donald Trump, Howard Stern, Whoopi Goldberg, and Kathie Lee Gifford attended the service to pay their respects to the icon, as fans lined the street.

The New York City medical examiner’s office released its report on the official cause of Rivers’ death in October 2014, stating that the comedian died of brain damage caused by a lack of oxygen and that the manner of death was a predictable “therapeutic complication.” Rivers was sedated with the anesthetic propofol as part of a routine medical procedure to examine her voice and treat acid reflux.

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