Ken Jeong Net Worth
Ken Jeong has an estimated net worth of $14 Million. He is a Korean-American actor, comedian and physician, best known for his role as the comedic gangster Leslie Chow in ‘The Hangover’ film franchise. He earned the majority of his income from movies and TV shows.
Ken Jeong was born on July 13, 1969, in Detroit, Michigan, to South Korean immigrants. He pursued his interest in comedy while completing his residency in internal medicine in New Orleans after completing undergraduate work at Duke and a medical degree at the University of North Carolina. His breakthrough film role was in the 2009 smash The Hangover, and he went on to become a regular on the NBC hit Community before landing his own show, Dr. Ken.
To calculate the net worth of Ken Jeong, 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 loans and personal debt, are included in total liabilities.
Here’s the breakdown of his net worth:
|Net Worth:||$14 Million|
|Monthly Salary:||$100 Thousand+|
|Annual Income:||$1 Million+|
|Source of Wealth:||Actor, Comedian, Physician, Voice Actor, Film Producer|
Early Life and Schools
Ken Jeong was born Kendrick Kang-Joh Jeong on July 13, 1969, in Detroit, Michigan. Jeong was raised in Greensboro, North Carolina, where his father, D.K. Jeong, taught at North Carolina A&T State University. Jeong later told USA Today that he inherited his father’s sense of humor.
Jeong was a member of the student council and played in the orchestra at Walter Hines Page High School, where he graduated at the age of 16. He grew up loving comedy, particularly the work of Bill Cosby and Jim Carrey, but at his parents’ insistence, he pursued the more stable career of medicine. He received his pre-medical degree from Duke University in 1990 and his medical degree from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill in 1995.
Medicine to Comedy
While completing his residency in internal medicine at Oshsner Medical Center in New Orleans, Jeong dabbled in theater and comedy. He won the “Big Easy Laff-Off” in New Orleans, which was judged by late NBC president Brandon Tartikoff and Improv comedy club founder Budd Friedman, both of whom encouraged Jeong to move to Los Angeles to pursue his entertainment dreams.
Jeong performed at Los Angeles’ famed Improv and Laugh Factory comedy clubs while working as a practicing physician at Kaiser Permanente for seven years. His side gigs provided him with the experience he needed to land higher-profile entertainment jobs, and he soon appeared on ABC’s The View, earning the title “America’s Funniest Doctor.”
Jeong told LA Weekly what his medical school counselor told him before relocating to L.A.: “You’ll be a great doctor because you’re a great comedian, and a great doctor because you’re a great comedian.”
Early TV and Film Roles
Following that, he appeared on Curb Your Enthusiasm (2000), HBO’s Entourage (2004), NBC’s The Office (2005), and ABC’s Boston Legal. As a wisecracking doctor in Judd Apatow’s 2007 hit Knocked Up, Jeong’s feature film debut opened more doors for the rising star.
He went on to appear in films such as Role Models, Step Brothers, and Pineapple Express, all of which were released in 2008, as well as All About Steve in 2009.
‘The Hangover,’ ‘Community’ and ‘Dr. Ken’
In 2009, he was cast in his breakthrough role as Asian mobster Mr. Chow in the sleeper-hit comedy film The Hangover, alongside Bradley Cooper and Zach Galifianakis. The film went on to become one of the highest-grossing R-rated comedies of all time, and it cemented the Chow character’s place in the comic canon. He reprised his role in the sequels, The Hangover Part II (2011) and The Hangover Part III (2013).
Following the release of The Hangover, Jeong became a regular on the hit NBC show Community, which aired from 2009 to 2015. He then created, wrote, and co-produced the ABC sitcom Dr. Ken, which aired from 2015 to 2017. The show was inspired by Jeong’s previous career as a doctor.
‘Crazy Rich Asians,’ ‘The Masked Singer’ and Other Projects
Along with his starring roles on television, Jeong appeared on shows such as Hot in Cleveland and Fresh Off the Boat, and lent his voice to animated films such as BoJack Horseman. On the big screen, he appeared in Ride Along 2 (2016) and the smash hit Crazy Rich Asians (2018).
Jeong also hosted the 2011 Billboard Music Awards in Las Vegas and appeared in TV specials such as A Christmas Story Live! in 2017. He began 2019 as a judge on The Masked Singer, an adaptation of a popular Korean singing competition series, and later that year returned to stand-up with the release of a Netflix special.
Jeong has also been the face of numerous advertising campaigns, including those for Pepto-Bismol, Coke Zero, and the American Heart Association.
Tran Ho, Jeong’s Vietnamese-American wife and fellow doctor, practices family medicine. Alexa and Zooey are the couple’s twin daughters. Because Tran Ho was battling a rare form of breast cancer at the time her husband was offered the role in The Hangover, Jeong almost turned it down.
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