Leslie Jones Net Worth 2022 – Salary, Income, Earnings

Leslie Jones Net Worth

Leslie Jones has an estimated net worth of $7 million. Actress and comedian Leslie Jones rose to fame as a cast member of ‘Saturday Night Live’ and starred in the all-female remake of ‘Ghostbusters.’ She earns most of her income from movies and television shows. 

Jones, who was born in Memphis, Tennessee in 1967, went to college on a basketball scholarship before turning to stand-up comedy. Jones joined Saturday Night Live as a writer in 2014, after spending several years on the comedy circuit, and quickly became one of the show’s most popular performers. She went on to appear in films such as Trainwreck, Ghostbusters, and Masterminds, as well as contributing to NBC’s coverage of the Olympic Games.

To calculate the net worth of Leslie Jones, 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: Leslie Jones
Net Worth: $7 Million
Monthly Salary: $100 Thousand
Annual Income: $2 Million
Source of Wealth: Actress, Comedian

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Early Life and Basketball

Leslie Jones was born on September 7, 1967, in Memphis, Tennessee, to a military family and moved frequently throughout her childhood. Jones moved to Los Angeles when her father accepted a job as an electronic engineer at KJLH, Stevie Wonder’s radio station, and she attended high school in Lynwood, California.

Jones, who would grow to be 6 feet tall, was self-conscious about her appearance. “People used to call me names, so my mother had this beautiful African lady come and talk to me,” Jones explained to People magazine. “I was like, ‘Oh my God, if I look like you, I don’t care what anyone says about me.'”

Jones eventually learned to use her height to her advantage and began playing basketball on her father’s advice. Jones wrote on her website, “I played basketball to please my father.” “I also received free shoes and was excused from class. When they told me I could get a college scholarship, I thought, ‘Cool. ‘Whither am I going?'”

Jones received a basketball scholarship from Chapman University in Orange, California after playing in high school. She later transferred to Colorado State University, where she discovered she had a talent for performing. She won the title of “Funniest Person on Campus” after a friend secretly entered her into a comedy contest.

Jones stated on her website, “I’ve always been crazy.” “I had no idea I was so amusing. I just assumed I was insane.”

Stand-Up Struggles

Jones worked as a cook, waitress, cashier, assistant to a judge, receptionist, and perfume salesperson while in college, but comedy kept calling her. She returned to Los Angeles and performed at The Comedy Store, a legendary West Hollywood comedy club, but her act bombed. Jones didn’t let the humiliating experience deter her from going on to open for Jamie Foxx. She blew it again, and this time the audience booed her.

Foxx told her she needed to live her life. “‘You’re like 18,’ he said. You don’t have anything to say.'” Jones stated in a People magazine interview. “‘Go get a job, get fired, break your heart, and break some hearts.'”

She got a day job at UPS while continuing to hone her comedy skills at clubs around Los Angeles. “When I first started out, all I wanted to do was go into a club and hold my own,” Jones recalled of her early days. “Only a few women were present. I wanted to be that one woman who would come out and be loved by everyone.”

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TV Appearances & Comedy Shows 

Jones eventually began to appear on television in commercials and shows such as In the House, Coach, Snap Judgment, Malcolm and Eddie, and Girlfriends.

Jones also continued to make a name for herself in the comedy world, learning to incorporate her height into her act once more. “Don’t get me wrong: I know I’m fly,” she said in an interview with The New Yorker. “But I don’t have the typical Hollywood appearance. It’s something you learn to use as a comedian.”

She has appeared on Comedy Central’s Premium Blend and Laffapalooza – Urban Comedy Arts Festival, BET’s The Way We Do It and Comicview, and HBO’s Def Comedy Jam, as well as the Just for Laughs Montreal Comedy Festival and the Aspen Comedy Festival.

Jones will return to stand-up comedy in early 2020 with the release of her Netflix special Time Machine.

‘Saturday Night Live’

Jones landed an audition for Saturday Night Live in December 2013, when the late-night comedy show was looking for an African-American woman to join its cast. She was eventually offered a writing position rather than a featured player role, which went to comedian Sasheer Zamata.

Jones first appeared in front of the cameras in spring 2014, when she ranting about her hilarious dating experiences in a Weekend Update segment. She became a featured player that fall, marking the first time SNL had more than one African-American woman in its cast.

Jones, one of the show’s most popular performers, received Emmy nominations in 2017 and 2018 for Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Comedy Series. Jones announced her departure from SNL in August 2019, a month before the start of the new season.

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Films

‘National Security,’ ‘Top Five’

Prior to her success on Saturday Night Live, Jones appeared in Martin Lawrence’s comedy National Security (2003), Gangsta Rap: The Glockumentary (2007), Lottery Ticket (2010), and Top Five (2014), directed and starring Chris Rock. Rock suggested to Saturday Night Live creator and executive producer Lorne Michaels that he audition Jones, calling her “the funniest woman I know.”

‘Trainwreck,’ ‘Ghostbusters,’ ‘Masterminds’

Following a minor role in Amy Schumer’s comedy hit Trainwreck (2015), Jones starred as part of the all-female cast of Ghostbusters in 2016. Jones played Patty Tolan, a New York City transit worker who becomes a Ghostbuster after witnessing paranormal activity in the subway, in Paul Feig’s reboot of the classic comedy, which also starred Melissa McCarthy, Kristen Wiig, and Kate McKinnon. Jones also appeared in the heist comedy Masterminds, alongside Zach Galifianakis, Owen Wilson, Kristen Wiig, and Jason Sudeikis, and provided voice work for the animated hit Sing that year.

‘Angry Birds 2,’ ‘Coming 2 America’

Jones reprised her role as an animated character in The Angry Birds Movie 2 behind-the-scenes cast (2019). She has also agreed to appear in Coming 2 America, the sequel to the hit Eddie Murphy film from the 1980s, which is set for a late 2020 release.

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Olympics Superfan and Commentator

Jones tweeted clips of herself draped in an American flag and cheering on Team USA during the 2016 Summer Olympics in Rio. Her amusing posts piqued the interest of NBC executives, who asked her to contribute to the network’s coverage.

Jones was invited to join NBC’s Olympic crew for coverage of the Winter Games in PyeongChang, South Korea, in early 2018, which she confirmed with another exuberant tweet.

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