Ellen DeGeneres’ Net Worth: How Rich is the Daytime Talk Show Host?

Ellen DeGeneres Net Worth
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Ellen DeGeneres is a talk show host, comedian, actor, writer, producer, activist, and humanitarian. She has had many ups and downs in her career, making her net work $360.0 million which continues to rise.

It did not take long for Ellen DeGeneres to become America’s favorite talk-show host. She’s a humanitarian and animal rights activist, who constantly spreads her message of spreading love and kindness. Adding to her appeal, is the fact that she is the voice behind the beloved amnesiac fish, Dory in Finding Nemo and Finding Dory. Most recently, DeGeneres was awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom by President Barack Obama. It was quite an emotional event for the comedian and her fans. DeGeneres’ accomplishments have only been growing throughout the recent years. Gone are the days when a celebrity’s career declined after coming out of the closet. Prepare to be blown away by the comedienne’s wealth because the celebrated host has a net worth more than $360.0 million and it keeps growing! Find out more about Ellen DeGeneres’ net worth right here.

What is Ellen DeGeneres’ Net Worth?

The host of the popular daytime talk show is one of the highest-earning talk show hosts in the world. Earning an annual salary of $75.0 million, DeGeneres has a net worth of $360.0 million. That’s a $15.0 million increase from her net worth in 2016! 

Forbes has ranked DeGeneres #13 in the 2016 Celebrity 100 list and #50 in the World’s 100 Most Powerful women. She is also second on the World Pride Power List.

DeGeneres ranks second among the highest-paid TV show hosts in the world as of 2016, with Dr. Phil McGraw in first place. McGraw has an annual paycheck of $88.0 million and a net worth of $400.0 million. Ryan Seacrest, America’s favorite reality host, is third with $55.0 million. But none of these TV show hosts can beat the queen of talk shows, Miss O herself! Oprah Winfrey has reigned the Forbes list for more than 14 years. Even though The Oprah Winfrey Show ended in 2011, Winfrey remains the richest talk show host of all time, with a net worth of $2.9 billion. The following table illustrates a comparison between DeGeneres and her peers.

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Ellen DeGeneres Net Worth $360.0 million
Oprah Winfrey $2.9 billion (more than 8 times smaller)
Phil McGraw $400.0 million (1.1 times smaller)
Ryan Seacrest $330.0 million (1.04 times bigger)
Jimmy Fallon $25.0 million (3 times bigger)
Larry King $144.0 million (2.3 times bigger)
Whoopi Goldberg $45.0 million (8 times bigger)

DeGeneres Had a Tough Start

DeGeneres started out bartending and selling vacuum cleaners before entering showbiz. She was a stand-up comedian in the 1980s and gained recognition before embarking on an acting career. After starring in a series of films for a Disney show named Ellen’s Energy Adventure, she was a regular on the short-lived Fox series, Open House and was then cast in another sitcom called Laurie Hill.

Her comedic performances prompted ABC producers to give her a sitcom called Ellen, where she played the titular character. When Ellen was at its peak, DeGeneres came out as a lesbian on The Oprah Winfrey Show in 1997, at the same time her show’s character came out of the closet on the show. Subsequently, the show’s subject explored the openly gay main character. However, the falling ratings and ABC’s partner, Disney had apprehensions about the subject, causing Ellen to be canceled in 1998.

DeGeneres went through turbulent times after the show’s cancellation. She said she had hit “rock bottom” and was broke. She was plagued with insecurities after coming out of the closet, and wasn’t sure she’d ever get to be on TV again. But that phase in her career didn’t last long, and in 2001, CBS cast her for a new sitcom, The Ellen Show, which was based on Ellen. Following her triumphant return to TV, DeGeneres began to make her mark as a talk show host with The Ellen DeGeneres Show in 2003, and now it is in its fourteenth season. Her hosting skills aren’t limited to her show, either. Ellen DeGeneres has also hosted the Emmy Awards and the Academy Awards, both with great success. 

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Ellen DeGeneres married her long-time partner, Portia De Rossi, in 2008. Their Beverly Hills ceremony was an extravagant affair. The couple are active supporters of animal rights and humanitarian efforts. DeGeneres has won 29 Emmy Awards, 17 People’s Choice Awards, and seven Teen Choice Awards, among several others, and has even more nominations. In 2016, President Barack Obama awarded her the Presidential Medal of Freedom.

Ellen DeGeneres and Portia de Rossi

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How Much Does Ellen DeGeneres Earn Annually?

The Finding Dory actress has an annual salary of $75.0 million, but that is just from her successful daytime talk show. DeGeneres has other income streams from hosting award shows, acting gigs, and a combination of endorsements, producing, and other businesses. The table below shows how DeGeneres’ wealth has only increased over the years.

Year Ellen DeGeneres’ Approximate Net Worth
2006 $6.0 million
2007 $9.0 million
2008 $12.0 million
2009 $16.0 million
2010 $21.0 million
2011 $26.0 million
2012 $31.0 million
2013 $37.0 million
2014 $49.0 million
2015 $61.0 million
2016 $74.0 million

The following is the distribution of Ellen DeGeneres’ earnings from her talk show, endorsements, acting, producing, and other business ventures courtesy of Money Nation.

Income Sources Earnings Distribution (2016)
The Ellen DeGeneres Show $76.5 million
Acting $4.0 million
Producing $2.0 million
Endorsements $75.0 million
Apps $1.0 million
Clothing line $30.0 million
EllenTube $15.0 million
Halo Pet Food $9.0 million

The Ellen DeGeneres Show, EllenTube, and Acting

A major chunk of Ellen DeGeneres’ net worth comes from her talk show, which is now expanding to digital media. The comedian formed Ellen Digital Ventures under which she launched EllenTube in 2014. EllenTube’s site and app contain exclusive videos from The Ellen DeGeneres Show that can’t be found elsewhereHow EllenTube earns its revenue is not known, but it’s probably from advertising, which gets more than a million views weekly.

Fans can also upload their videos on EllenTube, and the best ones get showcased on The Ellen DeGeneres Show. EllenTube takes off from the show’s success with its YouTube channel, TheEllenShow.

As an actor, DeGeneres’ most famous work is the Disney-Pixar aquatic adventure, Finding Nemo (2003) and its sequel, Finding Dory (2016). Finding Nemo earned worldwide box office success of over $90.0 million. On the other hand, Finding Dory set unbelievable worldwide box office records of more than $1.0 billion, against its $200.0 million production budget! Given the grand success of the sequel, in which DeGeneres voices the titular character, we presume she earned a sizable paycheck, as well.

Portia de Rossi & Ellen DeGeneres

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Eleveneleven, Endorsements, and Business Ventures

Endorsements are the second largest contributor to DeGeneres’ income. She signed multi-million dollar deals with American Express, Vitamin Water, Covergirl, JCPenney, and QVC. She also shot a retelling of Goldilocks and the Three Bears in a commercial for Beats by Dre. While DeGeneres’ earnings from the commercial (or her other endorsements) aren’t known, the commercial had cost $10 million to air during the 2014 Super Bowl.

The 58-year-old then stepped into the producer role and started her own production company called A Very Good Production. Variety has illustrated the production credits of the company on its web site. The company has produced the latest season of The Ellen DeGeneres Show. In 2010, DeGeneres and A Very Good Production launched the record label, Eleveneleven. DeGeneres said that the label would focus on finding unknown musical talents through YouTube. Jessica Simpson and Charlie Puth are among the rising stars signed with Eleveneleven.

DeGeneres has also expanded into other businesses. The animal lover owns 15% of the pet food company, Halo, that sells natural and nutritious pet food. She also has a clothing line called ED, short for Ellen DeGeneres. The clothing line started in 2014 and adds an estimated $10.0 million to her income. She also has a line of home products by that same name that was sold on the home-shopping network, QVC.

DeGeneres has authored and contributed to a total of seven books. My Point…And I Do Have One (1995), The Funny Thing Is…(2003), and Seriously…I’m Kidding (2011) give a humorous reflection of her life. She has written two books on home design and she also co-wrote a vegan cookbook with her wife, Portia, and vegan chef, Roberto Martin called Vegan Cooking For Carnivores.

Ellen DeGeneres & Barack Obama

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How Does Ellen DeGeneres Spend Her Money?

Growing up in a low-income household, DeGeneres and her family never had a home of their own. She told Architectural Digest, that the first thing she did when she earned enough money was buy a home and then, “Another one and another one and another one and another one….” DeGeneres says she has lost count of how many homes she has bought, but says there have been at least seven!

DeGeneres and Portia De Rossi own a 9,500 sq ft. mansion in the Beverly Hills compound. The house is reportedly priced at $13.0 million, and was purchased after selling another luxurious property in Hollywood Hills for over $9.0 million.

They are prolific buyers and sellers of real estate in California. They own a 13-acre estate in Montecito worth $26.5 million, two adjacent condos in a high-rise at Wilshire Corridor with a combined price tag of $16 million, and news has surfaced that they are now house-hunting in Australia!

DeGeneres also has a thing for fancy rides. She has been spotted driving in a Porsche 911 Carrera S, priced around $160,000. She also owns a Porsche 911 Targa 4S that has a price tag of $120,000. DeGeneres has a soft spot for Porsche, but has also been spotted in a Ferrari on few occasions.

DeGeneres and her wife are staunch animal rights activists. Through her show, she has promoted vegan diets. She has donated $25,000 towards stopping a legislation in Tennessee that would prohibit photography of animal abuse on farms. She has also actively campaigned for breast cancer awareness, raising over $12.5 million for the cause through her show.

The People’s Choice Favorite Humanitarian has donated more than $50 million to humanitarian causes. According to SheKnows, DeGeneres has donated over $21.0 million to people whose personal stories have touched her, $10.0 million to families affected by Hurricane Katrina, $125,000 to rebuild a school destroyed by floods in her home-state of Louisiana, $500,000 to help students at a school in Detroit, and that doesn’t even scratch the surface of her charitable donations!

Her famous Oscar selfie also contributed to charity. For each retweet that the selfie had, Samsung donated $1.00 to a charity of DeGeneres’ choice. The tech giant has also donated $1.5 million to St. Jude’s Children Hospital.

Property/Cars Price
Beverly Hills mansion $13.0 million
Montecito estate $26.5 million
Wilshire Corridor Condos $16.0 million
Porsche Carrera $160,000
Porsche Targa $120,000

 
 
 
 

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