Lovable daytime television host Ellen DeGeneres was the first openly gay woman in entertainment to play an openly gay character on TV in her since-ended sitcom Ellen. A 2015 poll showed that she did more to change the conversation around LGBTQ rights that any other celebrity.
She’s also extremely good at making money. When not appearing on television or in movies, DeGeneres flips houses for impressive profits, runs a powerful digital empire and has lucrative endorsement deals. She donates much of her fortune to charities and is an animal rights activist.
Ellen DeGeneres Net Worth in 2018: $400 Million
Ellen DeGeneres’ net worth is $400 million, as estimated by Celebrity Net Worth. Most of her income comes from The Ellen DeGeneres show, where she earns $75 million a year. In 2017, she earned $77 million, according to Forbes, thanks to the show plus endorsements and production deals.
Here’s what you need to know about Ellen DeGeneres’ net worth and how she makes her money:
1. She Makes $75 Million a Year From Her Talk Show
DeGeneres grew up in Louisiana and studied communications at the University of New Orleans for a semester, but left college to work at TGI Friday’s, as a law clerk, and in other odd jobs. She started performing in comedy clubs in New Orleans and eventually started touring around the country. In 1982, Showtime named her the Funniest Person in America, leading to appearances on the Tonight Show and eventually her own television show. She was nominated for two Grammy awards for her comedy, one for Best Comedy Album for The Funny Thing Is… in 2005, and one for Best Spoken Word Album with Seriously…I’m Kidding in 2013.
Her first major role was in a sitcom called Ellen on ABC, which aired in 1994 and lasted five seasons. In February 1997, Ellen’s character came out as gay, a major moment in TV history. That same year, Ellen herself came out on the Oprah Winfrey Show. DeGeneres was nominated for three Golden Globes for her role as Ellen.
DeGeneres launched the Ellen DeGeneres Show, now The Ellen Show in September 2003 with NBC Universal. The show has since won 59 Daytime Emmy Awards. When she won her tenth Emmy for Best Entertainment Talk Show in 2017, she beat a record previously held by Oprah Winfrey. She also beat a record when she won her 20th People’s Choice Award. It is one of the most watched shows on daytime TV. On YouTube, her channel averages more than 300 million views per month and has nearly 16 million subscribers. It has generated more than 8.5 billion video views overall.
DeGeneres makes $75 million per year from her talk show, according to Celebrity Net Worth.
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