They say that laughter is the best medicine, and if you’re feeling down, there’s nothing quite like a good old-fashioned giggle to really lift the spirits.
Many moons ago, comedy was something you did on the side, as it certainly did not pay well.
That was then, and this is now, and now comedy can pay very handsomely indeed if you are able to make it to the top, which is why we’re looking at the richest comedians in the world in today’s article.
Over the years, we have seen some truly incredible comedians grace the stage and our TV screens.
Whether you like brash, in your face comedians, or dry and witty comedians as sharp as a tack, there’s most certainly a comedian out there that can tick your comedy requirement boxes, and then some.
If you’ve ever wondered just how much comedy can actually pay, this is the article for you.
Here’s a look at 20 of the richest comedians in the world, both past, and present.
The Richest Comedians And Their Net Worth:
20. Ray Romano
It turns out that everybody does indeed love Ray.
The ‘Everybody Loves Ray’ star has one of the most recognizable, albeit nasally, voices in the industry today.
As well as starring in his own hit TV series, Ray has also lent his voice to the Ice Age franchise, as well as performing numerous stand-up comedy tours.
In fact, he recently had his very own Netflix special, which saw him return to his comedy roots after several years away, and he hadn’t missed a beat.
Ray Romano is currently worth an impressive $130 Million.
19. Rowan Atkinson
Rowan Atkinson is one of the most popular comedians in the world today.
The Mr. Bean and Blackadder star can seemingly do it all when it comes to comedy.
Having made a name for himself on the live comedy scene in the UK in the 1980s, Rowan Atkinson has worked with some of the all-time greats, including Rik Mayal, Ade Edmondson, Stephen Fry, Hugh Laurie, and Ben Elton.
His live stand-up routines, as rare as they were, were also hilarious.
Rowan is currently worth $130 Million.
18. Sacha Baron Cohen
Booyakasha, it’s Ali G himself, Sacha Baron Cohen, though perhaps you know him better as Borat.
Sacha Baron Cohen is a very versatile comedian who not only plays comedy parts perfectly but also writes them fantastically well too.
Sacha Baron Cohen rose to fame as the character Ali G, though when he brought his Borat character to the big screen, he really got himself noticed.
Right now, his net worth stands at $130 Million.
17. Dan Aykroyd
Dan Aykroyd is renowned for his versatility as a comedy actor, which is why he has won multiple awards over the years.
Dan is best known for his appearances on Saturday Night Live, as well as the Ghostbusters movies.
Right now, he is one of the fattest comedians alive, with a net worth of around $135 Million.
16. Steve Harvey
Steve Harvey is one of the most influential individuals in the history of cinema.
Not only has he appeared in multiple comedy TV shows, but he also hosts his own talk show, as well as being a presenter on Family Feud, where his reactions to some of the answers have helped the show to do big numbers.
As things currently stand, Steve’s net worth stands at around $140 Million.
15. Bill Murray
It’s impossible to dislike Bill Murray, he really is that awesome.
Bill’s larger than life personality, as well as his charisma and natural comedic timing have helped him to become one of the biggest stars in the world, and one of the wealthiest comedians of all time.
Bill is well known for Ghostbusters, Groundhog Day, Caddyshack, and Saturday Night Live.
There are also some truly incredible stories of Bill’s partying habits, which are the stuff of legends. Seriously, go look them up, you won’t be disappointed and you’ll wind up liking him even more.
Bill’s net worth stands at $140 Million.
14. Kevin Hart
This pint-sized comedian is one of the funniest men to ever live.
Kevin’s stand up comedy shows are hilarious, as are his performances on the big screen.
Kevin Hart particularly has amazing chemistry with his good friend Dwayne ‘The Rock’ Johnson, as the two of them have created some incredible scenes together in movies such as Jumanji: The Next Level, and Central Intelligence.
Right now, his net worth stands at an awe-inspiring $150 Million.
13. Jim Carrey
This rubber-faced comedian has enjoyed an incredible career and has created some truly iconic comedy moments over the decades.
Jim’s resume includes things such as Saturday Night Live, The Mask, Ace Ventura Pet Detective, Dumb and Dumber, Me Myself and Irene, and plenty more on top of that.
Jim is one of Hollywood’s biggest stars and is currently estimated to be worth $150 Million.
12. Drew Carey
Drew Carey is one of America’s funniest comedians.
Not only does he host his own show ‘The Drew Carey Show’ but he is also the current host of ‘The Price is Right’ and has appeared in numerous other TV shows, movies, and skits.
He was even choke-slammed by WWE’s Kane back in 2000, who by the way, is currently the mayor of Knox County, Tennessee.
Drew’s net worth stands at $165 Million.
11. Seth MacFarlane
Now we have the man behind one of the most iconic voices in TV history.
Yes, it’s Seth MacFarlane, the man behind the voice of Family Guy’s Peter Griffin.
Seth is a voice-actor, stand up comic, a musician, an actor, and a writer who has gone from strength to strength over the last couple of decades.
Seth rose to fame when his animated TV show Family Guy, became a smash hit, despite having been canned by the network’s years prior due to poor ratings.
Seth continues to work on Family Guy, as well as American Dad, and Sci-Fi comedy, The Orville.
His net worth is currently a whopping $250 Million.
10. Jay Leno
Jay Leno is one of the most recognizable talk show hosts in the entire world and he has worked with some of the all-time greats.
Jay has worked on a number of different things but is most recognizable from his work on ‘The Tonight Show with Jay Leno’.
Jay is a natural entertainer and a genuinely funny guy which is why his show attracted more than 4 million viewers at the peak of its success for NBC.
In his free time, Jay is also a huge piston head, as he has an extensive car collection and has appeared on numerous motoring-related TV shows over the years, including Top Gear.
Jay’s net worth is currently around $350 Million.
9. David Letterman
Next up we have another talk show host from the US, who is arguably even more popular than Jay.
David Letterman is a host, writer, comedian, and producer who has been in the business for over three decades now.
He has captivated audiences across the globe for decades, helping to make him one of the world’s wealthiest comedians, with a net worth of a staggering $400 Million.
8. Byron Allen
Byron Allen is a US comedian, writer, producer, and entrepreneur with a natural eye and talent for the business.
He is also one of the fattest comedians in the world today, with a net worth of $400 Million.
He is the founder and CEO of a production company known as Entertainment Studios, which is one of the main reasons why he is so wealthy.
7. Bill Cosby
Bill Cosby is perhaps best known for his work on ‘The Cosby Show’ and ‘The Bill Cosby Show’ and as a result, he has won numerous awards over the many decades he has been involved in the entertainment industry.
With his whacky voices and facial expressions, this writer, comedian, producer, and actor is one of the wealthiest men in the comedy industry.
He is currently estimated to be worth $400 Million.
6. Larry David
Larry David is considered by many to be a comedic genius, which is backed up by the fact that his ‘Curb Your Enthusiasm’ show is one of the most popular ever created.
Larry is a very talented writer, comedian, actor, and producer who worked as a writer and producer for ‘Seinfeld’ which we’ll be looking at again shortly, but more on that later.
Larry David’s comedy genius has helped him achieve a net worth of $400 Million.
5. Ellen DeGeneres
Ellen DeGeneres is a US talk show host, writer, actor, and comedian with an enormous fan base.
She is perhaps most recognizable for her work as the host of ‘The Ellen Show’ which always draws big numbers and sees some huge Hollywood celebs regularly visit.
Ellen is one of the richest comedians in the biz today, as she is currently worth $450 Million.
4. Matt Stone
Matt Stone is an actor, writer, comedian, animator, and voice actor who is co-responsible for the creation of a little-known animated show called ‘South Park’ which you may have heard of?
Matt Stoneworks with close friend Trey Parker and has helped put Comedy Central on the map thanks to the huge success of South Park, which is still doing big numbers decades after its creation.
Matt has also appeared in a few comedy movies, including Basketball.
He is currently valued at $500 Million.
3. Trey Parker
Next up we have Matt’s comedy partner, Trey Parker.
Trey co-created South Park with Matt Stone, and he too lends his voice to multiple characters on the show.
Between them, the pair have won multiple awards, including Emmys and even a Grammy for the musical ‘The Book of Mormon’.
Today, Trey, like his best friend, is valued at $500 Million.
2. Matt Groening
If you thought that South Park had been on the air for a long time, that’s nothing compared with Matt’s creation The Simpsons.
Thanks to the enormous success of The Simpsons, Matt Groening is one of the richest comedians in the world.
The Simpsons have been on the air for over three decades, as it first hit the air in 1989.
Incredibly, the animated show is still going and is currently in its 31st season.
Because of this, Matt is currently worth a staggering $500 Million.
1. Jerry Seinfeld
Remember how we mentioned we’d get back to Seinfeld?
Well, here we are.
Coming in at the number one spot we have Jerry Seinfeld.
Jerry is affectionately known as the ‘King of Comedy’ and if you’re familiar with his work you will know exactly why that is.
Jerry Seinfeld is the co-creator of the smash-hit comedy TV show ‘Seinfeld’ which he co-created with Larry David.
Since the show first aired, it has gone from strength to strength and has drawn some incredibly huge numbers, making it one of the most popular shows ever created.
Of course, the fact that the writing and comedy timing of the show is absolutely spot-on is just the icing on the cake.
Jerry, however, has proved that he is certainly not a one-hit-wonder as he has gone on to star in numerous other projects, including The Tonight Show and ‘Frankie and Benson’.
Jerry, is, by far, the richest comedian in the business today because, right now, his net worth stands at an astonishing $950 Million.
Not bad for spreading laughter in the world, right?
So, there you have it. That’s your list of 20 of the richest comedians of 2020.
Hopefully, you’ve found the list insightful and entertaining, and it just goes to show that sometimes being the class clown will pay the bills.