- Full Name: Jerome Allen Seinfeld
- Born: April 29, 1954
- Place of Birth: Brooklyn, New York
- Occupation: Actor, producer, writer
- Marital Status: Married
Jerry Seinfeld’s Net Worth History:
After several years’ work as a successful stand-up comedian, Jerry Seinfeld became a guest on “The Tonight Show” and “Saturday Night Live.” His big break was the popular “Seinfeld” comedy series, whose other stars also earned millions. He reportedly earned $225 million from sales of this show. Today Seinfeld has been described as “filthy rich from ‘Seinfeld’ reruns alone,” although he also earns money from celebrity endorsements–$10 million for Microsoft ads in 2008, for example. He has appeared in seven movies (counting the animated Bee Movie he co-produced, which used his voice) and written two books.
About Jerry Seinfeld
Jerry Seinfeld started his working career with a “serious” job–volunteer work on an Israeli kibbutz. After a two-year stint, he returned to New York to study communications in college, and discovered his real talent for stand-up comedy. He was able to make comedy his adult career from 1976 to 1988. He had a minor role in the “Benson” comedy series in 1979. Although Johnny Carson and David Letterman (and their audiences) liked his performances, Seinfeld really succeeded on TV only when he became the star of his own show in 1988.
By 1990, “Seinfeld” was rated America’s “most popular and successful” situation comedy. Viewers described it as funny and up to date. Sponsors admired its innovative use of product placements. By 2005, Seinfeld and his show were famous enough to earn $100 million for syndication deals and Seinfeld’s live performances.
Sein Language was printed in 1993. Seinfeld’s stand-up audiences described it as a collection of his stand-up comedy material. To others, it was a fresh, funny introduction to the “Seinfeld” show and to the words and phrases the show made popular. Seinfeld’s fans also bought Halloween, a children’s book.
Seinfeld publicly stated in 2014, “I love advertising because I love lying.” In addition to those cleverly placed in the storylines of “Seinfeld” episodes, products Seinfeld has sponsored include Apple Computers, Microsoft, American Express, Superman, and Australia’s Greater Building Society. He has performed in aid of cancer research, and donated money to politicians–more Democrats than Republicans, although he has given money to both. (In 2000, he gave money to both Al Gore and George W. Bush.)
After the “Seinfeld” show went off the air, Seinfeld released a series of online comedy performances called “Comedians in Cars Getting Coffee,” in which he appeared with a different comedian in each episode. When criticized for not choosing a more diverse list of co-stars, Seinfeld’s response was “If you’re funny, I’m interested.” By now the series’ web site lists several women and comedians who identify with ethnic minority groups. However, Seinfeld obviously identifies with a target audience of White middle-class urban male baby boomers, a group large enough to have kept his show on television for more than ten years.
Currently, Jerry Seinfeld is back in stand-up comedy. Though willing to work with others, he seems most successful on his own. (He was the only actor who appeared on every episode of “Seinfeld.”) In 2014, he became interested in autism and reportedly suspected that he might have it, but found that he does not. He seems to be simply an introvert who’s found his own way of interacting with other people and made it pay. Readers of Sein Language might have known that all along.