Larry David Net Worth

Net Worth: $400 Million

  • Full Name: Lawrence Gene David
  • Born: 7/2/1947
  • Place of Birth: Brooklyn, NY
  • Occupation: Comedian/Actor/Writer/Producer/Director
  • Marital Status: Divorced


Larry David achieved his wealth as co-creator/writer/producer on Seinfeld (1991 to 1998), Curb Your Enthusiasm (1999 to 2011) and the HBO movie Clear History (2013).


Larry David began his successful career rather unsuccessfully as a stand-up comedian. His unique style of observational comedy (he modeled the character of George on Seinfeld after himself) didn’t go over too well with audiences, but it was enough to catch the attention of Bill Lee and John Moffitt, the co-creators of the short lived skit comedy series Fridays, where he was put on staff as a writer. Although the show failed after two years, this led to his role as a series writer for the hugely successful Saturday Night Live for the 1984 – 1985 season. Throughout the late eighties, he wrote for It’s Garry Shandling’s Show on Showtime and Norman’s Corners.

In 1989, he wrote a TV Pilot called The Seinfeld Chronicles. The show would appear in 1991 as one of the most popular sitcoms of all time, Seinfeld. It is perhaps a mark of David’s character that the main character was not based on him, but one of the eternal foils of the show, George, was. The eternally hapless character would find himself in uncomfortable every day situations, from which the humor was derived. By the end of the series, David had gone from a struggling comedy writer to a successful comedy writer with a net worth of $200 million.

After the show’s end, he made his first foray into feature films, writing the utterly forgettable Sour Grapes, which starred Steven Weber and Craig Bierko. The plot centered around two cousins, Richie (Bierko) and Evan (Weber) who go to Atlantic City to gamble for a weekend. They are unsuccessful until Richie tries his last two coins and hits a $400,000 jackpot, leading to jealousy from Evan. The movie was a critical and box office failure.

In 1999, though, David wrote and starred in an HBO special called Larry David: Curb Your Enthusiasm, which was a mockumentary about David trying to produce and star in an HBO special. This led to his next success, the HBO series Curb Your Enthusiasm, where David played himself. He frequently cast his friends as themselves in the show, which had a very successful 11 year run, culminating in an episode called Larry Vs. Michael J. Fox, where he sued the Parkinson’s inflicted actor for harassment.

David’s last major success was the HBO movie Clear History, where he played the hippie creator of an electric car who leaves the company over differences in how the car should be marketed, just on the verge of its success. Now a failure, he plots an elaborate revenge episode against his former partner (Jon Hamm), which includes a way to get his millions and sleep with his wife (Kate Hudson). In true David/George fashion, he discovers at the end of the film that all of his machinations were unnecessary because his partner was dying and had arranged for him to receive everything that was coming to him, and that the wife had truly fallen in love with him.

Although currently out of the public limelight, one thing is for sure… we haven’t heard the last from Larry David.