Bill Cosby Net Worth

William Henry Cosby Jr. Net Worth

Real Name: William Henry Cosby Jr.
Date of Birth: 07/12/1937
Place of Birth: Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

2017 Net Worth: $450 Million
2016 Earnings: $3 Million

Profession: Comedian, Actor, Producer, Author, Activist

Bill Cosby Biography


Bill Cosby was born in Philadelphia in 1937 to a U.S. Navy sailor father. All of Cosby’s teachers remember him as having a gift for making people laugh, but he did not seem to have much of a gift, or interest, in studying. He was popular in school; he was class president, captain of several sports teams, played both football and basketball, and participated in the school drama program. In order to help his family survive, he went to work at a young age shining shoes, selling various products, as well as loading trucks both before and after school, to help his family make ends meet. With all these activities, Cosby failed 10th grade. Cosby gave up on school and went to work full-time at a shoe repair shop.

Cosby changed his mind about his education after his stint in the army. While attending Temple University, Cosby began to perform as a stand-up comedian in various clubs. He was invited to appear on the Tonight Show in 1963, and signed a contract with Warner Bros. recording label. Cosby was unique as he never used politics or vulgar or graphic sexual language as a basis for his jokes. He also never took on controversial subjects. Although his comedy albums make up a small amount of his net worth, they launched his career of television comedy shows, books, and lucrative endorsements.

Bill Cosby is most famous for his hit comedy The Cosby Show, which aired from 1984 to 1992. The show focused on the Huxtable family, an upper-middle class family living in Brooklyn, New York. The show has been praised for its portrayal of a successful, stable black family which broke racial stereotypes of the time.

Cosby might find himself returning to the comedy stage once again to increase his earnings. He was charged December 30, 2015, with sexual assault for drugging and raping Andrea Constand in his Elkins Park, Pennsylvania, mansion in January of 2004. Cosby posted $1 million bail and is expected to appear at his hearing January 14th, 2016. If convicted, the comedian could laugh away 10 years in jail.

Cosby has a current net worth of $450 million. He made $3 million in 2013 and recently performed his first TV standup comedy special in more than 30 years. He has spacious homes in Cheltenham, Pennsylvania and Shelburne, Massachusetts.

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