Ellen DeGeneres Net WorthReal Name: Ellen DeGeneres
Date of Birth: 01/26/1958
Place of Birth: Metairie, Louisiana
2017 Net Worth: $285 Million
Profession: Comedian, Television Host, Actress, Writer, Television Producer
Ellen DeGeneres Biography
Ellen DeGeneres, daughter of a speech therapist mother, was born and grew up in Metairie, Louisiana. Her parents divorced in 1973 and after her mother remarried, DeGeneres moved to Atlanta, Texas. She graduated from Atlanta High School in 1976, and attended the University of New Orleans, where she intended to major in communications studies, but dropped out in order to work. She held various jobs in her 20’s including waitressing, a sales clerk at J.C. Penny, a bartender, hostess, even a house painter.
DeGeneres tired of these jobs quickly, however, and began to perform stand-up comedy at small clubs. By the early 1980s, she began to tour around the country. In 1986, DeGeneres performed on The Tonight Show, then hosted by Johnny Carson, who stated that DeGeneres reminded him of a female Bob Newhart.
DeGeneres soon had her own comedy show, simply called Ellen, which ran from 1994 to 1998. This hugely popular show came to an end when she made her homosexuality public. The show was cancelled in May of 1998. DeGeneres returned to stand-up comedy for a while, but later re-established herself in 2001 with her daytime television talk show, The Ellen DeGeneres Show.
For the past decade, The Ellen DeGeneres Show has continued to be one of the most popular and highly syndicated talk shows in America, with an average of 4 million viewers each day. The show has won more than 33 Daytime Emmys. DeGeneres also works as a judge on American Idol and has hosted both the Academy Awards and the Primetime Emmys. DeGeneres currently lives in Beverly Hills with her actress wife Portia de Rossi. She has a current net worth of $285 million. It was recently announced that The Ellen DeGeneres Show will continue through at least 2017, which means DeGeneres will continue to add to her net worth for several years to come.