Ellen DeGeneres has a net worth of $500 million. She is an American comedian, actor, writer, producer, and TV personality.
She is best known for creating the comedy “Ellen,” which aired from 1994 to 1998, and for hosting the syndicated talk programme “The Ellen DeGeneres Show,” which aired from 2003 to 2021.
In terms of Hollywood, her syndicated programme made her quite wealthy. Ellen’s compensation from the talk show alone amounted to roughly $60 million at its height.
On January 26, 1958, in Metairie, Louisiana, Ellen DeGeneres was born. Her father Elliott was an insurance salesman and her mother Elizabeth was a speech therapist. Vance, her musician and producer brother, is her inspiration.
In 1974, her parents split, and her mother remarried, moving to Atlanta, Texas, with her new husband and Ellen.
Ellen attended the University of New Orleans after graduating from Atlanta High School in 1976. She took a secretarial job at a law firm after one semester and skipped college.
She worked at J.C. Penney, TGI Fridays, as a waiter, house painter, hostess, and bartender, among other places.
Ellen began doing stand-up comedy routines in coffee shops and tiny clubs throughout the years she worked odd jobs.
Ellen was the emcee at Clyde’s Comedy Club in New Orleans in 1981. In the early 1980s, she started touring the country with her stand-up routine.
In 1984, Showtime dubbed her “America’s Funniest Person.” “Open House,” a Fox comedy, gave her her first regular role in 1989. In 1992, she received a part on the NBC comedy “Laurie Hill,” which lasted just one season.
DeGeneres wowed the filmmakers so much that she was cast in their next ABC pilot, “These Friends of Mine.” In its second season, the programme was called “Ellen”. When DeGeneres came out as a lesbian on “The Oprah Winfrey Show” in April 1997, “Ellen’s” popularity skyrocketed.
At the same time, her comedy character, portrayed by Oprah Winfrey, came out to her therapist. In May 1998, “Ellen” was cancelled owing to a drop in ratings as a result of ABC’s reduced promotional efforts.
DeGeneres returned to stand-up comedy after the cancellation of her show. In 2001, she made a comeback with “The Ellen Show,” a CBS comedy that aired for 13 episodes before being cancelled.
She played Dory in the 2003 film “Finding Nemo,” in which she voiced the character. In 2012’s “Finding Dory,” she repeated that role.
The Ellen DeGeneres Show first aired in the autumn of 2003. Today, it is one of daytime television’s most popular conversation programmes. The programme received 25 Emmy awards in its first three seasons alone.
On May 1, 2009, Ellen reached the milestone of 100 episodes. In December of 2015, she celebrated her 2000th performance.
DeGeneres joined the “American Idol” panel as a judge in 2010. Paula Abdul had to be replaced, and she was the right person for the job.
“It didn’t seem like the right match for me,” she said after leaving after one season.
DeGeneres started presenting the game show “Ellen’s Game of Games” on NBC in the 2017-2018 television season, which is based on the games she plays on her talk show.
DeGeneres has also hosted the Emmys, Grammys, and Oscars.
In 1997, DeGeneres announced her homosexuality. She began dating actress Anne Heche the next year. Until August of 2000, they were dating. DeGeneres and actress Alexandra Hedison were connected from 2000 through 2004. Portia de Rossi, an actress, became her girlfriend in 2004. In August 2008, they married at their Beverly Hills home.
Portia de Rossi gave Ellen a permanent gorilla house in Rwanda for the Digit Fund for her 60th birthday in January 2018.
The Ellen DeGeneres Wildlife Fund, a new division of the Digit Fund, received this grant.
Every year, DeGeneres receives a salary of $75 million to $90 million. Ellen made $80 million from her numerous efforts between June 2018 and June 2019.
Ellen Degeneres and Portia de Rossi have both been known to flip houses on a regular basis. Since 2003, the pair have purchased and sold a total of 20 homes.
DeGeneres and de Rossi have sold homes for $6.98 million, $15.5 million, and $23 million, respectively, in 2019.