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Ellen Degeneres Net Worth 2022 Early Life & More Details!

U.S.-born comedian, actor, writer, producer, and TV host Ellen DeGeneres has a net worth of $500 million. It was her sitcom, “Ellen,” which aired on NBC from 1994 to 1998, and her talk program, “The Ellen DeGeneres Show,” which aired on syndication from 2003 to 2021, that brought her the most fame. Due to the success of her syndicated show, she became incredibly wealthy by Hollywood standards. At the highest point in her career, Ellen’s compensation from her talk show was estimated to be approximately $60 million.

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Early Life

In Metairie, Louisiana on January 26, 1958, Ellen DeGeneres entered the world. Their mother, Elizabeth, worked as a speech therapist, and her dad, Elliott, sold insurance. Vance, her brother, is a musician and record producer. Her parents split up in 1974, and her mom quickly remarried, taking Ellen and her to Texas. In 1976, after Ellen completed high school in Atlanta, she returned to New Orleans to enroll at the University of New Orleans. After only one semester, she decided to leave college and accept a job in the office of a law firm. She has worked as a server at TGI Fridays, a sales associate at J.C. Penney, a house painter, a hostess, and a bartender.


Ellen began performing stand-up comedy at coffee houses and tiny clubs during the same time she was working a variety of odd jobs. The year 1981 found Ellen hosting shows at Clyde’s Comedy Club in New Orleans. Starting in the early 1980s, she began touring the country with her stand-up routine. In 1984, she was honored as the Funniest Person in America by Showtime. In 1989, she received a recurring role on the Fox comedy series “Open House.” She had a part in the 1992 sitcom Laurie Hill, which lasted only one season.

The producers of the ABC pilot “These Friends of Mine” were so charmed by DeGeneres that they immediately cast her in the role. In its second season, the show’s name was changed to “Ellen.” In April 1997, when DeGeneres revealed her sexual orientation on “The Oprah Winfrey Show,” “Ellen” was at the height of its success. Similar to what she did in real life, her comedy character came out to her therapist (Oprah Winfrey) about the same time. May of 1998 saw the cancellation of “Ellen” after declining ratings caused by ABC’s reduced promotion of the show.

When her sitcom was axed, DeGeneres went back to performing stand-up comedy. In 2001, she made a comeback on “The Ellen Show,” a CBS sitcom that lasted for only 13 episodes before being axed. When “Finding Nemo” came out in 2003, she provided her voice for the character of Dory. She returned to the character in the 2012 sequel, “Finding Dory.”

“The Ellen DeGeneres Show” premiered in the fall of 2003. One of the most popular daytime discussion shows nowadays. The show has already won 25 Emmys in just its first three seasons. As of May 1, 2009, Ellen had aired 100 episodes. It was in December of 2015 that she performed her 2000th show.

When DeGeneres joined the judging panel of “American Idol” in 2010, she was already a well-known figure in the entertainment industry. In other words, she is the new Paula Abdul. After only one season, she decided it “didn’t feel like the right match for me” and she departed.

The NBC game show “Ellen’s Game of Games,” which DeGeneres began presenting in the 2017–2018 television season, is an expansion of the games featured on her talk show.

DeGeneres has also presided over the ceremonies for the Emmys, Grammys, and Oscars.

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Personal Life

After years of speculation, DeGeneres finally revealed her sexual orientation in 1997. She began dating Anne Heche, an actress, in the same year. In August of 2000, they called it quits. It was reported that DeGeneres dated actress Alexandra Hedison from the year 2000 till 2004. Her relationship with Portia de Rossi, an actress, began in 2004. They tied the knot at their Beverly Hills, California, mansion back in August of 2008.

Both Ellen and Portia have adopted a vegan lifestyle.

Portia de Rossi gave Ellen a gorilla sanctuary in Rwanda dedicated to her honor and the Digit Fund in honor of Ellen’s 60th birthday in January 2018. The Digit Fund has a new division, the Ellen DeGeneres Wildlife Fund, to which this donation will be allocated.

Salary Highlights

DeGeneres’ annual compensation is somewhere in the range of $75 million to $90 million. From June 2018 to June 2019, for instance, Ellen made $80 million from all of her pursuits.

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Real Estate

Home flipping is a hobby for both Ellen DeGeneres and Portia de Rossi. Since 2003, the pair has made over 20 real estate transactions. In 2019, DeGeneres and de Rossi have made over $23 million from the sale of three separate properties bringing in a total of $6.98 million.

2003: DeGeneres recently spent $6 million on a mansion in the Hollywood Hills. Three years later, she made $9 million off of selling Will Ferrell her four-bedroom, four-and-a-half-bathroom mansion.

2004: For $1.275 million, she purchased a midcentury home in the Hollywood Hills, affectionately dubbed “the treehouse” for its expansive outdoor areas. One year later, she sold the home to the late actor Heath Ledger for $2.1 million. The home included two bedrooms and two bathrooms.

2007: They spent $15.75 million on a mansion in Montecito, California, which was purchased by DeGeneres and de Rossi. That following year, they sold it for $20 million.

2008: The Beverly Hills estate the couple purchased cost $29 million, and it included a 9,200-square-foot main house and two smaller residences. They held their wedding here. In 2012, they made a $37 million sale to Ryan Seacrest for the estate. During the same year, DeGeneres spent $8.5 million on a horse property in Thousand Oaks, California. It was in 2013 that she sold the property for $10.85 million after having renovated it.

2011: They dropped $12 million on Brad Pitt’s old Malibu house. A year later, they made $13 million on the sale.

2012: After spending over $40 million on the Brody House in Holmby Hills, they quickly flipped the mansion, selling it to Sean Parker for $55 million six months later. The couple spent $13.2 million that year to purchase two Los Angeles residences that were next to each other. The homes were sold for $11.85 million three years later.

2015: They invested $16,000,000 in a four-bedroom, eight-bathroom Beverly Hills mansion and made $35,000,000 when they sold it three years later.

2018: Their 2018 purchase of a $15 million Beverly Hills mansion was the largest single real estate transaction in the history of the United States. They sold the five-bedroom home for $15.5 million less than a year later. They purchased a Santa Barbara property for $6.7 million that same year. In a year, they sold it to Nickelodeon’s president, Brian Robbins, for $6.98 million.

They also spent $27 million on a property in Montecito, California, that was designed to evoke Bali, in 2018. They immediately spent another $1.9 million on the adjacent property. They put the house up for sale in October of 2020 for $40 million. They took a $33 million offer and took it a month later.

2019: Together, they spent $45 million to purchase Adam Levine’s recently refurbished Beverly Hills property with five bedrooms and twelve bathrooms. This home was sold in April of 2021 for $47 million.

2020: Ellen and Portia spent $49 million in November to purchase the Montecito, California mansion of comedian Dennis Miller. The sum paid for the 4-acre lot was almost unprecedented in the region.

2021: Ellen and Portia bought a ranch in Montecito for $14.3 million in May 2021, having previously owned it from 2017-2018. They immediately spent another $12 million to buy the property next door.

Ellen and Portia purchased an $8.5 million Beverly Hills mansion in September 2021. They had held the Dennis Miller property for a year when they finally decided to sell it two months later for $55 million. That’s right, after a year of holding on to the property, they were able to pocket $6,000,000 in profits. In other words, they didn’t do any big refurbishing.

2022: For $21 million in February of 2022, Ellen and Portia purchased the Montecito home known as “Villa Tragara.” A 12,000-square-foot home sits on the 2.5-acre lot.

In April of 2022, Ellen and Portia spent $13.5 million on yet another Montecito mansion.

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