With a $70 million net worth, Carl Reiner has had a career that has spanned seven decades. The comedian, actor, director, screenwriter, and publisher is best known for his favorite project, The Dick Van Dyke Show. He also wrote some of Steve Martin’s funniest movies, including The Jerk. Reiner’s best friend is comedian Mel Brooks. “He comes over every night,” he said, “If he doesn’t come over, I don’t know what to do with myself.” The two teamed up as a comedy duo on The Steve Allen Show in 1960 and 2000 Year Old Man.
His other closest friend was his sweetheart, Estelle Lebost. the two married in 1943 until she died in 2008. A Hollywood anomaly. Born in the Bronx to Jewish immigrants, he grew up watching his favorite comedians in movies, such as Buster Keaton, Charlie Chaplin, and the Marx Brothers. Those funny-men became his role models. As it turned out, he got his training as an actor, director, and entertainer in the military while serving WWII by entertaining the troops. His personal goal is to live until the 2020 elections to vote the President out.
Jackie Mason | $9 million
Born Yacov Moshe Maza in 1931 to a strict, Orthodox Jewish family and a long string of rabbis, including his father, he grew up and became ordained also. But it didn’t last. He left the synagogue to become a comedian because, as he said, “Someone in the family had to make a living.” So, he became Jackie Mason, one of the funniest stand-up comedians to ever hit the stage. He likes to joke about politics, and satirize society and the religion he knows best, but he’s also known to be controversial and irreverent.
Mason is also a television and film actor who appeared often on The Ed Sullivan Show and starred in The Jerk with Steve Martin. His own production, a one-man show called The World According to Me, was an enormous hit and won several awards. He’s been active in his sensational career since the 1950s. “I have enough money to last me the rest of my life unless I buy something,” he joked on The Dean Martin Show and many times after. The truth of the matter is, his net worth is $9 million.
Cloris Leachman |
$10 million This actress and comedian is best known for her hilarious role as Phyllis Lindstrom on The Mary Tyler Moore show. Her Phyllis character was so popular Leachman went on to do her very own spin-off sitcom, called 'Phyllis'. She also appeared in the Mel Brooks film Young Frankenstein and continued to work with Brooks for many years. Two TV parts she played was Beverly on The Facts of Life and Granny on The Beverly Hillbillies, the 1993 movie version. Leachman set a record winning eight primetime Emmy Awards. She also won a Golden Globe Award for her portrayal of Phyllis.
Today she’s 94. Her last role was performed in the 2019 TV show Mad About You, as Mrs. Mndelbaum. Cloris Leachman was born in Iowa, on April 30, 1926. She grew up in Des Moines and lived there until she attended Illinois State to study drama, and then graduated from Northwestern University. She started her film career soon after, but not before winning Miss America in 1946. She still looks fabulous, but it could also be her $10 million net worth amping up her glam.
Betty White | $75 million
As one of Hollywood’s most beloved stars, the late Betty White charmed audiences her whole life. Her signature sweet and innocent demeanor was inevitably sliced by a laser-tongue remark that left people in hysterics. With a career spanning over 80 years and a $75 million net worth, White was recognized by many awards, but she was also part of television history. In the early 1950s, she became one of the first women producers. It’s no surprise, then, that she and Lucille Ball were good buddies.
White’s career went well into her older years. The smash-hit Golden Girls became the most successful show she starred in. She landed that gig at 63. Known for saying, “Retirement is not in my vocabulary,” she sure lived up to it. In 2010, when she hosted Saturday Night Live, she brought in the best ratings of the season. And she did this as the oldest person ever to host SNL. She was 88. Besides winning eight Emmys, three SAGs, and a Lifetime Achievement Award, Betty White was a lover of animals, and worked with several animal organizations.
Bob Newhart | $65 million
Bob Newhart is a Chicago-area actor and stand-up comedian known for his deadpan delivery. He hit the scene with a series of monologues that he recorded with Warner Bros., called 'The Button-Down Mind of Bob Newhart'. The record shot to No. 1 on the pop charts. He released ten additional comedy albums. At 90 years old, Newhart’s 60-plus year career is as active as ever, still performing stand-up comedy with dates lined up. The younger generations probably remember him from his guest appearances on 'The Big Bang Theory'.
Working as an accountant when he was 30 years old, hating every minute of it, he found an unlikely break. He and a co-worker began recording absurd telephone conversations and he used the tape to audition as a comedian. His success as a stand-up comedian led to the eponymous variety show on NBC, 'The Bob Newhart Show'. The 1961 show won an Emmy award and a Peabody nomination. In 1972, the comedy sitcom 'The Bob Newhart Show' hit the airwaves to rave reviews. The show ran for six seasons. His current net worth is $65 million.