Kaley Cuoco’s Huge Fortune as ‘Big Bang Theory’ Ends With Season 12

Cuoco's streak as one of the highest paid actors is almost over.
  • A star of the network sitcom, Kaley Cuoco has earned one of the highest salaries in TV.
  • After 12 seasons on TV, “The Big Bang Theory” will end in 2018.
  • After a divorce, Cuoco married Karl Cook in June 2018.

Thanks to the success of “The Big Bang Theory,” Kaley Cuoco is one of the highest paid actors on television. The 32-year-old star has appeared on the CBS sitcom since its first season in 2007. Season 11 premiered Sept. 25, 2017, and the show will be back for its 12th and final season in 2018.

The August 2018 announcement of the show’s ending means that Cuoco and her co-stars — including co-star Jim Parsons — will no longer be earning some of the biggest TV paychecks.

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Kaley Cuoco Net Worth: $55 Million

Kaley Cuoco’s net worth is $55 million, according to Celebrity Net Worth. Before appearing as Penny on “The Big Bang Theory,” the California-born actress played Billie Jenkins on “Charmed” from 2005 to 2006, and Bridget Hennessy on “8 Simple Rules” from 2002 to 2005. Cuoco first appeared on television in the 1992 TV movie “Quicksand: No Escape,” and has been able to maintain a steady acting career since then, with dozens of acting credits to her name.

Throughout her career, Cuoco has received a Teen Choice Award, two People’s Choice Awards and a Critics’ Choice Television Award. She also received a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame in 2014.

Kaley Cuoco ‘The Big Bang Theory’ Salary

In 2014, Kaley Cuoco reportedly signed a three-year deal with Warner Bros. TV for a salary of $1 million per episode for “The Big Bang Theory” seasons eight through 10. Prior to her change in contract, Cuoco was making $350,000 per episode, Deadline reported.

When the show was renewed for a 12th season, Cuoco took a $100,000-per-episode pay cut in hopes that it would help her co-stars Mayim Bialik and Melissa Rauch — who joined the show in season three — receive pay raises, according to The Hollywood Reporter. Even though Cuoco took a pay cut, she still earned an estimated $900,000 per episode, which made her tied with her co-stars Johnny Galecki, Simon Helberg, Kunal Nayyar and Jim Parsons for the title of highest-paid TV comedy actor.

Read More: How the Salaries Break Down for the Entire ‘Big Bang Theory’ Cast

Kaley Cuoco and Karl Cook

Kaley Cuoco married Karl Cook on June 30, 2018. The professional equestrian and the actress became engaged on Cuoco’s birthday in November 2017 after dating for nearly two years, People magazine reported. 

Kaley Cuoco and Ryan Sweeting: Marriage and Divorce

Before dating Cook, Cuoco was married to tennis player Ryan Sweeting. Cuoco and Sweeting got engaged in 2013 after three months of dating and tied the knot just three months later, on Dec. 31, 2013. The couple officially separated on Sept. 3, 2015, and their divorce was finalized on May 6, 2016.

The former couple had signed a prenuptial agreement, which stated that Sweeting would not receive spousal support from Cuoco, though she would pay him $165,000 in two payments, People reported. The documents also stated that Cuoco would pay for Sweeting’s attorney fees, though not in excess of $55,000. Cuoco received the couple’s Tarzana, Calif., home, a 5,200-square-foot, $5.49 million mansion previously owned by Khloe Kardashian and Lamar Odom. She also retained ownership of their Santa Barbara-area beach house.

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Laura Woods contributed to the reporting for this article.