How Rich Is Jimmy Kimmel?

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Jimmy Kimmel returned to the small screen on Sept. 7 for his show “Jimmy Kimmel Live!” after a summer vacation; part of a contract he signed with ABC Television Network back in 2019.

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This will be his nineteenth season with over 3,000 episodes.

Jimmy Kimmel Net Worth: $50 Million

The talk show host rakes in a $15 million a year salary for the show, with an estimated net worth of $50 million, according to Celebrity Net Worth.

But Kimmel doesn’t only host his talk show, he hosted the Oscars in 2017 and 2018 and the Emmys in 2019.

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Kimmel reportedly earned $15,000 for hosting the Academy Awards, according to The Sun.

He’s also no stranger to winning awards himself; in 2019 Kimmel won an Emmy for outstanding variety special (live) for “Live in Front of a Studio Audience: Norman Lear’s ‘All in the Family’ and ‘The Jeffersons,'” a sitcom special he co-hosted with Norman Lear.

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Early Life and Career

James “Jimmy” Kimmel was born in Brooklyn on Nov. 13, 1967. He grew up in Las Vegas and attended Arizona State University.

Out of college, Kimmel followed his passion for radio; his biggest idol since childhood has been legendary talk show host David Letterman. He had a few gigs across the West Coast before becoming “Jimmy The Sports Guy” for The Kevin & Bean Show, a morning show for Los Angeles’ KROQ radio station, in 1994. His ABC biography cheekily states he was “fired from stations in Phoenix, Seattle, Tampa and Tucson” before his luck changed as he found notoriety as “Jimmy the Sports Guy,” a recurring character on the morning show.

The 53-year-old’s big career moment started in 1999 as a co-host for Comedy Central’s game show “Win Ben Stein’s Money.” Later that year, Kimmel won a Daytime Emmy for best game show host.

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Producing and Hosting Career

Kimmel went on to form Jackhole Industries production company with his long-time friends Adam Carolla and Daniel Kellison.

After pitching comedy shows to various networks, the three landed with Comedy Central in 1999 to produce and star in “The Man Show.” The show was a success, coming in as the network’s second most popular show after “South Park,” according to The New York Times. It went on for 117 episodes and ended in 2004.

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According to Biography, ABC Network sought out Jimmy Kimmel to become its latest talk show host. The show “Jimmy Kimmel Live!” debuted on Jan. 26, 2003. ABC has continued to renew its contract with Kimmel, in 2012 switching his time slot to compete against NBC’s “The Tonight Show with Jay Leno.”

He also co-created and executive-produced the cult-favorite MTV2 series “The Andy Milonakis Show” and Comedy Central’s “Crank Yankers” (2002-2007), which was revived in 2019 and is still on air, according to The Hollywood Reporter.

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The revival show was produced under Kimmel’s production company, Kimmelot Production Company, which he launched with entrepreneur and producer Brent Montgomery in 2018, according to Deadline.

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Acting Cameos and Other Ventures

Besides hosting the 2007 ESPY Awards with basketball player Lebron James, Kimmel has a few other unique gigs under his belt, according to Celebrity Net Worth.

He has done voice work for many animated films such as “The Boss Baby,” “Paw Patrol: The Movie,” “Teen Titans Go! To The Movies,” “Garfield”  and “The Smurfs 2.” He had quick cameos in movies like “Ted 2,” “Like Mike” and the 2012 cult-classic “Project X.”

In 2019, Kimmel released a children’s book titled “The Serious Goose.” Kimmel’s proceeds from book sales are donated to Children’s Hospital Los Angeles (CHLA) and children’s hospitals around the country.

“Jimmy Kimmel Live!” airs every weeknight at 11:35 p.m. EST.

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Last updated: Sept. 22, 2021

About the Author

Katherine Hoey is a 26-year-old freelance journalist currently living in Miami. The Long Island native graduated with a BA from The School of Journalism at Stony Brook University. She won the 2020 FOLIO award from the Fair Media Council for Best Use of Instagram.

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