How Rich Is Will Ferrell?

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It’s hard to say whether Will Ferrell is best known for his time on “Saturday Night Live,” his role as Buddy in the classic Christmas movie “Elf” or the box-office hit “Talladega Nights: The Ballad of Ricky Bobby.” These roles are just a few highlights of his vast career, which has made the funnyman one of the highest-paid actors in Hollywood. He currently has a net worth of $160 million, according to Celebrity Net Worth.

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Will Ferrell’s Early Career

As a child, Ferrell had little interest in a career as an entertainer, having watched his father struggle as a musician. But in high school, he started performing comedy skits in talent shows, and later went on to the University of Southern California, where he studied sports broadcasting. In 1994, he joined a comedy/improvisation group called The Groundlings, which ultimately led to an audition for “Saturday Night Live.”

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Best ‘Saturday Night Live’ Cast Member Ever

Spending seven years on “SNL,” the sketch comedy artist kept audiences laughing with his impressions of everyone from George W. Bush and Janet Reno to beloved personalities like Chicago Cubs announcer Harry Caray and long-time “Jeopardy!” host Alex Trebek.

After leaving the show in 2002, he returned five times as a guest host and, in 2014, was voted the best “SNL” cast member of all time. In 2001, Ferrell also happened to be the highest-paid “SNL” cast member, earning $17,500 per episode, or $367,500 per season, Celebrity Net Worth reports.

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Will Ferrell’s Movie Career

During his time on “SNL,” Ferrell starred in a number of movies, many based on “SNL” characters he played. Ferrell began to make a name for himself on the big screen as the famous Frank “The Tank” Richard in “Old School” and then went on to play the beloved Buddy the Elf, who has been immortalized in memes.

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After earning $7 million for his breakout role in “Anchorman” in 2004, Ferrell’s pay jumped to $20 million per movie for flicks such as “Talladega Nights,” “Bewitched,” “Kicking & Screaming” and “Land of the Lost,” Celebrity Net Worth reports. Ferrell is worth the paycheck, it would seem, as his movies draw big crowds and large opening weekend profits. “Talladega Nights” earned $47 million out of the gate, while “Step Brothers” opened with worldwide revenue of $128 million.

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From Comedy to Soccer

In addition to his movie career, Ferrell has other business pursuits. He has appeared on Broadway in a one-man show and performed as a voice actor on hit animated films and shows such as “Curious George” and “Family Guy,” according to IMDB.

Going back to his roots and his sports information degree, he also holds part ownership in the Los Angeles FC soccer team.

Ferrell lives in the Hollywood Hills on a 2.3-acre property he purchased for $9.9 million from Ellen DeGeneres in 2007.

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Last updated: Sept. 30, 2021 

About the Author

Dawn Allcot is a full-time freelance writer and content marketing specialist who geeks out about finance, e-commerce, technology, and real estate. Her lengthy list of publishing credits include Bankrate, Lending Tree, and Chase Bank. She is the founder and owner of, a travel, technology, and entertainment website. She lives on Long Island, New York, with a veritable menagerie that includes 2 cats, a rambunctious kitten, and three lizards of varying sizes and personalities – plus her two kids and husband. Find her on Twitter, @DawnAllcot.

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