David Letterman is a prominent comedian, a writer, television & film producer and one of the most influential television hosts in American history. He became prominent by hosting Late Night with David Letterman on NBC for 33 years and Late Show with David Letterman on CBS.
During his time in NBC and CBS, he hosted 6,028 episodes which made him the longest-serving late night talk show host in all US television history. Letterman is ranked as the 45th greatest TV star of all time. Today we are going to look at David Letterman net worth in 2018 and also reveal a few things you probably don’t know about David Letterman.
David Michael Letterman is the son of a receptionist mother, Dorothy Marie Letterman and a florist father, Harry Joseph Letterman who gave birth to him in 1947 in Indianapolis, Indiana.
He enrolled at Broad Ripple High School where after classes he served as a backlog person in the Atlanta supermarket. He graduated in 1969 from Ball State University with a degree in radio and TV. In college, he used to work as an anchor of their school’s radio station which was then called WBST.
His first marriage was with his long-time girlfriend, Michelle Cook in 1968 and they divorced in 1977. He began dating Regina Lasko in 1986 where the two bore a son, Harry Joseph in 2003. The couple legally got married in 2009 in Choteau, Montana.
Letterman’s professional career in media kicked off when he broadcasted for the WLWI TV and the WNTS radio. He used to report about the weather updates where he once forecasted about an occurrence of a hurricane and a hailstorm. He was later hired by ABC sports in 1971, and his first interview was with Mario Andretti who was a racer.
In 1980 he worked for the NBC media where he hosted a comic morning program dubbed, The David Letterman Show which became a massive success. In 1982, his show was moved to the after-hours and was rebranded as The Late Night with David Letterman. He first interviewed Bill Murray and later the likes of Charles Grodin, Madonna, and Shirley MacLaine. In 1993, Letterman shifted to the CBS media to host The Tonight Show and made a deal with them worth $14 million annually. As soon as the contract ended in 2002, he was hired by the ABC media to anchor The Nightline Show alongside Ted Koppel.
After renewing his contract with the CBS, he retired from the Late Show with David Letterman in 2015 where his last program was viewed by over 13 million people in the US. The episode became popular since he hosted the five former US presidents who were, George H. W Bush, Bill Clinton, George W. Bush and Barrack Obama. There are other numerous hosting gigs Letterman has been a host, but the most current one is My Next Guest Needs No Introduction with David Letterman 2018.
Letterman launched his own production firm Worldwide Pants Incorporated which produced the movie, Strangers with Candy and also the blockbuster series, Knight of Prosperity. In addition, the company also worked with the TV show dubbed, Ed. As an actor too, he has starred in films like Man on the Moon 1999 and Sully 2016.
On Awards and Achievements, David Letterman has received many including 2 Daytime Emmy Awards, 5 Primetime Awards, 3 American Comedy Awards, Peabody Awards, among others. He won a total of 12 Emmy Awards out of the 67 nominations.
Net Worth, Salary & Income
David Letterman net worth is estimated to be around $420 million. The source of David Letterman fortune is his television hosting gigs earnings especially the CBS Late Show with David Letterman and NBC Late Night with David Letterman. Its reported that during his time on the two shows Letterman earnings were around $50 million a year, but today he usually makes $20 million a year. The licensing and syndication fees from his shows have also contributed highly to David Letterman net worth. Among his properties is a 108-acre estate in Westchester County, 88 acres in Montana; New York, he also co-owns Rahal Letterman Racing, an Indy Racing League team.
7 Facts You Need To Know About David Letterman
David Letterman is one of the familiar faces in American television and one of the best television hosts in the world. He has been on the television for three decades now and despite that, here are a few things you probably don’t know about David Letterman.
1. David Letterman has some love for cars, and he has a fleet of them in his garage.
2. Letterman has been diagnosed with the tinnitus disorder.
3. Just as he is an influence on Conan O’ Brien and others, his role model was Johnny Carson who motivated his comedy career.
4. He is involved in charitable deeds and owns the Letterman Foundation.
5. Did you know that in 2005 he was plotted to be kidnapped?
6. He interviewed the doctors and nurses who performed heart surgery on him.
7. Letterman doesn’t drink alcohol anymore after being an addict for a long time.
One of the richest and wealthy people is David Letterman and considering he is still doing his talk shows seems in 2019 his net worth will have increased to even a higher figure.