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Jay Leno Net Worth

Jay Leno Net Worth

Net Worth: $350 Million

  • Source of Wealth Television, Comedy
  • Birth Place New Rochelle, New York, United States
  • Height 5' 11" (1.80 m)
  • Marital Status Married (Mavis Leno)
  • Full Name James Douglas Muir Leno
  • Nationality American
  • Date of Birth 28 April 1950
  • Ethnicity Italian and Scottish
  • Weight 198 lbs (90 kg)
  • Occupation Television Host, Stand-up Comedian
  • Education BS Speech Therapy (Emerson College)
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About Jay Leno

Jay Leno is a well-known comedian and television show host with a regular annual income of $15 million and an estimated net worth of $350 million. The host earns most of the money from The Tonight Show with Jay Leno on NBC. Last 2010, Forbes estimated that his show attracted an audience of more than 4 million people. That made him one of America’s most popular TV hosts.

Jay was born with the name James Douglas Muir Leno in New Rochelle during the 1950s. He began his career by taking up acts in nightclubs and then broke into television on March 2, 1977, for his maiden The Tonight Show. In 1973, he launched into comedy. Because of his ability to attract a large viewership, Jay became the first priority to substitute Johnny Carson. He was ahead of David Letterman on NBC’s late night program.

In 1992, he eventually permanently took over from Carson and made an estimate of $1 million that year. In 1994, his earnings from the TV show tripled to $3 million. He first retired from television in 2009. However, he surprised the people with a triumphant comeback. He increased his earnings to $24 million by revamping the Tonight Show. However, in 2012, his annual income went down to $15 million.

Unlike most showbiz personalities who invest in businesses, Jay Leno opted to put his money into his hobby of collecting antique cars and motorcycles. He currently boasts a collection of 90 bikes and over 100 cars all valued at approximately $50 million. He writes about automobiles on his blog After 22 years in the media and entertainment industry, Jay Leno would officially retire from NBC in the spring of 2014 and give way to his successor Jimmy Fallon. He married Mavis Leno in 1980 but they have no children. Some of his earnings are directed to the campaign to fight against gender apartheid in Afghanistan through Feminist Majority.

Earnings & Financial Data

The below financial data is gathered and compiled by TheRichest analysts team to give you a better understanding of Jay Leno's net worth by breaking down the most relevant financial events such as yearly salaries, contracts, earn outs, endorsements, stock ownership and much more.

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Earnings 2015 N/A
Box Office Sales Jun. 2015

Worldwide box office sales of the movie Ted 2

Earnings 2013 $65 Million
Box Office Sales Nov. 2013

Worldwide box office sales of the movie Delivery Man

Asset Aug. 2013

Estimated value of Jay Leno's car collection

Earnings 2013

Payment for Jay Leno to step down from “The Tonight Show” months before his contract with the network expires

Earnings 2012 $15 Million
Earning Turned Donation Aug. 2012

Auction price of his Fiat 500 with all the proceeds going to a charity that helps wounded war veterans recover by providing them with temporary housing

Earnings 2011 $25 Million
Earnings 2010 $24 Million
Earnings 2009 $22 Million
Earning Turned Donation Oct. 2009

Donation to a scholarship fund at Salem State College

Earnings 2008 $20 Million
Earnings 2007 $20 Million
Earnings 2006 $32 Million
Earnings 2005 $20 Million
Earnings 2004 $20 Million
Earnings 2003 $20 Million
Earnings 2002 $15 Million
Earnings 2001 $15 Million
Earning Turned Donation Oct. 2001

Donation to the Feminist Majority Foundation's campaign to stop gender apartheid in Afghanistan

Earnings 2000 $12 Million
Earnings 1999 $10 Million
Earnings 1998 $5 Million
Earnings 1997 $5 Million
Earnings 1996 $5 Million
Earnings 1995 $5 Million
Earnings 1994 $5 Million
Earnings 1993 $5 Million
Earnings 1992 $1 Million
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