Saturday Night Live is one of the most iconic television shows of all time. The sketch comedy series has been a launching pad for some of the biggest names in Hollywood, such as Eddie Murphy, Jimmy Fallon, Seth Myers, Chris Rock and many more. The legendary show is created by Lorne Michaels and first premiered on October 11, 1975 on NBC. The series was an instant success and is now one of the longest running television shows of all time. The series has been generally dominated by men. However, many female cast members found a way to shine through and put the spotlight on themselves. They took SNL out of the boys' dirty locker-room and took the series in a new direction. The series has included some of the most talented female comedians of all time. An early standout in the series was the extremely talented Gilda Radner, who was a member of the original cast. Along the way, the series has had many talented females that went on to archive great success in their careers, including Sarah Silverman, Janeane Garofalo and Joan Cusack. However, this list will focus on the female cast members that are slightly more associated with SNL. Here is a look at 10 of the richest female cast members of SNL that went on to gain success in their careers.
10 Casey Wilson - Net Worth: $2 Million
Casey Wilson was a cast member on SNL for two seasons, from 2008 to 2009. Although Casey Wilson was on SNL, she is not as associated with the series as other actress are. She herself has admitted to SNL not being a "good fit" for her. However, she did play several memorable characters, including impressions of Katy Perry, Rachael Ray and an original character Dusty Velvet, a strip club dancer that is paralyzed from the neck down. She's had greater success since leaving the series. She played Penny on the hit series, Happy Endings and will be starring in the new show, Marry Me.
9 Cheri Oteri - Net Worth: $2 Million
8 Rachel Dratch - Net Worth: $3 Million
7 Jane Curtin - Net Worth: $3 Million
6 Maya Rudolph - Net Worth: $4 Million
Maya Rudolph was a cast member on SNL for 8 seasons, from 2000 to 2007. She was known for her wide range of characters and her ability to play different ethnicities. She impersonated celebrities like: Paris Hilton, Lucy Liu and Beyonce and has appeared in films such as Idiocracy, Grown Ups and Bridesmaids. Next, she will be starring in The Nest, alongside SNL alumni Tina Fey and Amy Poehler. She also had her own variety show, The Maya Rudolph Show in May of 2014.
Fun Fact: Her mother is famed singer-songwriter Minnie Riperton. Maya's name is repeated at the end of one of her mother's most famous songs, Lovin You, from 1975. A very young Maya had accompanied her mother to the studio that day.
5 Molly Shannon - Net Worth: $5 Million
4 Kristen Wiig - Net Worth: $12 Million
3 Amy Poehler - Net Worth: $18 Million
2 Tina Fey - Net Worth: $45 Million
1 Julia Louis-Dreyfus - Net Worth: $200 Million
Julia Louis-Dreyfus is one of the most successful actresses of all time. She was a member of the Saturday Night Live Cast for three seasons. She joined the cast in its third season in 1982. She was asked to join after a performance in Chicago with The Practical Theatre Group. At the time, she was the youngest female cast member to join the series at only 21 years old. She worked alongside notable actors, Martin Short, Billy Crystal and writer Larry David. Of course, Larry David and Jerry Seinfeld created one of the most iconic TV shows of all time, Seinfeld. Julia was cast as a part of Seinfeld, in one of her most memorable roles as Elaine Benes, which she portrayed for nine seasons. She than had the starring role on The New Adventures of Old Christine for 5 seasons. Currently, she stars on Veep, which is going into its fourth season on HBO. She has been nominated 18 times at the Emmy Awards and has won 5 times. She reportedly earns $150 thousand per episode.