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David Letterman Net Worth

Updated January 2, 2020
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How much is David Letterman worth? $ 400 Million

How did David Letterman earn his money and wealth? 

David Michael Letterman is a 72-year-old television host, writer, comedian as well as producer from America. He was born in the year 1947 at Indianapolis, Indiana at the U.S to the pair of a florist and church secretary a few years post the World War II. His studies included a course in radio and television from the Ball State University located at Muncie in Indiana. After his graduation, the comedian worked as a talk show host in radio followed by holding the post of a news anchor, weatherman for television as well as host for a children’s program.

David wasn’t satisfied with how his career was just an average one, which made him move to Los Angeles in search of a rather creative and fun career in the year 1975. During his stay in L.A., Letterman wrote scripts for various hit sitcoms which included “Good Times”. He tried to expand the possibilities and started appearing alongside Johnny Carson on his show named “The Tonight Show with Johnny Carson”. Post receiving facial exposure on the TV with this show, David had initiated building his repute as a great comedian. David made numerous appearances on the Johnny Carson show after which he was finally offered his very own program that aired during the daytime. This show was named “The David Letterman Show” that started airing in the 1980s.

However, this show could last only three months. These three months earned David a good name which became cause enough for NBC to bring on a new show for the host which was named “Late Night with David Letterman”. This talk show was aired just after the show by friend and mentor, Johnny Carson.  TV Guide acknowledged him at number 45 on their list of 50 Greatest TV Stars of All Time in 1996.

Slowly and steadily, the show quality amped up by his hilarious persona and earned him a great fan following, especially from the young viewers. His show ran for 33 years by the end of which he had bagged a net worth estimated at $400 million in April 2017. The last episode for the talk show aired on 20th May in the year 2015 after which the host retired from his career. By the end of his career as host of the Late Night and Late Show, David Letterman had hosted 6,028 episodes becoming the longest-serving late night talk show host in American television history surpassing Johnny Carson. 

However, Letterman decided to jump back to his old self when Netflix confirmed a whole new online show for the comedian in the year 2017 during the month of August. The show shall comprise of in-depth episodes with the duration of an hour.  

What are the highest salaries of David Letterman as a host?

1-David Letterman Show (1980): $1,000,000

2-Late Night with David Letterman (1982): $7,000,000

3-Late Night with David Letterman (1993): $31,500,000

4-Late Night with David Letterman (2015): $35,000,000

5-Late Night with David Letterman (2013): $42,000,000

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