David Letterman net worth as of 2020
Date of Birth: April 12th, 1947
Country: United States
Wealth Source: TV Host, Writer, Comedian, producer
Net Worth: $400 Million
For the last 33 years, David Letterman has been hosting late-night television talk shows.
His first show, Late Night with David Letterman was in 1982 on NBC.
It is worth noting that Letterman has hosted a total of 6,080 late night and late shows episodes in his whole career, holding a record of the most extended service TV host in American history.
David Letterman was born on April 12th, 1947, in Indiana. He is the second born in a family of three.
His father, Harry Letterman, was a florist while his mother, Dorothy Letterman, was a church secretary.
Letterman attended Broad Ripple High School.
After graduating from Broad Ripple, Letterman joined Ball State University to pursue a course in Radio and television.
He graduated in 1969.
Letterman started his career in broadcasting as a newscaster at WBST, a college radio station for students. He was later fired for no considering classical music.
After graduating, he landed two jobs; one in WNTS as a radio talk show host and the other on Indianapolis TV station as an anchor and a weatherman up until 1975 when he decided to move to Los Angeles.
While in Los Angeles, he began performing comedy. He also took part in many plays, including Peeping Time– 1978, Mary, Mork, and Mindy, The $20,000 Pyramid, Password Plus, Hollywood Squares, The Gong Show, Celebrity Cooks, 90 Minutes Live, The Mike Douglas Show, Airplane and The Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson.
David Letterman was in June 1980, given his show called The David Letterman Show. The show, however, lasted for a few months before it was canceled due to poor ratings
In 1982, in CBS, Letterman launched his new late-night talk show. He stayed in CBS with the same show until 2014 when he announced his retirement.
Wealth- David Letterman Net Worth
David Letterman’s net Worth comes majorly from his comedy career as well as other avenues
In the contract with CBS, Letterman’s annual salary was $14 million per year.
1980- The David Letterman Show- $1 million
1982- Late Night with David Letterman- $7 million
1992- 3 years contract- $42 million
1993- Late Show with David Letterman- $31.5 million
2004- $40 million
2007- $40 million
2009- $32 million
2013- $42 million
2015- $35 million
David Letterman owns a 108-acre Winchester county estate at an estimated price of $11 million
He also owns a 2,700-acre ranch in Montana, a house in St. Barth’s and a place on Martha’s Vineyard
Letterman Co-owns an auto racing team called Rahal Letterman Lanigan Racing that competes in the WeatherTech SportsCar Championship.
He also has a production company, Worldwide Pants Incorporated. The company was started in 1991 with a sole mandate of producing Letterman’s shows
Letterman is no doubt a car enthusiast judging from a collection of high-end vehicles.
He owns 10 Ferraris, two Honda motorcycles, eight Porsches, a Chevrolet pickup truck, four Austin-Healeys, a Mercedes Benz, Volvo, Jaguar, MG, and a Pontiac.
All these cars contribute to David Letterman’s net worth of $400 million.
Letterman’s private foundation, The Letterman Foundation for Courtesy and Grooming, has donated millions of dollars to non-profit organizations and charities in Indiana, American Cancer Society, the Salvation Army, and Ball State University.
Letterman met Michelle in college, and in July 1968, they got married. However, their marriage did not last long. In 1977, they divorced.
He began dating Merrill Markoe, the producer of Late Night from 1978 to 1988. While living with Marjoe, he fell in love with Regina Lasko and began dating n 1986.
They had a son together in 2003. They later wedded in March 2009 in Montana.
Letterman was an alcoholic from the age of 13 to 34, where he spent 80% of his time drinking.
Religiously, He is also a Presbyterian. A tradition that he acquired from his mother since he was young.
Cabin Boy- 1994
Beavis and Butt-Head Do America- 1996
Private Parts- 1997
Man on the Moon- 1999
Strangers with Candy- 2005
Between Two Ferns- 2019
The Starland Vocal Band Show- 1977
Peeping Times- 1978
Fast Friends- 1979
Mork and Mindy- 1979
The Mary Tyler Moore Hour- 1979
Password Plus- 1979
The David Letterman Show- 1980
Open All Night- 1981
Late Night With David Letterman- 1982-1993
38th Primetime Emmy Awards- 1986
Late Show with David Letterman- 1993- 2015
Murphy Brown- 1993
The Building- 1993
The Larry Sanders Show- 1993- 1995
Beavis and Butt-Head- 1994
67th Academy Awards- 1995
The Late Late Night Show with Tom Snyder- 1995- 1999
The Nanny- 1995
Favorite Deadly Sins- 1995
The Dana Carvey Show- 1996
The High Life- 1996
Everybody Loves Raymond- 1996- 2005
Spin City- 1997-1998
The Late Late Show with Craig Kilborn- 1999- 2004
ED- 2000- 2004
The Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson- 2005-2014
The Knights of Prosperity- 2007
The Simpsons- 2012
Years of Living Dangerously- 2016
My Next Guest Needs No Introduction with David Letterman- 2018- present
Awards and Accolades Letterman Received
Daytime Emmy Awards
Outstanding Host or Hostess in a Variety Series- The Letterman Show- 1981
Primetime Emmy Awards
Outstanding Individual Achievement – Writers- The Letterman Show- 1981
Outstanding Writing in a Variety Or Music Program- The Letterman Show- 1984
Outstanding Writing in a Variety Or Music Program- The David Letterman Show- 1985
Outstanding Writing in a Variety Or Music Program- Late Night with David Letterman- 1986
Outstanding Writing in a Variety Or Music Program- Late Night with David Letterman- 1987
Outstanding Variety, Music Or Comedy Series- Late Show with David Letterman- 1994
Funniest Male Performer in a TV Series- Late Show with David Letterman- 1994
American Comedy Awards
Funniest Male Performer in a TV Special- Late Night with David Letterman- 1989
Funniest Male Performer in a TV Special- Late Show with David Letterman- 1995
Funniest Male Performer in a TV Series- Late Show with David Letterman- 2001
The Comedy Awards
Johnny Carson Comedy Award- Late Show with David Letterman- 2011
Kennedy Center Honors- David Letterman- 2012
Peabody Awards- David Letterman- 2015
Mark Twain Prize for American Humor- David Letterman- 2017
Famous Quotes by David Letterman
“If it weren’t for the coffee, I’d have no identifiable personality whatsoever.”
“If what you’ve done is stupid, but it works..then it really isn’t all that stupid.”
“There is no off position on the genius switch.”
“I had no idea this thing was televised. Boy, is my face red.”
“I have found that the only thing that does bring you happiness is doing something good for somebody who is incapable of doing it for themselves.”
As of 2020, David Letterman net worth is estimated to be around $400 Million