How Stephen Colbert’s net worth was built
When David Letterman announced his retirement from “The Late Show” in 2014, funnyman and political commentator Stephen Colbert was chosen to host the revered program.
Colbert’s net worth is $45 million, according to Celebrity Net Worth. He made his fortune by combining his love of performance art, which he studied at Northwestern University, and political news. The youngest of 11 children, Colbert lost his father and two of his brothers who were killed in a plane crash when he was 10 years old.
Colbert made his mark early by joining Chicago’s Second City comedy troupe after taking improvisation classes there, which led to appearances on “Comedy Central” and “The Daily Show.” The success of the latter show earned him a spin-off in 2005, “The Colbert Report,” where he reprised his “Daily Show” fictional right-wing pundit. It became one of Comedy Central’s highest-rated shows. In 2007, he published the book, “I am America (and So Can You!).” He stayed with “The Colbert Report” until taking over “The Late Show.” Over the years, he has done voiceover work for “The Simpsons,” “Monsters vs. Aliens” and other productions.
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- Born: 1964
- Birthplace: Washington, D.C.
What he’s up to now
Colbert is enjoying his streak of high ratings on “The Late Show,” thanks in part to his knack for impersonating President Donald Trump while reporting on the events and challenges that the current White House administration faces daily. Colbert will host the 69th Primetime Emmy Awards in September.
Colbert made headlines in 2015 when he funded all grant requests made by South Carolina public school teachers on crowdfunding site DonorsChoose.org. He partnered with Share Fair Nation and ScanSource to fund about 1,000 projects for 800-plus teachers from over 375 schools to the tune of $800,000.
He has won a number of awards and nominations for his comedic work, including his latest Emmy nomination in 2016 for Outstanding Variety Special, “38th Annual Kennedy Center Honors.” He has won nine Emmy awards over the years, mostly for outstanding writing, including two for outstanding variety series in 2013 and 2014.
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