How David Schwimmer Achieved a Net Worth of $85 Million

People who remember the 1990s should have no problem recognizing David Schwimmer. After all, he was one of the main cast members of Friends, meaning that he should be well-known to them because of cultural osmosis if nothing else. As such, it should come as no surprise to learn that Schwimmer’s current net worth is estimated to be around $85 million in spite of the fact that he has never managed to find the same measure of success in the time since then.

How Did David Schwimmer Reach His Current Net Worth?

Schwimmer was born in New York City but spent much of his childhood in the state of California because his family moved there when he was still a child. Due to this, he has commented on feeling a sense of isolation when he was in school because of his background. Initially, Schwimmer thought about becoming a doctor because he did well in the subjects of math and science, but in time, he became more and more interested in acting, with the result that he decided to pursue a career as an actor. In fact, Schwimmer wanted to go right into acting after graduating from high school but was convinced to do otherwise by his parents, who wanted to make sure that he had something to fall back on if he failed. As a result, he went to Northwestern University in Chicago from which he graduated with a Bachelor of Arts in theater and speech before heading to Los Angeles for the sake of pursuing an acting career.

In those earliest times, Schwimmer was a struggling actor. However, he was eventually able to secure roles in various projects, which became more and more prominent over time. In 1994, Schwimmer was cast as Dr. Ross Geller on Friends, which was apparently a role that had been written with him in mind. With that said, it is amusing to note that the role almost didn’t happen because Schwimmer actually turned down the offer before changing his mind later on. Whatever the case, Friends turned out to be a huge success, which in turn, means huge earnings for its main cast members. To get an idea of what it was like, the main cast members were getting paid $1 million per episode by Seasons 9 and 10, which would have been worth even more because $100 in 2004 would be worth around $132.93 in 2018.

Even now, Friends remains the single most famous project that Schwimmer has ever been involved with. He has had other successes, with an excellent example being how he was the voice of Melman in Madagascar. However, it is clear that Schwimmer’s career has fallen from the heights, as shown by the fact that his biggest role in recent times might have been Robert Kardashian on the first season of American Crime Story. However, it should be mentioned that Schwimmer’s career is still very much ongoing, as shown by the fact that he was on Will & Grace in 2018 and was in a movie called Laundromat that is in the process of post-production.

Final Thoughts

It seems safe to say that much of Schwimmer’s current net worth was built up because of his role on Friends. In part, this is because his status as one of the main cast members saw him getting paid more and more as the show became more and more popular. However, it should also be noted that his role on Friends was his breakthrough role, with the result that the prominence of the show enabled him to secure a number of roles in a number of projects that probably wouldn’t have been possible if it hadn’t been for that fact. With that said, Schwimmer has never been limited to a single role in a single show, meaning that it would be unfair to credit everything to the character of Ross Geller.

It remains to be seen how Schwimmer’s net worth will continue to change, but it seems safe to say that it will continue to rise. Partly, this is because his acting career is ongoing, and partly, this is because the main cast members of Friends still pocket something like $20 million on an annual basis because they get 2 percent of the syndication revenues. Under these circumstances, one can’t help but wonder what would happen if fans of Friends ever get that reunion that has been talked about for years and years.


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