Most would say that Jimmy Fallon has come a long way from his days on the famed Saturday Night Live. SNL has launched the careers of so many heavy hitters in the industry that I have lost count. The show has been so successful at launching careers that landing a long-term spot on the show is like putting the money in the bank 20 years into the future. Since Jimmy left SNL, his career and popularity have continued to rise. He currently hosts his own talk show, does standup comedy and even landed a few acting roles. Jimmy’s success is also showing up in his bank account. According to sources, Jimmy has achieved a net worth of $35 million. Now that is nothing to frown at.
What many of Jimmy’s fans want to know is how he achieved such a hefty net worth is such a short period of time. The first thing that must be considered here is that Jimmy has been in the entertainment game for a long time. While he has not always enjoyed the fame and success that he currently enjoys, he has been putting in the work for a long time.
Jimmy grew up in Saugerties, New York with his Irish parents James and Feeley. He also has a sister named Gloria. What most people don’t realize is that Jimmy took the road to obtain a formal secondary education — attending the College of Saint Rose. It was as a student at the college that Jimmy discovered his passion for comedy. He would do stand up the act around the campus and he became very popular doing it. Once Jimmy realized just how good he was as a comedian, he decided to forego his academic career to pursue a career in entertainment full-time.
Jimmy has built his net worth in segments if you study his progression. The first segment of wealth development began when Jimmy was doing stand up acts as his primary means of earning a living. During the early part of his stand up career, Jimmy was only able to generate $7.50 per ticket or seat; however, that drastically improved over time as more people learned of who he was and how good he was.
His real graduation into a money making at a high level came when he landed a permanent spot on SNL. It has not be confirmed the exact amount Jimmy earned per episode, but it is reported to be considerably more than he was making as a stand-up comedian touring clubs around the city of New York. You have comedians that you have to write for, but they are good at delivering the content. These type of comedians are not inherently funny if you spend time around them. Jimmy is cut from a different cloth. Comedy literally oozes out of his pours. I believe he could literally go for hours without any written content. He knows how to produce laughter and he knows how to find the comedy in the simplest of things.
Jimmy and his management team were smart enough to use his success on SNL to secure him a place on the late-night talk show circuit — an arena that has bolstered the likes of Johnny Carson, Jay Leno, David Letterman and more. If you think that Jimmy would have been a little intimidated by the moment, he has given no indication of that. He stepped right into his role as the host of “The Tonight Show’ and he has not looked back. In fact, he is still building momentum. If you are wondering how much Jimmy makes to host the show, he is definitely not starving. Most sources report that Jimmy earns a cool $5 million per year to host the show. This money does not include other appearance fees or hosting award shows, etc. Jimmy has reached a point in which he is a money printing machine on legs. He can simply name his price. Jimmy is currently one of the highest paid hosts on the talk show circuit. The landscape has changed on that circuit, but the pickings are still premium.
According to Jimmy, he still very enthusiastic about hosting the show and he has no intentions of slowing down any time soon. If the comedian can manage to stay relevant over the next 10 to 15 years, he will easily eclipse the $100 million mark as far as his net worth is concerned.