This year marks the end of a show that has captivated audiences for more than 12 years. The Big Bang Theory makes its final run this year. Those who are fans of the show are absolutely devasted. When you watch a show for this long, you become connected with the characters. You find yourself living vicariously through them as they engage in all of their antics. While I am sure this will a bittersweet ending for most of the stars on the show, there is one person who will have 55 million reasons to get over and move on. According to a number of financial sources, actress Kaley Cuoco has a net worth of $55 million.
Over the years, I have heard of some unbelievable salaries when it comes to sitcom actors and actresses, especially from shows like Seinfeld and Friends. Well, it appears that starring on the show not only paid well, but it opened doors for other opportunities that paid well. According to Go Bank Rates, Kaley Cuoco is one of the highest paid actors on television, regardless of gender. At only 32, she has amassed a net worth of $55 million and things are looking pretty good.
While it is certain that the success of The Big Bang Theory has contributed to the current wealth of Kaley, there are other contributors to her wealth. Before she got her big break on The Big Bang Theory, she appeared on Charmed between 2005-06 as Billie Jenkins. Additionally, she took on the role of Bridget Hennessy on 8 Simple Rule between 2002-05. While these roles did not pay nearly as much as her last role, they were the launching pad for her growing earning potential.
Kaley has been acting since she was a teen, earning a Teen Choice Award and two People’s Choice Awards. She even has a star on the Hollywood walk of fame. At the time that the announcement was given that the show was coming to an end, Kaley was under contract with Warner Bros. for $1 million per episode. Even before she signed that lucrative deal, she was earning $350,000 per episode. She actually took a pay cut when the show was renewed for the 12th season. It was her hopes that by taking a pay cut, co-stars Melissa Rauch and Mayim Bialik would receive pay increases. Both of these actresses joined the cast of the show in season 3.
Even after taking the pay cut she still earned $900,000 per episode. In June of this year, Kaley married professional equestrian, Karl Cook. The two had only been engaged for less than a year. According to Celebrity Wealth, the estimate of Cuoco’s wealth does not include assets that belong to her husband. These numbers are all Kaley.
Kaley had built such a fortunate that by the time she divorced from her ex-husband, Ryan Sweeting, she was actually ordered to pay his attorney fees. Fortunately for Kaley, the couple signed a prenuptial agreement that limited what Sweeting could receive from her. He ultimately ended up receiving a total of $165,000 paid out in two separate payments. I still have a hard time wrapping my head around the idea that it is okay for a man to demand money from a woman. I understand that we live in the age of equality, but I guess that I am just old fashioned when it comes to what a man should and should not do.
There are no current indications as to the next move that Kaley will be making now that she has free time on her hand. We do know that she is an extremely hot commodity right now. It is likely that she will choose to ride the wave of momentum created by the show’s success and see if she continue this great ride. She also has to make a decision as to whether she will stay centered on a television acting career or if she will head to the big screen. She definitely has a big screen appeal.
Being born in Southern California means that Kaley is right at home and has plenty of relatives to hang out with and chill if she so decided. Let’s not forget that she has a husband that will be keeping her occupied, but it is difficult to imagine her walking away from such a hot career.
Written by Rick Wallace
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