For those unfamiliar with the name Pete Davidson, it is a rather pedestrian name until you connect it with the diva Ariana Grande. Grande went as far to write a song about Davidson, who has been bumped and grinded into the limelight after pairing up with Grande. At 24 years old Davidson has an estimated net worth of about $2 million, which may not be much by celebrity superstar standards, but remember he has just found himself entering the world of high notoriety.
In some ways, Davidson is a guy who has a solid work ethic that has led him to start moving up his net worth value. He has a gig on Saturday Night Live that started back in 2014, making an estimated $15,000 per show. The normal run for Saturday Night Live is 21 shows, so the math tells us he takes in $315,000 a year for his efforts. Not too many people make that kind of money at 24, so it’s fair to say he is off to a good start. Should he finish his 4 year gig without interruption, he will make around $1.2 million over the 4 years.
Other entertainment media that Davidson found his way into included the voiceover of a Prime original move, Click, Clack, Moo: Christmas at the Farm. There are some people who speculate he made a minimum of $1 million for that part, but official records are unavailable. He also found himself in a number of bit parts on MTV in shows such as Trainwreck and Brooklyn 99. While not bringing in the kind of money SNL was getting, these various parts tided him over while he was continuing to find the big break.
Speaking of big breaks, if there is one thing budding comedians strive for is to star in a movie, or at least be in the running for a Showtime or Netflix comedy special. Davidson has gone on tour, but to say these series of small gigs significantly increased the amount of his net worth is a stretch at the very least. There are expenses to pay and people to keep happy, so it is safe to say these tours helped him break even – or maybe fall back a little.
Davidson has no known endorsement deals, so the bulk of his income and potential future net worth increases will have to come as a result of him getting “bigger” breaks. As a comedian this can be a tough road to hoe, as cable and Internet entertainment has flooded the airwaves with virtually every type of comedy possible. Other than the late Robin Williams, can you name a comedian that has supremely cashed in after making the transition from comedian to actor?
The Davidson-Grande connection can either move Davidson up the financial ladder or cause him to come sliding down. If the connection results in a series of new opportunities beyond SNL they will very likely pay bigger money with the expected squirreling away of some of it for the possibly future Mrs. Davidson. In the right hands, money is like rabbits because they breed like crazy. It may be crass to say the $100,000 engagement ring Davidson slid on Grande’s finger is a down payment on a successful career. So we won’t.
On the other side of the train is the possibility of a derailment that would bring Davidson’s net worth come crashing down. He wouldn’t be the first male celebrity to find himself losing a sizable chunk of his wealth to a celebrity woman through one legal process or another. This is not intended to speak evil of Grande, but these things to tend to happen more often in Hollywood.
The good news is that Davidson is young enough to financially recover should he has bought a ticket aboard the romantic Titanic. His $2 million net worth sounds just about right, and even if he does strike an iceberg he is young enough to find a financial life boat in the surrounding waters. One question that can be asked is whether he may decide to grab a life jacket and jump ship if he sees an iceberg ahead. One truism about life is that you can always make the money back, but time, once it is gone, cannot return.