Not only is Ron White a funny guy, but he is also a wealthy individual. One can envision few other people in America having as much fun as he does. He is still in the prime of his life and he makes his living writing stand up comedy routines. He is also an actor and a producer. Through the years, he has produced quite a few hits. Hailing from the Lone Star state of Texas, he has amassed a net worth in excess of $40 million. Continue reading to learn more about how he got there.
The Early Days
Ron White finished high school and went straight into the Navy at the young age of 17. He completed his tour and even lived in Mexico for a bit. At that point, he obviously did not have much money but his friends were always telling him how funny he was. Already possessing a great deal of self-confidence, that was all the motivation he needed to begin his stand-up comedy career at that point.
Those early days saw him becoming an original member of the famous Blue Collar Comedy Tour. This is perhaps how most people today remember him. He toured next to such notable names as Bill Engvall, Jeff Foxworthy, and Larry the Cable Guy. You might be wondering how this contributed to him accumulating such a massive amount of wealth just telling jokes. Well, the Blue Collar Comedy Tour alone raked in more than $15 million as it debuted in more than 90 cities around the country. Each show was sold out. This eventually lead to move deals and much more, many of which are in syndication today and earning White a nice residual income.
His Own Specials
Another major source of his wealth comes from the four separate hour-long specials he has created through the years. These are all stand up routines starring himself, and each is available on video, DVD, or Blu-ray Disc. The latest of these was titled Ron White: A Little Unprofessional. This was produced in 2012 and was filmed during one of his stand up comedy routines in Austin, Texas at the Paramount Theater. White filmed more than an hour of content, and this first special showcased his own unique brand of comedy. For many, this would be their first introduction to White and it paid it off financially for him in numerous ways.
The first three stand-alone specials that he produced were equally effective in their own right. They were titled Ron White: Behavioral Problems, Ron White: You Can’t Fix Stupid, and Ron White: They Call Me Tater Salad. White has not been afraid to cover a range of issues in his routines, from war and political issues to even making fun of himself and his own issues with drinking. Perhaps it is this type of relatability that has caused so many fans to buy his material. When we are talking wealth, this is of course where it comes from. His four videos alone have netted him and his publishing company millions through the more than a decade they have been sold.
Television Has Brought Him Notoriety
It has been quite some time since White toured with the Blue Collar Comedy Tour, yet his name and fame continues to grow. One of the reasons behind this is the number of TV appearances that he has made through the years. For example, his comedy routine is recently featured on Netflix on a show called If You Quite Listening, I’ll Shut Up. This show features him in an hour long set that was produced in Austin, during which he announces to his fans that he is quite the alcoholic. It is actually a comedy set that takes on many directions, yet appears to have gained him even more fans.
His television appearances actually date back to the 1980s when he was on Alfred Hitchcock Presents and would continue on numerous other shows through to the modern era. Each one of these gained him notoriety and money. He has also won numerous awards and accolades over the years as well. One other thing that has contributed to his wealth is a number of podcast appearances. He is also on a YouTube video that has been viewed more than 1.8 million times. All of this combines to demonstrate just how Ron White has achieved a net worth of $40 million.