Will Ferrell rose to prominence as one of a number of promising comic actors in the late 1990s and early 2000s. However, he has more than managed to hold his own in spite of the incredible competition, as shown by the course of his career from its beginnings to the present. As a result, it is no wonder that there are sources that estimate his current net worth to be around $100 million.
How Did Will Ferrell Reach His Current Net Worth?
Ferrell started out as the son of Betty Kay and Roy Lee Ferrell Jr., who divorced when he was still no more than eight years old. For the most part, he handled the situation well, choosing to focus on the positives rather than the negatives. However, Ferrell’s father was often away for months and months at a time because he was in show business, which induced in Ferrell a desire to seek out a steady job rather than something so inconsistent.
Amusingly, fate seemed to have other plans for him. When he was in high school, Ferrell became interested in comedy as a way to escape from the boredom of suburban Irving in the state of California, which was useful as a way for him to make friends in high school as well. In time, Ferrell graduated from the University of Southern California with a degree in sports information, which he didn’t put to much use because his initial plan of getting into sports broadcasting flopped when he learned that he didn’t like it much. As a result, Ferrell went on to become a valet, which resulted in him tearing the baggage rack off of a van on his first day because he attempted drive under a low beam, and then a teller, which resulted in him coming up short by hundreds of dollars because he was too careless. Eventually, it was Ferrell’s mother who encouraged him to do something that he actually wanted to do, thus leading him to head on over to Los Angeles to pursue a career as a comedian.
Unsurprisingly, Ferrell’s initial efforts at stand-up comedy did not meet with much success. However, he was nonetheless able to build up valuable expertise and experience over time, which led to him being hired by Saturday Night Live in 1995. Something that led to a seven-year tenure at the show. Over the course of those seven years, Ferrell managed to make a strong impression on a wide range of people, not least because of his wide range of impersonations. As a result, it can be said that Saturday Night Live served as a springboard of sorts for Ferrell, propelling him into a succession of comedic roles in a succession of comedic movies.
It seems safe to say that Ferrell has built up most of his current net worth because of his comedic movie roles. However, it is important to point out that he has had other roles over the course of his career. For example, considering that he is a comedian, it should come as no surprise to learn that he has performed on stage, with a particularly famous example being his Broadway show taking on President George W. Bush, who was leaving office at the time. Furthermore, Ferrell is one of the two people who launched Funny or Die in 2007, which is a streaming website that specializes in short comedy films that remains running in the present day. On top of this, Ferrell has actually been involved in producing shows as well, though said roles are nowhere near as numerous as his comedic acting roles.
Currently, Ferrell’s net worth is estimated to be $100 million. However, Ferrell remains very active as a comic actor. For example, 2016 saw him in Zoolander 2, which was the follow-up to one of his most memorable films from the 2000s. Likewise, 2017 saw him in both The House and Daddy’s Home 2. Combined with the fact that Ferrell is still in his very early 50s, it seems likely that he will remain active as a comic actor for years and years to come, which in turn, means that there will be plenty of opportunities for his net worth to continue rising in the time to come.