About Ellen Degeneres
Ellen Degeneres net worth currently amounts to $90 million, making her one of the wealthiest female television hosts. She started her professional career as a standup comedian and went on to star in her own show, Ellen. In 1997 she came out of closet as lesbian and since then has become a passionate defender of LGTB rights. In the early 2000s the comedian started hosting The Ellen DeGeneres Show, which eventually became one of the most popular talk shows on television. This award-winning program runs to this day and still attracts millions of TV and internet viewers. In 2004 Ellen married her long-time girlfriend, actress Portia de Rossi.
The future millionaire was born in Louisiana, in 1958. In one of her shows Ellen has revealed that as a kid she wished to become a veterinarian, but later dropped this idea because of the lack of academic talent. After graduation from high school she did not go to college and instead took a variety of low-paid jobs, none of which contributed to Ellen Degeneres net worth growth. Working as a vacuum cleaner saleswoman, waiting tables and painting houses she earned just enough to make the ends meet from one paycheck to another, but did not have a spare dollar for saving.
Back in the day, the idea of pursuing a professional career in comedy did not even cross Degeneres’ mind. In fact, her brother Vance, who later became a professional actor and comedian, was always considered “the funny one” in her family. Herown career in show business, which eventually boosted Ellen Degeneres net worth to enviable heights, started rather accidentally. Once when forced to speak in public Ellen found herself terrified by the audience and used humor as a means to get rid of this unpleasant experience. The crowd was amazed with her spontaneous jokes and after this Degeneres received an invitation to perform as a stand-up comedian in one of the local events. In her early 20s Degeneres landed a constant job as the comedian at local coffeehouse.
A breakthrough in Ellen’s career came up in the mid 1980s, when she was invited to perform on The Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carlson and ended up to be the first female standup comedian asked to sit on the couch and interview during the first visit. Following this Ellen Degeneres net worth started to grow on the fast rate. She became in-demand comedian, appearing on such shows as Larry King Live, The Late Show with David Letterman, Later with Greg Kinnear, The Tonight Show with Jay Leno and the famed Oprah Winfrey Show. In 2003 she started hosting her own program, The Ellen Degeneres Show, which runs to this day.