David Letterman Biography & Net Worth

David Letterman Net Worth

Popular Name: David Letterman
Real Name: David Michael Letterman
Birth Date: 12 April 1947
Birth Place: Indianapolis, Indiana, United States
Age: 73
Gender: Male
Nationality: American
Height: 187cm
Weight: 78kg
Sexuality: Straight
Marital Status: Married
Michelle Cook
(m. 1968; div. 1977)
Regina Lasko (m. 2009)
Children: 1
Profession: TV Host, Comedian, Actor
Years active: 2017 Till Date
Net Worth: $400 Million
Last Updated: 2020

David Michael Letterman is an American television host widely recognized as the longest serving host of a late night show in the history of American TV. Starting with the NBC show ‘‘Late Night with David Letterman’’ on February 1, 1982, he hosted a late night television show for 33 years, until 2015. He has been ranked as the 45th Greatest TV star of all time by TV Guide. Also a comedian and film and television producer, he opened his own production company, “Worldwide Pants”, which produced some of his shows and many notable prime-time comedies like ‘‘The Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson’’ and ‘‘Everybody Loves Raymond”.

Famous for his “disrespectful” sense of humor, David Letterman left NBC when instead of him, Jay Leno was chosen by the channel to replace Johnny Carson as the host of ‘’The Tonight Show!’. He moved to CBS where he began hosting ‘‘The Late Show with David Letterman’’ which was in direct competition for viewership with Jay Leno’s ‘‘The Tonight Show’’. In 2015, he announced his retirement from the show only to return in a new talk show series, which premiered on Netflix in January 2018. Here’s all the details of David Letterman net worth 2020, biography, professional and private life.

David Letterman’s Early Life

David Letterman was born in in Indianapolis, Indiana, United States, on 12 April 1947. His father Harry Joseph Letterman was a florist, and his mother Dorothy Marie Letterman Mengering worked as a secretary for the Presbyterian Church of Indianapolis.

Living near the Indianapolis Motor Speedway made David fond of collecting model cars. While growing up, he had deep admiration for his father’s skills to keep people entertained with jokes and make occasions lively. His father died at the age of 57 when he had a second heart attack.

Concerning his education, he was a student of Broad Ripple High School. He went to Ball State University, in Muncie, Indiana, and studied radio and television and graduated in 1969. He completed a double major in journalism news/telecommunications.

David worked at the local Atlas Supermarket. He was a newscaster and announcer at WBST, a college student-run radio station. He was fired from the station for treating classical music with disrespect. He then opened another campus station—WAGO-AM 570.

David Letterman net worth
David Letterman Net Worth 2020

David Letterman’s Career

David Letterman started working as an announcer for the radio station of his college and was soon fired from there for his inappropriate behavior towards classical music. After that, he joined another radio station in the college named WAGO-AM 570. Upon his graduation from the University, he began his professional career by anchoring a radio talk program on “WNTS” as their host and their weather broadcaster.

He moved to Los Angeles in 1975 and performed for the very first time at The Comedy Store. He was then hired by CBS to write a show named “The Starland Vocal Band Show”. In 1980, he experienced huge success with the show “The David Letterman Show”, followed by another show which started in 1982, “Late Night with David Letterman”, and both were on NBS.

In 1993, David Letterman started hosting his own show “Late Show with David Letterman” on CBS. In 2014 he retired from the show, and the following year his final episode was aired.

David Letterman net worth 2020 is estimated to be $400 million

Notable Works & Roles

David Letterman is most noted for his work on the shows —

  • The David Letterman Show (1980)
  • Late Night with David Letterman (1982–1993)
  • Late Show with David Letterman (1993–2015)
  • My Next Guest (2018–)

Awards & Achievements

The television host and comedian David Letterman has recorded many award winnings and nominations. He has so far, won 2 Daytime Emmy Awards, 4 Primetime Emmy Awards, 3 American Comedy Awards, and a People’s Choice Award. Additionally, has been honoured with a Peabody Award and also Mark Twain Prize for American Humor.

Personal life

David Letterman was married to Michelle Cook from 1968 to 1978. He had relationships with author, comedian and writer Merrill Markoe, comedian, actress and writer Bonnie Hunt, actress-singer and dancer Teri Garr, and lawyer Stephanie Birkitt.

Since 2009, Mr. Letterman has been married to Regina Lasko. They began a relationship in 1986. The couple have one son named Harry Joseph Letterman who was born on November 3, 2003.

Age & Physical Features

David Letterman is currently 73 years old. He has a weight of 78kg and a height of 187cm.

David Letterman Net Worth

Since he started his career over four decades ago, David Letterman net worth 2020 constitutes the massive fortune acquired from all he does. Below we highlight the American television host’s financial conditions, his salary from shows and other sources of income.

Salary & Earnings

The comedian has earned most of his salary by hosting talk shows and also from being a cast member of a few number of movies. He started working as a professional in 1976 when he was made a panelist for “The Gong Show”. That same year he appeared on Word Grabbers. He is best known for hosting “The David Letterman Show”, “Late Show with David Letterman”, and “Late Night with David Letterman”. As a film actor, he has been seen in “Sully”, starring Tom Hanks, and “Private Parts”, featuring Howard Stern, and several others.

For all of his efforts, David Letterman receives a huge momentary appreciation. In 1980 he received $1 million as salary from “The David Letterman Show”. He then earned around $7 million from the show “Late Night with David Letterman”. In 1992 he signed a 3-year contract worth $42 million with his employers. His salary earned from “Late Show with David Letterman” in 1993 was $31,500,000, including licensing and show profits. According to an article by New York Times, David Letterman’s salary in 2009 was approximately $32,000,000. However, his salary was slashed to $20 million in 2013.

Assets, Houses, Cars, Lifestyle

David lives in Deep Creek Ranch. His house spreads over 3,276 sq feet of land. His 108-acre estate in Westchester County, New York is said to worth $10 million. He recently sold his house in New Cannan, Connecticut for $1.1 million.

Mr. Letterman is a huge car enthusiast and owner of a collection of cool luxurious rides. Some of his cars and their value include:

  • 1985 Ferrari 288 GTO – $305,000
  • 1963 Ferrari Lusso – $1,320,000
  • 1983 Ferrari 512 BBi – $257,600
  • 1969 Ferrari Dino 246 GTS – $255,000
  • 1963 Ferrari 250 GTE – $452,895
  • 1956 Porsche 356 1500 GS Carrera – $385,000
  • 1961 Porsche Cabriolet – $61,600
  • 1988 Porsche 911 Carrera Coupe – $32,000
  • 1957 Porsche 356 A Speedster – $271,000
  • 1988 Ferrari 328 GTS – $71,900
  • 1964 Porsche Checker – $76,160
  • 1960 Austin Healey Bugeye Sprite – $27,500
  • 1956 Austin Healey 100-BN2 – N/A
  • 1955 Jaguar XK140 – $73,920
  • 1961 Austin Healey 3000 MK I – $56,000
  • Ferrari Daytona – $590,000

David Letterman net worth 2020 is estimated to be $400 million. He has established himself as one of the most comedians and television hosts in America and beyond.

Other notable television hosts and comedians include — Jimmy Fallon, Trevor Noah, and Jimmy Kimmel.


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