Chris Rock's Net Worth Is More Than You Think
You might know Chris Rock as a comedian. But he’s also a writer, actor, director and producer. Rock has achieved longstanding success within the cultural zeitgeist, becoming one of the highest-paid comedians in the world. And, of course, he recently had a bit of an altercation with Will Smith — which he won’t talk about until he "gets paid."
Over his career, Rock has starred in over 75 movies. He continues to tour as a standup artist and has recently focused on producing and directing TV shows. Let’s take a deeper look at Christ Rock's net worth and wealth.
Chris Rock Grew Up Comfortable, But Not Wealthy
Chris Rock can be considered an entirely self-made man. His father was a newspaper delivery man, and his mother was a teacher. Rock grew up comfortable but not rich, living in Brooklyn, New York.
Instead of completing high school, he got his GED and worked in fast food. From there, he eventually worked his way up to "Saturday Night Live."
And the rest is history.
Most of His Money Was Made through Stand-Up
Chris Rock’s career started with "Saturday Night Live," but he certainly didn’t make millions there.
His millions accrued primarily due to his movie deals and standup comedy roles.
As a standup comedian, he can make up to $100,000 a day.
He Is One of the Wealthiest Comedians
Chris Rock’s net worth is around $60 million. Compare this to Dave Chapelle (10 years his junior), whose wealth is around $50 million.
While this makes Rock one of the highest-paid comedians in the world, it’s also not as much as he would have had if he hadn’t gone through a highly public and expensive divorce.
Rock Has Been Paid At Least $5 Million Per Movie
Movie deals are notoriously quiet, but Chris Rock has made up to $5 million just for Madagascar 3 alone. However, compare that to Will Smith, who makes around $20 to $30 million per movie. Rock also makes a substantial amount from his stand-up and television shows.
Most numbers for movies and television shows aren’t directly released, because they can complicate negotiations between actors and studios. So, we may need to be satisfied with an estimate.
Chris Rock Probably Makes About as Much in a Year as He Spends
It’s unclear how much Chris Rock makes annually, although estimates peg him around $40 million. Though this is similar to his net worth, that’s also not that unusual. It costs money to be a celebrity.
In 2009, Forbes estimated that Chris Rock made well over $40 million.
But Rock Isn't the Richest Comedian
The richest comedian in the world is actually Jerry Seinfeld, with Larry David (the creator of "Seinfeld") coming a close second.
This shouldn’t be a surprise. The television series was one of the largest intellectual properties in the world.
Seinfeld is believed to have a net worth of close to $1 billion. Rock would come in around 30th place on the list of richest comedians in the world.
Rock's Girlfriend is Also Worth Quite a Bit
Carmen Ejogo was Chris Rock’s last reported girlfriend, with a potential net worth of around $4 million. Ejogo is an actress who was previously married to hip-hop artist Tricky.
Before Ejogo, Rock was dating Megalyn Echikunwoke for four years, an American artist best known for her roles in "Night School" and "Late Night."
Since Rock's divorce, not a lot has been known about his personal life. And he probably prefers it that way.
Rock Lost Quite a Bit in His Divorce
Reportedly, Chris Rock lost $40 million when he divorced his wife Malaak Compton-Rock in 2016. It was an expensive divorce because the couple had been married for 20 years.
Compton-Rock had two children with Rock along with a third adopted child. The divorce likely occurred due to Rock’s infidelity.
Rock has been open about cheating on his ex-wife throughout their relationship.
Malaak Compton-Rock's Net Worth Halved, Too
Malaak Compton-Rock is reportedly worth around $20 million.
A humanitarian and an author, she also has made multiple television appearances on "The Big Give," "Entertainment Tonight" and "The Oprah Winfrey Show."
She also founded a nonprofit salon known as StyleWorks.
Chris Rock's Home Is Pretty Humble at $3 Million
Chris Rock’s current home is located in Alpine, New Jersey. Worth about $3 million, the four-bedroom, four-bathroom estate has a pool, lounge area, and several acres of land.
He actually owns two homes in the same suburb of Alpine. One of them was his family home with his ex-wife. Rock used to own a small townhome in Brooklyn, but sold it as property values skyrocketed for a neat $3 million.
There also have been some rumors that Rock is no longer living in the exclusive suburban home he purchased in Alpine.
Rock Drives a $30K Dodge Durango
An interesting thing about Chris Rock: He drives a $30,000 Dodge Durango.
Adam Sandler once gifted him a Maserati, but he didn’t purchase it himself. He bragged about the Durango on Twitter.
The maintenance on the Maserati is probably more than the Dodge Durango’s sticker price (the Maserati is a $300,000 car).
Recently, Rock Made $40 Million on Netflix
Chris Rock's two specials on Netflix made him $40 million alone. This is an incredible deal in a time when a lot of comedians were making much less money (due to the lack of live shows during the pandemic).
Though Rock's earnings did slump somewhat in the last few years, they have been on the rise as shows and tours have resumed.
Netflix has been an extraordinary success for many comedians in recent years, including the Dave Chapelle releases and Bo Burnham’s award-winning "Inside."
Rock Has Invested in a Cannabis Company
Many actors branch into business ownership. Take Ryan Reynolds with Aviation Gin.
But Chris Rock isn't known to have direct ownership of any businesses. He appears to focus largely on producing a variety of television shows.
In 2019, he did invest in a business called Lowell Herb Co. along with Miley Cyrus and Sarah Silverman.
Rock's Biggest Hit Movie Wasn't What You'd Expect
Rock's biggest hits are actually the "Madagascar" movies. "Madagascar" 1, 2, and 3 all performed tremendously well at the box office.
His more popular movies include "Lethal Weapon 4" and the "Dr. Doolittle" remake. But all the money was made in "Madagascar." Interestingly, costarring Jada Pinkett Smith.
Chris Rock Continues to Work His Standup
Chris Rock continues his standup tour, known as the Ego Death World Tour. Ticket sales went up significantly after the altercation that Rock had with Will Smith at the Academy Awards.