Jay Leno Net Worth

Jay Leno Net Worth, How did the American stand-up comedian and television host amass his wealth? check this article to find out more about Jay Leno Net Worth and his career.

Jay Leno Net Worth

Early life 

His homemaker mother, Catherine (née Muir; 1911–1993), was conceived in Greenock, Scotland, and went to the United States at age 11. His dad, Angelo (1910–1994), was a protection sales rep who was conceived in New York, to foreigners from Flumeri, Italy. Leno experienced childhood in Andover, Massachusetts, and moved on from Andover High School. Leno acquired a four year college education in language training from Emerson College, where he began a satire club in 1973. His more established sibling, Patrick (May 12, 1940 – October 6, 2002), was a Vietnam War veteran who functioned as a lawyer. 

How much is Jay Leno worth?

Net Worth$400 Million
Date of Birth28 April 1950 (age 69 years)
ProfessionTV Host/Comedian
Last Updated2019

Early Career 

Leno showed up on The Tonight Show on March 2, 1977, playing out a parody schedule. During the 1970s, Leno showed up in minor jobs in a few TV arrangement and movies, first in the 1976 scene “J.J. in Trouble” of Good Times and that year in the pilot of Holmes and Yo-Yo. After an uncredited appearance in the 1977 film Fun with Dick and Jane, he assumed increasingly noticeable jobs in 1978 in American Hot Wax and Silver Bears. Different movies and TV arrangement from that period including Almost Heaven (1978), “Going Nowhere” (1979) from One Day at a Time, Americathon (1979), Polyester (1981), “The Wild One” (1981) from Alice, and both “Feminine Mistake” (1979) and “Do the Carmine” (1983) from Laverne & Shirley. Leno’s just featuring movie job was the 1989 direct-to-video Collision Course, inverse Pat Morita. He likewise seemed various occasions on Late Night with David Letterman. 

The Tonight Show 

Beginning in 1986, Leno was a standard substitute host for Johnny Carson on The Tonight Show. In 1992, he supplanted Carson as host in the midst of discussion with David Letterman, who had been facilitating Late Night with David Letterman since 1982 (circulated after The Tonight Show), and whom many—including Carson himself—had expected to be Carson’s successor. The account of this violent change was later transformed into a book and a motion picture. Leno kept on thinking as a high quality entertainer all through his residency on The Tonight Show. 

In 2004, Leno marked an agreement augmentation with NBC which would keep him as host of The Tonight Show until 2009. Later in 2004, Conan O’Brien marked an agreement with NBC under which O’Brien would turn into the host of The Tonight Show in 2009, supplanting Leno around then. 

During the 2007–08 Writers Guild of America strike, Leno was blamed for disregarding WGA rules by composing his very own monolog for The Tonight Show. While NBC and Leno guarantee there were private gatherings with the WGA where there was a mystery understanding permitting this, the WGA denied such a gathering. Leno responded to inquiries before the Writers Guild of America, West preliminary council in February 2009 and June 2009, and when the WGAW distributed its rundown of strike-breakers on August 11, 2009, Leno was not on the rundown. 

On April 23, 2009, Leno registered himself with a medical clinic with an undisclosed sickness. He was discharged the next day and came back to take a shot at Monday, April 27. The two along these lines dropped Tonight Show scenes for April 23 and 24 were Leno’s first in quite a while as host. At first, the disease that caused the nonattendance was not uncovered, yet later Leno revealed to People magazine it was for fatigue

Jay Leno Net Worth 

As of today, Jay Leno Net Worth is $400 Million while his salary is $15 Million. Jay Leno Net Worth is earned from his career as a stand-up comedian and television host.

His Tonight Show salary was $30 million per year. He actually agreed to a 50% pay cut after the 2011 season to help his staff get raises and keep their jobs. 

Jay earns around $10  million per year from a hectic stand up touring schedule which includes more than 200 dates a year. Incredibly, throughout his career Jay never touched his Tonight Show salary and instead lived off his stand-up income. Furthermore, Jay does not have an agent or a manager to help him negotiate deals.

Leno is an avid car collector he owns approximately 200 vehicles. His car collection alone has been valued at more than $100 million.

Jay Leno’s salary break down:

1992- $1 million

1993- $1 million

1994- $3 million

1995- $3 million

1996- $5 million

1997- $5 million

1998- $5 million

1999- $10 million

2000- $12 million

2001- $15 million

2002- $20 million

2003- $20 million

2004- $20 million

2005- $20 million

2006- $20 million

2007- $20 million

2008- $20 million

2009- $30 million

2010- $30 million

2011- $25 million

2012 -$15 million

2013 -$15 million


Here are some of the best highlights of Jay Leno’s career:


  • Writers Guild of America Award for Variety, Musical, Award, Tribute, Special Event (1989)
  • Primetime Emmy Award For Outstanding Variety, Music or Comedy Series, 1995)
  • TV Guide Award (Favorite Late Night Show, 1999)
  • Hollywood Walk Of Fame (2000)
  • People Choice Award for Favorite Late Night Talk Show (2006)
  • Hasty Pudding Man Of The Year (2011)
  • TCA Career Achievement Award (2013)
  • Mark Twain Prize For American Humor (2014)


  • Fun With Dick & Jane (1977)
  • Dave (1993)
  • In & Out (1997)
  • Space Cowboys (2000)
  • John Q (2002)
  • First Daughter (2004)
  • Cars (2006)
  • Ice Age: The Meltdown (2006)
  • Scooby-Doo! And The Goblin King (2008)
  • I’m Still Here (2010)
  • Delivery Man (2013)
  • Ted 2 (2015)



James Douglas Muir Leno is an American stand-up comedian and television host. He first became the host of NBC’s The Tonight Show in 1992, taking over from Johnny Carson.

He got his start on television as a regular substitute host for Johnny Carson on The Tonight Show.

As of 2020, Jay Leno’s net worth is $400 Million.

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