Who is David Letterman and what is net worth of him? David Letterman is a TV host and writer who have hosted the talk show ‘Late Night with David Letterman’. He has also hosted another popular show called ‘Late Show with David Letterman’. Jointly, he has hosted both the shows for 6,028 episodes in a span of 33 years. He is also a film and TV producer. He has produced many successful comedies including the hit ‘Everybody Loves Raymond’. He has been an influence to several talk show hosts like Jimmy Fallon, Conan O’Brien, Seth Meyers, Jimmy Kimmel and Stephen Colbert. He is longest serving talk show host in America.
David Michael Letterman was born on April 12, 1947, in Indianapolis, Indiana. He was born to parents Harry Joseph Letterman, a florist, and Dorothy Marie Mengering, a church secretary. He went to Broad Ripple High School in Indiana and also used to work as a stock boy in Atlas Supermarket. Letterman later went to Ball State University. He completed his graduation in 1969 from the Department of Radio and Television. He first used to work as a newscaster and an announcer in the radio station called WBST which was run by college students. He then used to work as a radio host on WNTS and then became a weatherman and anchor of WLWI. He gathered attention for his on-air performance. He then became a host of late night show called “Freeze-Dried Movies”
David Letterman married Michelle Cook in July 1968. They divorced in October 1977. He was involved in a long term relationship with Merrill Markoe, producer of Late Night Show. He also dated Regina Lasko and has a son named Harry Joseph Letterman with her. He married Lasko in 2009.
He moved to Los Angeles in 1975 and then started comedy in ‘The Comedy Store’. In 1977, he became a writer of the series The Starland Vocal Band Show which was broadcasted on CBS. In 1980, he did a screen test for the movie ‘Airplane!’ but was played by Robert Hays. He caught the attention of Johnny Carson and became a regular host of his show ‘The Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson’.
In June 1980, he began the show ‘The David Letterman Show’ on NBC. The show became a critical success and also won 2 Emmy Awards. And then in 1982, he started another show on NBC called ‘Late Night with David Letterman’. The show became very successful and it ran until May 2015. In August 1993, he started his own show called ‘Late Show with David Letterman’ on CBS. His show ‘The Tonight Show’ was later hosted by Jay Leno and then later by Conan O’Brien.
David Letterman became the host of the 67th Oscars in March 1995. His contract for Late Show with David Letterman got renewed again and it was extended till 2015. In the last episode of The Late Show, there were four US Presidents on the show and it was watched by 13.76 million Americans.
David Letterman holds the record of most Emmy nominations with 52. He has won 10 Primetime Emmys and 2 Daytime Emmys. He has also won the American Comedy Awards in 1989. In 2017, he won the Mark Twain Prize for American Humor. In 2007, he was given the ‘Sagamore of the Wabash’ award by the Governor of Indiana.
David Letterman Net Worth
Having had won most Emmy nominations and hosting the talk show for 33 years, David Letterman has made a good wealth. David Letterman’s net worth is an estimated $450 million. CBS signed a contract worth $14 million a year for ‘The Tonight Show’. According to Forbes magazine, he earned $40 million a year in 2007. In 2015, Forbes again estimated that his annual income was $35 million.
He has also appeared in other shows like ‘The Simpsons’, and ‘Seinfeld’. He also runs his own production company called ‘Worldwide Pants Incorporated’. In 2010, he also started his own recording company called ‘Clear Entertainment/C.E. Music’. He is also the co-owner of the auto racing team, ‘Rahal Letterman Lanigan Racing’.
David Letterman has been an inspiration to many. But he himself credits Johnny Carson as his biggest influence. He has made millions of dollars of charities by his foundation, ‘The Letterman Foundation for Courtesy and Grooming’.