Dave Chappelle Net Worth

Dave Chappelle Net Worth
Dave Chappelle's Net Worth
  • As of 2022, Dave Chappelle has a Net Worth of $ 60 Million Dollars. 
  • Dave struck a deal with Netflix in November 2016 to deliver three stand-up specials to the streaming service.

What is Dave Chappelle’s Net Worth and Salary? (Updated 2022)

Dave Chappelle has a Net Worth of $60 million as an American comedian, actor, screenwriter, and producer. Dave has acted in hundreds of films and TV shows over the years, but he is best known for his standup specials. The majority of Dave’s fortune is derived from his Netflix standup specials.

Net Worth:$60 Million
Date of Birth:Aug 24, 1973 (49 years old)
Place of Birth:Washington, D.C.
Height:6 ft (1.83 m)
Profession:Actor, Comedian, Film Producer, Television producer, Artist, Screenwriter
Nationality:United States of America

Early Life

David Khari Webber Chappelle was born in Washington, DC on August 24, 1973. His parents were professors, Yvonne Chappelle Seon and William David Chappelle III. Bishop D. Chappelle, his great-grandfather, was the president of Allen University. Chappelle grew up in the Maryland town of Silver Spring. He grew up idolizing Eddie Murphy and Richard Pryor, and family friends who were entertained by Dave’s comedic antics and monologues frequently noted that Chappelle would most definitely become a comedian. Chappelle’s parents divorced when he was a child, and he lived largely with his mother while spending summers in Ohio with his father. He earned his bachelor’s degree in drama from Duke Ellington School of the Arts in 1991.


Dave traveled to New York City after high school to seek a career in comedy. He appeared at the Apollo Theater’s Amateur Night (and was booed off stage), but he quickly built a reputation for himself on the New York comedy circuit. In 1992, he featured on HBO’s Def Comedy Jam and received critical and popular acclaim for his performance. This became a watershed moment in his career, and he became a regular guest on late-night shows such as Late Show with David Letterman, The Howard Stern Show, and Late Night with Conan O’Brien. He debuted at the age of 19 with a comedic act for Aretha Franklin.

At the age of twenty, Chappelle made his film debut in Mel Brooks’ 1993 comedy Robin Hood: Men in Tights. Chappelle then appeared in other films (including a small role in the Eddie Murphy-starring feature film The Nutty Professor in 1996 and co-writing and starring in the stoner film Half Baked in 1998) and tried several unsuccessful television pilots before launching his own series, Chappelle’s Show, on Comedy Central in 2003. The show was enormously popular and ran for two successful seasons, earning two Emmy nominations before Chappelle abruptly resigned before the third season’s production, however, Comedy Central later aired the episodes created without him.

Chappelle cited not liking the show’s direction, being overworked with 20-hour workdays, and not having time to devote to his stand-up career as reasons for departing. Walking away from the program means breaking a $50 million contract with Comedy Central.

Michel Gondry directed Dave Chappelle’s Block Party in 2004, a documentary about a rap event held by Chappelle in Bedford-Stuyvesant, Brooklyn, which featured a number of rap and hip-hop acts, including The Fugees’ reunion.

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Dave Chappelle was attacked on stage but was not injured. source: nypost


Dave experimented in numerous stand-up acts and TV show appearances between 2005 and 2013, before making a significant professional comeback in 2013. He went back to headline his own stand-up tours. For the first time in 11 years, he returned to the New York City circuit in June 2014, performing ten nights at Radio City Music Hall. On November 12, 2016, the weekend after Donald Trump won the 2016 presidential election, Chappelle headlined Saturday Night Live for the first time. His articulate and cutting opening monologue and subsequent sketch performance were highly lauded and well-received by viewers, earning him an Emmy Award for Outstanding Guest Actor in a Comedy Series. He gave his Emmy to his old high school.

Netflix Deal

Dave struck a deal with Netflix in November 2016 to deliver three stand-up specials to the streaming service. Chappelle was reportedly paid $60 million for the specials, one of the most lucrative deals ever made for a comic in any medium. He earned $47 million between June 2016 and June 2017. Dave earned $35 million between June 2017 and June 2018.

Continued Success and Accolades

Chappelle has continued to reap the benefits of his long, sometimes difficult-fought career. In 2018, he was nominated for a Grammy Award for Best Comedy Album for his first two Netflix specials, The Age of Spin and Deep in the Heart of Texas. He won his third Grammy in a row for “Sticks & Stones” in 2020.

Dave had a significant comeback in the film industry when he co-starred in “A Star Is Born” with Bradley Cooper, playing his best friend Noodles. In 2018, Jon Stewart and Dave Chappelle embarked on a pair comedy tour, and he performed three standup concerts in Austin, Texas, with Aziz Ansari. The Kennedy Center awarded him the annual Mark Twain Prize for American Humor in 2019.

Personal Life

Since 2001, Chappelle has been married to Elaine Mendoza Erfe. Sulayman and Ibrahim, their sons, and Sanaa, their daughter, are their three children. The family farms 65 acres near Yellow Springs, Ohio. Chappelle also owns a number of properties in Xenia, Ohio.

Dave became a Muslim in 1998. In the 2020 presidential election, he has endorsed Andrew Yang. Dave volunteers at the Seeds of Peace International Camp in Maine. The group brings together young leaders from conflict-affected communities. He planned the Gem City Shine Charity Concert in Dayton, Ohio, in August 2019, with a star-studded lineup that included Stevie Wonder and Chance the Rapper. The benefit event earned over $70,000 for the Oregon District Tragedy Fund in memory of the victim of the August 4, 2019 Dayton tragedy.

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Caption: Dave Chappelle’s wife (Source: Heavy)