Jay Leno Net Worth (June, 2023): Earnings, Age, Height, Wife

Jay Leno Net Worth: $500 Million (approx.)

Net Worth:$500 Million (approx.)
Salary:$15 Million Per Year (approx.)
Date of Birth:Apr 28, 1950
Age:73 years
Height:5 ft 10 in (1.803 m)
Profession:Actor, Television producer, Screenwriter, Voice Actor, Stand-up comedian, Television presenter, Comedian
Nationality:United States of America

Jay Leno Net Worth is around $500 million. Jay Leno is a famous American comedian, actor, writer, producer, former late-night television host. This data answers the queries like What is jay leno net worth?

Jay Leno Net Worth
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After doing stand-up comedy for several years, Leno became the host of The Tonight Show with Jay Leno on NBC from 1992 to 2009. During his time hosting The Tonight Show, Jay Leno earned $300 million in salary, before taxes.

Jay Leno famously still performs more than 10 standup shows throughout the year and reportedly only ever lived off this money, while banking his NBC salary checks.

Leno has an extremely valuable car collection. The value of Jay Leno’s 300+ vehicle stable is, at minimum $100 million.

What is Jay Leno Net Worth?:

Jay Leno Net Worth is around $500 million.

Jay Leno Salary:

Jay Leno Salary is $15 Million Per Year. Jay Leno net worth is around $500 million in 2022.

Jay Leno Salary Highlights:

At the end of his time as host of The Tonight Show, Jay was getting an annual salary of $15 million. His peak Tonight Show earning was $30 million per year.

Jay Leno actually agreed to a 50% pay cut after the 2011 season to help his staff get raises and keep their jobs. Leno earns around $10 million per year from a hectic stand-up touring schedule which includes more than 200 dates a year.

Throughout his career, Jay never touched his Tonight Show salary and instead lived off his stand-up income. Additionally, Jay Leno does not have an agent or a manager to help him negotiate deals.

Jay Leno Career earnings:

  • 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

Total career earnings: $300 million

Jay Leno House:

In 2017, Jay Leno bought an oceanfront mansion in Newport, Rhode Island for $13.5 million. The estate, known as Seafair, was built in the 1930s. It’s built in a semicircular shape in order to match the curve of the Atlantic coast on the nine-acre property.

The 15,851 square foot home is on 9-acres and has 12 bedrooms, 12 full bathrooms, and three half-baths. The property has an oceanfront pool and tennis court.

Jay Leno also hastwo homes in Bel Air, California. Leno bought the first home, a 3,400 square foot, five-bedroom property in 1987, and added the second property down the hill in 1997.

Jay Leno also has a 122,000-square-foot hangar in Burbank, California that serves as the garage for most of his collection of cars and motorcycles.

Jay Leno Car Collection:

Earlier Jay was even a car salesman, Jay has had a passion for cars. A young Leno had a passion for automobiles, and before he even earned enough money to become a car collector he purchased his first one for just $350.

Jay Leno Car Collection
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As he made money, he bought more cars. And over the years he has built one of the most impressive private car collections in the world. At his home he can take an elevator straight from the bedroom to the garage. Jay also has a larger garage in Burbank where he houses the majority of his collection which now totals 170 cars and more than 100 motorcycles.

A handful of his cars are worth over $1 million on their own. Some of his most expensive cars include a 2014 McLaren P1 valued at $1.35 million, a 1955 Mercedes 300SL Gullwing Coupe valued at $1.8 million and a one-of-a-kind 2006 GM EcoJet that is almost considered priceless do to its rarity.

Jay had also bought a Lamborghini R485 tractor.  The tractor was designed in the late 60s by Ferruccio Lamborghini.  Lamborghini started his professional vehicle design career making tractors and other industrial vehicles in Italy, post-World War II.  Mr. Leno’s model was available in 1968 and 69. .

Jay Leno Car Collection
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Of course, Jay Leno also has a Website and TV program called Jay Leno’s Garage.

In total, Jay Leno’s car collection is valued conservatively at $50 million. It’s possible the total value touches $100 million.

Jay Leno Financial Advice:

Leno’s key to getting—and staying—rich is quite simple: Never have just one source of income.

“I had two jobs because I realized that was the quickest way to become a millionaire,” shared the 67-year-old former Tonight Show star, who now hosts CNBC’s Jay Leno’s Garage.

When Leno was just starting out, he banked the money he made working at a car dealership and spent the funds he brought in as a comedian. Leno started getting more money in comedy so he started saving earning from comedy and spending his income from car dealership. He would use the lesser earning for spending and higher income source to be parked in banks.

Jay Leno continued this strategy throughout his entire life and who can argue?

Leno also avoided credit cards and had never taken any debt.

Leno is well known in the industry for his work ethic, which is something he learned while working at McDonald’s. Ensuring that you’re producing a great product should be the number one goal. After a long day prepping for and filming The Tonight Show, Leno would go home and get to work writing more jokes. In a 1993 episode of 60 Minutes, Leno said:

“I meet with the writers at about midnight or so and work until about 4:00am. I sleep four hours, maybe five. If you have time to complain, you don’t have enough work to do.”

Jay Leno also thinks that you learn the best lessons from mistakes. Every mistake gives you empathy for other people when they make the same mistake, he said. Plus, failure keeps you humble.

Jay Leno Biography:

Jay Leno was born in New Rochelle, New York, on April 28, 1950.

Jay Leno Biography
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Jay’s mother was a stay at home mom and his father was an insurance salesman. Leno had an older brother, Patrick. Jay Leno grew up in Andover, Massachusetts.

Jay graduated from Andover High School in 1968. Jay Leno got his bachelor’s degree in speech therapy from Emerson College and started a comedy club at his university in 1973.

Jay Leno Career:

Jay Leno made his first appearance on “The Tonight Show” on March 2, 1977, as a featured comedian. During the 1970s, Jay Leno appeared in many minor roles in films and televisions shows including “Good Times,” “Fun With Dick and Jane,” “Laverne & Shirley,” “Alice,” “One Day at a Time,” and “American Hot Wax.” Jay Leno also appeared on “Late Night with David Letterman” as the featured comedian several times.

Jay Leno Biography
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Jay Leno was a regular substitute host for Johnny Carson on “The Tonight Show” starting in 1986. In 1992, he replaced Carson as host in the midst of controversy with David Letterman, who had been hosting “Late Night with David Letterman,” which aired after “The Tonight Show,” since 1982.

Many people, including Carson, expected Letterman to be the next host of “The Tonight Show.” The story of the drama surrounding this transition was turned into a book and a movie.

Jay continued to perform as a stand-up comedian during his years on “The Tonight Show.” In 2004, Leno signed a contract extension with NBC to keep him on “The Tonight Show” until 2009.

Jay stepped down to retire in 2009 but soon returned to television with a prime time talk show called “The Jay Leno Show.” The show aired weeknights on NBC in September 2009 but was canceled in January 2010.

Jay then caused a national debate when he reclaimed his position as host of “The Tonight Show” in 2010, pushing aside his replacement Conan O’Brien. On April 3, 2013, NBC announced that Jay Leno would leave “The Tonight Show” in spring 2014, with Jimmy Fallon as his designated successor.

Leno has maintained an active schedule as a touring stand-up comedian appearing in about 200 live performances a year in venues across the United States and Canada as well as charity events and USO tours.

Jay Leno has also made appearances on “The Tonight Show with Jimmy Fallon” and on “Late Night with Seth Meyers,” as well as being a guest on the finale of “The Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson.”

Jay Leno Wife:

Jay Leno has been married since 1980 to Mavis Leno. The couple has no children. Mavis is a leading feminist in California, the United States, and internationally. Mavis Leno keeps a low profile in comparison to her husband, choosing instead to work behind the scenes of the non-profit, politically charged groups she supports and runs.

Leno has been the chair of the Feminist Majority Foundation’s Campaign to Stop Gender Apartheid in Afghanistan since 1997. In 1999, Mavis and Jay donated $100,000 to the organization, to further the cause of educating the public about the plight of Afghan women under the Taliban.

In 1993, Leno’s mother died at the age of 82 and in 1994, his father died at the age of 84. Leno’s older brother Patrick Leno died in 2002 at the age of 62 after a battle with cancer.

Interesting Facts about Jay Leno:

  • Leno is dyslexic and has a prominent jaw, which has been described as mandibular prognathism.
  • Leno does not drink, smoke, or gamble.