|Broderick Stephen Harvey
|January 17, 1957
|American Comedian, Actor, Businessman, Entertainer, TV and Radio Host
Steve Harvey might not be a name that pops up once you think of someone with more than $100 million on his bank account. But the comedian and entertainer is one of the richest people in Hollywood. No, he is not a billionaire. Yet, Steve has a lot of money on his resume. How did he earn the money? He now has a media empire many people will envy at.
Starting as a comedian, Steve also hosted Showtime at the Apollo, the Steve Harvey Show, and Original Kings of Comedy. Now, many people recognize him as the host of Family Feud and Celebrity Family Feud. He started those shows in 2010 and hosts them ever since. He even hosted the Miss Universe competition since 2015.
In 2017, he founded the Steve Harvey Global. The entertainment company houses his production company and many other ventures. He also launched an African version of the Family Feud show. Harvey is a six-time Daytime Emmy Award winner, 14-time NAACP Image Award winner, and two-timer Marconi Award winner.
As of September 2020, Steve Harvey’s wealth is more than $180 million.
Career Ups and Downs
As of 2020, Steve Harvey’s fortune is more than $180 million. But the road was not always smooth sailing for him. He had his share of ups and downs. In the 1980s, Steve tried to figure out what he wants to do. At one point, he was homeless for a few years.
Born in 1957, Broderick Steven Harvey spent his childhood in Cleveland, Ohio. He got born in Welch, West Virginia, but his family moved to Cleveland during his childhood. There, he graduated from Glenville High School in 1974 and attended Kent State University.
Following his graduation and university years, Steve worked various jobs to make ends meet. He held jobs as a boxer, autoworker, and even insurance salesman. To top it all, he worked as a carpet cleaner and mailman.
Things started to change in 1985 when he started doing comedy shows. He first ventured into the world of Comedy on October 8, 1985, performing at the Hilarities Comedy Club in Cleveland. Fun fact: even though he performed, he had trouble keeping up. In the late 1980s, he was homeless and slept in his 1976 Ford when gigs did not provide hotel accommodation.
Nowadays, Steve makes millions out of comedy. But in the beginning, it was not easy. Sleeping in his car, he used an Igloo cooler in the backseat as a refrigerator. He often got a shower and wash in hotel bathrooms or swimming pool showers.
And while some people cannot imagine living like that for more than a week, Steve did it for three years. That was his rock bottom and darkest days.
He started to catch a break in 1989. He made it to the finals of the Second Annual Johnnie Walker National Comedy Search. And then in 1993, he got his first shot on Showtime at the Apollo. There, he got the role of host.
Using his popularity on Showtime at the Apollo, Steve started his own sitcom, The Steve Harvey Show. Released on the WB network, the show ran from 1996 to 2002 with huge success.
In the middle of the show, in 1997, he got back to his stand-up roots. Steve joined Bernie Mac and Cedric the Entertainer on a King of Comedy tour. The success of the tour prompted director Spike Lee to make a movie out of it, The Original Kings of Comedy. The tour grossed more than $37 million in 1997 and 1998.
By this point in his life, Steve got married to his second wife, Mary Lee. They have a child together. Steve started to experiment with other ventures, like radio. He launched his show, The Steve Harvey Morning Show. The instant success of the show helped him win the Personality of the Year award in 2007.
By this point, Steve’s popularity was through the roof. He landed a couple of movie roles in You Got Served, Johnson Family Vacation, Racing Stripes, and Fighting Temptations.
As successful entrepreneurship, Steve expanded his source of income more and more. For his next move, he tried book writing. He published several self-help books. Four of them landed on the best-seller list.
On August 2, 2012, Steve performed his final stand-up show at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas. That ended his 27-year career as a stand-up comedian.
But before ending his career as a stand-up comedian, Steve got his biggest break with Family Feud. In 2010, he started hosting the show. And his tenure as a host is longer than any previous hosts of the show. Steve helped launch the spin-off, Celebrity Family Feud, and African-American Family Feud.
In 2015 he hosted the Miss Universe pageant in Las Vegas for the first time. He made a mistake, naming the first-runner up as the winner and then had to announce the rightful results minutes later. Yet, despite his mistake, he hosted Miss Universe in 2016, 2017, and 2018.
Nowadays, we recognize him as the face of Family Feud. He also launched his own talk show and rebranded it in 2017. He is not in marriage with his third wife, Marjorie. He has a daughter with her.
Steve Harvey is one of the most successful comedians out there. He managed to build a media empire thanks to his comedian work. But as we said before, things were not always smooth. Now, he earns millions. As of September 2020, Steve Harvey net worth is more than $180 million.
In 2017 and 2018 alone, he earned $45 million from various endeavors. At least $10 million came from his hosting duties on Family Feud. And more than $20 million per year comes from radio hosting duties.
He oversees a media empire including radio, television, books, clothing, and more. He united all his business in 2017 under the Steve Harvey Global brand. The brand owns the rights to international versions of Family Feud.
Steve spends his money wisely and for comfort. In February 2018, he leased a large mansion in Beverly Park, California for $110,000 per month. He pays more than $1.3 million per year for the 12,000 square foot house.
He also owns a 9,000 square foot mansion in Atlanta. He purchased it in 2010 for $3.4 million. Steve owns houses in Dallas and Chicago as well. We know he can afford it. After all, he has more than $100 million on his bank account.