Ellen DeGeneres has a net worth of $330 million with an annual salary of $65 million. Ellen DeGeneres was born on January 26, 1985 at Metairie, Louisiana. Her father, an insurance salesman and her working mother divorced when she was only a teenager. At a young age, Ellen worked at J.C. Penny and waited tables at TGIF. She received offers to do standup comedy when she found herself frightened by the crowd during a public speaking event. She used her humor to get through her anxiety and became an instant hit.
She performed at local comedy clubs and coffeehouses till the age of 23. Her breakthrough came when she appeared on the Tonight Show with Jay Leno in 1986. She appeared in many talk shows as well as sitcoms earning her the title of “Funniest Person in America” by Showtime.
She finally found success as an actress with a prime time sitcom that was self-titled “Ellen”. The show ran for five seasons on the ABC channel with 109 episodes to its credit. The show received the highest TRP when Ellen DeGeneres’s character came out as a lesbian. Shorty afterwards Ellen officially declared her homosexuality on The Opera Winfrey Show.
She started her day time talk show “The Ellen DeGeneres Show” in 2003. The show is an immense hit with more than 1800 episodes aired up till now. Ellen has also been a judge in the 9th season of American Idol as well as hosted the Emmys and the Academy Awards. The prominent American comedienne is married to actress Portia De Rossi since 2008.