How Much Is Julia Louis-Dreyfus Net Worth?

Julia Louis-Dreyfus is Net worth $250 million. Though she is best known for playing Elaine Benes on “Seinfeld” — in which she made about $45 million in total — she has maintained acting in shows like “The New Adventures of Old Christine” and “Veep.”

Julia Louis-Dreyfus’ Salary

  • $500 Thousand Per Episode
Net Worth: $250 Million
Salary: $500 Thousand Per Episode
Date of Birth: Jan 13, 1961 (60 years old)
Gender: Female
Height: 5 ft 2 in (1.6 m)
Profession: Comedian, Actor, Television producer, Voice Actor
Nationality: United States of America
Last Updated: 2020

 

LOS ANGELES, CA – SEPTEMBER 20: Actress Julia Louis-Dreyfus, the winner of the awards for Outstanding Lead Actress in a Comedy Series for ‘Veep’ and Outstanding Comedy Series for ‘Veep,’ poses in the press room at the 67th Annual Primetime Emmy Awards at Microsoft Theater on September 20, 2015, in Los Angeles, California.

Louis-Dreyfus Was Born Into Billions

Louis-Dreyfus was born on Jan. 13, 1961, in New York City and is the oldest daughter of billionaire entrepreneur Gerard Louis-Dreyfus. Gerard is the director of the Louis-Dreyfus Group and worth $4 billion. Julia’s great-great-grandfather, Léopold Louis-Dreyfus, founded the Louis-Dreyfus Group in 1851.

From College Dropout to ‘Saturday Night Live

Louis-Dreyfus attended Northwestern University but left out to pursue acting. At the age of 21, she on “Saturday Night Live.” She stayed with the show from 1982-1985. After she left, she was in hits like “Christmas Vacation” and “Hannah and Her Sisters.”

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In 1987, Louis-Dreyfus unified comedian Brad Hall. They went on to have two children together.

How Louis-Dreyfus Landed ‘Seinfeld’

Though it seems inconceivable to imagine now, Louis-Dreyfus’ character, Elaine, was not originally supposed to be featured in “Seinfeld.” After the pilot aired in 1989, executives at NBC said the show had too many men and asked creators Larry David and Jerry Seinfeld to add a woman’s role. David had met Louis-Dreyfus on “SNL” and remembered her when it came time to cast for Elaine’s role. She won the role and wowed audiences so much that she won an Emmy in 1996.

In 1993, Louis-Dreyfus and the rest of the supporting cast negotiated raises to earn $150,000 per episode. In 1997, the supporting cast asked for $1 million per episode. The network countered $200,000, then $400,000. The final deal was $600,000 per episode for the show’s final season or $15 million in total per cast member.

Louis-Dreyfus Finds More on the Little Screen

Louis-Dreyfus’ next big project after “Seinfeld” came when she landed the guest role of Maggie Lizer on “Arrested Development” in 2004. In 2005, she snagged her first starring role as Christine in the sitcom “The New Adventures of Old Christine.” She won yet another Emmy for her critically acclaimed performance. The show ended in 2010.

From 2012 to 2019, Louis-Dreyfus played Vice President Selina Meyer on “Veep.” Louis-Dreyfus was paid $500,000 per episode. Nevertheless, again, Louis-Dreyfus scored not one but six Emmys for her performance. With endorsement deals and other income sources, she earned around $8 million annually in recent years, making her one of the world’s five highest-paid TV actresses.

In 2020, Louis-Dreyfus signed a deal with Apple TV+ to develop new content for the streaming service.

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