Chris Rock is an American stand-up comedian, actor, producer, and director with an estimated net worth of $60 million as of 2022.
He lost a major portion of his net worth in a divorce settlement with his ex-wife, Malaak Compton by paying $40 million. They filed for divorce in 2016.
He is at the center of debate across many parts of the world today and also on social media as Hollywood actor Will Smith slapped him at the 94th Academy Awards. Chris cracked a joke on actress Jada Pinkett Smith’s look, whose head was shaved. Jada is the wife of Will Smith.
Let us get into all details related to Chris Rock including his net worth, career, investments, and more!
Chris Rock Net Worth – Rise to Stardom
Rock first gained prominence worldwide in the 1990s for his performance in TV Sketch comedy and variety show “Saturday Night Live”. He was also popular for his performance in notable films like “The Longest Yard” (2005), the “Madagascar” film series (2005-2012), and “Grown Ups” (2010).
For four years between 2005 to 2009, he created and produced the semi-autobiographical sitcom “Everybody Hates Chris” which broadcasted 88 episodes. Comedy Central poll voted him as the fifth-greatest stand-up comedian.
Early Life & Career
Christopher Julius Rock was born in the year 1965 in Andrews, South Carolina. His family relocated to Brooklyn, New York before finally settling in Bedford-Stuyvesant. Because of harassment and bullying in school, he dropped out and earned his GED (General Educational Development) while working at fast-food restaurants.
Rock made his entry into the world of stand-up comedy in the year 1984 at the club “Catch a Rising Star” in New York City. He started getting recognition slowly and started getting roles in TV series like “Miami Vice”.
Famous Hollywood actor, Eddie Murphy saw him performing at a nightclub and befriended Rock. He started mentoring him and helped him to bag a big-screen role in “Beverly Hills Cop II” film which was released in the year 1987.
During his tours, Chris is considered to be one of the world’s highest-paid comedians consistently. Chris Rock earned around $60 million between June 2016 and June 2017 and he raked in a cool $30 million between June 2017 and June 2018.
OTT streaming giant, Netflix made the announcement about the release of two new stand-up specials in 2016. It was reported that Netflix paid him $40 million ($20 million each). “Chris Rock: Tamborine” was released in the year 2018.
Career in Films
Rock performed lead roles in numerous movies like “Down to Earth” (2001), “Bad Company” (2002), “The Longest Yard” (2005), “Death at a Funeral” (2010), “Grown Ups” (2010), and “2 Days in New York” (2012).
Rock also took the additional role of writer and director apart from acting. He wrote, directed, and starred in movies like “Head of State” (2003), “I Think I Love My Wife” (2007), and “Top Five” (2014).
Real Estate Investments
During his tenure with SNL, Rock bought a home in Brooklyn New York in 1994. He resided in this house for two years before he moved to the suburbs with his new wife Malaak.
He rented the Brooklyn property for $8,000 per month for more than 2 decades and put the home on the market in 2017 for $3.25 million.
He purchased a 13,000 square-foot mansion in Alpine, New Jersey in 2001 for $3 million.
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