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Funny money: Seinfeld co-creators top rich comedians list

Published 21 August 2013 11:32, Updated 23 August 2013 14:25

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Funny money: Seinfeld co-creators top rich comedians list

Even though his show had its final season before the start of this century, Jerry Seinfeld is still among America’s richest comedians. Photo: Getty Images

The co-creator of US sitcom Seinfeld, Larry David, heads a new list of America’s wealthiest comedians with a $US900 million ($981 million) fortune.

Just behind David, who also created and stared in Curb Your Enthusiasm, is his former collaborator Jerry Seinfeld, who is worth $US800 million.

The pair dominates the newly published list of the richest comedians in the US from advisory firm Wealth-X.

While Seinfeld’s ninth and final season aired in 1998, syndication deals for the rights to show repeats have helped lift David and Seinfeld’s fortunes over the past decade.

Seinfeld co-creator and Curb Your Enthusiasm star Larry David has topped the list of the US’s richest comedians with a personal fortune estimated at $US900 million.

According to Wealth-X, the show has made $US3.1 billion for re-runs on US television.

Talk show host and former weatherman David Letterman is the third richest comedian with a $US390 million fortune.

The oldest member of the list is 76-year-old Bill Cosby. He is worth $US360 million and is best known for his role on The Cosby Show, which ran from 1984 to 1992.

Cosby is followed on the list by its youngest member – 46-year-old movie star Adam Sandler. He is worth $US290 million.

No women make it onto the list of the 10 wealthiest comedians. The richest celebrity in the US is Oprah Winfrey, who is worth $US2.8 billion according to Forbes, which is slightly more than the combined wealth of the five richest comedians.

Richest comedians in the US

  • 1. Larry David, $US900 million
  • 2. Jerry Seinfeld, $US800 million
  • 3. David Letterman, $US390 million
  • 4. Bill Cosby, $US360 million
  • 5. Adam Sandler, $US290 million
  • 6. Jay Leno, $US250 million
  • 7. Eddie Murphy, $US250 million
  • 8. Martin Lawrence, $US160 million
  • 9. Jim Carrey, $US150 million
  • 10. Robin Williams, $US150 million