Dave Chappelle Net Worth
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Dave Chappelle’s Net Worth

Last Updated on December 22, 2022 | Written by CPA Alec Pow
First Published on November 27, 2022 | Content Reviewed by Certified CFA CFA Alexander Popivker

David Khari Webber “Dave” Chappelle born on August 24, 1973, is an American comedian, writer, producer, and actor. Chappelle began his career in the film world with the film “Robin Hood: Men in Tights” in 1993 and went on to play supporting roles in films such as “The Nutty Professor”, “Con Air” and “Blue Streak”.

What is Dave Chappelle’s net worth?

At the time this article is written the actor Dave Chappelle has a net worth of $60 million. The main source of Dave’s money is his Netflix standup specials.

Netflix agreement

Dave Chappelle signed a deal with Netflix in 2016 according to which he had to deliver three specials to this streaming service. He received $60 million for these specials, which is one of the highest paychecks ever received by a comedian. Dave earned $47 million between June 2016 and June 2017, and $35 million between June 2017 and June 2018.

In February 2022, Netflix announced that it was continuing its collaboration with Dave Chappelle, although Dave’s previous program, “The Closer”, caused controversy after the humorist’s jokes about gender. Accused of transphobia, he was supported by Netflix, especially through a message from boss Ted Sarandos, in which he explained to employees that he must support “creative freedom – even if it means that there will always be content on Netflix that some people will find offensive”.

Childhood and teenage years

Born on August 24, 1973, in Washington, D.C., David Chappelle grew up in the city and nearby suburbs of Silver Springs and Maryland. Summers were often spent in Yellow Springs, Ohio, with his father, who was a professor at Antioch University. He enjoyed the quiet rural atmosphere of Yellow Springs, and as an adult, his Ohio farm home would become a family retreat from the hectic worlds of New York and Los Angeles.

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Chappelle was only 14 years old when he went on stage for the first time for a stand-up comedy show in a public place in Washington.

His mother, a Unitarian lawyer, was a great supporter of her son’s talent and frequently accompanied him, being his driver when he performed in nightclubs and bars. After a few years on stage, Chappelle began winning comedy contests, and by his senior year in high school, he was touring the country, being excused by the school principal to pursue his career.

Career beginning

After graduating from high school, Chappelle made a deal with his parents. Instead of going to college right away, he would go to New York to work on his stand-up show. If he didn’t make it after a year, he was going to seriously consider college. While working with other comedians in the Washington area, Chappelle learned a lot about comedy clubs in New York and came to feel that he had to go there in order to become a successful comedy star.

Dave Chappelle took two different approaches to develop his craft as a performer and break into the national comedy scene. Other comedians had advised him that the Boston Comedy Club in Greenwich Village was a good place for younger comedians, so he began performing there to build his reputation in the city. His plan worked well, and within weeks he was performing regularly not only in Boston but in comedy clubs all over New York.

However, Chappelle wasn’t content to just work the club circuit. He wanted to keep an edge of street spontaneity in his work. To do this, he literally took to the streets and performed comedy in the city’s parks and sidewalks alongside other street performers. There he met Charles Barnett, a street comedian who became his good friend and mentor.


Dave Chappelle CloseupIn 1993, Chappelle received his first film role: the Mel Brooks comedy “Robin Hood: Men in Tights”. He had small roles in several other films, but it was his breakout role as Reggie Warrington in Eddie Murphy’s 1996 film “The Nutty Professor” that brought him to the attention of Hollywood.

Suddenly, Dave Chappelle became in demand for comedy roles and made several films over the next few years. In 1998, he co-wrote his first film, “Half Baked”, a tribute to Cheech and Chong, a comedy duo who had done a series of drug-related comedy shows in the late 1970s and 1980s. Although “Half Baked” enjoyed some success, Chappelle was disappointed by his first film experience. He felt that the studio’s input weakened the film’s potential by trying to make it more palatable to conservative audiences. He did not like to lose control of his work, and this experience influenced his later choices.

In 2000 he did a successful live show for HBO called “Dave Chappelle: Killin’ Them Softly”. In 2003 he was given the chance to do television on his own terms. Comedy Central, a comedy network, gave Chappelle his own show. Chappelle’s Show was a half-hour program, broadcast several times each week, hosted by Chappelle and featuring a cast of regulars and guests performing satirical skits. Cable television proved a more comfortable venue for Chappelle’s outrageous comedy, and the show soon developed a devoted audience.


In 2020 Dave Chappelle received the prestigious Mark Twain Award for American Humor at the Kennedy Center in Washington, D.C., in a star-studded ceremony.

This award is one of many honors received by Chappelle. The actor has been awarded two Emmys — one in 2017 for hosting a post-election “Saturday Night Live” episode and another in 2018 for the Netflix special “Equanimity” — and a 2018 Grammy for the best comedy album.

Comedy Central’s Chappelle’s Show received two Emmy nominations.

Personal life

Dave Chappelle is married to Elaine, who is of Filipino descent. The couple has two sons – Ibrahim and Sulayman and a daughter, Sonal.

He converted to Islam in 1998.

He is probably the only celebrity to have advertised for both Coca-Cola and Pepsi.

Dave Chappelle is also known to be a hardcore gamer and currently owns a “War of Witchcraft” account.

He currently lives with his family on a farm in Ohio but owns many other homes throughout the United States.

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