Dave Chappelle Net Worth, One Of The Richest Comedians

Dave Chappelle Net Worth

David Khari Webber Chappelle who is well-known as Dave Chapple is an American Stand-Up Comedian.

He’s also known as an actor, producer, and writer. His material of comedy is focused on politics, social problems, relationship, racism, pop culture, and current events.

Throughout his career as a famous comedian, Dave Chappelle made a lot of money.

As of the beginning of 2019, his net worth is estimated to be $42 million.

That’s why he’s one of the richest comedians worldwide, to date.

Early Life

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On August 24 in 1973, Dave Chappelle was born in Washington, D.C.

He was the youngest child among three children of William David Chappelle III and Yvonne K. Chappelle Seon.

His father was a professor at a college in Ohio. His mother was also a professor at some universities.

The little Chappelle grew up in Maryland. He attended school at Woodlin Elementary School. At that time, his parents were politically active.

Some visitors came to his home often and one of them named Johnny Harmant (American Jazz Singer) predicted Chappelle would be a great comedian.

The comedy figures that inspired Chappelle a lot in his works are Eddie Murphy and Richard Pryor.

Chappelle decided to stay at Washington with his mother after his parents got divorced.

He sometimes spends summer time with his father in Ohio. He studied theatre arts after high school.

Comedy Career


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In order to pursue his passion of comedy, Dave Chappelle decided to move to New Your City.

At the beginning of his career, he was featured in a random people montage telling a joke in 1990 at the program titled “America’s Funniest People”.

After he moved to New York City, he first performed stand-up comedy act in a theater in front of the audience for “Amateur Night” show.

He was booed off stage at that show. That moment made Chappelle even have more courage to move on his aspirations in show business.

Quickly, he made a name for himself in a circuit of comedy in New York.

He even gets noticed by many people for his appearance on an HBO’s show called Def Comedy Jam. That’s where his popularity began.

After that, He performed in a lot of late-night show like The Late Show with David Letterman, The Late Night With Conan O’Brien, The Howard Stern Show, and many other shows.

He made his debut in the film industry when acted as Ahchoo in a “Robin Hood: Men In Tights” when he was 19 years old.

He decided to return to Ohio and considered leaving the entertainment industry when his father died.

In 1996, he appeared as an actor in an Eddy Murphy’s movie titled The Nutty Professor.

That’s because Eddy is his major comedic influences. He featured in some other movies after that.

Returning To Comedy

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In 1998, he performed a stand-up comedy act for HBO comedy half-hour.

Then, he continued to perform and appear in more TV shows and movies.

Dave Chappelle finally recorded his first ever one-hour stand-up comedy special titled “Dave Chappelle: Killin’ Them Softly” on HBO channel in 2000.

Because of his work, Many comedians including Kevin Hart praised Dave Chappelle.

He considers Dave Chappelle as the greatest stand-up comedian of all time.

The story about his departure in 2005 and his comedy is written in a book.

Dave Chappelle’s Filmography

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Here are the highlights of his works and appearances in Films. He Played as:

  • Reggie Warrington in 1996’s The Nutty Professor
  • Pinball in 1997’s Con Air
  • Zee in 1997’s The Real Blonde
  • Kevin Jackson in 1998’s You’ve Got Mail
  • Morris in 2015’s Chi-Raq
  • Noodles in 2018’s A Star Is Born

His Awards And Achievements

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Dave Chappelle was nominated in many awards throughout his career. Here are some of the highlights:

From “Chappelle’s Show”

  • Outstanding Comedy-Variety Series in 2004’s BET Comedy Awards
  • Outstanding Writing for A Comedy Series in 2004’s BET Comedy Awards
  • Best Comedic Performance in 2004’s NAMIC Vision Awards
  • Outstanding DVD Releases in 2005 BET Comedy Awards
  • Best Comedic Performance in 2005’s NAMIC Vision Awards


  • Outstanding Guest Actor in A Saturday Night Live in 2017 Primetime Emmy Award
  • Outstanding Variety Special (Pre-Recorded) in 2018’s Primetime Emmy Award

Achieving The $42 Million Net Worth

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Dave Chappelle significantly raised his profile because of his first one-house special on HBO in 2000.

He started “Chappelle’s Show” in 2003 which was an instant success on Comedy Central.

The contract deals for the show reaches $55 million excluding the DVD sales share.

He definitely made a lot of money from his stand-up appearances and Dave Chappelle tours of comedy.

The huge resurgence of his career in 2013 was joyful for him.

In 2016, NetFlix booked Chappelle to do four specials with a contract deal worth $20 million per special.

As we know, he decided to live close to Yellow Springs in Ohio until now. He’s living quietly in that area until now.

Chappelle has at least 3 houses there that worth over $300,000.

His main house has three bedrooms, 3 bathrooms, and other complete facilities.

How about cars collection? Well, you’re not rich until you have a bunch of luxurious cars.

Chappelle has some branded luxurious cars such as his Lexus LS460 that’s worth over a hundred thousand dollars, and His Rolls-Royce Phantom Drophead Coupe that’s worth about $450,000.

Dave Chappelle also likes to donate his time and money to many charities.

The source of his wealth is definitely from Television.

Once it’s because of his “Chappelle’s Show”, but now it’s because of his stand-up specials.

Some Of Dave Chappelle’s Best One-Liner Jokes

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  • “You know you must be doing something right if old people like you”.
  • “The mark of greatness is when everything before you is obsolete, and everything after you bears your mark”.
  • “You know, be able to do something great in your life, you’re gonna have to realize your failures. You’re gonna have to embrace them and figure out how to overcome it”.
  • “The hardest thing to do is to be true to yourself, especially when everybody is watching”.
  • “You can’t get un-famous. You can get infamous, but you can’t get un-famous”


I guess that’s quite a proof that Dave Chappelle Net Worth is estimated $42 million.

Dave Chappelle is indeed one of the richest comedians in the world.