Conan O’Brien Net Worth (2022 Update): The Comedian’s No Joke Success
American television host Conan O’Brien is known for his smart and silly comedy brand. With a whopping $200 million net worth, he has built a successful career only from his wit and cleverness.
But How Did He Make His Money?
The one thing that’s well-known about ultra high net worth individuals (UHNWs) – the folks worth at least $30 million USD – is that virtually ALL of them have some part of their fortune in real estate.
Many of the more famous rich people and “celebrity entrepreneurs” actually got their start in real estate. And that’s great for them! Not so much for us…
See, more millionaires are created during recessions than any other part of the economic cycle. Which is cool, except the last real recession was 2008, when real estate prices were in the tank and you could buy a whole neighborhood with $100,000.
Now, though, real estate prices are through the roof, and interest rates are skyrocketing too. So how does the everyday person start building a massive net worth in an economy like this one?
The internet’s been around for decades, but the possibility of actually owning high-value pieces of property ON the internet is fairly new. In other words, it’s a wide open playing field…but it won’t stay that way forever.
Here’s a quick summary of how Digital Real Estate works: You invest a little money (maybe around $100) to either purchase or build a piece of “land” on the internet.
You specifically place this “land” in a high-traffic area, where lots of people pass through (just like traditional real estate, it’s all about Location, Location, Location). The folks who pass through your “land” all happen to be looking for a specific product or service, so you “rent” your land to a business owner who happens to offer that product or service.
The business owner pays you $500 to $2,000 a month to “rent” your Digital Real Estate, because it helps them connect with their ideal customers. Think of it like buying a strip mall, or an office space, just on the internet, for WAAAAYYY less money and headache.
But for now, let’s dig in a little more about Conan O’Brien…
April 18, 1963
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Talk Show Host, Comedian, Actor, And Television Producer
Conan O’Brien is been best known as the host of different late-night television talk shows for almost 30 years. He has hosted “Conan,” “The Tonight Show,” and “Late Night with Conan O’Brien.” In 2001, Conan O’Brien started a company called “Conaco.” He also acted as the executive producer for and helped make several shows like “Late Night,” “Andy Barker, P.I.,” and “Outlaw.”
Conan Christopher O’Brien was born in Brookline, Massachusetts. His father, Thomas Francis O’Brien, is a doctor and a professor at Harvard Medical School. His mother, Ruth O’Brien, is a retired lawyer who used to work at the firm Ropes & Gray in Boston.
He has two sisters and three brothers. Conan O’Brien went to Brookline High School and graduated as the top student in 1981. He graduated from Harvard University with a degree in History and Literature.
Conan O’Brien’s career started when he joined the writing staff of the HBO show “Not Necessarily the News.” He also did shows with improv groups like the Groundlings on his own time.
He started writing for “Saturday Night Live” in January 1988 and stayed there for three years. He and other SNL writers won an Emmy Award in 1989 for Outstanding Writing in a Comedy or Variety Series. He also worked with Robert Smigel to write the television pilot for the show “Lookwell,” starring Adam West. In 1991, the pilot aired on NBC, but after the pilot for Lookwell failed, he left SNL in 1991.
The same year, he was given a chance to write for “The Simpsons,” a popular animated sitcom from 1991 to 1993. He wrote some of the best episodes, such as “Marge vs. the Monorail” and “Homer Goes to College.”
In April 1993, David Letterman left “Late Night,” and the show’s executive producer, Lorne Michaels, chose Conan O’Brien as the new host. Unfortunately, he still has a contract with Fox to work on “The Simpsons,” so NBC and Conan O’Brien split the expense and got out of the contract.
Starting in 1996, Conan O’Brien and the show’s writing staff were nominated yearly for the Emmy Award for Best Writing in a Comedy or Variety Series. They also won the Writers Guild Award several times for Best Writing in a Comedy or Variety Series. By October 2005, the show had an average of 2.5 million viewers.
On February 20, 2009, “Late Night with Conan O’Brien” aired for the last time, ending Conan O’Brien’s 15-year run on the show.
After leaving “Late Night,” he took over Jay Leno’s “The Tonight Show,” which only lasted a year. In 2010, Jay Leno got his job back on “The Tonight Show” due to Conan O’Brien’s low ratings. After leaving NBC, O’Brien took a break from TV and went on to a 30-city live tour, “The Legally Prohibited From Being Funny on Television Tour,” in 2010.
The same year, the first episode of “Conan” aired. The show has been extended through 2022, and the show made Conan O’Brien the first American television personality to film in Cuba in more than fifty years, and he has also filmed at the DMZ in South Korea.
Conan started a production company called Team Coco in 2010. Team Coco started the podcast “Conan O’Brien Needs a Friend” in November 2018. The podcast has won awards like the Best Comedy Podcast and Best Ad Read iHeartRadio Podcast Awards.
On May 23, 2022, Conan O’Brien announced that he had sold Team Coco for $150 million to SiriusXM.
How Does He Do It?
Conan O’Brien Success Clues
One: find the thing you’re good at.
Two: try and do what you love with people you love.
Three: don’t be cynical.
Featured Conan O’Brien's Best Quotes Of All Time Quotes
"There's good random, and there's bad random. There's good silly and there's bad silly, and you've gotta know the difference."
"Your path at 22 will not necessarily be your path at 32 or 42."
"The beauty is that through disappointment you can gain clarity, and with clarity comes conviction and true originality."
"Nobody in life gets exactly what they thought they were going to get. But if you work really hard and you're kind, amazing things will happen."
Conan O’Brien once said that nobody actually knew what they were doing. You just wing it and wait for what happens next. He knew it would be a battle, but even with little to no experience, he went through with it and made an effort.
Conan O’Brien is now reaping the fruit of his efforts which is a $200 million net worth.
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