From a supposedly one-time guest appearance, American actor Jaleel White is now a cultural phenomenon, sporting a net worth of $8 million.
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?
But for now, let’s dig in a little more about Jaleel White…
November 27, 1976
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Source of Wealth
Actor, Writer, And Television Producer
Jaleel White is mostly known as Steve Urkel on “Family Matters,” a popular sitcom that ran from 1989 to 1998 for all nine seasons.
At the height of his time on the show, Jaleel made $180,000 per episode, which came to about $4 million per season.
Before “Family Matters,” Jaleel had small roles on TV shows like “The Jeffersons,” “Mr. Belvedere,” and “Good Morning, Miss Bliss,” which came before “Saved by the Bell.”
Aside from that show, he is also known for giving Sonic the Hedgehog a voice in many movies and TV shows. He has also appeared on other shows like “Grown-Ups,” “Boston Legal,” “House,” and “Psych.”
Born in Culver City, California, Jaleel White was born Jaleel Ahmad White, and an only child to his housewife mother, Gail, and a dentist father, Michael White.
White went to John Marshall Fundamental High School and South Pasadena High School for his education. He finished college with a Degree in Film from UCLA.
Jaleel White’s acting career started when when he was just a child, and his preschool teacher recommended he try acting.
Jaleel White appeared in commercials with his mother Gail White as his manager. One of these commercials was for Jello-O pudding pops with Bill Cosby. In 1984, he was a guest star on “The Jeffersons.”
He was also supposed to play Rudy on “The Cosby Show,” but Cosby decided the character should be a girl, so the part went to Keshia Knight Pulliam.
After short roles in “Silence of the Heart” and “Kids Don’t Tell,” Jaleel finally got the lead role in the short-lived CBS show “Charlie and Co.” in 1985.
He played Robert Richmond in all 18 episodes of the show and is thought to have made around $2 million for his work. He worked on other TV shows for the next three years, which earned him an estimated $3 million.
In 1987, he was in “Mr. Belvedere,” the pilot for “Good Morning, Miss Bliss,” and “Jay Leno’s Comedy Hour.”
In 1989, “Family Matters” gave the child actor his first big break. He was supposedly only a guest on the show, but his acting skills were so good that he was put on the show and given a contract.
Jaleel White has also been in more than 20 movies, including “Dreamgirls” (2006), “Who Made the Potato Salad?” (2006), and “Call of the Wild” (2009).
He also gave Martin Luther King Jr.’s voice as a 15-year-old in “Our Friend Martin,” and Sonic the Hedgehog in “Adventures of Sonic the Hedgehog” (1993), “Sonic the Hedgehog” (1993–1994), “Sonic’s Christmas Blast” (1996), and “Sonic Underground,” (1999).
Jaleel White was nominated for a Young Artist Award in 1985 and 1986. In 1991, the his portrayal as Steve Urkel in “Family Matters” won him the Young Artist Award for Outstanding Young Comedian in a Television Series and has won four NAACP Image Awards.
How Does He Do It?
Jaleel White Success Clues
One: no matter how smart and talented you think you are, you’re still gonna need people you can trust.
Two: don’t beat yourself up because of what happened in the past — focus on the present.
Three: big or small — take that opportunity.
Featured Jaleel White's Best Quotes Of All Time Quotes
"As you get older, you start to understand you have to do what you need to do."
"You should never be afraid to be yourself, under any circumstances. The genre of cool is fleeting. What's cool today will not be cool a year from now. If you're yourself, you'll be at peace with yourself."
"There's a bit of hazing when it comes to the youth performers and a disbelief that you're capable of handling dramatic or comedic material on an adult level."
"I learned to be on time because, otherwise, you could miss a major opportunity. Also, it's important to live a balanced life, stay healthy, and not waste your money on things like $8 lattes."
Jaleel White stole everyone’s attention, even as a child. In his case, all it took him was one big break that is Steve Urkel.
Jaleel White has an estimated net worth of $8 million as of 2022. And just like him, maybe what you all need is your one big break.
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