About Jay Leno
Jay Leno is an American TV personality, TV show host and stand-up comedian. Leno is best known for his program The Tonight Show with Jay Leno, which he first started hosting in 1992 and after a short break during the period 2009-2010 continues to host till this day. He is also widely recognised for… his huge chin, that makes him look a little like a cartoon character. Jay Leno net worth is currently estimated to be around $250 million and his annual salary is $15 million.
James Douglas Muir Leno (that is his real name) was born in 1950, in a family of Angelo Leno and Chatryn Leno. His mother was a housewife and his father used to sell insurances. Since his childhood Jay was good at making other people laugh and loved doing that. Apparently, his talent ant propensity to make jokes was not appreciated by his teachers. His primary school teacher once wrote in a note to his parents: „if Jay spent as much time studying as he does trying to be a comedian, he’d be a big star”. Well, she depreciated Jay‘s talents. Jay continued studying and trying to be a comedian and succeeded in both his endeavours.
In 1973 Leno graduated from Emerson College. While studying here Leno used to perform as stand-up comedian in local clubs. At that time Jay Leno net worth was nowhere close to his current fortunes, thus the extra cash he used to get for such performances was very useful. After college Leno moved to Los Angeles, where he saw more job opportunities. He soon got a job as a script writer for a TV show together with David Letterman, another would-be comedy star. During 80s he appeared in various TV shows both as a guest and a host. He also continued to perform as a stand-up comedian and was successful in all of these roles.
But what really gave a boost to Jay Leno net worth was his appearance on The Tonight Show. He became a host of this show by replacing Johnny Carson. The transfer of host position was surrounded by a lot of gossip and controversy. First of all, it has caused an initial disappointment of audience, because many people expected David Letterman to assume this position after the retirement of Carson. Secondly, there has been a lot of tension (to put it mildly) between Leno and the executive manager of The Tonight Show, H. Kushnick.
It looks like for some time the conflict was hampering successful work but as soon as Kushnick was wired the ratings of the show shoot up and so did Jay Leno net worth. During the period 1993-1998 his annual salary was $8 million dollars. After this contract expired, it was renewed for five more years, this time guaranteeing Leno an annual salary of $20 million.