Drew Carey’s Net Worth
Drew Carey has a net worth of $165 million as an actor, comedian, and television personality in the United States. He is best known for his appearances on “The Drew Carey Show” and as the host of “The Price Is Right.” He was one of the highest-paid entertainers in the world during his time on The Drew Carey Show, earning the inflation-adjusted equivalent of $1 million every episode.
His enormous net worth is the product of a long career in stand-up comedy. Carey is well-known for his campaigning in support of public libraries, in contrast to his success in television comedy and game shows. He frequently provides both time and money to keep the libraries up and running. Carey is also an ardent member of the Libertarian Party, which advocates for fewer government and lower taxation, which seems counterintuitive given his interest in libraries. However, with his signature spectacles and slightly uneasy onscreen demeanour, he remains charming old Drew in the eyes of the majority of the viewing population.
Drew Allison Carey was born on May 23, 1958, in Cleveland, Ohio, and raised as the youngest of three children. When he was eight years old, his father died after a heart attack. In 1975, he graduated from James Ford Rhodes High School, where he was a member of the marching band and played the trumpet. He continued his schooling at Kent State University, where he was dismissed twice for poor academic performance before dropping out after three years and joining the US Marine Corps Reserve. He was a field radio operator in Ohio for six years as a Marine.
He began his comedic career in 1985, after his friend David Lawrence advised that he borrow joke-writing books from the library. After winning an open mic contest, he was named Master of Ceremonies at the Cleveland Comedy Club in 1986. He went on to perform at comedy clubs in Cleveland and Los Angeles over the next few years.
Carey rose to national prominence as a comic after appearing on “Star Search” in 1988, followed by performances on “The Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson” and “Late Night with David Letterman.” “Drew Carey: Human Cartoon,” his debut stand-up comedy special, broadcast on Showtime in 1994 and garnered him a CableACE Award for Best Writing. His stand-up comedy popularity helped him get minor roles in television shows and films including “Coneheads” (1993) and “The Good Life” (1994).
Carey created the concept for “The Drew Carey Show” with writer Bruce Helford, a sitcom based on a fictionalized version of himself. In September 1995, ABC broadcasted its first episode. It had great ratings for the first few seasons before being canceled owing to diminishing ratings and rising production costs (about $3 million per episode). It aired 233 episodes during the course of its nine-year run.
He began working on other projects while starring in “The Drew Carey Show,” including the improv comedy show “Whose Line Is It Anyway?”
He was previously engaged to Nicole Jaracz from 2007 to 2012, and in January 2018, he announced his engagement to therapist Amie Harwick, though the couple broke up in November of that year.