According to Wealth-X’s research, revenues from Curb Your Enthusiasm plus the bounty of a fifth Seinfeld syndication deal earlier this year have David sitting at $900 million in net worth. As such, he is the “wealthiest comedian” ahead of Seinfeld ($800 million), Letterman ($390M), Cosby ($360M) and Sandler ($290M).
In the debut episode of Comedians in Cars Getting Coffee, Jerry and Larry agreed no one was better at wasting time than the two of them. David also confessed he always wished Seinfeld would get canceled, so he could stop working.
Are the Wealth-X numbers accurate? Who knows, as there is no footnoting or explanation as to how the figures were derived. Leno is a little further down the list at $250 million.
Update (August 23):
Former Reuters reporter Dean Goodman mentioned to the author via Twitter that the Wealth-X numbers appear to skip over a very important Larry David detail – the comedian’s circa 2007 divorce and subsequent settlement with ex-wife Laurie.
Indeed, a recent Daily Telegraph article about David’s net worth restated the following 2011 Rolling Stone quote from Larry David:
“I don’t have anything near what I’m reputed to have. My wife got half of it, the whole thing is ridiculous, and yet people are obsessed with the fact that I’ve made millions of dollars [from Seinfeld‘s] syndication.”