His iconic sitcom ended in 1998, but he still tops Forbes‘ list of highest-earning comedians 15 years later. Jerry Seinfeld is the man to beat when it comes to income power: This is the third year in a row that the funnyman has reigned supreme.
The business magazine measured the period from June 2012 through June 2013. During those 12 months, Seinfeld took home a hefty $32 million.
If you think that money is coming from syndication royalties from his sitcom, think again. He earned a large percentage of his income from over 70 tour dates during the last year. The ’90s show only gave him a small percentage of that towering total.
The financial periodical measured concert ticket sales as the main criterion for the comedians’ list.
Notably missing from the list are female comedians. Even though there are top-earning funny ladies like Ellen DeGeneres, Melissa McCarthy and Chelsea Handler, the women choose to focus their energies on TV and film versus the comedy tour.
Take a look at the top 10 for 2013:
- Jerry Seinfeld—$32 million
- Terry Fator—$24 million
- Russell Peters—$21 million
- Jeff Dunham—$19 million
- Louis C.K.—$16 million
- Kevin Hart—$14 million
- Larry the Cable Guy—$13 million
- George Lopez—$12 million
- Tie: Daniel Tosh and Gabriel Iglesias—$11 million
- Ron White—$10 million
Seinfeld’s current project is a web series called Comedians in Cars Getting Coffee. The comic interviews his peers while in the car… getting coffee.