A former host of the famous ‘The Tonight Show’, Jay Leno is an actor, comedian, and car collector, who hails from the U.S. He is a self-made millionaire who chose to serve in the entertainment world after doing a major in speech therapy.
He is known for his antique garage and money saving strategies. He has a huge net worth today earned primarily through “The Tonight Show” all of which he has saved. What is his net worth in 2020? More importantly, how did he become such a popular host? Read on to know more about it.
Early Life & Biography:
Jay Leno was born to mother, Catherine, and father, Angelo in a middle-class family on April 28, 1950, in New Rochelle, New York.
His birth name is James Douglas Muir Leno. His father worked as an insurance agent. Jay Leno spent his childhood in Andover, Massachusetts. He did his graduation from the Andover High School and then attended Emerson College to obtain a bachelors in Speech Therapy. He started his own comedy club in college in 1973.
Jay Leno has a prominent jaw described as “Mandibular Prognathism.” He has discussed in his book, “Leading with my Chin” that he avoids undergoing surgery to set his chin. Jay Leno wedded Mavis Leno in 1980. They both decided not to have kids. Jay Leno suffers from dyslexia and does not drink or smoke.
Career, Awards & Achievements:
Jay Leno appeared for the first time in 1977 on “The Tonight Show”. It was his comedy routine that made him famous after which he did a variety of roles in many television series. Starting with 1978, he got many notable roles in movies, like “Almost Heaven” (1978), “Feminine Mistake” (1979), “The Wild One” (1981), “Going Nowhere” (1979), etc. He also did a lead role in Direct-to-Video “Collision Course” in 1989.
Jay Leno became the host of the talk show titled “The Tonight Show” amidst a controversy. He hosted the show but didn’t compromise with his stand-up comedy. He was later replaced as a host by O’Brien in 2009.
Another show, of the same format, later surfaced in September 14, 2009, on NBC, named “The Jay Leno Show.” The show invited its first guests, Oprah Winfrey and Jerry Seinfeld. It also featured Kanye West to discuss his MTV Video Music Awards controversy happened recently. However, due to some time slot issues, NBC decided to make Jay Leno return as a host on “The Tonight Show” on 1st March 2010. The show provided Jay Leno with an enormous popularity as it was the most-watched late night program in his time. The final episode of Jay Leno hosting the show aired in 2014, after which Jimmy Fallon succeeded him.
He is an active stand-up comedian who tours around U.S. & Canada.
Jay Leno has received 23 Nominations for various Awards and has secured 8 Awards including- the Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Variety, Music, or Comedy Series in 1995, TV Guide Award for Favorite Late Night Show in 1999, Hollywood Walk of Fame in 2000 and Mark Twain Prize for American Humor in 2014 among others.
Net Worth & Earnings:
As of 2018, Jay Leno has accumulated a net worth of $400 million through stand-up comedy, film roles and hosting different shows, the most substantial part of which was contributed by “The Tonight Show.” Starting with an earnings of around $15 million per year, Jay Leno reached $30 million gradually.
Jay Leno loves to have an extensive collection of antique cars, and he has spent a considerable amount of his fortune on his garage, having more than 181 cars and over 90 bikes which accounts for a total of more than $100 million. Jay Leno revealed that he saved the entire money he earned from “The Tonight Show,” and lives his life dependent on stand-ups income only.
Jay Leno has proved himself to be an outstanding personality who is known for his hosting and good humor. “The Tonight Show” always excels at providing entertainment and Jay Leno enhanced the charisma of the show as the best host for the longest time. He offered us a good TV show, and now he is setting up a good garage show. We look forward to seeing his collection at some mega event someday.