What Is Chris Rock Net Worth? How the Comedian Makes and Spends His Fortune

Chris Rock is an American standup comedian, writer, actor, producer, and director. He is well known due to his performances in comedy shows such as Saturday Night Live.

Chris Rock is an American comedian with a reported net worth of $60 million as of 2021. Most of his net worth comes from his comedy specials, and also his film career.

Net Worth$60 Million
Source of WealthComedy, Acting
Full NameChristopher Julius Rock
Age56 Years
OccupationActor, Writer, Standup Comedian, Producer, Director
EducationBlack Nexxus
NationalityAmerican
Date of BirthFebruary 7, 1965
EthnicityAfrican American, Cameroonian
Marital StatusDivorced (Malaak Compton, Dating Carmen Ejogo)
ChildrenLola Simone Rock, Zahra Savannah Rock
Last Updated2021

How did Chris Rock make his money?

Chris Rock wasn’t born into a rich family at all. He grew up in a lower-middle class household , but this never stopped him from making it big into the world of entertainment.

His earliest paying job came in a few movies he did small roles in before getting to star in Beverly Hills Cop II. He would’ve made a good amount of money from that, and from Saturday Night Live, which unfortunately isn’t disclosed yet.

His earliest income which was disclosed in the public was when he made $42 million in 2009. That year he signed a lucrative deal for the show Everybody Hates Chris and also got a standup tour.

He would have also made several millions for the Madagascar franchise, and almost $5 million for Madagascar 3 alone. He also had a share of the profits from the movie Grown Ups and Grown Ups 2 which makes his earnings for the movie close to 17 million.

His smaller projects such as Top 5 which was a film he wrote was bought by Sony for $12.5 million.

He has also made money from hosting the Oscars, but the number isn’t public and rumors state it to be anywhere between $15K and $1 million. His sales for shows and specials has also made big money for Rock as he reportedly took home $40 million for two Netflix specials.

How Much Does Chris Rock Make a Year?

Chris Rock has consistently made tens of millions of dollars each year since 2009. However, his highest income in a year has been $57 million in 2017.

Comedian Chris Rock at the NAACP Image Awards
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How Does Chris Rock Spend His Money?

Being one of the most successful comedians in the world, Chris Rock hasn’t had to worry too much about his expenditure, which is why some of the items he has spent money on may seem extravagant.

He bought a pristine mansion in Alpine, New Jersey. His home has seven fireplaces, six bedrooms, an arcade, an in-ground swimming pool, and multiple kitchens. He bought the house for about $3 million, which isn’t surprising considering that it’s in one of the most expensive neighborhoods in America.

Chris also purchased a Townhouse in Brooklyn which is priced at 3.35 million. He also has a good taste in cars, and his collection includes a Dodge Durango which is priced at $30K. He also owns a $200K Maserati which also requires regular maintenance, so while he got the car as a gift from Adam Sandler, it still costs him a few thousands a year.

Chris Rock also has a good sense of style and never fails to accessorize. He owns a collection of several diamond accessories that come with a price tag of several thousands at the minimum. Some of the stones he owns are quite large and would cost more than a couple hundred thousand.

He also owns a Rolex, and also gifted one each to his friends Tina Fey and Louis CK in order since they helped him finish a movie script. He also has Yeezy’s worth over $2K and has been spotted with several expensive sneakers. His eye glasses are also above a $1000 price tag.

Among one of his hobbies, Chris also loves to watch Basketball games and has probably spent over $100K on that alone which includes tickets for friends and family.

However, one of his most expensive spends till date was probably his divorce with Malaak Compton for which he had to pay a settlement of $40 million. Since then, he would also have to pay alimony and child support for his two daughters, along with the emerging costs for his 7-hour therapy sessions each week.

Chris Rock is extremely generous when it comes to charity. He has supported over 17 charities and is an ambassador for UNICEF. He also helped launch RED and took part in America: A Tribute for Heroes charity for the victims of the 9/11 attacks.

Chris Rock’s Early Life

Chris Rock was born Christopher Julius Rock on February 7, 1965 in Andres, South Carolina. His parents soon moved to Crown Heights in Brooklyn, and a few years later to Bedford-Stuyvesant. His mother worked as a teacher for the mentally handicapped, and his father worked as a newspaper deliveryman and truck driver.

His older brother Charles had died in 2006 after a struggle with alcoholism. Chris often stated that he got his inspiration for performances from his grandfather Allen Rock who was a preacher. His family came from a generation of slaves and American Civil War fighters.

As a child, rock studied in white neighborhoods in Brooklyn and as a result was often bullied and beaten up by them. The bullying got much worse as Chris Rock got older and he had to be pulled out of James Madison High School. He ended up dropping out of High School, but did get a GED and worked small jobs at fast-food places.

He got his first opportunity to become a comedian in New York City’s Catch a Rising Star comedy circuit. Chris Rock grew through the ranks and even got small roles in films such as I’m Gonna Git You Sucka and the TV show Miami Vice.

After seeing his standup act at a nightclub, he was befriended by Eddie Murphy. He gave Chris a movie role in Beverly Hills Cop II. Eventually, Rock became a member of the cast of Saturday Night Live. Along with Adam Sandler, Rob Schnieder, Chris Farley, and David Spade got called the Bad Boys of SNL.

Comedian Chris Rock
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His first comedy album was released in 1991 and was titled Born Success. For it, Chris Rock gained a ton of acclaim, and combined with his presence on SNL allowed him to get national exposure. After quitting Saturday Night Live, Chris Rock started appearing in some episodes of Living Color.

Soon after, he started writing and starring in the show CB4 which had a budget of $6 million. Surprisingly, it made $18 million and allowed Chris to get a Comedy Special on HBO. The first one titled Big Ass Jokes didn’t get as much acclaim as his second special titled Bring the Pain.

He also became a commentator for the show Politically Incorrect. He got a few more specials on HBO with the titles Bigger & Blacker in 1999 and Never Scared in 2004. This made several magazines and fans to call him the funniest man in all of America.

His success as a comedian, allowed Chris Rock to get several popular roles in films. He played the lead characters in Down to Earth, Bad Company, Death at a Funeral, Grown Ups, The Longest Yard, and 2 Days in New York. He has also voiced the Zebra Marty in the Madagascar franchise.

Apart from this, he has also written and directed films such as Head of State, Top Five, and I Think I Love My Wife. Chris has also worked as a TV producer with the successful show Everybody Hates Chris which ran until 2009.

He had a bad divorce to his wife of 20 years in 2016. Chris admitted infidelity and had to pay a price estimated at $40 million.

Chris Rock’s Career Highlights

  • Who is Chris Rock in 1989
  • Boomerang in 1992
  • The Immortals in 1995
  • Beverly Hills Ninja in 1997
  • Down to Earth in 2001
  • Bad Company in 2002
  • Head of State in 2003
  • Madagascar in 2005
  • The Longest Yard in 2005
  • Grown Ups in 2010
  • 2 Days in New York in 2012
Are Tony Rock and Chris Rock Brothers?

Yes, Tony Rock is the younger brother of the famous comedian Chris Rock.


Chris Rock is an amazing comedian and actor who made it big thanks to his hard work. He wasn’t born rich and has that stars can be made from anywhere and any background. He has also used his wealth to support several causes for good. After accounting for all his assets and income, his estimated net worth in 2021 is $60 million which makes him one of the richest comedian.