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Dave Chappelle Net Worth

Dave Chappelle Net Worth
Net Worth$42,000,000
NameDavid Khari Webber Chappelle
Date of Birth/AgeAugust 24, 1973 (age 46)
State/City of originSilver Spring, Maryland, U.S.
Years active1982–present
Occupation(s) Stand-up, television, film

Net Worth

Dave Chappelle net worth is amount 42 million dollars. Making him one of the richest comedians in the world.

Revered by his peers, successful comedians such as Katt Williams, Kevin Hart and Chris Rock consider Chapelle the greatest living stand-up comedian.

Throughout his career, Chappelle has pushed the envelope with his comedy, earning him much success. He has had multi-million dollars deals in writing and acting in various films in addition to his own comedy acts.


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He was even offered a $50 million dollar deal; however, he turned it down and took a break from show business.

Despite his break from the industry, Chapelle returned to the comedy circuit with the same type of comedic material, which made a name for himself in the early 2000s.

His return with greeted with enthusiasm and ticket sales, allowing him to rise back to the top of comedy royalty in Hollywood.

Since coming back to the business, he has released five comedy specials. In 2016, Chapelle signed a $20 million comedy special deal with Netflix.

Chapelle has received many awards throughout his career, including two Emmys and two Grammys.


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In 2017, he received his first Emmy Award for his guest appearance on Saturday Night Live. Later in 2018, he received a Grammy Award for The Age of Spin and Deep in the Heart of Texas.

In 2019, Chappelle was chosen to be the recipient of the Mark Twain Prize for American Humor.


Dave Chappelle is the comedian who makes other comedians laugh. In April 2013, Charlie Sheen mentioned on the Conon O’Brien talk show that he had laughed so hard while watching the Chappelle Show that he ruptured a hernia and had to be hospitalized.


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Chappelle continues to be an innovative, talented writer who uses controversary and truth which reflect current life to entertain, while also informing audiences across the world.

Early Life

Born in Silver Spring Maryland in 1973, Dave Chappelle attended Woodlin Elementary School. He was born into a long line of educators.

His father, William David Chappelle III, worked as a statistician and later a professor at Antioch College in Yellow Springs, Ohio, and, his mother, Yvonne K. Chappelle Seon, was a professor at several higher education institutions, such as Howard University.


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His great-grandfather, Bishop William D. Chappelle (the first of his name), served as the president of Allen University. After his parents parted ways, he stayed in Washington with his mother and spent the summer months with his father in Ohio.

During his Actor’s Studio interview, Chappelle admitted to being the first person in his family to chose not to go to college.

After graduating from Duke Ellington School of Arts in 1991, he told his father that he would be happy making a modest income as long as he could pursue his dream of telling jokes professionally.


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Personal life

Chappelle converted to Islam in 1998. He speaks highly of the Islamic faith; however, he does not like to speak publicly about his religion as he does not want to people to associate Islam with his own shortcomings.

In 2001, he married his long-time girlfriend, Elaine Mendoza Erfe. His marriage is an interracial relationship as he is of African American descent and his wife is of Filipino descent.

After quitting the Dave Chappelle Show, he and his family moved to Ohio. They live on a farm near Yellow Springs, Ohio with their two sons, Sulayman and Ibrahim and their daughter, Sanaa.


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Even though living on a farm isn’t the traditional lifestyle choice for a celebrity, Dave wanted to embrace a simpler life for his family, which would allow them to live privately, peacefully and happily.

Today, Dave commutes back and forth from Ohio to New York or Los Angeles during press runs and also spends a good amount of time on the road during his show tours.


Dave Chappelle is most well-known for satirical comedy sketches in the Dave Chappelle show, which were co-written by Neal Bernnan. This show also led to Chappelle’s early retirement in the early 2000s.


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Chappelle has been quoted saying that he was not happy with the level of unnecessary stress that he was experiencing as his monetary value increased with fame and success.

He expressed that producers and the industry tried to manipulate him in order to control his actions so they could have access to his money.

Dave Chappelle net worth is amount 42 million dollars.

When he refused to do certain things because he felt that they were socially irresponsible, Chappelle observed the industry turn on him.

For example, when he opted out of show business, they ran a story of his alleged cocaine use, which was false. After years of self-reflection away from the business, Chappelle missed the stage.


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He returned to comedy; however, he did so on his own terms. He started the comedy circuit by getting on the road and touring at small local venues until he found his way back to mainstream networks and stardom.

Today, Chappelle is referred to as the “comic genius of America” (Esquire) and one of the top 10 best comics of all time (Rolling Stone).

Interesting Facts

  • Chappelle is the first person in his family to not go to college. Instead, he pursued his career ambitions to become a stand-up comedian. At first, his family was concerned of his decision to steer away from the path that they had set him on.
  • However, his determination and passion for the craft offered a sense of relief. They knew that Chappelle would be persistent enough to withstand the trials and tribulations of pursuing the art of comedy.


Dave Chapelle has experienced several career highlights, including various movies and comedy shows from 1993 to date, such as the following: Robin Hood: Men in Tights, The Nutty Professor, Half Baked, Screwed, Killin’ Them Softly comedy special, For What It’s Worth comedy special, The Bird Revelation comedy special, A Star is Born comedy special and more.


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Favorite Quotes from Dave Chappelle

“One my biggest comedic influences was Bugs Bunny, specifically Mel Blanc who did the voice of Bugs Bunny. My first big comedic influence was a rabbit. I loved those cartoons, and they had a huge influence on me.”
“I just always loved stand-up. It’s like having magic. You say something, and the whole room erupts in laughter. You say something else, and they laugh again. The fact that people come to see that makes it magic. “


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Tips for success from Dave Chappelle

1.Be able to do something great in your life. Embrace your failures and figure out how to overcome them.
2.The hardest thing to do is to be true to yourself, especially when everybody is watching but do it anyway.
3.Name your price in the beginning. If it ever gets more expensive than the price you name, get out of there.
4.You got to be careful of the company you keep. Always have good people around you who will support you and be honest with you through the good and rough times.


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