About David Letterman
David Letterman is America’s beloved comedian and television host, best known for his talk-show Late Night with David Letterman. Letterman is a real television veteran: he has been hosting talk-shows for more than 30 years, since his Late Night with David Letterman was first syndicated on NBC in 1982. That is longer than any other host ever did! David Letterman net worth is currently estimated at $400 million and his annual salary is $45 million. Letterman is also an owner of Worldwide Pants Incorporated, an American television and film production company.
David was born in Indiana in 1947. His father Harry Joseph Letterman was a florist and his mother, Dorothy Letterman, was a church secretary. Already in her years, Dorothy is still a frequent visitor at Letterman’s show and his most dedicated fan. In his childhood David used to adore his father’s ability to bring light and laughter into every party he visited. These memories later encouraged David to pursue career in entertainment business. After the high school Letterman entered Ball State University and eventually graduated from the Department of Radio and Television.
Letterman’s career on television began in the late 70s, when he was hired to work on the series Starland Vocal Band. During this period David appeared on various game shows, including The Gong Show, The $20,000 Pyramid, Liar’s Club and Password Plus. He also participated in talk shows, like the Mike Douglas Show. However, it was not these random roles that boosted David Letterman net worth to $400 million. David gained his endless popularity when he started working on NBC. In 1980 his 60 minutes long comedy program The David Letterman Show was aired for the first time.
The show was praised by the critics and earned Letterman two Emmy awards. However, the common TV viewers were much less enthusiastic about David’s show, its ratings were low and the show got canceled the same year.
The Late Night with David Letterman, a direct predecessor of his current program Late Show with David Letterman premiered in 1982. To date David’s talk-show is running for 31th season and its popularity is not expected to fade any time soon. Since 2008 the salary for hosting this show replenishes David Letterman net worth with $45 million annually.