About Jimmy Kimmel
James Christian Kimmel, better known by his stage name Jimmy Kimmel, is an American actor, comedian, television producer, voice artist and TV host. He rose to prominence working on such programs as Win Ben Stein’s Money, The Man Show, and gained national recognition with Jimmy Kimmel Live!, which airs on ABC. Jimmy is also a successful television producer, responsible for the production of such programs as Andy Milonakis Show, Crank Yankers and Sports Show with Norm Macdonald. Jimmy Kimmel net worth is currently estimated at $25 million.
James was born and raised in New York City, in a family of Joan and James Kimmel. His mother, which was Italian, stayed at home to take care of the children, while his father worked at IBM. Joan was deeply religious and sent her son to serve as an altar boy in a local church. Jimmy is especially close with his relatives, some of which are widely recognized for appearing on his shows. His uncle, Frank Potenza, was a regular on Jimmy Kimmel Live! right until his death in 2011, his cousin, Sal Iacono, performed with Jimmy on Win Ben Stein’s Money and is currently working as a sketch performer and writer on his talk show.
Kimmel’s professional career on the radio started while he was studying in Arizona State University. During this period he hosted a late night interview show on college radio station entitled KUNV. Although this job did not add a single penny to Jimmy Kimmel net worth, it helped him gain a crucial experience and make some useful acquaintances. By the end of 1980s Jimmy has landed a job alongside Kent Voss on Me and Him Show. Nobody knows the exact reasons why the two co-hosts were fired ten months later. After a couple more unsuccessful career turns, Kimmel started hosting his own radio show in Tampa. That’s where he met a future TV star Carlson Daly, convinced him to quit college and hired him to work on his radio show.
Jimmy Kimmel net worth growth shifted to the higher gear in 1997, when he started working on Comedy Central’s show Win Ben Stein’s Money. Soon this job garnered him Emmy award for the Best Game Show Host. In 2003 Kimmel was offered a chance to work on his own late-night talk show on ABC, which became known as Jimmy Kimmel Live!. In 2007 online magazine Stuffmagazine.com named Jimmy “The Biggest Badass on TV”. When asked to comment on this, Jimmy said he felt honored, but clearly overrated.