David Michael Letterman, better known as David Letterman, is an American journalist, commentator, comedian, writer, and producer. He hosted late-night talk shows for 33 years, starting on February 1, 1982, when NBC debuted Late Night with David Letterman, and ending on May 20, 2015, when CBS debuted Late Show with David Letterman. The longest-running late-night talk show presenter in the annals of American television, Letterman surpassed his buddy and mentor Johnny Carson in the number of Late Night and Late Show episodes he hosted with 6,080.
David Letterman Net Worth And Salary
David Letterman net worth as of 2022 is in the range of $450 – $500 million USD. It generates $50 million in annual revenue from licensing and union dues. He is one of the world’s wealthiest television hosts and comedians. His earnings from TV appearances, his salary, and the money generated by his Worldwide Pants production company have contributed significantly to his net worth. His debut television program brought in millions of dollars.
Over the course of his three-decade career, David has published more than a dozen books with reputable publishers. Every year, he earns a significant sum of money from book royalties. His books are available from Google Books, Amazon, and other online booksellers. In 2015, he retired, and his book sales immediately took off. He earned $2.5 million or more in that year from book sales.
David Letterman Early Life
On 12 April 1947, David Michael Letterman was born in Indianapolis, Indiana. He has two sisters. His mother Dorothy Marie Letterman Mengering served as the Second Presbyterian Church of Indianapolis’ church secretary, while his father Harry Joseph Letterman was a florist.
Letterman worked as a stock boy at the neighborhood Atlas Supermarket while attending Broad Ripple High School in his hometown. Then, after graduating from high school, he enrolled at Ball State University. He actually wanted to enroll at the University of Indiana, but due to his subpar academic performance, he was forced to attend Ball State University. He received his degree from the Department of Radio and Television in 1969 and is a member of the fraternity Sigma Chi.
David Letterman Career
After earning a degree in radio and television from Ball State University, David Letterman started his career as a broadcaster at the school’s campus radio station. He belonged to the university’s Sigma Chi society as well. His first jobs were as the host of a talk program on the WNTS (AM) radio station and as an anchor and weatherman on the WLWI television station in Indianapolis.
Thereafter, in 1978, the “peeping times” started. Following numerous more visits, he launched The Late Night with David Letterman in 1982, and ever since then, his career has been on the upswing.
Beginning in February 1982 and concluding in May 2015, David hosted a late-night television chat show. With the help of his program “Late Night Show with David Letterman,” he received 72 Emmy Awards.He appeared as a celebrity guest on the climate change documentary series “Years of Living Dangerously” in 2016. He co-hosted “The Essentials on Turner Classic Movies” with Alec Baldwin in 2017.
In 2018, he started serving as the presenter of the six-episode Netflix series “My Next Guest Need No Introduction with David Letterman.” Barack Obama was a guest on the first episode, which aired on January 12, 2018.David, in addition to being a fantastic host, is currently a wealthy investor and businessman.
David Letterman Personal Life And Relationships
Letterman wed Michelle Cook, his undergraduate love, in Muncie, Indiana, on July 2, 1968. After nine years, they split in October 1977 as a result of their influence. From 1978 through 1988, David cohabited with Merrill Markoe, the former executive producer and head writer of Late Night, following his divorce.
He continued to live with Markoe until later, around February 1986, when he began dating Regina Lasko. On November 3, 2003, Lasko gave birth to Harry Joseph Letterman. The couple wed on March 19, 2009, after more than 20 years of living together in love with each other in a low-key civil court ceremony in Choteau, Montana, where he had bought a ranch area.
David Letterman Real Estate And Automobile Collections
David turned into an immovable mogul by using his bundle. He resides in a luxurious 9,400-square-foot property in downtown Indianapolis. He also has residences at Martha’s Vineyard, St. Barth’s, a 2700-acre ranch close to Montana, and other locations.
David loves cars and has a wide selection of them. He had ten Ferraris, four Austin Healeys, eight Porsches, a Range Rover Sport, an Audi RS Q8, a Lexus GX, a Chevy truck, two Honda motorcycles, Mercedes-Benz, Pontiac, Volvo, and a Jaguar in his collection.