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Here’s Jay Leno’s Net Worth And The Overall Cost Of His Car Collection

James Douglas Muir Leno into this world on April 28, 1950, in New Rochelle, New York. He was raised by his stay-at-home mother and an insurance salesman father. There was an older sibling, Patrick. Andover, Massachusetts is where Leno spent his formative years. After four years at Andover High School, he left in 1968. After graduating from Emerson College with a degree in speech therapy in 1973, he opened a comedy club on campus.

What is Jay Leno’s Net Worth and Salary?

Jay Leno is a $450 million dollar man who is a comedian, actor, writer, producer, and former late-night talk show presenter in the United States. After years of performing stand-up, he was hired by NBC in 1992 to host The Tonight Show with Jay Leno, which he hosted until 2009. Jay made $320 million in pay during his term as host of The Tonight Show. Though he no longer works for NBC, Jay still maintains his notoriety by performing dozens of stand-up events year. Jay has accumulated an impressive collection of expensive automobiles. His collection of over 300 automobiles is worth a minimum of $100 million.

Career

In his first appearance on “The Tonight Show” on March 2, 1977, Jay Leno was a featured comedian. Leno’s career began in the 1970s, when he played supporting roles in a wide variety of films and television shows, such as “Good Times,” “Fun With Dick and Jane,” “Laverne & Shirley,” “Alice,” “One Day at a Time,” and “American Hot Wax.” A frequent guest on the David Letterman show, he was the show’s featured comic on multiple episodes.

Since 1986, when Johnny Carson’s contract with “The Tonight Show” expired, Leno has filled in as a fill-in host on a regular basis. David Letterman, who had been anchoring “Late Night with David Letterman,” the show that aired after “The Tonight Show,” since 1982, replaced Carson as host in the midst of controversy in 1992. There were high hopes that Letterman would replace Carson on “The Tonight Show.” Both a book and a film chronicle the upheaval caused by this change.

During his time on “The Tonight Show,” Leno also maintained a successful career as a stand-up comic. After 10 years on “The Tonight Show,” Leno renewed his contract with NBC in 2004 to stay through 2009. Leno has kept a busy schedule as a stand-up comedian, performing around 200 shows each year at locations across the United States and Canada, in addition to doing USO tours and other charitable appearances. He has also been a guest on the series finale of “The Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson” and has appeared on “The Tonight Show” with Jimmy Fallon and “Late Night” with Seth Meyers.

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Jay Leno’s Car Collection

Before Jay was even a car salesman, Jay has had a passion for cars (maybe that’s why he took that job!). A young Leno had a passion for automobiles, and before he even earned enough money to become a car collector he purchased his first one for just $350. He told CNBC the tale:

As he made money, he bought more cars. And over the years he has built one of the most impressive private car collections in the world. At his home, he can take an elevator straight from the bedroom to the garage. Jay also has a larger garage in Burbank where he houses the majority of his collection which now totals 170 cars and more than 100 motorcycles.

A handful of his cars are worth over $1 million on their own. Some of his most valuable cars include a 2014 McLaren P1 valued at $1.35 million, a 1955 Mercedes 300SL Gullwing Coupe valued at $1.8 million, and a one-of-a-kind 2006 GM EcoJet that is almost considered priceless do to its rarity. In total, Jay Leno’s car collection is valued conservatively at $50 million. It’s possible the total value touches $100 million.

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Personal Life

In his first appearance on “The Tonight Show” on March 2, 1977, Jay Leno was a featured comedian. Leno’s career began in the 1970s when he played supporting roles in a wide variety of films and television shows, such as “Good Times,” “Fun With Dick and Jane,” “Laverne & Shirley,” “Alice,” “One Day at a Time,” and “American Hot Wax.” A frequent guest on the David Letterman show, he was the show’s featured comic on multiple episodes.

Since 1986, when Johnny Carson’s contract with “The Tonight Show” expired, Leno has filled in as a fill-in host on a regular basis. David Letterman, who had been anchoring “Late Night with David Letterman,” the show that aired after “The Tonight Show,” since 1982, replaced Carson as host in the midst of controversy in 1992. There were high hopes that Letterman would replace Carson on “The Tonight Show.” Both a book and a film chronicle the upheaval caused by this change.

Leno has kept a busy schedule as a stand-up comedian, performing around 200 shows each year at locations across the United States and Canada, in addition to doing USO tours and other charitable appearances. He has also been a guest on the series finale of “The Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson” and has appeared on “The Tonight Show” with Jimmy Fallon and “Late Night” with Seth Meyers.

Salary Highlights

It is estimated that Jay earned $15 million a year during his time as host of The Tonight Show. His biggest annual compensation from The Tonight Show was $30 million. After the 2011 season, he genuinely decided to take a 50% pay cut so that his employees could all receive raises and keep their jobs. Jay performs more than 200 stand-up shows every year, bringing in an estimated $10 million annually. Surprisingly, Jay never touched his Tonight Show pay and instead relied on his stand-up earnings to get by throughout his career. In addition, Jay does not have a manager or agency to help him secure financial backing for his projects. His salary history from 1992 to 2013 is detailed below

Jay Leno’s Real Estate

Leno spent $13.5 million on an oceanfront mansion in Newport, Rhode Island, which he purchased in 2017. Seafair, the estate, was constructed in the 1930s. On the nine-acre plot, it follows the curvature of the Atlantic coast with a new semicircular design. The 12-bedroom, the 13.5-bathroom mansion has a stately formal entry hall, perfect for hosting Jay Leno’s stand-up comedy friends for a game of poker after they’ve finished performing at the house.

Those lucky enough to call Seafair home will have access to a plethora of high-end features, including not one but two elevators, a carriage house, a walled garden, a tennis court, and a swimming pool that looks out over the water. Additionally to the main suite on the upper level, there is a pool area, ample storage, and a balcony directly overlooking the water.

The 12-bedroom, 12-bathroom, 3-half-bathroom mansion spans 15,851 square feet, and it’s situated on 9 acres of land. The property features a tennis court and pool right by the beach.

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