Bill Cosby Net Worth Estimate:
Bill Cosby net worth is currently estimated as being at about approximately $400 million dollars USD. The bulk of Bill Cosby net worth has come from his career in the entertainment industry, mostly in television.
Who is Bill Cosby?
Bill Cosby (full name: William Henry Cosby Jr) is a comedian, actor, writer, and alleged and at least temporarily convicted sex offender. Throughout the 1960s and 1970s, Bill Cosby was a respected standup comedian, winning multiple Grammys for his comedy albums as well as starring in the TV show I Spy with Robert Culp from 1965 to 1968.
In 1966, Bill Cosby became the first African American in history to win an acting Emmy. It was for Outstanding Lead Actor in a Drama Series. From 1969 to 1971, he starred in The Bill Cosby Show, and then various films throughout the 1970s. He also starred in The Electric Company and headed the Fat Albert and the Cosby Kids, a children’s cartoon show.
Throughout the 80s, Bill Cosby was best known for the legendary The Cosby Show, America’s #1 show from 1985 until 1989. His later series included The Cosby Mysteries, Cosby, and Kids Say the Darndest Things.
Starting in 2014, Bill Cosby had a large number of sexual assault allegations brought against him, culminating in his being convicted in 2018 and sent to prison. In June 2021, the Pennsylvania Supreme Court vacated his conviction, and he was set free. It’s not clear if this had a negative effect on Bill Cosby net worth.
Over the course of his career, Bill Cosby has won numerous awards including 5 Primetime Emmys, 2 Daytime Emmys, 2 Golden Globes, and 8 Grammys. In 2002, the Presidential Medal of Freedom was granted to him. In 2003, he received a Bob Hope Humanitarian Award. In 1977, Bill Cosby got a Hollywood Walk of Fame star.
Many of Cosby’s honors and awards, however, have been stripped for him in the wake of all of the sexual assault allegations that have been brought against him. These include the Kennedy Center Honor from 1998 and the Mark Twain Prize for American Humor from 2009.
The Actors Branch of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences also expelled him from membership in the wake of Me Too, along with Harvey Weinstein and Roman Polanski, other convicted sex offenders.
Bill Cosby’s Career
In 1961, Bill Cosby began his standup comedy career, booking gigs in Philadelphia and New York City, and then by 1963, Chicago, Washington D.C., San Francisco, and Las Vegas. That year, he also appeared on The Tonight Show, gaining him exposure on a national scale.
Warner Bros Records signed him up to a recording contract, leading to him releasing a string of successful comedy albums. The first was Bill Cosby is a Very Funny Fellow…Right! Spin Magazine would later call his album called To Russell, My Brother, Who I Slept With the greatest comedy album ever released.
Rather than focusing on the sort of risqué and controversial humor that was gaining in popularity at the time, Billy Cosby instead told funny stories from his childhood, although many African American critics questioned why the subject of race always seemed to be deliberately missing from those stories.
Bill Cosby’s other albums are I Started Out as a Child, Why Is There Air?, Wonderfulness, Revenge, It’s True! It’s True!, Live: Madison Square Garden Center, When I Was a Kid, Inside the Mind of Bill Cosby, Fat Albert, My Father Confused Me…What Must I Do? What Must I Do?, Bill’s Best Friend, and Bill Cosby: Himself.
The rest are Those of You With or Without Children, You’ll Understand; Bill Cosby: 49, Oh, Baby, and Far from Finished…
In 1965, Bill Cosby became the first African-American to star in a TV drama series. It was called I Spy and was spy espionage show costarring Robert Culp on NBC. It was a hit, and for three years in a row, Bill Cosby won the Emmy for Best Lead Actor in a Drama. It was the first time an African-American had ever won an Emmy for acting.
Throughout the show’s run, Bill Cosby kept doing standup and released another 6 comedy albums, as well as even a music album in the form of Silver Throat: Bill Cosby Sings.
Throughout the 60s, Cosby regularly guest hosted The Tonight Show, hosted an annual special on NBC, and did a number of other TV projects. In 1969, he starred in a sitcom called The Bill Cosby Show, which ran for two year where he played a phys ed teacher at a high school.
Afterwards, Bill Cosby pursued a graduate degree while also appearing in a number of segments for the educational series for children The Electric Company on PBS. He got his MA in 1972, and then was back on primetime TV with a variety show called The New Bill Cosby Show that ran for only one season.
His Saturday morning cartoon show for kids, Fat Albert and the Cosby Kids, which he hosted and which was based on his standup stories about his childhood, was much more popular. From 1972 until 1979, it ran under that title, and then in 1979 became The New Fat Albert Show, and finally The Adventures of Fat Albert and the Cosby Kids.
In 1976, Bill Cosby got his Doctor of Education degree. Later, Temple University gave him an honorary BA for “life experience”.
Throughout the 1970s, Bill Cosby joined forces with a number of other Black actors to release comedy films to act as a counter to the violent blaxploitation genre at the time: Uptown Saturday Night; Let’s Do It Again; and Mother, Jugs & Speed. He also did a number of other TV projects for adults and kids.
Bill Cosby had his greatest success with the legendary sitcom The Cosby Show, which debuted in 1984 on NBC. The show featured a great deal of parallels to Bill Cosby’s real life. The lead characters, Dr Cliff Huxtable and his wife Clair were college educated and rich, like Camille and him, and also, like them, had 5 kids.
The show was a massive hit, and stayed either in the #1 ratings spot, or very close to it, for the entirety of the 8 years it was on the air. It also had a hit spinoff, A Different World, about an all African American university.
After the show ended, Bill Cosby revived You Bet Your Life, and starred in the reunion film I Spy Returns, and then The Cosby Mysteries. In 1990, he starred in the comedy film Ghost Dad and also appeared in The Meteor Man and Francis Ford Coppola’s Jack.
In 1996, Cosby again costarred with Phylicia Rashad as well as the legendary Madeline Kahn in a new sitcom called Cosby. The show lasted 4 years, Madeline Kahn tragically dying of cancer during its run. From 1998 to 2000, Bill Cosby also hosted Kids Say the Darndest Things, which also ended the same year as Cosby.
In the wake of sexual assault allegations that spanned the length of his career back to the 60s, many of Cosby’s projects after this point ended up being scrapped and The Cosby Show reruns were pulled from syndication. His reputation as a lovable family man were too irreparably damaged for viewers to see this cute, cuddly persona he’d fostered.
Bill Cosby Sexual Assault Allegations
The allegations against Bill Cosby stretch throughout his career (1965-2008) and include sexual misconduct, sexual assault, battery, and child molestation that occurred in 10 different U.S. states and a province of Canada, as well.
For a long time, Bill Cosby net worth, his wealth and power, enabled him to keep the stories from getting much public attention, but then in 2014 a routine by African American standup Hannibal Buress went viral, bringing light to it.
Many organizations that had previously been associated with Bill Cosby have severed all ties with him once these scandals broke, and many of the titles and honors that had been bestowed upon him have since been revoked by the institutions that had granted them. 25 different universities have stripped him of honorary degrees.
A majority of the allegations against him are now outside the statue of limitations for prosecution other than those brought by Andrea Constand, but he has had numerous civil suits brought up against, eight of which were in November 2015 alone. At the time, lawyer Gloria Allred was representing thirty three alleged victims.
During his own testimony, Bill Cosby admitting to using Quaaludes on a number of women, understanding at the time that his use of the drug on them was illegal.
In 2018, a jury found Bill Cosby guilty of 3 counts of assault springing from an incident that had taken place against Andrea Constand in 2004. Bill Cosby got a sentence of 3-10 years in prison along with a fine of $25,000 and all court costs.
In 2021, Bill Cosby’s conviction was overturned, due to what were considered to be violations of his rights of due process, due to the fact that a former prosecutor had convinced him earlier to testify and admit to the use of Quaaludes, etc. regarding the earlier alleged assaults under the promise that he couldn’t later be convicted for it.
Bill Cosby was set free the same day of the overturning of the conviction after having served almost 3 years in prison, some of which was in the general population, after having spent time being allowed to remain in his own cell, apart from the others. The Supreme Court of the United States later refused to review Pennsylvania’s decision.
Bill Cosby Early Life
Bill Cosby was born as William Henry Cosby Jr on the twelfth of July in the year 1937 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, United States of America. His mom was a maid named Anna Pearl and his dad a United States Navy mess steward named William Henry Cosby Sr, and he had three brothers.
Bill Cosby attended Mary Channing Wister Public School and was not only the class president but also the captain of the track and field team as well as the baseball team. He also had a reputation for being a class clown. When he got to FitzSimons Junior High, he continued to play sports and also acted in school plays.
Next, Bill Cosby went to Central High School, where he played numerous sports. Afterwards Bill Cosby transferred to Germantown High but ended up failing the 10th grade.
Bill Cosby went on to enlist in the Navy in 1956, where he was a hospital corpsman, serving in Virginia at Quantico, in Newfoundland, Canada, and in Maryland. He helped injured personnel from the Korean War with their physical therapy. Bill Cosby stayed with the Navy through 1960, achieving the rank of petty officer third class.
During that time, Bill Cosby earned a high school diploma via correspondence course, and in 1961 was ultimately rewarded a scholarship by Temple University for track and field. While there, he did track and field as well as football, studying physical education as his major.
Bill Cosby started to bartend at a club and discovered he was getting bigger tips when he made his customers laugh, which inspired him to start trying standup. This might just have been the beginning of Bill Cosby Net Worth growth. He got so successful at this that he left university in order to try his luck at being a standup comedian as a career.
Bill Cosby’s Personal Life and Family
In 1964, Bill Cosby got married to Camille Hanks. They had 5 kids: Erika, Erinn, Ennis, Ensa, and Evin. Ennis, their only son, was killed in 1997, and Ensa died of a renal disease in 2018. Bill and Camille Cosby have 3 grandkids.
Bill Cosby’s Social Media Influence
Bill Cosby does not have an official public verified Facebook account. This is likely due to his fall from grace and status as a convicted sex offender. Despite the conviction having been vacated, the general public at large has not altered their opinion of him, and the only profiles about him that exist are ones that show support for his alleged victims.
On the extremely unlikely chance of him signing up for a Facebook account in the future, we will be sure to update the page with that information. Our goal is to keep our readers informed of all of the latest news about Bill Cosby net worth, career, and life.
Bill Cosby has an official public verified Twitter account. Bill Cosby’s official public verified Twitter account handle is simply @BillCosby. Because Twitter’s search algorithm is not case sensitive, however, it can also be entered in all lower case to access it.
On this popular social media platform, Bill Cosby currently has over 3 million followers and is himself following 7 accounts in return. Bill Cosby’s official public verified Twitter account is full of Cosby and/or his representatives defending him and trying to refute his sexual assault allegations.
Because Bill Cosby essentially no longer has a career in which he produces new material, it’s unlikely that his Twitter account has much of an impact, if any, on Bill Cosby net worth.
Bill Cosby does not have an official public verified Instagram account. This is likely due to his fall from grace and status as a convicted sex offender. Despite the conviction having been vacated, the general public at large has not altered their opinion of him, and the only profiles about him that exist are ones that show support for his alleged victims.
On the extremely unlikely chance of him signing up for an Instagram account in the future, we will be sure to update the page with that information. Our goal is to keep our readers informed of all of the latest news about Bill Cosby net worth, career, and life.
Bill Cosby does not have an official public verified LinkedIn account. This is likely due to his fall from grace and status as a convicted sex offender. Despite the conviction having been vacated, the general public at large has not altered their opinion of him, and the only profiles about him that exist are ones that show support for his alleged victims.
On the extremely unlikely chance of him signing up for a LinkedIn account in the future, we will be sure to update the page with that information. Our goal is to keep our readers informed of all of the latest news about Bill Cosby net worth, career, and life.
Bill Cosby does not have an official public verified TikTok account. This is likely due to his fall from grace and status as a convicted sex offender. Despite the conviction having been vacated, the general public at large has not altered their opinion of him, and the only profiles about him that exist are ones that show support for his alleged victims.
On the extremely unlikely chance of him signing up for a TikTok account in the future, we will be sure to update the page with that information. Our goal is to keep our readers informed of all of the latest news about Bill Cosby net worth, career, and life.
Bill Cosby Net Worth & Bio Summary
|Real Name||William Henry Cosby Jr|
|Place of Birth||Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA|
|Net Worth Estimate||$400 Million|