Kathy Griffin Net Worth Estimate
Kathy Griffin net worth is estimated as being at between $35 million and $40 million. The bulk of Kathy Griffin net worth has come from her enormously successful career in the entertainment industry as a stand up comedian, actress, and host.
Who is Kathy Griffin?
Kathy Griffin is a stand up comedian, actress, and television host known for her confronting style and her fearless ability to poke fun at celebrities and people in the spotlight.
For years, she was best known first for her role on the NBC sitcom Suddenly Susan and then for starring in her own reality show, Kathy Griffin: My Life on the D-List. Kathy Griffin is also an outspoken LGBTQ+ ally and advocate and has always been known for actively courting her adoring gay fanbase.
Amongst conservatives, Kathy Griffin is controversial due to her comedy photo shoot holding up a mask of Donald Trump’s face covered in stage blood.
Kathy Griffin’s Career
Kathy Griffin joined The Groundlings, the legendary Los Angeles based improv comedy troupe, in the early eighties. The experience she gained in comedy and performance her kickstarted her career, which eventually led her to stand up comedy, which she found she had an enormous talent for.
Kathy Griffin ended up teaming up with another famous comedian, Janeane Garofalo, on an act that they named “Hot Cup of Talk”, the same name she would later use for her HBO comedy special in 1998.
Throughout the nineties, Kathy Griffin made a number of TV appearances, including in Medusa: Dare to Be Truthful, a satire of Madonna’s Truth or Dare documentary for the Showtime network, and on the classic NBC sitcom The Fresh Prince of Bel Air.
Other subsequent TV appearances included Mad About You, E.R., Ellen, Caroline in the City, Ned and Stacey, Seinfeld, The X-Files, and A Diva’s Christmas Carol starring Vanessa Williams. She also appeared in the films Pulp Fiction, It’s Pat: The Movie, and Muppets From Space, as well as Eminem’s Slim Shady video.
In 1996, Kathy Griffin was cast in the regular role of Vicki Groener in another NBC sitcom, Suddenly Susan starring Brooke Shields. She played the lead character, Susan Keene’s, co-worker and friend. This was her most prominent role up to this point and helped Kathy Griffin net worth grow a great deal.
Fro 2005 through 2010, Kathy Griffin starred in Kathy Griffin: My Life on the D List, a reality show for the television network Bravo about Kathy’s life and career being a semi famous person who still had trouble getting respect from the other people in Hollywood, largely due to her confronting style.
The show was in some ways a spin off from her first comedy special for Bravo which was called The D List. The joke was that Kathy Griffin was so low on the celebrity totem pole, she was beneath the c list.
It was highly acclaimed and garnered an Emmy nomination for Best Reality Show every single one of its six seasons and won twice, for season 2 in 2007 and season 3 in 2008. This of course ironically raised Kathy Griffin’s celebrity profile, and Kathy Griffin net worth skyrocketed from there.
The fifth season of the show did so well, it got Bravo its highest Monday night ratings for one of their own series in their history at the time.
Throughout this time, Kathy Griffin continued to write and appear in comedy specials and tours, including Kathy Griffin: Allegedly, Kathy Griffin Is…Not Nicole Kidman, Kathy Griffin: Strong Black Woman, Kathy Griffin: Everybody Can Suck It, and Kathy Griffin: Straight to Hell.
Others were Kathy Griffin: She’ll Cut a Bitch, Kathy Griffin: Balls of Steel, Kathy Griffin Does the Bible Belt, Kathy Griffin: Whores on Crutches, Kathy Griffin: 50 and Not Pregnant, and Kathy Griffin: Gurrl Down.
Kathy Griffin also released an album in 2009 called Suckin’ It for the Holidays, which was nominated for a Grammy Award. It was the second of six of her albums to receive a Grammy nom, after For Your Consideration the previous year. She finally won in 2014 for Calm Down Gurrl.
Shortly after Suckin’ It for the Holidays, she put out a memoir called Official Book Club Selection: A Memoir According to Kathy Griffin. It instantly hit the top spot on The New York Times Best Seller list.
Kathy Griffin’s comedy centers around her making fun of both celebrities and celebrity culture, often telling personal stories of her own run ins with famous people.
According to Kathy Griffin, however, “I’m genuinely a fan of most of the people I trash in the act…I really, really try and focus on making fun of people for their behavior. I’m not so into making fun of someone for the way they look, or something that’s out of their control.”
After Donald Trump tried to destroy her career as payback for her posting a comedic photo of herself holding a Donald Traump mask covered in stage blood, Kathy Griffin released a concert film called Kathy Griffin: A Hell of Her Story to discuss her ordeal.
Afterwards, she took it on a worldwide tour, called the Laugh Your Head Off Tour, reaching cities across Europe, the UK, Asia, the United States, Canada, and more, culminating in playing both the prestigious Carnegie Hall and Radio City Music Hall in the United States. All of this contributed to Kathy Griffin net worth.
Kathy Griffin is also known for her huge gay fanbase. She has always been a vocal ally and champion for LGBTQ+ rights. She protested for gay people to get marriage rights in California with her mom, footage of which made it onto her reality show, Kathy Griffin: My Life on the D List.
She also went door to door at the time, volunteering for the LA Gay & Lesbian Center’s campaign, Vote for Equality, to help Californian gay couples secure the right to get married.
Kathy Griffin was also a major part of organizing a huge rally in March 2020 in the capital of the United States at Freedom Plaza, demanding that they repeal the military policy of Don’t ask, don’t tell. Kathy Griffin at the time also met with various congressmen and congresswomen to advocate for the repeal of the law.
Kathy Griffin also publicly confronted Michele Bachmann, a Republican congressman, over her bigoted views. Kathy Griffin hosted Los Angeles’ Best in Drag Show, an annual Aid for AIDS fund raiser for 5 years running. They granted her an AFA Angel Award in acknowledgement of her help.
Kathy Griffin: Early Life
Kathy Griffin was born on the fourth of November in 1960 in Oak Park, Illinois (a suburb of Chicago), in the United States of America, under the full name Kathleen Mary Griffin. Her dad’s name was John Patrick Griffin, and her mom was Mary Margaret Griffin, though she always went by Maggie.
Kathy Griffin was the youngest of four, her older siblings being, in order of birth, Kenny Griffin, Joyce Griffin, Gary Griffin, and John Griffin. Kenny was significantly older, having been twenty three when she was born.
According to Kathy Griffin, she was always an extremely talkative child. She used to go over to her neighbors’ houses and told them gossipy stories that happened amongst her family, which is where she really learned how to tell funny stories, which set up her future career as a teller of funny stories.
Kathy Griffin so needed attention that she partially attributes it to an eating disorder she developed when her older siblings all eventually moved away from home. She also suffered from a great deal of anxiety at the time, particularly at the hands of her eldest brother, Kenny.
In addition to be addicted to drugs and often living on the streets, Kenny was prone to violence and abuse. When she was still a little girl, her brother, who was 30 years old at the time, would crawl into bed with her, and while it’s not clear whether any physical abuse happened, he later admitted to being a pedophile.
Kathy Griffin also went to a very strict Catholic school growing up, where the harsh nuns treated her so poorly that it turned her off of the idea of religion all together and contributed to her poor mental health at the time. She found escape, however, in the musical theatre program, acting in various shows.
This inspired her to pursue an acting career, which included an appearance on a commercial for the baseball team the White Sox, and by the time she turned eighteen, she convinced her parents that they should all move to L.A. so that she could follow her dreams of fame.
The next year, she went to a performance of the legendary comedy improv troupe The Groundlings, and instantly fell in love, knowing that it was definitely what she wanted to do with her life.
Kathy Griffin’s Personal Life and Family
Kathy Griffin was first married to a man named Matt Moline, with whom she was together at the start of her reality series Kathy Griffin: My Life on the D List. She dumped him in 2006, however, after she discovered that he’d stolen seventy two thousand dollars from her.
In 2007 and 2008, she was then dating Steve Wozniak, the co founder of Apple, a relationship that was also documented on My Life on the D List, and was depicted as being sweet though also a bit awkward.
Afterwards, Kathy Griffin deliberately got press for herself by pretending to date Bristol Palin’s ex, Levi Johnston, who she took with her to the Teen Choice Awards, the two of them jokingly pretending to be genuinely in love for comedy. Around that time, she also joked about dating the NFL player Isaiah Mustafa.
Later on, however, it came out that she had actually been dating her tour manager around that time, who had also appeared on My Life on the D List, although that relationship had since ended. Now, Kathy Griffin is married to Randy Bick, a marketing exec. The legendary comedian Lily Tomlin married them.
Kathy Griffin is an atheist, although she also became ordained as a Universal Life Church minister in order to officiate a friend’s wedding. Due to the alcoholism and drug abuse in her family, Kathy Griffin does not drink alcohol. Her oldest brother, Kenny, died due to his addictions, after years of jail time and poverty.
Two other siblings of Kathy’s, Joyce and Gary, died of cancer, and Kathy Griffin herself fell ill with lung cancer in 2021, leading to surgery to remove half of one of her lungs.
Kathy Griffin’s parents have died as well, making her brother John her only remaining immediate relative. Her father became very popular with fans due to his appearances on My Life on the D List, and his funeral was covered on the show.
When her mom, who was also much beloved due to the show, died, Kathy posted on her various social media accounts, “I am gutted. My best friend. I am shaking. I won’t ever be prepared.
“I’m so grateful you guys got to be part of her life. You knew her. You loved her. She knew it. Oh, and OF COURSE she went on St Patrick’s Day.”
Kathy Griffin is a strong supporter of animal rights and is known for being a dog lover and owner. Many of her dogs were featured on My Life on the D List.
Kathy Griffin’s Social Media Influence
Kathy Griffin has a thriving social media presence that she put to extremely good use when her career was under attack from the right wing media, mobilizing her fanbase to support her. A large part of Kathy Griffin net worth comes from her success at social media.
Kathy Griffin has an official public verified Facebook account. Her account handle on this platform is @kathygriffin. Her biography boasts “Two Time Emmy Award Winning & Grammy Award Winning Comedian”, achievements that are a huge aspect of Kathy Griffin net worth.
Kathy Griffin uses her Facebook account to post political humor and messages, funny comedy bits, videos of herself to her fans, memes, photos of herself and her loved ones, messages to her fans, information about her career and life, and so on and so forth.
Kathy Griffin has an official public verified Twitter account where she tweets under the handle @kathygriffin. Here, she expands on her Facebook biography by saying “Mayor of Zero F**Ksville. 2 Time Emmy & Grammy Award Winning Comedian. 2 Time NYT Bestselling Author 23 specials. 1 feature film.”
All of these amazing accomplishments have of course vastly contributed to Kathy Griffin net worth. She has 2 million followers on Twitter and is herself following 1,138 people in return.
Kathy Griffin currently uses her Twitter account to interact with her fans, post political messages and humor largely taking on Republicans head on, funny comedy bits, funny videos of herself and her comedy, messages of support to the LGBTQ+ community, activism, and so on and so forth.
Kathy Griffin has an official public verified Instagram account. Her handle on Instagram is @kathygriffin. Besides the same bio she has on Twitter, and a variation of which is on her Facebook, she also links to the Lovina Animal Welfare society, a cause that she holds near and dear to her heart.
Kathy has six hundred ninety seven thousand followers on Instagram and is currently following two hundred and three. On Instagram, Kathy Griffin is as politically active as she is on all of her other social media accounts.
She posts a lot of the same content you will find on her Facebook and Twitter, including her photos of herself, comedy, politics, activism, messages of love and support to and from her fans, and so on and so forth.
Kathy Griffin does not seem to have a current public LinkedIn business account. However, this is not surprising as people in the entertainment industry often don’t tend to see a need for the sort of business networking that this service provides.
Should this change at any point in the future, we will be sure to update this page with the latest information to keep our readers apprised of all of the latest news regarding Kathy Griffin net worth, life, career, and more.
Kathy Griffin does not have an official public verified TikTok account at the present time, although there are multiple fan accounts up that post video clips of her. Given how popular a platform TikTok has been lately as a way for celebrities to connect with their fans, it wouldn’t be surprising if she eventually signed up.
Should this happen at any point in the future, we will be sure to update this page with the latest information to keep our readers apprised of all of the latest news regarding Kathy Griffin net worth, life, career, and more.
Kathy Griffin: Height, Weight
Kathy Griffin’s height is estimated to be at about 5 feet and 4 inches, which is 163 in centimeters. Kathy Griffin’s weight is not a matter of public knowledge, however it can be estimated to be at about 121 pounds, or 55 kilos.
Kathy Griffin’s eye color is green. Kathy Griffin’s natural hair color is dark brown, although she is known for dyeing it red.
Kathy Griffin Net Worth & Bio Summary
|Real Name||Kathleen Mary Griffin|
|Place of Birth||Oak Park, Illinois|
|Net Worth Estimate||$35 Million|