What is Jon Stewart’s net worth? Jon Stewart is an American comedian, actor, and political satirist. He became popular while working for Comedy Central as the host for The Daily Show, a satirical news program, from 1999 to 2015. That was while working for Comedy Central. Jon gained his first popularity from the show. Jon has a net worth of $120 million. He is also well-known for hosting the 78th and 80th Academy Awards. Jon is also co-author of America (The Book): A Guide to Democracy Inaction, one of the best-selling books in the US, 2014, and the Earth (The Book): A Visitor’s Guide to Human Race, 2010.
Jon Stewart Biography and Early Life
Jonathan Stuart Leibowitz was born on November 20, 1962, in New York City. His mother, Marian, was a teacher and later educational consultant, and his father, Donald Leibowitz, worked at New Jersey, Department of Treasury as an energy coordinator. His family migrated to America from Poland. Jon is the second born among his three other brothers: Lawrence, Dan, and Mathew.
Stewart’s parents divorced when he was just 11. He was, for that reason, estranged from his father, so he later decided to change his name, drop Stuart, and using Stewart. He had his name legally changed in 2001. Stewart and his older brother grew up in Lawrenceville, New Jersey, where they attended Lawrence High School. He grew up during the time of the Vietnam War and the Watergate scandal. He later graduated from The College of William and Mary, Virginia, where he played football. Jon graduated majored in chemistry before switching to psychology.
Career and Rise to Fame
Jon had in him the inspiration for the comedy industry. In 1986, he went back to New York City to try venture into the comedy club circuit. The shy Jon didn’t appear on the stage until the following year. He debuted his first comedy at The Bitter End, the same place where his comedic idol, Woody Allen, started. Jon used the name Stewart at the stage.
Stewart got a good grip on his comedic life when he landed his first television job in 1989 as a writer for Caroline’s Comedy Hours. He would also co-host another popular show, Short Attention Span, together with Patty Rosborough. In 1992, Jon hosted MTV’s You Wrote It, You Watch It. It was at this time that his career took a lift to another level, notably when he appeared on the Late Night with David Letterman.
In 1993, Stewart started hosting his talk show on MTV, the John Stewart Show. The show attracted much love from the fans and was rated the second-best among MTV’s shows. Unfortunately, the show got canceled in 1995 following dropped followership. Letterman was a big fan of the Jon Stewart Show and was also the last guest to appear. He later signed Stewart to his company called Worldwide Pants. Stewart’s performance was lauded by many. He later hosted Tom Snyder frequently on the show, The Late Night with Tom Snyder.
In 1999, he took over at the Comedy Central as the host for The Daily Show after the departure of Craig Killborn. He hosted almost all airings of this show except occasionally for situations where others like Robb Corddry, Jason Jones, and John Oliver substituted him. He was replaced in 2014 for a short time while he was busy directing the film Rosewater. Jon won several awards for his outstanding performance in The Daily Show, among them, twenty Primetime Emmy Awards as both writer and producer. His show also won two Peabody Awards in 2000 and 2004 for covering the United States’ elections. His last episode in the show aired on August 6, 2015.
Stewart later signed a four-year contract with HBO in 2015 during the creation of an animated parody of a cable news network. The project, however, was eventually canceled for its delayed-release. Since then, Stewart has made appearances on the show, The Late Night with Stephen Colbert.
How He Spends His Money
Business: Stewart owns a production company, Busboy Production. The company launched in the mid-1990s. Working there, Jon produced a spin-off of The Daily Show called The Colbert Report. He channels a large amount of his money for the company’s operations.
Real Estate: Jon has invested mostly in real estate, houses, and lands. He paid $5.8 million for an apartment in Tribeca in March 2005. The property sits on a 6,000 square-foot land. He later sold it for $17.5 million in 2014. Additionally, he acquired a $3.8 million worth mansion in Red Bank in 2010 and another one next door for $3.2 million. He has a sanctuary of abused animals on a 12-acre farm in New Jersey acquired in 2013.