Lisa Kudrow is beloved for her role as Phoebe Buffay on Friends. Despite the iconic show’s long run, her net worth may surprise you. Yes, it’s the sort of wealth that would ensure that she could adopt every smelly cat the world over.
Kudrow played Phobe across ten seasons of Friends, from 1994 to 2004. She also played the character’s twin sister, Ursula on Mad About You. The character would occasionally crossover to Friends. Appearing on both popular shows concurrently no doubt earned the actress some considerable bank.
According to CelebrityNetWorth.com, Lisa Kudrow’s wealth sits at $130 million. However, it seems this hefty amount isn’t just for her work in TV. The outlet also reports that her box office returns for films she’s been in are most impressive. They claim her films have grossed over $2 billion worldwide.
A Break Down of Lisa Kudrow’s Net Worth
Phoebe Buffay was the beloved eccentric of Friends. Strumming her acoustic guitar and crooning unusual folk songs, she captured the hearts of fans. In 1998, Lisa Kudrow made history, snagging an Emmy for her supporting role. Not stopping there, alongside Jennifer Aniston and Courteney Cox, she shattered records as the highest-paid TV actress, raking in a cool $1 million per episode. Talk about hitting all the right notes.
However, the cast didn’t start rolling in dough from the get-go. In the first season of Friends, each cast member made a modest $22,500 per episode. However, they banded together and struck a deal for $75,000 per episode in season three (a cool $1.875 million for the season), then upped the ante to $85,000 in season four ($2.04 million). In season five they garnered $100,000 per episode ($2.5 million). And by season six, they were commanding a whopping $125,000 per episode ($3.125 million).
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Before season 7, the cast made a deal: $750,000 per episode for seasons 7 and 8 ($18 million per season). Then came seasons 9 and 10, and each cast member walked away with a cool $1 million per episode. That’s a whopping $24 million for season 9 and $18 million for season 10. In the end, each Friends cast member raked in around $90 million in base salary alone.
However, the cast had each other’s backs when it came to royalties. In their epic 2000 contract negotiations, they slyly snagged backend points on the show, raking in royalties from syndication sales. At that time, only Jerry Seinfeld and Bill Cosby had a slice of the pie. Friends still rake in over $1 billion a year from syndication and streaming deals. Talk about cashing in! Cast members reportedly pocket $10-20 million in royalties alone some years. Could they be any more rich?
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