And the winner is … $3 billion – Julia Louis-Dreyfus!
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A recent survey conducted in order to understand the tremendous effect that the Saturday Night Live comedy show has had on the world of entertainment since it first hit the television screen way back in 1975 has come up with some interesting information on how appealing on the show at some time or another has affected the careers of many of the world’s leading comedians.
Among the comics whose careers were launched into super-stardom since they first appeared on the iconic live comedy show include Adam Sandler, Amy Poehler, Chevy Chase, Chris Rock, Julia Louis-Dreyfus, Eddie Murphy , Mike Myers, Bill Murray, Will Ferrell and Tina Fey- with those names only representing the tip of the iceberg of former and current Saturday Night Live stars.
But when the question arose which of these superstars has ended up with the biggest fortune that impressive list the answer will come as a surprise to many. Not Eddie Murphy, not Adam Sandler, Bill Murray or even comic veteran Chevy Chase.
The winner of the richest former Saturday Night Live star competition is none other than the somewhat inconspicuous Julia Louis-Dreyfus, whose current wealth is estimated to be just shy of $3 billion.
A little known fact about Julia is that she is a member of one of the wealthiest families in the world, owners of the Paris, France based international conglomerate, the Louis Dreyfus Group, who have intensive global interests in energy, oil, commodities, shipping among many other activities.
While a reasonable amount of the three billion-dollar fortune will have come from the time she spent as a permanent member of the Seinfeld cast during the nineties, and her subsequent hit HBO produced TV series, Veep and her recent big-screen success alongside the late James Gandolfini in Enough Said the truth is that Julia has that permanently pleasant smile on the face simply because she never really needed the money and obviously enjoyed playing her part in making people laugh.
Vice President Joe Biden jokes with Julia Louis Dreyfus / Wikipedia
Julia Louis-Dreyfus began her career as a comedian as a member of the Practical Theatre Company based in Chicago. Julia’s brand of infectious comedy they caught the attention the casting crew of Saturday Night Live where she was a regular from 1982 to 1985. In 1990 Julia signed to play the part of Elaine Benes on the situation comedy Seinfeld, which went on to become one of the most commercially successful television shows of all time.
On the large screen, Julia has appeared in Woody Allen’s Hannah and Her Sisters, National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation, Deconstructing Harry as well as Enough Said. Julia is also a very much in demand voice-over artist, having given her voice to a number of successful animated films between them A Bug’s Life and Planes.
Julia Louis-Dreyfus holds the distinction of being among the most nominated actresses in the history of the Emmy Awards, nominated 16 times and winning four. She has also been a Golden Globe nominee six times, winning once, as well as a wealth of other entertainment industry awards.
Julia also has her own star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame, which she was granted in 2010, as well as being recently inducted into the Television Academy Hall of Fame.