David Letterman was born on April 12, 1947 in Indianapolis, Indiana. His first marriage, to Michelle Cook, lasted from 1969 until 1977. Since 2009, he has been married to Regina Lasko, a former production manager on his late night CBS show. Their only child, Harry Joseph Letterman, was born in 2003.
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2. Income & Salary
Following a time of being a local weatherman in Indiana, in 1975 Dave moved to Los Angeles to devote himself to a comedy career, getting jobs writing sitcoms and performing stand-up comedy at night. His big break came in 1978, when he made his first of 22 appearances on The Tonight Show, soon becoming a regular guest host during Johnny Carson‰Ûªs vacations. In 1980, he was given his own daytime show on NBC. Though it was critically praised, winning two Emmys, it only lasted a few months. However, NBC had faith in Dave, and signed him to a $20,000 per week holding deal until it could find the right venue for his talents.
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3. Estimated Net Worth
In February, 1982, Late Night With David Letterman debuted at 12:30 a.m. on NBC. Like his previous show, it was beloved by critics for its cutting edge humor. Unlike the previous one, audiences found their way and embraced the gap toothed host, keeping the show on the air for the next two decades until, 1993, he moved to CBS with The Late Show at 11:30 p.m., initially earning a personal salary of $16 million per year. Until his retirement in the spring of 2015, David Letterman‰Ûªs salary for The Late Show fluctuated, rising in the low $30 million range before dropping to around $20 million toward the end of his contract. In addition, he is the majority owner of his production company, Worldwide Pants, which has produced a number of television shows, most notably Everybody Loves Raymond. Though it‰Ûªs unknown how much money this has personally generated for him, the company‰Ûªs share of syndication rights for Raymond alone is around $100 million. Between his salary, his share of Worldwide Pants, and his real estate and other holdings, it‰Ûªs estimated that David Letterman has a fortune of $400 million.
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