1. Biography

Ellen Lee DeGeneres, a television personality/talk show host, has risen to popularity and success since her early career as a stand up comedienne. Born on January 26, 1958 in Metairie, Louisiana, DeGeneres spent her early childhood with parents Elliot and Betty DeGeneres and older brother Vance. Her parents ended their marriage in 1973, at which time she and her mother Betty relocated to Texas after remarrying.

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2. Income & Salary

DeGeneres began her stand up comedy venture in the early 1980s, starting with small local comedy clubs. In 1986, an appearance on the Johnny Carson Show sealed her first-rate style of comedy and thus began her ascent into television. DeGeneres had lucrative success in comedy which opened the door for her to ultimately star in her own television sitcom, “Ellen”. Her sitcom ran from 1994-98. It was during the run of “Ellen” that DeGeneres came out as a homosexual on the Oprah Winfrey Show. Her sitcom was cancelled in 1998.

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3. Estimated Net Worth

In 2003, DeGeneres threw her hat into the talk show ring with her popular, “The Ellen DeGeneres Show”. Her talk show remains on air today, bringing in awards such as her winning the Outstanding Talk Show Host of the year from 2005-2008. Her success in television has brought Ellen DeGeneres both fame and fortune. Her estimated net worth is said to be $285 million dollars.A gay rights activist, DeGeneres is married to her long-time partner Portia di Rossi. The couple have been together since 2004.

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