Jay Leno, one of the most popular American television hosts who became famous for being the host of “The Tonight Show with Jay Leno” by NBC is worth a whopping $350 million today. The comedian has also guest appeared on several movies and TV shows. Unlike most of the celebrities, Leno invests his income not on the properties but automobiles. He is also a popular philanthropist and donates to a large number of charity organisations through his Foundation.

Early Life

James Douglas Muir Leno was born in New Rochelle, New York and grew up in Andover, Massachusetts. Leno attended Andover High School. He obtained bachelor’s degree in speech therapy from Emerson College.

Leno has been married to Mavis Leno since 1980, and the couple does not have any kids on mutual consent.

Career

Leno started a comedy club when he was in college. He began his career as a stand-up comedian on various stages and comedy clubs.

He also appeared in minor roles in various TV series and films including Good Times, Holmes Yo-Yo, Fun with Dick and Jane, Polyester, The Wild One and Collision Course.

Leno’s breakthrough in his career was when he hosted The Tonight Show in 1992 and continued up to 2009. Later in 2009, he hosted a primetime talk show “The Jay Leno Show” up until 2014 after which Jimmy Fallon took over the show.

In 2010, Forbes estimated that his show attracted over 4 million people making him one of America’s most famous TV hosts.

After the Tonight’s Show, Leno has remained active as a stand-up comedian appearing in over 200 live performances a year all over Canada and USA. He has also appeared in Tonight’s Show with Jimmy Fallon and on Late Night with Seth Meyers.

Leno has made Cameo appearance in numerous movies and TV shows like The Astronaut Farmer, Underdog, I’m Still Here, Delivery Man, Ted 2, Jay Leno and the American Dream, Friends, Just Shoot Me, Scrubs, Hannah Montana and The Muppets. He has also dubbed for animated movies and TV shows.

Leno has received several awards throughout his career including two Primetime Emmy Awards, Man of the Year by Hasty Pudding Theatricals, USA, People’s Choice Award and Star on the Walk of Fame.

Books

Leno has also authored several books including his autobiography “Leading with my chin”, “How to be the Funniest Kid in the Whole Wide World”, “Jay Leno’s Police Blotter”, “If Roast Beef could fly”, “The Hemi in the Barn: More Great Stories of Automotive Archaeology” and the “Headlines” series.

Jay Leno Net Worth

Jay Leno’s net worth is estimated at $350 million. He made a considerable income out of his TV show “The Tonight Show” and out of his endorsement deals. Currently, he lives off his stand-up comedy gigs and spends a fortune on his car and motorcycle collection.

Houses and Vehicles

Leno recently purchased an estate in Newport for $13.5 million. The 15,851 square-foot property, sitting on a nine-acre area, houses a mansion with infinity pool, private beach, tennis court and a six-car garage. He also owns a 3,400 sq. ft. house in Beverly Hills.

Leno has a vast collection of vehicles and spends his free time visiting car collections or working in his private garage. He owns about 286 vehicles, including 169 automobiles and 117 motorcycles.

IMDB Trivia: His very first automobile was a 1934 Ford V-8 truck, which he restored himself at the age of 14.

His collection includes a 1969 Lamborghini Miura S, 1970 Mazda Cosmo,  1966 Oldsmobile Toronado, Audi R8 Spyder, 1909 Stanely Steamer, 1986 Lamborghini Countach, Blastolene Special, 1963 Chrysler Turbine, 1994 McLaren F1, 2014 McLaren P1, 1955 Mercedes 300SL Gullwing Coupe and 2006 EcoJet.

Endorsements

Leno, who is widely popular for his exquisite collection of cars, has appeared on various car commercials including Shell TV Commercial and Michelin Pilot TV Commercial. He’s also appeared on Doritos commercials.

Philanthropy

Leno is also a renowned philanthropist. He donated $100,000 to the Feminist Majority Foundation’s campaign to stop gender apartheid in Afghanistan.

He also donated $100,000 to a scholarship fund at Salem State College in honour of Lennie Sogoloff, who gave Leno his start at his Jazz club.

From the sale of his Fiat 500, Leno helped wounded war veterans to recover, by providing them with temporary housing through a charity.

He also supports other charities including Love Ride, Bailey’s Café, Barbara Davis Center for childhood diabetes, LIVESTRONG, ONE DROP, St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, YMCA, Charities benefitting muscular dystrophy research, Autism Speaks and September 11 attacks recovery.

Conclusion

When Leno was a student, his school teacher noted that he would become a star if he focused on studies as much as he did in his comic sense. Ironically, Leno has become successful for following his heart. Even, he is not a host in NBC’s show anymore; he continues to make live performances that rake his bank account.