Here’s how much Eddie Murphy is really worth

Eddie Murphy is a legendary comedian and actor who has an estimated net worth of $200 million. Yes, he’s made quite a name for himself since his rise to fame in the early ’80s on Saturday Night Live. He later starred in comedies like The Nutty Professor and Norbit and became known for portraying multiple characters at once. (Murphy played a total of seven characters in 1996’s The Nutty Professor, including Professor Sherman Klump, Buddy Love, and most of the Klump family—both male and female roles).

He has also made notable appearances in a number of blockbuster films including Dr. Dolittle, Beverly Hills Cops, Shrek, Daddy Day Care and more. Simply put, Murphy is one of a kind. According to Celebrity Net Worth, he is “one of the highest-grossing actors in film history,” with the site reporting that his films have grossed over $7 billion at the global box office. That’s a lot of money.

Murphy himself is also worth a lot, and he contributed to that net worth in 2021 when he appeared alongside his daughter Bella in Coming 2 America, which debuted on Amazon Prime Video in March 2021. Keep scrolling to find out what the whopping salary he reportedly earns per film and how he spends his money.

What Eddie Murphy’s early years were like

Even as a teenager, Eddie Murphy knew that one day he would be famous. He told Parade, “About about 15 I started saying, ‘When I’m 18, I’ll be famous.'” He wasn’t far off, since, as Parade noted, Murphy landed on Saturday Night Live. at the age of 19. But Murphy’s childhood was by no means lavish.

According to his biography, he lived in the Bushwick, New York projects with his father Charles, his mother Lillian and his brother Charles. Murphy was just three years old when his parents divorced (via parade) and eight when his father was murdered.

Still, Biography noted that from an early age, Murphy was making character impressions out of the tons of television he was consuming. Despite the difficulties, Murphy still sees his childhood as a good one. “I had a great upbringing,” he told Parade. “Most of my childhood memories are fond ones. It was pretty standard kid stuff.”

He started with stand up

Eddie Murphy didn’t start out in stand-up comedy like most people did. At just 15, he began doing a mix of his own comedy hot takes and impressions. It seems the funny bone was just part of Murphy’s DNA. Even as a child he made jokes. “I was always funny,” he told Parade. “I grew up around a bunch of fun people.” He even told the outlet that his first audience at the age of eight was a bus full of strangers heading home from the public pool.

He’s even talked about going back to his stand-up roots in the wake of the convulsion of the COVID-19 pandemic. “Last year I would have been working on my number all the time trying to get my shit right and then the whole thing would shut down,” Murphy told CNN.

The outlet added that Murphy’s 1987 stand-up routine “Raw” remains one of the highest-grossing stand-up comedy films of all time, having grossed over $50 million since its release.

He found fame on SNL

Eddie Murphy made his Saturday Night Live debut at just 19, and his stint on SNL may actually have saved the show in more ways than one, according to a writer affiliated with Yahoo! Entertainment in 2020. David Sheffield’s working relationship with Murphy is still such that he even co-wrote “Coming 2 America” ​​(and the original film), “The Nutty Professor,” and “Boomerang,” in which Murphy did all the played the lead role.

“One night Barry [W. Blaustein, another ‘SNL’ writer] and I was hanging out with a bunch of other writers, and Eddie came in and started riffing as this character he called Raheem Abdul Mohammad,” Sheffield told Yahoo! Entertainment. “Raheem was a film critic and the joke was that he would always go to the multiplex and see the wrong film. He said things like, “I was watching On Golden Pond and Goldie Hawn wasn’t even there!” It was so freaking funny and Barry was like, ‘We’re going to work with this guy.'”

Murphy’s connection to “SNL” continues as he hosted his third Christmas episode in 2019. According to IndieWire, he was a regular cast member on the show from 1980 to 1984, although we can’t fault him for deviating from his rise to Star Days on “SNL.” According to Celebrity Net Worth, he made $4,500 an episode on “SNL” in 1981 and $30,000 an episode by 1982 — though his first big payday came with his $1 million salary on “Best Defense.”

Eddie Murphy earns millions for each of his films

The first $1 million paycheck Eddie Murphy received for “Best Defense” in 1984 wasn’t nearly the last he saw a cool million for his work. Per Celebrity Net Worth, he earned $14 million for “Beverly Hills Cop,” $16 million for “The Nutty Professor,” $17.5 million for “Doctor Dolittle,” and $3 million for the voiceover from Donkey in “Shrek” to name just a few examples his big paydays. Though his biggest paycheck by far, according to the outlet, was the $60 million he made from “Nutty Professor II.”

Despite the seemingly small salary, the Shrek franchise has become a big part of Murphy’s life. In fact, according to Variety, his asking price was a crucial part of “Shrek II,” which launched in 2001.

With the proliferation of streaming services, Netflix specials are now the big moneymakers — especially for comics like Murphy. He was rumored to have been offered $70 million for a new special by Netflix in 2019. Coincidental timing for Murphy, who was planning to return to his comedic roots anyway.

The divorce cost him a lot of time

Getting married was a costly endeavor for Eddie Murphy, who divorced his wife Nicole Murphy in 2006. As part of their divorce settlement, Eddie gave his ex-wife $15 million, which translates to $22 million as of 2022.

That hefty sum seems to have kept Eddie from tying the knot, as he’s had relationships but has yet to marry any of the other women he’s been with on Parade. Though he’s proposed to his current, long-term partner, they’ve been engaged since 2018 and have yet to tie the knot, so marriage really could be something Eddie balks at. And we can’t blame him considering how much his divorce has cost him!

Also, the money he eventually gave Nicole was essentially lost from her. According to Money Inc., con artist Troy Stratos (a childhood friend of Nicole’s) cheated her out of at least $7 million of her divorce settlement by telling her that he and an unknown overseas royal had created a fortune together by being early investors be AOL. The trust Stratos had in Nicole for over three decades allowed him to mismanage her money to create a lavish lifestyle for himself. Though Stratos was eventually tried for his crimes in 2016, Eddie was probably less than pleased that his money went to such an unscrupulous source.

Eddie Murphy fathered 10 children

Eddie Murphy has ten children – six daughters and four sons. Per Parade, his children are from previous relationships with five different women. His children are Eric, Christian, Bria, Myles, Shayne, Zola, Bella, Angel, Izzy and Max. Their years of birth range from 1989 to 2018 and he has even become a grandfather. It’s safe to say that Murphy is one proud dad.

He told People in 2016 how happy he was with his kids: “I’ve been really lucky with my kids. There really isn’t a bad one in the group, they all turned out to be really good people.” (And that was before he even had Max)! However, having so many children, especially under the age of 18, gets complicated when exes are involved. For example, Murphy once faced a lengthy court battle over child support with Spice Girl Mel B.

According to Us Weekly, Mel B wanted to change her child support agreement over her own reduced income. Murphy originally agreed to pay $25,000 a month for support, in addition to covering insurance and healthcare costs for his daughter Angel. Mel B’s attorney claimed Murphy failed to keep his share of the health-related payments. Showbiz CheatSheet reported that Murphy’s new child support totals over $50,000 a month.

He has lived in some lavish homes

Celebrity Net Worth reported that Eddie Murphy had a pretty warm relationship with real estate throughout his lifetime. The outlet stated that Murphy lived in a mansion in a gated community in Granite Bay, California for a time in the 1990s before settling in a $10 million home in Beverly Hills. He then built a brand new 32-room mansion for himself, according to Celebrity Net Worth.

Despite this, he has not lost sight of his origins. Hi! Murphy’s mansion equates to a town of its own as it has 10 bedrooms and 17 bathrooms, a pool, movie theater and bowling alley.

“I have always known that I have an enchanting life. I’m from the Tilden Projects of Brooklyn. It’s all gravy,” he once said (per the New York Post). The Post further reported that the Tilden projects mentioned by Murphy are part of Brownsville’s public housing development.

He owns his own island in the Bahamas

It’s true, Eddie Murphy bought a 15-acre private island called Rooster Cay for $15 million in 2007, according to Celebrity Net Worth. Forbes reported that Rooster Cay wasn’t even Murphy’s first private island. He reportedly formerly owned another Bahamian island known as Pearl Island. The outlet added that Rooster Cay is located off the coast of Nassau.

Considering people have long teased Murphy for his reclusive lifestyle, it shouldn’t come as a surprise that he uses his fortune to pick up homes or even islands. As he told Rolling Stone in 2011, he’s absolutely a couch potato.

“I’m grown up and where else should I be? I’m supposed to be home,” he told the outlet. “If you step out now, you’re in the world as soon as you exit this driveway. It’s all these things that you have to deal with now, like the camera phone – that shit destroyed the world. Now, wherever you go, they take a fucking picture of you. If I was in the clubs every night they would say, ‘That’s a shame, look at him, 50 years old, he’s still in these clubs.’ Hermits are mean, with long nails, don’t wash their ass… I’m too vain to be a hermit. But couch potatoes, absolutely. I’m 50 years old, nice house, should I be his home, chill.”