Bill Cosby’s net worth is estimated to be a whopping $400 million. His money comes from television appearances, his work as a comedian, and other work. However, some sources estimate that his net worth may be dropping after all the sexual assault allegations that have been made about him.
Cosby was arrested on December 30, 2015, and charged in Pennsylvania with aggravated indecent assault. He is accused of sexually assaulting Andrea Constand, a former Temple University employee, in 2004.
Here’s what you need to know about Cosby’s wealth:
1. Cosby’s Net Worth Is Estimated at $400 Million
Bill Cosby’s net worth is estimated to be about $400 million, Celebrity Net Worth reported. His money comes from a career that includes being an actor, comedian, author, screenwriter, producer, musician, and activist. Cosby’s career began when he performed stand-ups at comedy clubs in Philadelphia, leading to his appearance on The Tonight Show. Between 1965 and 1987, he won seven Grammy awards for best comedy performance. His initial roles included The Dick Van Dyke Show and I Spy.
2. Much of His Earnings Come From ‘The Cosby Show’
The majority of Cosby’s earnings have come from the fame he gained from The Cosby Show, which ran from 1984 to 1992 and stayed at the top of Nielsen ratings for five consecutive seasons. He also did a show called Cosby from 1996 to 2000. His projected earnings from The Cosby Show alone are $333 million, The Richest reported.
3. He Also Makes Money from Speaking Engagements
Cosby also makes money from speaking engagements and other appearances, Celebrity Net Worth reported. He hosted Kids Say the Darndest Things, multiple game shows, and was the spokesman for Jell-O, Kodak, Coca-Cola, and Ford. In 2007, Cosby’s minimum fee for a speaking engagement was $100,000, The Richest reported.
4. He Is Married And Has Five Children, One Who Was Murdered in 1997
Cosby and his wife, Camille, have been married since 1964, Celebrity Net Worth reported. They have four daughters — Erika, Erinn, Ensa, and Evin — and a son who died, Ennis. Ennis was murdered in 1997. He was shot and killed near I-45 in Los Angeles during a failed robbery attempt while Cosby was changing a flat tire on the side of the road.
5. His Net Worth May Be Dropping After So Many Sexual Assault Allegations
At least 57 women have accused Cosby of sexual assault, with the earliest allegations stemming from the mid-1960s. Many of these allegations fall outside the statute of limitations, but several lawsuits are pending. His first named accuser has until January 2016 to file criminal charges or her statute of limitations will run out too, The Huffington Post reported.
The multitude of allegations have hurt Cosby’s net worth. The Centric Network and TV Land pulled all reruns of The Cosby Show, Fortune reported. Netflix postponed a Bill Cosby comedy special and NBC pulled a new comedy show that Bill Cosby was helming, stating that the decision was made because so many women came forward accusing Cosby of sexual assault. In addition, many appearances Cosby’s stand-up tour were canceled because of the press about his allegations. In addition, Disney removed Cosby’s statue from Walt Disney World in Orlando, Fortune reported. It’s not yet known how all these cancellations are going to effect his net worth.