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How Is The Net Worth of Will Ferrell $160 Million?

Have you ever wondered what the net worth of Will Ferrell is? Well, the superstar actor and comedian has one of the wackiest resumes in the industry. From a prospective career in sports broadcasting to touching Dale’s drum set in Step Brothers, Will Ferrell has a wide variety of different experiences. As of August 2022, the net worth of Will Ferrell is a whopping $160 million. In this post, we’ll show you how The Hollywood favorite amassed his huge net worth.

Early Life

John William Ferrell is an American actor, comedian, producer, writer, and businessman. He established himself in the mid-1990s as a cast member on the NBC sketch comedy show Saturday Night Live. Ferrell is known for his hilarious movies and sketch comedies.

Will is also a member of the “Frat Pack,” a generation of Hollywood comic actors who emerged from the late 90s to the early 2000s. Other notable members of the Frat Pack include Owen Wilson, Ben Stiller, Jack Black, Vince Vaughn, and Steve Carell.

Ferrell was born on July 16, 1967, in Irvine, California, to Betty Kay, a teacher who taught at Old Mill School elementary school and Santa Ana College and Roy Lee Ferrell Jr. Ferrell’s dad played saxophone and keyboards for the Righteous Brothers. His parents were both natives of Roanoke Rapids, North Carolina. 

Will Ferrell’s Career

Will Ferrell made a name for himself in comedy after simply deciding to give it a shot. He famously referenced this in his 2017 Commencement Address for his alma mater, USC. After speaking with his father about the possibility of pursuing a career in acting, Ferrell realized the worst that could happen was that it would not work out.

“This is probably not going to happen. So I might as well have a blast with it. And because I gave myself that break internally, it, unbeknownst to me, opened doors.”

Will Ferrell

This realization helped remove the pressure of needing to succeed. From there, he was able to focus on his craft without a gigantic weight on his shoulders. Here is what followed.

The Groundlings

The Groundlings are an improvisational and sketch comedy troupe and school based in Los Angeles, California. The group has produced some of the most successful comedians and actors in American history. So, it’s no secret it’s where a talent like Will Ferrell got his start.

At the Groundlings, Will Ferrell started in the advanced classes and grew a passion for improvisation. He also realized a passion for impersonating people, and one of his favorites was Harry Caray, the Hall of Fame baseball announcer. Soon after his successful impersonations, he began to create original characters.

Saturday Night Live!

Following his success with The Groundlings, Ferrell eventually drew the attention of a producer from NBC’s hit show, “Saturday Night Live!” Following a decline in the show’s popularity, Ferrell and some of his colleagues were given a chance to audition in front of SNL’s main producer, Lorne Michaels. The rest is history.

Ferrell became an instant success on SNL thanks to his hilarious impersonations. Here are some of his most famous impressions on Saturday Night Live.

  • US President George W. Bush
  • Chicago Cubs announcer Harry Caray
  • Singer Robert Goulet
  • Singer Neil Diamond
  • Massachusetts Senator Ted Kennedy
  • United States Attorney General Janet Reno
  • Convicted Unabomber Ted Kaczynski
  • Game show host Alex Trebek
  • Fictitious private detective John Shaft
  • Professional wrestler Jesse Ventura
  • US Vice President Al Gore
  • Iraqi President Saddam Hussein
  • Cuban President Fidel Castro

Net Worth of Will Ferrell 2022

Will Ferrell is one of the wealthiest actors, comedians, and entertainers alive today. As of August 2022, Ferrell has a net worth of $160 million. This should come as no surprise seeing that at the peak of his career he was one of the highest-paid actors in the industry.

At this time, Ferrell earned as much as $20 million annually per movie that he starred in. He truly took advantage of his incredible fame in the 2000s. Below are some of Will Ferrell’s most successful and highest-grossing movies of all time.

2020Downhill (2020)Pete
2019The Lego Movie 2: The Second PartPresident Business/Dad
2018Vice (2018)
2018Holmes & WatsonHolmes
2017Daddy’s Home 2Brad Whitaker
2017The House (2017)Scott
2016The Boss
2016Zoolander 2Mugatu
2015Daddy’s Home (2015)Brad
2015Sleeping With Other People
2015Live From New York!
2015Get HardJames King
2014Welcome to Me
2014The LEGO Movie (2014)President Business
2013Anchorman 2: The Legend Continues (2013)Ron Burgundy
2013Hansel and Gretel: Witch Hunters
2012The CampaignCam Brady
2012Casa De Mi PadreArmando
2012Tim and Eric’s Billion Dollar Movie
2010Everything Must GoNick Halsey
2010The Virginity Hit
2010The Other GuysDet. Allen Gamble
2009The Goods: Live Hard, Sell Hard
2009Land of the LostDr. Rick Marshall
2008Step BrothersBrennan Huff
2008Semi-ProJackie Moon
2007Hot Rod
2007Blades of GloryChazz Michael Michaels
2006Stranger Than Fiction (2006)Harold Crick
2006Talladega Nights: The Ballad of Ricky BobbyRicky Bobby
2005The Wendell Baker StoryDave Bix
2005Winter PassingCorbit
2005The Producers (2005)Franz Liebkind
2005Wedding CrashersChazz Reinhold
2005BewitchedJack Wyatt/Darrin
2005Kicking & ScreamingPhil Weston
2004Melinda and MelindaHobie
2004Anchorman: The Legend of Ron BurgundyRon Burgundy
2004Starsky & HutchBig Earl
2004Wake Up, Ron Burgundy: The Lost MovieRon Burgundy
2003Boat Trip
2003Old SchoolFrank “The Tank”
2001Jay and Silent Bob Strike BackFederal Wildlife Marshall Wilenholly
2000Ladies ManLance
2000Drowning MonaCubby
1999Superstar (1999)Sky Corrigan
1999DickBob Woodward
1999Austin Powers: The Spy Who Shagged MeMustafa
1997Austin Powers: International Man of MysteryMustafa
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Key Takeaways

  • Expose Yourself to different experiences: Ferrell attributes his success to his willingness to try different things. Upon graduating, he took multiple acting classes, tried his hand at stand-up comedy, and even joined an improv group, all to understand what worked for him. This goes back to his metaphor of throwing darts at a dartboard and giving yourself a chance to learn different things.
  • Ignore the negative opinions of others: Starting your own business is a daunting task. One of the biggest roadblocks many of us face is the likely criticism that comes with going against the grain of society. Ferrell references a time a critic called him “the worst and most unfunny newcomer to Saturday Night Live” in response to his comedic debut. Surprisingly, Ferrell printed out this message and pasted it to his wall, citing the importance of understanding just how many people would not like his work and why that is okay. This translates to business, as well. Some people will not like your idea, some people will not use your service or product, but some people will. Taking the good with the bad is part of the journey. 
  • Accept failure as a possibility: While living at home after graduating, Ferrell went out to lunch with his father. Seeing his son’s anxiety about pursuing comedy as a living, his father gave him some strange advice (which Ferrell now calls, “the anti-pep talk pep talk”). He told him to accept failure as a possibility, a tip that Ferrell lives by today. If you are able to accept the possibility of failure, you allow your passion to flow through your work.  

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