Jerry Seinfeld is not only one of the funniest men alive, he is also one of the richest individuals in showbiz. The 68-year-old comedian has been working in the laugh industry for the last four and a half decades.
In that time, Seinfeld has managed to amass a gigantic net worth of nearly $1 billion. This comfortably places him at the top of the list of the richest comedians in the world: Ellen DeGeneres is worth $500 million, while the likes of Jay Leno and Kevin Hart are valued at around $450 million each.
For further context, Julia Louis Dreyfus – who he co-starred with in his HBO sitcom, Seinfeld – has a net worth of $250 million, making him nearly four times richer than her.
Away from the publicity, Seinfeld has also achieved an accomplished family life. He got married to philanthropist and business executive Jessica Sklar in 1999. Contrary to the norm in Hollywood, their relationship has lasted for more than 22 years to date.
Together with his wife, Seinfeld has three children: firstborn daughter Sascha, and younger sons Julian Kal and Shepherd Kellen.
Who Is Jerry Seinfeld’s Wife, Jessica, And What Does She Do?
Today she is best known as Jessica Seinfeld, but she was born Nina Danielle Sklar, on September 12, 1971, in the Oyster Bay area of New York’s Nassau County. She grew up first in New York, and later on in Burlington, Vermont, as the middle child in a family of three daughters.
According to a profile that the New York Times did on her, Jessica’s father worked as a software engineer, and also worked as a volunteer in affordable housing, recycling and refugees. Her mother worked as a social worker, who specialized in dealing with crime victims.
This background built in Jessica a heart for service, considering her grandmother had also worked as a volunteer at Lincoln Center’s library in New York.
When she was 30 years old – and just under two years after marrying Jerry Seinfeld, Jessica started Baby Buggy, a charitable organization headquartered in New York City, with the aim of ‘providing essential items for families in need.’
Jessica also worked for a time as a public relations executive for Golden Books Entertainment as well as Tommy Hilfiger.
Inside Jerry And Jessica Seinfeld’s Relationship
Jerry Seinfeld met his future wife, Jessica in August 1998, during her tenure working at Tommy Hilfiger. At the time, Seinfeld had been in two publicly known relationships, first with fellow comedian Carol Leifer, and later with writer and fashion designer Shoshanna Lonstein.
The latter has been the source of widespread criticism for Seinfeld in recent years, given that it happened when he was 38 and she was 17. The comedian met Jessica a few months after his 44th birthday; she was one month shy of turning 27.
Although there seems to have been instant chemistry between them, there was another source of controversy for Seinfeld’s new relationship: Jessica was just back from a three-week honeymoon, after having only freshly gotten married to Eric Nederlander, her boyfriend of five years.
In a later interview, she would insist that Seinfeld had only enjoyed a perfect timing, and was not the reason why she broke up with her husband.
“Jerry was neither the cause nor the effect of the breakup, but his friendship gave me strength and resilience at a time of desperate need,” Jessica said. She got married to Seinfeld on Christmas Day, 1999.
Jessica Seinfeld Has A Net Worth Of $30 Million
Jessica Seinfeld graduated from the University of Vermont in 1998, after which she spent the next few years working in the corporate world. In 2001, she took her first steps into charitable work, when she founded Baby Buggy.
In the ensuing 20 years or so, the organization has grown in leaps and bounds, and is said to have donated more than 20 million items to families in need across the United States.
Baby Buggy was rechristened the GOOD+ Foundation in 2016, with Jessica explaining the reasoning behind this rebranding. “Our new name recognizes that it is the GOODs PLUS the education and services our partners provide that move families out of poverty,” she said in a statement at the time.
On top of her philanthropic work, Jessica is also the author of three cookbooks: Deceptively Delicious: Simple Secrets to Get Your Kids Eating Good Food, Double Delicious! Good, Simple Food for Busy, Complicated Lives, and The Can’t Cook Book.
The first became a New York Times bestseller in July 2011, and has contributed to her amassing an impressive net worth of $30 million.
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