Dave Chappelle Total Net Worth: How Much Does He Earn?

David Khari Webber Chappelle or is famously known for his stage name ‘Dave Chappelle’ is an American comedian, artist, actor, screenwriter, television, and film producer.

Personal Details

Stage Name: Dave Chappelle
Full Name: David Khari Webber Chappelle
Gender: Male
Birthday: August 24, 1973
Place of Origin: Maryland, United States
Age: 47
Height: 6 ft.
Nationality: American
Sexual Orientation: Straight Male
Status: Married
Spouse: Elaine Erfe
Children: Sulayman, Ibrahim, and Sanaa
Profession: Comedian, Actor, Artist, Screenwriter, Film Producer, and Television Producer
Total Net Worth: $50 million

Personal Life

David Khari Webber Chappelle was born on August 24, 1973, in the city of Silver Spring, Maryland, United States. His parents are Yvonne Chappelle and William David Chappelle III.

His father worked as a statistician, then became a professor in Antioch College, Yellow Springs, Ohio, and her mother is a school professor in Prince George’s Community College, worked for Prime Minister Patrice Lumumba, and a Unitarian Universalist minister.

Well notable and both successful in the field of education comes from a wonderful history where his great grandfather William David Chappelle, lived in a time of enslavement and led several people of African Americans to the White House to meet with the 28th US President, Woodrow Wilson.

His parents were also active in their political affairs and would have visitors like Johnny Hartman and Pete Seeger. In one of Hartman’s visits, he predicted that Dave would be a comedian in the future.

His parents were separated and Dave had to stay with his mother in Washington and during summer times, he would stay with his father in Ohio. 

His passion for comic and comedy was inspired by Richard Pryor and Eddie Murphy. The weirdest yet also gave an impact on him is the animated cartoon character ‘Bugs Bunny’, he also considers this as one of his first and real comedy influences.

Dave had his education in Woodlin Elementary School in Maryland and Duke Ellington School of the Arts in Washington. During his high school days, he would work as an usher for the Ford’s Theatre. He studied in theatre arts and accomplished it in 1991.

Dave married Elaine Erfe in 2001. They have two sons named Sulayman and Ibrahim, and a daughter named Sanaa. The family lived together in a 65-acre farm near the Yellow Springs, Ohio. Dave really loved the neighbourhood of his hometown in Ohio.

He doesn’t normally talk much about his religion but Dave has converted and followed the Islamic belief since 1991.

Dave is also active in his social responsibilities by making support and time for the Seeds of Peace International Camp, in Otisfield, Maine, where they would bring together young leader from different communities that are in conflict.

His political view and support during the recent, 2020 US Presidential Election is with candidate Andrew Yang.

Dave is a one of a kind artist, especially his approach to his content in stand-up comedy. He is praised by many of his fellow comedians for his work, notable artists like Kevin Hart and Katt Williams, who also considered him as the greatest comedians in stand-up comedy of all time. His work became one of the subjects for a book by Elizabeth Ludwig, published in 2010, called American Stand-Up and Sketch Comedy.


Dave’s early career started when he was featured in the first episode of montage series of people telling jokes by ABC produced America’s Funniest People, in 1990. From then on, Dave decided to pursue a career in stand-up comedy and moved to New York City.

He started performing in the famed Apollo Theatre at Harlem’s just in front of the infamous ‘Amateur Night’ audience. During that time, he experienced being booed off stage, it was a difficult yet inspiring moment for him, and gave him the courage to continue his passion.

It was not long that Dave made a name for himself in the comedy act of New York. He also made shows in City parks.

In 1992, he already won a popular acknowledgement for his television appearances in HBO’s Def Comedy Jam. With this, his name became more popular, making regular appearances on late night shows such as The Late Show With David Letterman, The Howard Stern Show, Politically Incorrect, and Late Night With Conan O’Brien. Famous Whoopi Goldberg even gave him a nickname called, ‘The Kid’.


His first film debut is from the movie Robin Hood: Men in Tights, by Mel Brooks, where he played the supporting character ‘Ahchoo’. He also made other film appearances such as Star Search, Forrest Gump, and Getting In.

He signed a deal with Netflix to feature three of his comedy specials in their stream. It is one of the largest payment deals ever given to a comedian, with an amount of $60 million US Dollars, and in two years’ time from 2016 to 2018, Dave has earned $47 million and $35 million US Dollars.

Awards and Nominations

Dave is a successful actor and comedian because of his unique talent and iconic work in satirical sketch shows. He has been recognized by several nominations and awards. Here are some of his accomplishments.

He has received nominations in Primetime Emmy Awards for Outstanding Variety Music or Comedy Series, Screen Actors Guild Awards for Outstanding Performance by a Cast in a Motion Picture, Producers Guild of America Award for Outstanding Producer of Variety Television, Teen Choice Awards, NAACP Image Awards, NAMIC Vision Awards, and DVD Exclusive Awards.

He has won awards in Black Reel Awards for Outstanding Guest Performer in Comedy Series, NAMIC Vision Awards for Best Comedic Performance, Grammy Awards for Best Comedy album 2018 to 2020, and Primetime Emmy Awards for Outstanding Variety Special, including Outstanding Writing for a Variety Special in 2020.

Dave Chapelle Total Net Worth

Dave is a famous and well celebrated artist in television and film. He has been an influence to many other artist, celebrities, and comedians. We all know him by his shows in television, movie film, and his stand-up comedy specials.

He has a total net worth of $50 million.