Facts of Chuck Lorre
Famous as the creator of TV series Two and a Half Men and The Big Bang Theory, Chuck Lorre is an American writer and producer. Professional since 1984, one of the prominent American writers, Lorre’s career has earned him wide recognition and hefty sum.
Also, popular as the King of Sitcoms of the 2010s, Chuck owns a massive net worth of $800 million. The Golden Globe Award-winner Lorre has written 12 TV series so far and currently serves as creator, writer, and executive producer of The Kominsky Method (2018- Present).
Chuck Lorre’s Net Worth: Income Sources And Earnings
Active in the writing career for over 34 years, Chuck has proved himself to be one of the bests of the industry.
The American writer’s major source of income is his career as writer and producer of hit sitcoms like Cybill (1995-1998), Two and a Half Men (2003-2015), The Big Bang Theory (2007-2019), Mike & Molly (2010-2016).
As of March 2019, Lorre has the whopping net worth $800 million. In fall 2014, the TV writer’s estimated net worth was $600 million. For a fact, in over 4 years, his worth raised by $200 million or let’s say 25% increment.
Well, Chuck Lorre currently writes for Young Sheldon (2017-Present) and The Kominsky Method (2018–present).
Net Worth Comparison
Chuck is among one of the richest TV show creators and is often compared with the likes of Matt Groening, Matt Stone, and Trey Parker.
- Lorre’s net worth is $250 million more than The Simpson’s Creator Matt Groening owning $550 million.
- Lorre’s $800 million fortune stands $300 million ahead of South Park creators Matt Stone and Trey Parker; they own $500 million net worth
Salary & Cast Earnings
Having worked as a writer for Grace Under Fire, Cybill, Dharma & Greg, and Mom, Chuck’s magnet to million dollars proved to be Two and a Half Men and The Big Bang Theory.
As reported, in 2012, the CBS series Two and a Half Men was the fourth-highest revenue-generating program $3.24 million per episode.
Then-CBS highest paid actor Charlie Sheen made $1.2 million but was replaced by Ashton Kutcher in 2012, following Sheen’s drug issues and dismissal. Kutcher got $755,000 per episode grossing around $18-$24 million a year until the show’s end in 2015.
On the other hand, The Big Bang Theory main casts: Jimmy Parsons, Johnny Galecki, and Kaley Cuoco makes $900,000 per episode, which is 15 times more than their salary in the first season of the series. In fact, in 2007, they earned only $60,000 per episode.
So, how much salary Chuck Lorre earns?
Meanwhile, the details on Chuck Lorre’s earnings is not out, but surely as a creator, he earns more than his TV casts does. Also, Lorre’s running series Young Sheldon (2017-Present) and The Kominsky Method helps him earns more.
For a fact, in 2018, his cast members, Parsons, earning $26.5 million, became the highest paid TV actor followed by Galecki in the list with $25 million annual earnings.
Brief Story Of Journey To Prominence
Lorre, a school-dropout, initially used to work as a guitarist and songwriter.
Well, he wrote Deborah Harry's 1986 Rockbird album song French Kissin’, UK Top 10 hit. Soon after, his writing career began in 1990, as he wrote for Roseanne till 1992 before being fired for irreconcilable differences.
Then, Chuck Lorre wrote Grace Under Fire from 1993 to 1998, followed by the production of the hit sitcoms onwards, that blessed him a huge paycheck.
How Do TV Series Earn? Chuck Lorre’s Merchandise & Syndication
Well, the major source of TV series income is the ads revenue, merchandise sales and also syndication of the show.
Reportedly, Chuck's series The Big Bang Theory made a massive million dollars revenue selling the Sheldon bobbleheads and other merchandise.
Moreover, Chuck Lorre’s series Two and a Half Men and The Big Bang Theory average views counted 11 million and 15 million respectively. Surely, it turned on massive ads revenue to the networks and eventually to Lorre as well.
Besides this, the show syndication also made a huge impact on the American writer’s income too, though the exact figure is not out.
Well, the Friends reportedly made $1 billion per year for Warner Bros due to syndication.
Did you know? NBC series Friends (1994-2004) finale made $2 million for 30 seconds of commercial time, breaking the previous record of Seinfeld finale at $1.7 million.
Charlie Sheen Lawsuit
After Charlie Sheen’s problematic issues with drug and alcohol came up in 2011, it led the production shutdowns of Two and a Half Men. Then on March 27, 2011, he was fired from the series.
Sheen later filed a $100 million lawsuit against Chuck Lorre and Warner Bros for the wrongful termination from the hit sitcom. Eventually, he grabbed $25 million in a settlement.
Assets, Houses, Cars, Expenses & Taxes
Unlike other millionaire celebrities, Chuck Lorre like to live low profile as possible. Without a doubt, the soon-to-be a billionaire, Lorre lives a lavish lifestyle, however, seems shy to expose property details.
In 2013, the American writer and producer bought a mansion in Los Angeles, which cost him $3.54 million, a cake piece from his massive $800 million worth.
He pays $2,184 per year insurance premium bill for his Los Angeles house.
Also, his car collection allegedly includes Mercedes, Range Rover, Rolls Royce, Ford, and many more. Besides expenses on property collection, Chuck also makes chunks of payment for taxes. Well, his Los Angeles mansion calls out around $35,685 in property taxes.
Apart from that, he makes huge tax payments that sum up nearly 50% of his total income.
For instance, Chuck Lorre’s salary of $20 million seeks 37% Federal taxes and 13.3% Federal taxes that comes in the figure of $7.3 million and $2.5 million respectively.
Charity & Foundations
Alongside his career, Chuck Lorre is also famous as an active social worker. His association includes the Eastern Congo Initiative, UNICEF, and Thorn Digital Defenders of Children. Moreover, Lorre is a longtime supporter of Friends of Saban Community Clinic, Downs Syndrome Association of Los Angeles.
Well, he is also the founder of Chuck Lorre Family Foundation.
Chuck Lorre Personal Details: Age, Married Life, Wife & Family
Charles Michael Levine aka Chuck Lorre was born on October 18, 1952, in New York City, the United States. An American by nationality and of white ethnicity, Lorre’s age is 66 as of March 2019.
His mother Miriam and father Robert didn’t have good terms, which resulted in Chuck to change the surname to Lorre as per his mother’s wish at the age of 26.
After graduating from local high school, he attended the State University of New York at Potsdam but dropped out 2 years later to pursue the songwriting career.
Famous as the creator of Two and a Half Men and The Big Bang Theory Chuck has been married three times. Currently, he lives with his third wife Arielle Lorre since their marriage in September 2018.
Before that, Lorre was in a marital relationship with Paula Smith (from 1979-1992) and former Playboy Playmate Karen Witter (from May 2001 to July 2010).
He shares 2 children: daughter Nikki Lorre and son Asa Lorre from first wife Paula.