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Steve Harvey Net Worth, Television Host, Early Life

Steve Harvey is a true rags-to-riches story. With perseverance and a dream of one day being successful, he defied the odds to become one of America's most famous comedians, radio morning show, and game show hosts.

Steve Harvey
Net Worth $203 million
Source Of WealthTelevision Host
Born17th January 1957
Birth NameBroderick Stephen "Steve" Harvey Sr
Height6ft 2in (188cm)

Harvey has more accolades and accomplishments. Broderick Stephen Harvey, Sr., is also recognized by his peers and has won multiple awards, including the Daytime Emmys, NAACP Image Awards, and the Marconi Award.

With his wife, Marjorie, Harvey has built the entertainment empire he dreamed of as a child.

Read on to learn more about Steve Harvey's net worth, family, and career facts.

Steve Harvey's Net Worth and Early Life

Steve Harvey's net worth in 2022 is an estimated $203 million. He's estimated to earn $45 million a year. Most of his annual salary comes from hosting Family Feud and his syndicated morning show.

Harvey was born on January 17, 1957, under the astrological sign of Capricorn. His parents, Eloise and Jesse Harvey lived in Welch, West Virginia, where his father worked as a coal miner. Harvey has three siblings: two sisters, Mona and Pauline, and one brother,  Terry.

At a young age, the family relocated to Cleveland, Ohio, where Harvey attended public schools. In 2015, Harvey was honored by the city of Cleveland by having the street where he grew up renamed Steve Harvey Way.

In 1974, Steve Harvey graduated from Glenville High School. He attended Kent State University and later enrolled at West Virginia University. Although he did not earn a degree from either university, he is a proud member of the historical Greek organization, Omega Psi Phi.

Harvey has publicly shared that he regrets not finishing college and earning a degree. This one regret might be the fuel behind the Steve and Marjorie Harvey Foundation he operates with his wife.

The organization provides mentoring programs for young men and women, providing them with contingency plans. They also offer college scholarships, support community enrichment programs, and provide a program to support single mothers.

Steve Harvey's Family Life

It appears that three times is the charge. Steve Harvey married his current wife, Marjorie Bridges, in 2007, after a tumultuous divorce from his second wife, Mary Shackleford.

Before Shackleford, Harvey was married to Marcia Harvey. The two wed in 1981; from that union, they have twin daughters, Brandi Harvey and Karli Harvey Raymond, who turn 40 this year. They also have a son, Broderick Harvey, Jr., who is 30.

With Mary Shackleford, Harvey has a son, Wynton, who is 24.

Steve Harvey adopted Marjorie's three children, Marjorie, 34, Jason, 30, and Lori, 24. Following the adoption, in 2007, Marjorie's children changed their last names to Harvey.

Steve Harvey's Career

Following his stints at college, Harvey returned to Cleveland. He didn't know what he would do with his life but knew he needed to find a job. He soon learned sales was his strength and began a career selling insurance.

Although he was good at sales, it wasn't his passion. In 1985, Harvey tried his hand at comedy by entering a comedy competition. A local comedy club hosted an amateur night, and Harvey took the top prize.

Harvey decided comedy was something he was good at and he enjoyed doing. He decided to hone his craft and give comedy a shot. His journey to become a stand-up comedian was born out of the decision to sign-up for the contest.

Steve Harvey's career as a comedian focused on using his life experiences to make people laugh. The journey wasn't easy, and he spent a lot of time traveling and hoping a comedy club would allow him to perform.

Harvey's Rise in Comedy

Harvey's perseverance paid off because he eventually made a name for himself. He elevated from small clubs to popular comedy establishments, where he got hired as a headliner.

By the early 90s, Harvey's career was taking shape. He appeared on TV in 1990 on the popular show Johnnie Walker National Comedy Search. From there, he landed a spot on HBO's Def Comedy Jam, which he would host a year later.

During a seven-year stretch from 1993 to 2000, Harvey hosted Showtime at the Apollo. His next big comedy show would be a film directed by Spike Lee, called The Original Kings of Comedy. Harvey was the host and closing act for the box office special, which has grossed over $38 million.

Television Sitcoms

Riding the wave of success, Harvey had the opportunity to star in two television series. In the first show, which debuted in 1994, titled, Me and the Boys, Harvey played the role of a single father whose wife had passed away and left him to raise their three sons. Unfortunately, despite enthusiasm for the show, the network canceled it after the first season.

A year later, Steve Harvey made his sophomore appearance in a new self-titled sitcom. The Steve Harvey Show, where he plays a music teacher at an inner-city high school, fared better. The show aired for six seasons and started another famous comedian, Cedric the Entertainer.

How Steve Harvey Earns His Money Today

Over the years, his celebrity has risen and provided him with a lucrative life. Steve Harvey's net worth has risen due to his hard work and many doors of opportunity opening for him.

Outside of comedy, Harvey has created his company Steve Harvey Global. It includes his production company, named after his childhood Cleveland address, East 112.

East 112 allowed Harvey to executive produce his hit movie Think Like a Man. He also produced the TV shows Little Big Shots and Little Big Shots: Forever.

One of the biggest and most successful projects for East 112 is Family Feud Africa. It's co-produced in partnership with BBC Africa. The show debuted in 2020 and has proven to be a huge hit in Ghana and South Africa.

Comedian

Steve Harvey recently shared that he has no plans to return to the stage for a comedy special. The comedian-turned-talk show host, whose last stand-up comedy show was in August 2012 at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas, cites the current "cancel culture" as why.

He has too much at stake to risk losing his lucrative TV deals because someone in the audience was offended by one of his Jokes. Harvey left the door open for a final show once he no longer does his television hosting jobs.

Syndicated Radio Show

Harvey has hosted the highly-acclaimed Steve Harvey Morning Show for the past twenty-two years. The four-hour radio program airs weekdays around the country on iHeart Radio stations.

The nationally syndicated radio show started with Radio One and was picked up by stations in Los Angeles and Dallas. Today, Steve Harvey and his co-hosts are heard weekdays by an estimated six million listeners across 90 radio stations and IHeart's streaming services.

Daytime Talk Show

From Steve Harvey to Steve, Steve Harvey's gift of gab made its way into daytime television for a combined seven seasons. The Steve Harvey daytime talk show averaged 1.8 million viewers and won multiple awards under its NBC Universal run.

Following the announcement that Steve Harvey was coming to an end at the close of the 2016-2017 season, it was announced that the show was picked up by IMG Original Content.

A battle between the two entities would lead to the show's cancellation at the end of the season in June 2019. Shortly after, Harvey signed his deal to move the show to Facebook Watch.

Family Feud and Celebrity Family Feud

Of all Steve Harvey's endeavors, some people will argue that his greatest success comes from his TV hosting gig on Family Feud. Harvey is the longest-running host for the game show, which is now in syndication.

He signed on as the host in 2010, improving the ratings. A few years later, he added Celebrity Family Feud to his list of hosting gigs. The game show invites celebrities and their families to compete to make money for their favorite charities.

It's estimated that Harvey earns about $3.8 million annually from the game show.

Steve Harvey "Hoodie Awards"

The now-defunct Steve Harvey Hoodie Awards were the brainchild of Steve Harvey. It was a major annual event hosted by Harvey and his team from The Steve Harvey Morning Show. The event was Harvey's way of giving back to the community.

Harvey used his morning show to prevent the annual event, which started in Las Vegas, Nevada, and later moved to Atlanta, Georgia. Community leaders, businesses, churches, and civic organizations won the best of awards, nominated by and voted on by the community.

As the started-studded event grew in popularity, corporations signed on as sponsors. The event was later rebranded as the Neighborhood Awards.

Steve Harvey Ford Neighborhood Awards

After gaining a major sponsorship for the Hoodie Awards, the annual event rebranded as the Steve Harvey Ford Neighborhood Awards. Despite its rebranding, move to Atlanta, GA, growing popularity, and the addition of the JC Penney Best Choir Competition, Harvey canceled the awards show after 16 years.

The decision shocked the tens of thousands of annual party-goers. It's believed that the decision followed Harvey's split from long-time business partner Rushion McDonald. McDonald was the brainchild behind the event, derived from a goal to improve Harvey's image and make his brand marketable.

McDonald also owned the concept for the Hoodie Awards.

Steve Harvey Sand & Soul Festival

Everything Steve Harvey touches hasn't always turned into a pot of gold. The comedian-turned-talk-show host tried his hand in the growing music festival business.

Steve Harvey's Sand & Soul Festival was a casualty of the COVID-19 pandemic. The festival was supposed to take place in 2020, but they postponed it until Labor Day weekend in 2021. When the event was canceled a second time, organizers decided to issue approximately $300,000 in refunds back to unhappy customers.

There is no word whether the event will take place in the future.

Miss Universe Pageant

Steve Harvey made one of the biggest faux pas in television history when he read the wrong name while hosting the 2015 Miss Universe pageant. Instead of announcing Miss Philippines, Pia Wurtzbach, as the winner, he called the name of Miss Columbia.

It was a costly mistake for someone who reports say earns $2 million to host the annual event.

Judge Steve Harvey

In 2022 Judge Steve Harvey, executive produced by Steve Harvey and his East 112 production company, aired on ABC. The television show is not your typical judge show. Instead of bringing the legal experience to resolve cases, Harvey uses humor and life experience.

The jury is still out on the show as it has averaged a 0.4 rating per episode.

Steve on Watch

After the cancellation of his daytime talk show, Steve ended in June 2019, it didn't take long for Harvey to rebound. In January 2020, Steve on Watch premiered.

The show is a partnership with Facebook Watch. According to Facebook, the initial shows aired in 2020 and netted 55 million views.

The guest list for recent episodes includes former NBA star and entrepreneur Ervin "Magic" Johnson, actor Taye Diggs, movie mogul Tyler Perry, and comedian MoNique.

Although Facebook has not released how much it pays content creators, it's believed that celebrities with Harvey's status earn seven figures or more.

Awards

Harvey's illustrious career has netted him many accolades and awards. Throughout his career, he's won:

  • BET Humanitarian Award...2011
  • Daytime Emmy for Outstanding Game Show Host - 2014, 2017, 2022
  • Daytime Emmy for Informative Talk Show Host - 2017, 2018
  • Daytime Emmy Informative Talk Show - 2014, 2015
  • NAACP Image Award Entertainer of the Year - 2001, 2002
  • NAACP...Outstanding Actor in a Comedy Series - 2000-2002
  • NAACP...Outstanding Host...Game Show...2019, 2020, 2021
  • NAACP...Outstanding Host in a Talk/Reality...2015, 2016
  • NAACP Image Award for Outstanding Literary Work -2010
  • People's Choice Award for Favorite New Talk Show Host - 2013

These awards aren't a complete list of awards for Steve Harvey's career. These are the most notable awards.

No Plans for Slowing Down

Steve Harvey continues to enjoy a long, illustrious career that many people can only dream of accomplishing. He's had many opportunities come his way and doesn't appear ready to settle into retirement.

Our net worths are for entertainment purposes only. We do our best to provide accurate figures, but we cannot guarantee their accuracy. The figures are based on public information and estimates, and may not reflect the true value of assets or liabilities.

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