In case you couldn’t tell by the fact that Ellen Pompeo wears designer slides and T-shirts (a power move) and is the lead actor on one of the biggest television shows in history, she’s rolling in dough. After two solid decades in the entertainment industry and roles in Grey’s Anatomy, Catch Me if You Can, and Taylor Swift’s “Bad Blood” music video, Ellen is one of the highest-earning TV actresses and has secured herself a hefty bag that is worth more than I can count. From her impressive acting credits to her expansive mansions and hand-picked sponcon deals, Ellen is so rich, it’ll make you cry tears of broke. To figure out her full net worth, let’s follow the money.
Grey’s = Bank
I’m not gonna say Ellen’s story is a rags-to-riches one, but she truly worked her way up that Hollywood ladder. After getting her start as “Upset Girl” in a movie you’ve probably never heard of, Ellen now makes $20 million each year for playing Meredith Grey on the Shonda Rhimes show Grey’s Anatomy.
And that $20 million (plus bonuses plus “backend equity points”) wasn’t just handed to her. Aside from working her butt off, she also had to go to the higher-ups at ABC and tell them she deserved more. She shared, “When your face and your voice have been part of something that’s generated $3 billion for one of the biggest corporations in the world, you start to feel like, ‘Okay, maybe I do deserve a piece of this.’” Preach!
And possibly one of the best parts about being an actor—aside from the fact that you’re a f*cking actor—is raking in those residual checks long after you filmed something. So every time one of Ellen’s movies or shows airs again, she gets even more money and a nice reminder of what a boss she is.
She’s not just on TV, she also makes TV.
Aside from being a co–executive producer on a Grey’s spin-off called Station 19, Ellen also works behind the scenes on a legal show for her own production company. (Oh, did we mention? She owns a production company.) Plus, she made a huge deal with Amazon for a drama about American fashion designers. Honestly, with Ellen’s oversight, we might just have a new Devil Wears Prada on our hands.
The Kardashians aren’t the only ones with sponcon deals.
While the term “sponcon” brings to mind dangerous appetite-suppressing, poo-inducing teas (sorry, there’s no pretty way to put it!) and teeth-whitening gadgets, Ellen opts to rake in extra money by promoting ethical products like Young Living Seedlings, which sells plant-based baby care products.
She has so many homes.
So it seems celebrities basically have as many houses as a normal person has shoes. Between August 2017 and April 2018, Ellen and her husband, Chris Ivery, put three of their homes up for sale. Considering they’re all in plush neighborhoods like the Hollywood Hills and Sag Harbor, they fetched a nice return—one of their homes sold for $2.08 million!
They also own two other multimillion-dollar houses that they keep around as their main haunts. Casual!
And all that hard work equals...
Drumroll, please! According to the extremely addictive site Celebrity Net Worth, Ellen is worth a whopping $70 million! That’s even more than Kourtney Kardashian’s $45 million! And $69,999,994 more than mine! Damn, girl.