Dave Chappelle – Net Worth, Money and More

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Profession: Comedian, Screenwriter, television and flim Producer and actor.

Know Dave Chappelle:


Dave Chappelle’s full name is David Khari Webber Chappelle. He was born on 24 August 1973 to William David Chappelle and Yvonne Reed. His birth place is Washington DC, USA. He had three siblings among which he was the youngest. His source of wealth are Comedy, acting  and writing. His star sign is Virgo.

After he graduated from Duke Ellington School of Arts in 1991, Dave moved to New York to pursue his career in the field of acting and precisely in comedy. Chappelle was greatly inspired by Eddie Murphy and Richard Pryor . He made his first debut when he was 19 years old.


Path of Success:

Chappelle performed his first performance in Harlem’s Apollo theatre which did not go very well and he had to face his first failure on the way of success.  He began his acting career in 1993, when he was offered a  movie to act in namely, “Robin Hood: Men in Tights”. In between he acted in many Tv shows but he did not gain much recognition. He also got a role in one of the most successful movie “Forest Gump” which he thought will be a failure and turned it down.

The stage of success started in his life when he was given the opportunity to host his own show on Comedy Central. Soon people were very impressed by his sense of humour, his references to the acute political and social questions. His first season of the show sold 3 million copies of the DVDs. Chappelle surpassed the Simpsons and became the best selling DVD of a TV show so far. He acted as the lead role in 1998 in the movie “Half Baked”.


Know  Dave Chappelle more:

He has a production company named “Pilot Boy Productions” in reference to the many failed pilots in which he starred.

He likes to play video games, and even has a World Of Warcraft account.

His favorite show is MTV’s The Real World (1992).

His maternal grandfather was a blind Caucasian who was raised to believe that he was African-American.

He is considered among top 10 stand-up comedians of the world.


Dave Chappelle’s Block Party:



Chappelle was the star and a producer of the Michel Gondry-directed documentary Dave Chappelle’s Block Party, which was held on September 18, 2004 in the Clinton Hill neighborhood of Brooklyn. He brought Yellow Springs residents to Brooklyn at his own expense. Another surprising highlight of the event was the (temporary) reunion of popular 1990s hip-hop group The Fugees.

Chappelle toured several cities in February and March 2006 to promote the film under the name “Block Party All-Stars featuring Dave Chappelle”. The film was released in the U.S. on March 3, 2006. It was successful and had a gross total of $11.7 million on a $3 million budget.


Personal Life:

Dave’s both parents were professors. Daves father worked as a statistician before becoming a professor at Antioch College  in Yellow Spring ,Ohio. His mother was a professor at Howard University, Prince George’s Community College, and the University of Maryland, and is also a Unitarian Universalist minister. Chappelle also has a stepmother and a stepbrother.He was very young when his parents got divorced. He had spend most of his time with his mom.

Chappelle was married in the year 2001 to Elaine Mendoza Erfe, who is an Filipino descendent. He has two sons named Sulayman and Ibrahim Chappelle and a daughter named Sonal Chappelle and lives in Yellow Springs. It is a village in Greene country, Ohio, United States. He also owns several houses in Xenia, Ohio. Chappelle converted to Islam in 1998.


Controversies and recent news:


He is one of the top ten most reclusive celebrities.

After the successful run of the show Comdey central show for two seasons, when the 3rd season was scheduled, Chappelle left the show and went to South Africa. After that he did performance in Los Angeles, went on a tour to Newport and he kept on touring and performing.

After his flight to South Africa, where he stayed with a friend, rumors raged about drug abuse, mental instability and problems with the network. The only one of those things that seemed supported by his behavior were the creative struggles with Comedy Central. Yet in an interview with TIME the comedian refused to blame the show’s producers.

Recently in August 2013  he returned on the stage to celebrate Oddball Comedy and Curiosity Festival which was sponsored by Funny or Die, but he had to walk off the stage  because when he tried to address the audience he was heckled down. Following this he stopped his performance in Chicago also.


Glories and Triumphs:

Chappelle was nominated for the Primetime Emmy awards in the year 2004 and 2005. Also, he was nominated for Teen Choice awards and Image awards in the year 2004 and 2005.

He won NAMIC Vision Awards in 2004 under the category “Best Comedian Performance” for Chappelle’s show(2003)(TV). He won the NAMIC Vision award again in the year 2005 under the same category for the same show.


Other investments:

Dave Chappelle wealth is not only because of his profession but also because he is engaged in many other things. For over 32 years he have been a real state investor and property owner. He currently owns and successfully manages around 300 units. His holdings consists of duplex, apartments etc. But  his major part of wealth is earned from his shows and tours on which he goes. For his show Comdey Central he earned nearly about $1,000,000 for each one season

Personal quote:

One of the Dave’s personal quote-

“You can become famous but you can’t become unfamous. You can become infamous but not unfamous”

In an interview with Esquire magazine in 2006, Chappelle memorably described his relationship with fame:

“Fame for me is like a place, a country I’m taking a tour through. You just don’t walk around feeling like ‘I’m a goddamn star.’ You walk around feeling like you.”

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