Lisa Kudrow Net Worth, Money and More

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Net Worth: $60 million

Profession: Actress, Writer, Comedienne, Producer


Phoebe Buffay as she is popularly known for her role in the television series, Lisa Kudrow first started acting in one of NBC’s sitcom Cheers, where she was seen playing the girlfriend of Woody Harrelson’s character. Though she tried out her luck with other endeavors, it was Friends that her gave her the much needed acknowledgement. She received many awards for her role in Friends, including an Emmy Award and two Screen Actors Guild Awards.

I got the funny bone in me


Thanks to Jon Lovitz of the Saturday Night Live fame, who coaxed her into taking up a comedic career, she agreed to become a member of The Groundlings, an improvisational and sketch comedy troupe. Lisa Kudrow, who had a degree of Psychobiology from Vassar College, was working as a medical researcher. She quit the job to try out her luck in the world of showbiz and become an actress. And, yes she did. Soon after, she joined with Conan O-Brien and director Tim Hillman on their troupe Unexpected Company. Her portrayal of Ursula Buffay, an oddball waitress on the 1990s NBC sitcom Mad About You led to her eventual role as a massage therapist Phoebe Buffay. Although Ursula and Phoebe were cast in two different NBC shows, they were twins in both storylines. In 1998, Kudrow’s portrayal of this character helped her become the first Friends cast member to win an Emmy for a supporting role.

Her other comedic endeavors include roles in movies like Romy and Michele’s High School Reunion, Hanging Up, Marci X, Analyze This and the sequel to it Analyze That.

The money that I made

According to Guinness Book of World Records, Lisa Kudrow and her co-stars on Friends, Jennifer Aniston and Courteney Cox became the highest paid TV actresses of all time, earning $ 1 million per episode for the final 2 seasons of the television series.  Reportedly, the remuneration for her role in the series was around $1,000,000 per episode. Now, that sure is whopping!


Her initial salary estimations are listed as below:

Friends (2002-2003)                    $24,000,000

Friends (2001)                              $1,000,000 per episode

Friends (1996)                              $75,000 per episode

Friends (1995)                              $22,500 per episode

That was all about the acting money that she made. She went on to produce the HBO series The Comeback, Who Do You Think You Are, and Web Therapy. Most of the shows have been touted make a comeback. Reportedly, her annual salary comes to around $36 million.

Besides portrayed Phoebe Buffay in Friends, Kudrow also appeared in several movies like The Opposite of Sex, Dr. Dolittle 2, Happy Endings, P.S. I Love You and Easy A. These movies gave her the much needed break into Hollywood and of course a worldwide recognition.

She was chosen as one of the 50 most beautiful people in the world, by People magazine. Rich and beautiful, she sure is.

Being the smart woman that she is, she has diversified her income by investing in stock investments, substantial property holding, real estate and some real promising endorsement deals. With deals like Cover Girl cosmetics, Kudrow’s earnings just seem to grow by the day. She also happens to own several restaurants that have huge turnovers. Her restaurants include The Fat Kudrow Burger Chains. Another cool thing about her? She owns a football team. She is one of the stakeholders for the team Los Angeles Angels. Recently, she launched her brand of vodka, known as the Pure Wonderkudrow. If all this is not enough to earn her those big bucks, she has also launched her own line of perfume called With Love from Lisa and a fashion line called Lisa Kudrow Seduction.

Happily married

In the year 1995, Lisa Kudrow got married to Michel Stern, a French advertising executive. The couple had son in 1998. Her pregnancy was also written into the script of season 4 of Friends, with her character Phoebe having triplets as a surrogate mother for her brother and his wife. Not just the perfect wife, but she seems to be the perfect mother as well. Even though her son was only six months old at the time, she chose to voice Aphrodite in Hercules in the year 1998, just so that her son would find her work more interesting. And in the year 2009, as a favor for her son, who at the time was too young to see any of the films or television shows she had starred in, she accepted to do the role in Hotel for Dogs.


A smart mouth

Being the witty person that she is, she has never failed to pass snarky or insightful comments on everything around her. Here are a few quotes that give us insight into the person she is.

On being famous:

“Before you are famous you think, Oh, if you’re famous you’re loved an adored. Then when you really experience that attention and everyone cares what you’re doing and wants pictures of you, it doesn’t feel like a warm hug. It really feels like an assault.”

On sex:

“We treat sex so casually and use it for everything but what it is- which is ultimately making another human being with thoughts and feelings and rights who will grow up to be an adult.”

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