Jennifer Aniston’s Bank Account Has Been Exploding With $$$ Since Starring in ‘Friends’

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Jennifer Aniston’s Bank Account Has Been Exploding With $$$ Since Starring in ‘Friends’
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If you’re a person who enjoys movies and television, then there’s absolutely no way you’re clueless about Jennifer Aniston's net worth—which is, obviously, impressive AF. And it's unsurprising, considering Jen’s been a household name for the past two-and-a-half decades, thanks to Friends. Sure, the show's final episode may have aired 18 years ago (!!), but its cultural impact has remained...and Jen has been busy making bank and stacking her chips ever since.

And because you totally wanna know just how much she rakes in (otherwise, why would ya be here???), allow us to break down every single money move she’s made that has contributed to her impressive net worth. Go forth and prepare to question every single one of your own financial decisions!

For Starters, Friends Made Jennifer a Sh*t Ton of Money

Be honest—the reason you even clicked on this article is because you wanted to know how much Jen made from Friends, right? It’s okay, we can’t fault you there. Because guess what? Jen made alllll of the moneybags during her 10-year run on the show. Let’s discuss.

Photo credit: NBC - Getty Images
Photo credit: NBC - Getty Images

During the first season of the show, the six main Friends cast members each made $22,500 per episode. Since there were 24 episodes in the first season, simple multiplication reveals that Jen’s salary for Friends season 1 was $540,000—not at all bad in the ’90s! In the second season, Jen's salary was reportedly boosted to $40,000 when her relationship with Ross (David Schwimmer) became a major plotline, which earned her $960,000. And then by season 3, Jen finally earned her first million ($1.875 mil, to be exact) for a season’s worth of episodes.

Ofc, by the final two seasons of the show, Jen was earning $1 million PER EPISODE, so in total, she and the rest of the Friends cast made about $90 million each before bonuses and royalties. Not! Too! Shabby!!

Friends Ended in 2004, but Jen Still Makes $$$ From It

Ever heard of a little thing called royalties? Nope, it has nothing to do with Prince Harry and Meghan Markle (sorry). What this means is that money is paid back to actors for their performances whenever a network airs reruns of their show—and as you're probs aware, Friends reruns happen a LOT.

In 2000, the Friends cast signed a contract that allowed them all to get a cut of any royalties from reruns, which is kinda rare, tbh. And since Friends is still on television 18 years later, Jen gets a two percent share of the total $1 billion the show earns in streaming and royalties revenue every. damn. year. Oh, how much does that work out to? Well, about $20 million filthy-stinking-rich dollars annually, thanks for asking.

But that’s not all! In 2021, the Friends reunion special aired on HBO Max, and according to Variety, the cast members all made at least $2.5 million for their participation. Friends truly is the gift that keeps on giving (and we've preeeetty sure Jen would agree).

Did You Forget that Jen’s Been in So. Many. Movies???

To date, Jen has been in a whopping 44 movies, which include but are not limited to Bruce Almighty, Marley & Me, The Break-Up, Just Go With It, Horrible Bosses, and We’re the Millers…which all raked in more than $200 million in box office sales. And that’s not even counting the films she’s directed or produced. ¯\_(ツ)_/¯

Photo credit: Kevin Mazur - Getty Images
Photo credit: Kevin Mazur - Getty Images

In total, Jennifer reportedly made $75 million from film paychecks between 1997 and 2011, often requesting $8 million per movie (though apparently, she made $10 million alone from 2011's Just Go With It). Coming up, you can expect to see her reunite with Adam Sandler for Murder Mystery 2, and considering that the original Murder Mystery is one of Netflix's most-viewed titles of all time, chances are she's going to be compensated very, very well for the sequel.

And She's Not Done With TV, Either

Though Jen has mostly stuck to the big screen post-Friends, she made her return to television in 2019 for The Morning Show on Apple TV+ (which, FYI, has already been renewed for a third season, nbd). In addition to earning Jen a SAG Award for her performance, she and her co-star Reese Witherspoon each make a casual $2 million per episode—not including producing fees and ownership points—which means she and Reese have already earned at least $40 mil each from the series. Well done, ladies.

Let’s Not Forget About Her Endorsements, People

Because Jennifer Aniston is, well…Jennifer Aniston, her face is a coveted tool in the marketing world. Jennifer’s first major deal was with Microsoft, and she and Matthew Perry starred in a 60-minute instructional vid for the Windows 95 operating system.

We kid you not:

In the ’90s, Jen also appeared in the (in)famous “Got Milk?” picture ads and Diet Coke commercials, the latter of which she actually starred in with the entire Friends cast.

Later down the line, Jennifer branched out to do L’Oréal hair color commercials, an “eight-figure endorsement deal” with Aveeno, and a $5 million partnership with Emirates Airlines. Basically, Jen’s been booked and busy 5ever.

Jen Dabbles in the Beauty Industry, Too

Sorry to burst your bubble, but celebrity beauty did not start with the creation of Fenty Beauty. Jen has released six fragrances through Elizabeth Arden since 2010 and became a partial owner of haircare brand Living Proof in 2012, so don’t sleep on her!

Unilever bought out Jennifer’s shares of Living Proof in 2016 (when the company was reportedly worth somewhere between $60 million to $75 million), and even though the amount she earned wasn’t disclosed, something tells me Jen wouldn’t leave a company for mere chump change. Nowadays she serves as the “chief creative officer” of wellness supplement brand Vital Proteins, so...more $$$ in her pocket.

In September 2021, Jen even announced the launch of her own cruelty-free haircare brand, LolaVie, with an IG post. The products def aren't as affordable as the Aveeno products you're used to her promoting, but it's well worth your coin, promise.

So, What’s Her Total Net Worth?

According to Celebrity Net Worth, Jennifer Aniston’s net worth in 2022 is $320 million, and since she rakes in about $20+ million per year from acting and endorsement deals, that number is only going to continue to grow. Keep up the good work, Jen.

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