Jennifer Aniston's Net Worth In 2023 and How Much She Makes From 'Friends' and More
Talk about 'Friends' with money!
Jennifer Aniston's net worth is the result of her personal brand: She combines ageless, stunning beauty with humor, approachability and familiarity that few other celebrities can match. While she looks every bit the movie star, you can still picture her at your average girls' night sharing stories over margaritas, or sitting next to you while you get pedis and gossip about your love lives. You want to look like her and hang out with her. You can't help but like her, and it pays Aniston very handsomely to be likable. From horror movies to failed TV shows to Friends and megastardom, find out Jennifer Aniston's net worth and exactly how she made it.
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How did Jennifer Aniston become famous?
After graduating from New York City's Fiorello H. LaGuardia High School of Music & Art and Performing Arts (the one that inspired the movie Fame), Aniston appeared in some off-Broadway productions until she moved to Los Angeles in 1989 to pursue acting full-time. While she certainly paid her dues in parts on television (playing Courtney Walker in the short-lived Molloy, Jeannie Bueller in the TV series Ferris Bueller's Day Off, and guest-starring in Quantum Leap, among others) and movies (hello, Leprechaun!), she did have at least one advantage over other starving artists at the time: She's the daughter of actress Nancy Dow and actor John Aniston (and goddaughter of Kojak star Telly Savalas), so she likely had at least a couple of connections and awareness of the industry that helped her eclipse her peers.
Still, she worked odd jobs until she got regular acting work, including as a spokesmodel for Nutrisystem, a bike messenger, a telemarketer and a waitress.
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What is Jennifer Aniston's net worth in 2023?
Jennifer Aniston's net worth is estimated at a cool $320 million, largely thanks to Friends, but also to endorsements and her movie career post-series finale.
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How much did Jennifer Aniston make from Friends?
In 1994, Aniston got two offers: As a player on Saturday Night Live or the role of a lifetime as Rachel Green on Friends. Aniston picked Rachel, and it's safe to say it worked out beautifully. For Season 1, everyone in the show's cast, Aniston included, reportedly made $22,500 per episode ($540,000 in total).
In Season 2, Aniston and co-star David Schwimmer were rumored to have earned somewhere in the $40,000-per-episode range as Ross and Rachel's relationship put them more in the show's spotlight. If that number is accurate, Aniston will have earned approximately $1.04 million.
Season 3 brought the Friends cast into the world of collective bargaining, and they all agreed to match salaries, taking home around $75,000 per episode or $1.875 million total. Season 4 brought them $85,000 per episode, totaling $2.125 million; by Season 5 the cast pocketed $100,000 per episode ($2.4 million for the season). The cast got raises in Season 6 for a cool $125,000 per episode or $3.125 million total, and their raises skyrocketed for Seasons 7 and 8 to $750,000 per episode ($36 million total).
Seasons 9 and 10 made Aniston and her co-stars Courteney Cox and Lisa Kudrow the highest-paid women on TV with $1 million per episode for a total of $41 million.
Even though Friends wrapped in 2004, the money keeps coming in: The cast reportedly makes roughly $20 million each from residuals, and Variety reported that each member of the Friends cast will get $2.5 million for their HBO Max reunion special.
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How much did Jennifer Aniston make per episode on Friends?
Aniston started on Friends making $22,500 per episode in Season 1. That was upped to a reported $40,000 per episode for Season 2. In the third season of Friends, the cast bargained collectively to each get $75,000 per episode. Season 4 saw the cast get $10,000 raises for a per-episode fee of $85,000.
The Friends cast salaries broke $100,000 for Season 5, then $125,000 per episode for Season 6. Seasons 7 and 8 brought a whopping $750,000 per episode for each cast member, with Seasons 9 and 10 seeing the cast make history and breaking $1 million per episode each.
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How much did Jennifer Aniston make from Leprechaun?
Aniston's salary for Leprechaun isn't publicly known, but the movie's budget was a mere $900,000—less than she made for a single episode in the final two seasons of Friends. That said, she doesn't really love the 1993 horror comedy.
“[There are] loads of movies where you’re thinking, 'Oh God, this is just… how am I going to survive this in my future?” she told InStyle in 2019. “And then it’s a cult [classic] because it’s so embarrassing.”
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How much did Jennifer Aniston inherit from her father?
It's unknown how much, if any, money Aniston inherited from her soap opera star father. That said, the leg up he gave her early in her career clearly means that by now, she likely wasn't worried about getting his cash in the will.
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How much did Jennifer Aniston make for We're the Millers?
According to The Hollywood Reporter, Aniston took home a cool $5 million for the comedy We're the Millers.
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How much did Jennifer Aniston make for The Morning Show?
After years of doing movies post-Friends, Aniston returned to television with Apple TV+ on The Morning Show...and she didn't do it for cheap. Aniston and co-star Reese Witherspoon make upwards of $2 million per episode of the series.
When public criticism arose for the stars' major paydays, Witherspoon defended herself and co-star, fuming to The Hollywood Reporter, “There seemed to be a resentment, as if we weren’t worth it or it was bothersome, and I thought, ‘Why is that bothersome?’ I guarantee these companies are real smart, and if they agree to pay us, they’re doing it for a reason. They probably had a lot of lawyers and a lot of business people decide on that number because they knew that they were going to make more than that back." She added, "Does it bother people when Kobe Bryant or LeBron James make their contract?”
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How much did Jennifer Aniston make for Office Space?
Aniston's salary for Office Space isn't publicly known. The movie's overall budget was just $10 million, and it barely broke even at the global box office (more than likely losing money after marketing costs are considered)—but it went on to become a cult classic.
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How much does Jennifer Aniston make from Friends re-runs?
It's estimated that Aniston and the rest of the core Friends cast makes up to $20 million a year from re-runs and streaming of the series alone.
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How much does Jennifer Aniston make from commercials?
While some celebrities make themselves a brand (think Jennifer Lopez's J.Lo merchandise), Aniston prefers to promote other brands using her own persona: Beautiful, approachable, a girls' girl. Her endorsements have included Emirates Airlines (reportedly worth $5 million), Vital Proteins, L'Oréal, Aveeno (a deal rumored to be worth eight figures), Smartwater, Living Proof haircare, Heineken, Got Milk, Lynx deodorant, Diet Coke and Shire pharmaceuticals (for a chronic dry eye medication). She also launched six of her own fragrances.
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Jennifer Aniston transitioned into a full-fledged movie star
After Friends made Aniston a household name, she embarked on a lucrative career in movies. During her tenure on the series, she starred in the following films:
She's The One ($9.5 million box office on a $3.5 million budget)
Til There Was You ($3.5 million box office on a $1 million budget)
Picture Perfect ($44 million box office on $10 million budget)
The Object of My Affection ($47 million box office on $15 million budget)
Office Space ($11 million box office on $10 million budget, but became a cult classic)
The Iron Giant ($23 million box office on a $70 million budget, but was critically acclaimed)
Rock Star ($19 million box office on $57 million budget)
The Good Girl ($17 million box office on $8 million budget)
Bruce Almighty ($485 million box office on $81 million budget)
Along Came Polly ($178 million box office on $42 million budget)
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Post-Friends, Aniston appeared in:
Derailed ($57 million box office on a $22 million budget)
Rumor Has It... ($89 million box office on $70 million budget)
Friends With Money ($18 million box office on a $6.5 million budget)
The Break-Up ($206 million box office on a $52 million budget)
Marley & Me ($256 million box office on a $60 million budget)
He's Just Not That Into You ($179 million box office on $40 million budget)
Love Happens ($36 million box office on an $18 million budget)
The Bounty Hunter ($136 million box office on a $40 million budget)
The Switch ($50 million box office on a $19 million budget)
Just Go With It ($215 million box office on an $80 million budget)
Horrible Bosses ($210 million box office on a $35 million budget)
Wanderlust ($24 million box office, budget unknown)
We're the Millers ($270 million box office on a $37 million budget)
Life Of Crime ($1.5 million box office on $12 million budget)
Horrible Bosses 2 ($108 million box office on a $42 million budget)
Cake ($2.4 million box office on a $7 million budget, but earned Aniston a Golden Globe nomination for Best Actress in a Drama)
She's Funny That Way ($6 million box office, budget unknown)
Mother's Day ($49 million box office on a $25 million budget)
Storks ($183 million box office on a $70 million budget)
Office Christmas Party ($115 million box office on a $45 million budget)
The Yellow Birds ($58,000 box office on a $12 million budget)
Dumplin' (budget unknown, on Netflix so no box office data applies)
Murder Mystery (budget unknown, on Netflix so no box office data applies)
Murder Mystery 2 (budget unknown, on Netflix so no box office data applies)
Aniston's paydays for each film haven't been revealed, but due to her star power, it's safe to assume she commanded some hefty checks, and they keep rolling in: As of this writing, Aniston has five acting projects currently in development or production.
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Jennifer Aniston expanded her horizons to producing
In addition to her prolific acting career, Aniston is also a producer. She has seven producing projections currently in development, as well as producer or executive producer credits on projects including Dumplin', Murder Mystery, Cake and The Morning Show.
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