She's come a long way from "All My Children!"
Kelly Ripa’s net worth has been built through different periods in her career. The now-daytime chatshow queen has been a soap opera star and even headlined her own sitcom. In fact, she’s even worked as a dancer!
With a high-profile marriage, a production company, and a whole lot more under her belt, Ripa is one of the hardest-working women in showbiz. Aren’t you wondering how much money all that tenacity has earned her?
Here is all you could ever want to know about Kelly Ripa’s net worth.
How did Kelly Ripa become famous?
Kelly Ripa has had a pretty interesting career trajectory. She began her TV career with local station appearances, most notably the PHL17 dance show Dancing on Air. The series was later picked up by the USA Network and renamed Dance Party USA. This gave Ripa her first national TV exposure in 1986 when she appeared as a dancer on the series.
Her first major acting role came a few years later in 1990 when she landed the role of Hayley Vaughan on All My Children, which she held until 2002. The series gave Ripa her first mild taste of fame, especially with soap opera fans.
Her mainstream fame came when she replaced Kathie Lee Gifford as Regis Philbin’s co-host for the daytime talk show Live! with Regis and Kathie Lee, which was renamed Live! with Regis and Kelly beginning in November 2000 with her officially taking over the job in February 2001. Ripa still holds this position today, though the co-host position alongside her has gone through a few different iterations.
What is Kelly Ripa's net worth in 2023?
According to Celebrity Net Worth, in 2023 Kelly Ripa has a net worth of a fantastic $120 million. Ripa has earned this money through her success as an actor, television producer, and author, but mainly through her longstanding gig as a daytime TV talk show host on Live!. Considering Ripa has held that position for over 20 years, it makes sense she has built this small fortune.
How much does Kelly Ripa make a year?
The amount that Kelly Ripa earns each year depends on the number of projects she has her hand in each year, acting, hosting, and otherwise. We do know she earns around $20 million a year just for her hosting gig at Live!. That means she likely earns in the range of $20 million to $30 million or more with all of her income streams counted, including brand sponsorship deals and anything else she has signed on for.
How much does Kelly Ripa make on Live! with Kelly and Ryan?
Kelly Ripa reportedly earns in the $20 million range each year for her hosting position on Live! with Kelly. She has held this position since officially being named the co-host of the program in February 2001 and her salary has gone up accordingly.
Ripa has not had an easy time when it comes to hosting the show—she wasn’t even given an office for her first years there! She told Variety, “It was the strangest experience I’ve ever had in my life. I was told that I couldn’t have an office. It didn’t make a whole lot of sense, especially because there were empty offices that I could have easily occupied.”
She revealed that after her fourth year hosting, the network put a desk in a janitor's closet for her, but she still had other obstacles on set. In fact, Ripa had to use the public restroom along with audience members. “We have a studio audience—like 250 people!—and I have to queue up. Particularly when I was pregnant, it was extraordinarily exhausting to have to wait in line. I have to host the show, and I’m still waiting in line to use the bathroom. It just seemed, you know, a very needlessly difficult situation.”
Ripa wasn’t even offered co-host Regis Philbin’s fancy office and private bathroom when he retired in 2011 after she had already been with the program for over 10 years. “They said, ‘Oh, no, we’re saving that.’ And I said, ‘Saving it for what?’ And they go, ‘Well, for when the new guy comes.’ And I looked at them, and I said, ‘I am the new guy.’ I just moved my things. I forced my way into the office because I couldn’t understand how I would still be in the janitor’s closet and somebody new would come in and get the office.”
How much does Kelly Ripa make an episode?
Kelly Ripa reportedly earns in the $20 million range each year for her role as the senior co-host of Live!. As each season consists of around 257 to 259 episodes, that means she earns around $77,520 per episode, give or take. At one point, when the show was Live! with Kelly and Michael from 2012 to 2016, she was reportedly making $36,000 an episode, so her salary has definitely increased over the years!
Ripa has discussed her fight to earn fair pay on the show. “I don’t think they wanted to pay me. I think they had to pay me. I was trying to walk out the door and close it behind me. And I think they really figured out rapidly that they had screwed up in a major way, and it was not a good look. I think that was really the impetus behind paying me fairly. They had no choice.”
How much does Kelly Ripa make for Generation Gap?
The game show Generation Gap on ABC is a spinoff of a segment from Jimmy Kimmel Live! Kelly Ripa hosts the series, which premiered on July 7, 2022, and was renewed for a second season in March 2023. It is produced by Jimmy Kimmel’s Kimmelot production company, MGM Television, and Ripa’s production company with her husband Mark Consuelos, Milojo.
It is not known how much Ripa earns for her hosting and producing duties on the game show, but it is likely in the millions.
It is no surprise Ripa was tapped as the host for the series, as she and Kimmel are famous friends. “I'm very close with Jimmy's family,” Ripa explains. “He is close with my family, and he said to me, 'You are literally the only person I know who can host this show.' Because he knows I work well with children. Anybody under the age of 13, that's my sweet spot. Those are my people."
How much did Kelly Ripa make from her book?
Kelly Ripa published her first book, I Love You, Mom!: A Celebration of Our Mothers and Their Gifts to Us in April 2004. Her most recent book, the memoir Live Wire: Long-Winded Short Stories came out on Sept. 27, 2022.
Live Wire fast became a New York Times bestseller, landing at the No. 2 spot on the coveted list. However, it is not known how much she was paid for the book or how much she earned from it.
Ripa posted her reaction to making the NYTimes best seller list on her Instagram account. Her caption read, “Words cannot properly express my gratitude to YOU, yes YOU dear reader! Tears are literally streaming down my face. Writing this book was hard. So many hours of self-doubt and second-guessing led to this…..a New York Times bestseller! Wow. Thank you readers of Live Wire!!”