You know who’s really freakin’ rich? The cast of Friends. Like, it’s actually insane how much money they each made from the show, and so the time has come to figure out Jennifer Aniston’s, Courteney Cox’s, Lisa Kudrow’s, Matt LeBlanc’s, Matthew Perry’s, and David Schwimmer’s net worths. Yep, all of them! Just think of it as a little motivation while you spend the rest of your paycheck on Chipotle. I support you!
As you’re probably well aware if you lived through the roaring ’90s, America’s most beloved sitcom was on for 10 seasons (a reunion special will hit HBO Max soon) and has been syndicated across multiple platforms to the tune of $1 billion. Yes, that’s BILLION with a “B.” It goes without saying that every major cast member is a millionaire, but don’t you want to know who has the most money in their bank account? Thought so.
First, Some Intel on That Sweet, Sweet Friends Money
While the cast of Friends has vastly different total net worths, they all definitely made a sh*t ton from the show. Here’s a breakdown of their season-by-season salaries.
Everyone got paid the same: $22,500 per episode. There were 24 episodes, so that ends up being...*attempts to do math*...$540,000 for the season.
The cast was making $20,000 and “considerably higher” per episode in season 2, so in total, they each earned anywhere from $480,000 to $960,000. Seems kinda unfair for whoever was on the lower end of that spectrum, but don’t worry—things changed.
Seasons 3 to 8
When season 3 hit, the cast decided to negotiate as a team. As a result, they made $75,000 per episode in season 3, $85,000 per episode in season 4, $100,000 per episode in season 5, $125,000 per episode in season 6, and $750,000 in seasons 7 and 8. (YEP, THOSE NUMBERS ARE ACCURATE. I CHECKED ’EM TWICE.)
Seasons 9 and 10
This is when things got really crazy. The cast started making $1 million per episode, each raking in $24,000,000 for season 9 and another $18,000,000 for season 10. On top of this, they got a cut (2 percent!) of syndication profits. Again, the show generates around $1 billion each year thanks to syndication, which means everyone gets about $20 million annually. Insane, I know, but keep in mind that this money is heavily taxed!
Kay, cool, now that we’ve gotten that out of the way, here’s who is richest in order of most filthy rich to least filthy rich:
1. Jennifer Aniston
Net worth: $300 million
I mean, duh. Out of everyone on Friends, Jen went on to have the most successful career after the show—she acts, produces, and does endorsements (she WILL shill for Diet Coke). You can read a full breakdown of Jennifer Aniston’s net worth, but here’s a little tease: She was paid $2 million per episode for The Morning Show. I mean...HER POWER.
2. Courteney Cox
Net worth: $150 million
Remember Cougar Town? Well, Courteney earned $275,000 an episode on top of her Friends residuals. In fact, ya girl made $6 million while starring on the show in 2013—the same year she was a spokeswoman for Pantene.
3. Matthew Perry
Net worth: $120 million
Honestly, it’s unclear why Matthew Perry has so much damn money, but it could have something to do with his super-smart real estate investments. Back in 2018, he sold a Hollywood Hills home for $12.5 million after buying it for $8.5 million (that’s a $4 million profit!), and he recently listed a penthouse for $35 million after buying it for $20 million.
4. Lisa Kudrow
Net worth: $90 million
Aside from her Friends income, Lisa Kudrow has made money from her show Web Therapy, not to mention roles in hit movies like Boss Baby (help) and Booksmart (omg, redemption from Boss Baby, thank god). Lisa doesn’t do a lot in the way of sponsored content, but she has made some savvy real estate deals—like selling a Park City, Utah, mansion for more than $3 million.
5. David Schwimmer
Net worth: $85 million
Most of David’s money comes from Friends. But please don’t forget that he was Melman the giraffe in Madagascar (GIVE HIM AN OSCAR, YOU COWARDS) and played Robert Kardashian in American Crime Story, which we can all agree was a career highlight. Unclear what he made for these gigs, but presumably...a lot?
6. Matt LeBlanc
Net worth: $80 million
Like David, most of Matt LeBlanc’s money comes from Friends, but he’s had some other lucrative projects. Let’s see, first of all, he was in the criminally terrible spin-off Joey, and he also reportedly inked a £2 million Top Gear hosting deal with BBC back in 2016, not to mention a $200,000 per episode deal for Man With a Plan on CBS.
Kay, that’s all...going to go become an actor real quick, wish me luck.
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