Steve Harvey is best known for his role as the host of Family Feud, but Harvey has found success in a variety of wildly different industries, from entertainment to the world of online dating.
He has also created his own comedy festivals and expanded the Family Feud brand that he adopted.
Harvey is just as excellent of an entrepreneur as he is an entertainer, which has allowed him to create even more wealth out of the fortune he has already earned.
What Is Steve Harvey’s Net Worth?
Steve Harvey has a net worth of $200 million, most of which he has earned through his time as a game show and television host, comedian, and businessman.
Harvey is annually earning about $40 million to $50 million every year, with Family Feud paying the comedian $10 million and his radio gig earning him $20 million each year.
Before Steve Harvey was appearing across American television screens as a television host, he was touring the country as a comedian.
The early years of his career were difficult, but Harvey was determined to make a career out of what he loved doing most.
He was born Broderick Stephen Harvey on January 17th of 1957 in Welch, West Virginia.
When Harvey was only one year old, his family decided to move from West Virginia to Cleveland, Ohio.
After graduating from Glenville High School in 1974, he began attending Kent State University and later transferred to West Virginia University.
While living on his own, Harvey took on whatever job he was handed.
He once worked as a boxer, carpet cleaner, insurance salesman, mailman, and even an autoworker.
Harvey knew that he would find the career of his dreams eventually and would go on to perform his first comedy routine at the Hilarities Comedy Club on October 8th of 1985.
As an amateur comedian in the late 1980s, Steve Harvey was homeless and would have to sleep in his car unless whoever hired him reserved a hotel room for him.
Although the start of his career was rocky, Harvey would find the success he was chasing in the 1990s and would become a household favorite by the 2000s.
Fans of the comedian were elated when he became the new host of the long-running game show Family Feud in 2010.
Getting Into Entertainment As A Comedian
After Steve Harvey’s first performance on October 8th of 1985, he quit his job the next day because he believed that becoming a professional comedian was what God had planned for his life and decided to take a leap of faith.
Promising God that he would always remember his gratitude for such an opportunity, Harvey stayed determined through the difficult times of his early career.
Eventually, he won a national comedy competition that would lead him to host Showtime at the Apollo.
Only a year later, Harvey was performing for Def Comedy Jam alongside Dave Chappelle.
He performed for HBO Comedy Half-Hour in 1995, which is still seen as one of the best episodes of the series to this day.
By 1997, Harvey was touring as one of the Kings of Comedy alongside Bernie Mac and D.L. Hughley.
The tour was taped and became The Original Kings of Comedy, one of the most successful comedy specials to ever be produced.
In 2003 and 2004, Steve Harvey performed on Jamie Foxx’s Laffapalooza alongside a variety of comedians, such as Spike Davis, Juan Villareal, Will Smith, and Rodney Perry.
In 2006, Steve Harvey released his comedy special, Don’t Trip… He Ain’t Through with Me Yet.
The special was so popular that Harvey decided to release a second special called Steve Harvey: Still Trippin’ the following year.
In 2012, Harvey decided it was time to hang up his hat as a comedian and focus more on his television shows and businesses.
He performed at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas, Nevada to end his 27-year career as a stand-up comedian.
Steve Harvey would return to the comedic stage for Def Comedy Jam 25, which also featured Dave Chappelle, Tiffany Haddish, Bill Bellamy, Barbara Carlyle, Mike Epps, and many more.
Becoming A Legendary Host
Steve Harvey knew how to keep an audience entertained, and he used his skills as a comedian to become one of the best hosts that television has to offer.
His first hosting gig was Showtime at the Apollo, which he hosted for 157 episodes.
In 1996, he began taking a larger role in the production process with The Steve Harvey Show, which he wrote, produced, and performed in.
Word of Steve Harvey’s hard work and dedication to his project spread around Hollywood.
Harvey would take over Family Feud in 2010 and bring the game show to a higher level of popularity than it had ever known.
Unlike previous hosts, Harvey brought a new sense of comedy to the game show.
His humor seemed to be exactly what the show needed and allowed the show to receive record-high ratings and has become the first nationally syndicated television show to continue to increase its ratings for seven years straight.
Under Harvey’s hosting direction, the show would become even more popular than it was before, and he knew that he had found his place on television.
He has now served as the longest-serving host that the show has ever seen, beating out Richard Dawson’s tenure which ran from 1976 to 1985.
In 2015, Steve Harvey took on his first international hosting job as the host of Miss Universe.
Although things had gone smoothly throughout the competition, Harvey accidentally announced the wrong country when announcing the winner.
When he was brought back to host Miss Universe again in 2021, Harvey made the same mistake again when nearly said Portugal instead of Paraguay.
Luckily, Harvey was able to catch it when he noticed that Portugal wasn’t even one of the countries left in the competition.
In 2017, he began hosting New Year’s Eve with Steve Harvey live and continued until 2020.
Taking Family Feud International
After Family Feud began booming with success, Steve Harvey decided to take over the brand.
The series was no stranger to branching off, especially after the success that it had found with Celebrity Family Feud.
The spin-off show started in 2008 with Al Roker being the original host.
Harvey wouldn’t start hosting the show until 2015.
The first guests that he hosted on the game show were Toni Braxton, Monica Potter, Anthony Anderson, and Curtis Stone.
Harvey wanted to expand beyond the United States and decided to take Family Feud to South Africa in 2020.
The show quickly became number one in South Africa and is currently one of the most popular shows airing in South Africa.
With the massive success that the show found in South Africa, Harvey knew that Family Feud would do extremely well all over Africa.
The brand also plans to create Ghana’s own version of the game show.
Bringing Family Feud to Africa has been a dream of Harvey’s since he began having a larger impact on the show.
He is excited to see the way that he is able to bring families together and spread joy around the world.
In 2019, the Family Feud brand expanded into Canada.
However, this version of the show isn’t hosted by Steve Harvey.
Instead, it’s hosted by Canadian comedian Gerry Dee.
Every year, the Family Feud series and its spin-offs get 178,000,000 viewers.
That’s more than half of the population of the United States.
When taping in the United States, Family Feud is recorded at Universal Studios in Orlando, Florida.
The show was moved from Sunset Bronson Studios in California to accommodate Steve Harvey, who lived and hosted a radio show in Atlanta, Georgia.
Harvey has made the influential game show his own and watched it flourish.
Creating The Soul And Sand Festival
Steve Harvey knows that his fans’ love for him is the driving force behind his personal brand’s success and that his fans are willing to be a part of anything that has his name on it.
With help from his daughter, Harvey started Steve Harvey’s Soul and Sand Festival in 2017.
The festival is a five-day and seven-night celebration with a variety of different events for guests to enjoy.
During Steve Harvey’s Soul and Sand Festival, guests are invited to tropical-themed parties such as the Beachside Jazz and Cocktails Reception, the Tears of Joy Comedy Show, or the Harvey Foundation Golf Tournament.
Steve Harvey holds a comedy show on one of the nights and allows other comedic talents to take the stage through the rest of the week.
His wife, Marjorie Harvey, hosts a makeup and styling event called The Beauty Bar in collaboration with The Lady Loves Couture.
Later during the festival, Steve Harvey holds a Masterclass where he discusses what he does to find and secure success.
Harvey is joined by a panel of Success Coaches who are there to help him answer the questions of audience members.
After the Masterclass, there is a conference where audience members can mingle and trade business cards.
Harvey and his Success Coach team are firm believers in the idea of good networking and how that can improve any company or single person’s career.
The festival also has a variety of themed parties like the ’90s house party where guests are invited to wear their most fly 1990s attire.
Guests will first be treated to the Check-In Party, where guests are supposed to represent their fraternity, city, college, or even favorite sports team.
The festival ends with the All-White Grand Finale Concert and the All-White Grand Finale After Party.
Entering The Dating World With Delightful
Steve Harvey has always posed himself as someone who knows a lot because he’s been around the block.
Although he claims that most of his knowledge comes from failure, Harvey wants to help people avoid the same troubles that he has experienced.
After his second divorce, Harvey had tried his hand in the world of online dating and even became the spokesperson for the dating application BlackPeopleMeet.
However, Harvey wanted to create a dating application that would help women find the exact kind of men they want.
Harvey understood that everyone needs a different type of partner who understands what it is like to be at each stage of life.
While some people may be looking for a quick, fun date, others are looking for life partners.
Those who are looking to spend the rest of their lives with one person don’t want to have to go on a rotation of dates looking for the right person.
With the help of IAC, Steve Harvey created Delightful to help consumers find the right person through fewer dates.
Although Harvey may have been new to the modern dating world, IAC owns the most popular dating applications like Match.com, Tinder, and OkCupid.
When Harvey was looking to make a deal with IAC, he decided to talk with Match.com’s CEO Sam Yagan.
Yagan saw the passion that Harvey had behind the project and helped him get in contact with the proper people from IAC.
The CEO appreciated that Delightful was tailored towards those who wanted to settle down and start a family.
Delightful asks the user what they’re looking for in a partner and then searches their database to find someone who meets their parameters.
According to Harvey, he believes that women are more likely to settle down faster for reproductive purposes.
Uniting His Businesses Under Steve Harvey Global
Steve Harvey wanted to make it easier to manage all of his business ventures, so he decided to unite them under Steve Harvey Global in 2017.
This production, media, and event company hopes to deliver the same level of joy that Harvey has been able to spread through his career.
Under Steve Harvey Global, the comedian has his own production company called East One Twelve.
East One Twelve handles every part of the entertainment process and has created a variety of movies and television shows such as Think Like a Man, Little Big Shots, and Little Big Shots: Forever Young.
Any digital media for Harvey’s personal accounts is also handled by Steve Harvey Global.
They hope to inspire and delight people online with the messages of Steve Harvey.
The company also handles the creation of all Steve Harvey products.
From his 2006 hotline to the creation of Family Feud or Steve Harvey-themed merchandise, Steve Harvey Global oversees everything to ensure that products live up to Harvey’s standards.
A year after founding Steve Harvey Global, the legendary comedian created Vault Empowers, a personal and professional development platform.
Vault Empowers tours the country in hope of being a learning hub for a variety of future leaders and entrepreneurs.
One of the most recent projects that Steve Harvey Global has taken on is Harvey Ventures, which focuses on educating the public on the most recent technological advancements.
Harvey Ventures also looks into investing in the life- and industry-changing technology that needs the proper funding in order to spread around the world.
The investment company also looks to help the technology companies they support to develop the proper discipline they need to succeed.
They also want to help create a supportive community around the companies they invest in.
Owning Mansions All Over The Country
Thanks to the fortune that he has earned through the entertainment industry and his other business ventures, Steve Harvey has been able to earn enough money to purchase five different luxury properties around the United States.
The house that Harvey is best known for owning is the one that was previously owned by Tyler Perry in Atlanta, Georgia.
He bought the 34,688-square-foot mansion in 2020 for $15 million.
The mansion sits on 17 acres, which are kept so well that they look like paintings.
It also comes with a 70,000-gallon infinity pool, a private spa, caretaker quarters, guest quarters, and a high-end security apparatus.
Harvey has a second home in Atlanta that is 9,258 square feet and has six bedrooms, eight bathrooms, a miniature golf course, and his cigar cabinet.
The house is so beautiful that Harvey has even opened his house for an exclusive tour for the public to see.
For $110,000 per month, Steve Harvey and his family live in a five-bedroom, eight-bathroom, 11,234-square-foot-home in the famous Los Angeles neighbor, Beverly Park.
The house also includes a chef’s kitchen, a screening room, a library, and maid’s quarters.
In the backyard of their California home sits a 1,000-square-foot pool house with a full kitchen and sleeping quarters.
Like his mansion in Atlanta, Harvey likes a home with a well-manicured lawn and plenty of shrubbery.
Steve Harvey bought a 5,500-square-foot penthouse on the 88th floor of Trump International Hotel & Tower in Chicago.
The high-end penthouse was later sold in autumn of 2018 after The Steve Harvey Show moved from Chicago to Los Angeles.
The final property that Steve Harvey has owned is a 7,430-square-foot property in Little Elm, Texas.
It has five bedrooms and six bathrooms.
Steve Harvey’s Not Slowing Down Anytime Soon
Steve Harvey may have retired from comedy, but he shows no signs of retiring from any of his other careers anytime soon.
When he first began his comedy career, he made a promise that would be grateful for whatever he could make out of himself.
Harvey now wants to help other people achieve their dreams, just as he was able to.
Through his work with East One Twelve and Steve Harvey Global, this king of comedy has spread his influence across the globe.