Bill Cosby has had a long successful career as an entertainer, working as a both an actor in long-running TV shows and movies, but also producing and directing films and shows. In the past few years, he’s also been engaged in several lawsuits and criminal allegations against him.
So over his career, what is Bill Cosby net worth? And how much of his net worth could he lose as a result of the lawsuits against him? We’ll give you the rundown.
Bill Cosby began his career in stand up comedy, playing at clubs and shows in Philadelphia and New York. He began making comedy albums and selling these and also got national exposure on the ‘Tonight Show.’ Reportedly, Cosby turned down a 5-year $3.5 million contract renewal offer with Billboard to continue recording comedy albums.
In the 1060s, Cosby also starred in the NBC series, “I Spy” and received an Emmy for his acting work on the show.
In the 1970s, Cosby went on to produce the successful cartoon series “Fat Albert and the Cosby Kids,” and also starred in a number of films, including “Uptown Saturday Night” and “Let’s Do it Again.”
But Bill Cosby’s real start power and success came in the 1980s with the debut of “The Cosby Show,” which ran for 8 years. When sold into syndication, “The Cosby Show” commanded $4 million per episode and generated $1.5 billion over 20 years.
Later, Cosby also produced a spin-off show, “A Different World” and also returned to TV with the show “Cosby.” In addition to all of the salary, syndication fees, comedy albums and production fees that Cosby has accumulated, he’s also made money selling out tickets for comedy tours. In 2014 alone, Cosby’s shows reportedly sold a total of $10.8 million of tickets.
Dates of sexual assault allegations against Cosby span from 1965 to 2008 and have come from more than 50 women. Cosby has been accused of rape, drug facilitated sexual assault, sexual misconduct, sexual battery and child sexual abuse.
In 2018, we estimate Bill Cosby net worth at between $375 and $425 million. But just how much could Bill Cosby stand to lose?
First, victims in the lawsuits filed against Cosby could be awarded as much as $5 million to $10 million for psychological harm and future loss of income from that harm. In addition, punitive damages, can be as high as $50 million per victim. With seven plaintiffs involved in lawsuits naming Cosby, this means Cosby could lose his entire fortune.