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Who Is Steve Harvey?
Broderick Stephen Harvey, popularly known as Steve Harvey, is an American comedian, actor, entertainer, and businessman.
Steve Harvey has hosted numerous shows throughout his professional career, including The Steve Harvey Morning Show, Family Feud, and Celebrity Family Feud.
|Full Name:||Broderick Stephen Harvey|
|Popular Name:||Steve Harvey|
|Birth Date:||January 17, 1957|
|Parents:||Jesse Harvey and Eloise Vera|
|Siblings:||Terry Harvey, Mona Harvey, and Pauline Harvey|
|Birth Place:||Welch, West Virginia|
|Education:||Glenville High School, Kent State University, and West Virginia University|
|Marital Status:||Married . Formerly married to Marcia Harvey (1980 – 1994) and Mary Lee Shackelford (1996 – 2005)|
|Wife/Spouse:||Marjorie Elaine Harvey|
|Children:||Brandi Harvey, Karli Harvey, and Broderick Harvey Jr. (from marriage with Marcia Harvey), Wynton Harvey (from marriage with Maria Shackelford) and Morgan Harvey, Jason Harvey, and Lori Harvey (incorporated into the family from Marjorie’s previous relationship)|
|Net Worth:||200 million (as of June 1st, 2020)|
|Source of Wealth:||Comedy Shows and Tours, Acting, Radio and Television Talk Shows, Film and Television Production, Screenwriting, Writing, Endorsement Deals, and Other Ventures|
|Height:||6′ 2″ (1.85 m)|
|Weight:||85 kg; In pounds: 187 lbs.|
Early Life and Career Information
Steve Harvey was born Broderick Stephen Harvey on January 17, 1957, in Welch, West Virginia, to Jesse Harvey and Eloise Vera. Harvey graduate from Glenville High School in 1987. After graduating from high school, he proceeded to Kent State University and then West Virginia University.
Steve Harvey kicked off his career as a comedian in the early 80s. He suffered numerous financial setbacks during the early stages of his acting career, including being homeless for three years. However, he continued performing standup comedy until his break finally came in 1990 when he emerged as a finalist in the Second Annual Johnnie Walker National Comedy Search.
Steve immediately landed a role a hosting role in the television show, It’s Showtime at the Apollo, and he has never looked back since then. To date, Harvey has hosted scores of successful radio and television programs, including The Steve Harvey Morning Show and Family Feud.
Steve Harvey’s Net Worth
Steve Harvey’s net worth is a staggering $200 million, as of June 1, 2020. Steve has earned his fortune from his successful career in comedy as well as radio and television show hosting. He presently hosts The Steve Harvey Morning Show, Family Feud, and Celebrity Family Feud. Additionally, Harvey has hosted the Miss Universe competition since 2015.
In addition to comedy as well as radio and television hosting, Steve Harvey also makes money from film production, television production, screenwriting, acting, and various other business ventures. Harvey’s annual salary from his entertainment duties and other endeavors is an estimated $40 million.
He reportedly earned $45 million from June 2017 to June 2018. Family Feud accounted for about $10 million of this amount, while $20 million came from radio hosting. The remaining $15 million was spread across his other entertainment duties and personal investments.
a) Steve Harvey in Book Authorship
Steve Harvey is an accomplished author. In 2009, he released a book titled Act Like a Lady, Think Like a Man. The book was an instant success, with its hardcover version spending a record 64 weeks on the New York Times bestseller list. The book also went on to inspire the 2012 ensemble film titled “Think Like a Man”.
Other notable books that Steve Harvey has published include;
• Straight Talk, No Chaser (2010),
• Act Like A Success” (2014), and
• Jump: Take the Leap of Faith to Achieve Your Life of Abundance (2016)
b) Steve Harvey in Real Estate
In 2018, Steve Harvey, along with his wife, Marjorie Bridges, leased a 12, 000-square-foot mansion located in Beverly Hills, California. The Harveys reportedly lease the property for around $1.3 million per year.
Steve Harvey also owns a 9,000-square-foot property in Atlanta, which he acquired in 2010 at a cost of $3.4 million. The family owns another equally-large mansion on the outskirts of Dallas, Texas.
In 2013, Steve Harvey acquired a 5,500-square-foot property in Chicago, located on the 88th floor of Trump International. He sold the house in 2018 for $7.7 million.
In May 2020, Steve Harvey purchased a mansion in Atlanta for $15 million. The 35,000-square-foot property was at one time owned by actor Tyler Perry before selling it in 2016 to evangelist David Turner for $17.5 million. So, Steve definitely got a good bargain here.
c) Steve Harvey in Acting
While he is mostly famous as a comedian, Steve Harvey has appeared in scores of critically acclaimed films. His major movie appearance was in the film The Original Kings of Comedy, where he co-starred alongside Bernie Mac, Cedric the Entertainer, and D.L Hughley. Harvey has also appeared in Love Don’t Cost a Thing, and Tyler Perry’s Madea Goes to Jail.
Well, there are no official reports on how much he made from these films. However, it’s safe to assume that he earned some decent cash out of them, considering the movies were both critically-acclaimed and financially successful.
d) Steve Harvey’s Other Ventures
• In 2014, Steve Harvey co-founded a dating site known as Delightful.
• In 2015, Steve started Harvey’s Foods Limited and launched his first product, Easy Bacon, the same year.
• In 2016, Harvey teamed up with Ellen DeGeneres to create the show, Little Big Shots. He hosted the show until 2019.
• Harvey has since launched his own clothing line and also reportedly earns some decent cash as a business coach.
Life Lessons from Steve Harvey
1. Setbacks are part and parcel of success
Steve Harvey suffered numerous setbacks that threatened to nip his professional comedy career at the bud. At some point, he was homeless and had to stay in his car for three years. However, he pressed on amidst all these challenges.
2. Stay focused on your dreams
After kicking off his professional comedy career in the early 80s, it took Harvey about ten years to finally break onto the scene. In the meantime, he remained true to his goals and continued performing standup comedy even when he was earning nothing out of it.
3. Be consistent
Steve Harvey has been in the industry for more than three decades and he’s still going strong. It takes consistency and passion for your job to last that long.
Quotes by Steve Harvey
“Failure is a great teacher, and I think when you make mistakes and you recover from them and you treat them as valuable learning experiences, then you’ve got something to share.”
“How can smart women be so stupid about men sometimes? Lack of knowledge. It’s what men have kept secret for so long.”
“The problem is, women have stopped setting the bar high.”
“You can be happy, or you can be right. If you want to be part of a couple and win every argument, you’re in trouble.”
“You can take lessons to become almost anything: flying lessons, piano lessons, skydiving lessons, acting lessons, race car driving lessons, singing lessons. But there’s no class for comedy. You have to be born with it. God has to give you this gift.”
Steve Harvey is one of the most accomplished comedians of his generation. He is one of the few entertainers to have lasted in the industry for more than thirty years and he has an impressive net worth to show for it.