What's Chris Rock's net worth? Here's why comedian paid $3 million for NJ home far from Hollywood
Comedian Chris Rock has been in the news ever since Will Smith slapped him at the 94th Academy Awards on March 27, after he made a joke about the latter's wife actress Jada Pinkett-Smith's bald head. The incident sparked massive shock and a flurry of memes, tweets, and opinions. While some called the actor out for his violent act, others said Rock's impromptu joke about Jada went too far since she suffers from alopecia.
Rock, however, has remained lowkey for most of his life. He focuses on his stand-up tours and hosts events without getting involved in any major scandals. For the last 22 years, Rock has lived in his $3 million home in the suburbs of New Jersey, which is a 45-minute drive from New York City. The 57-year-old purchased the four-bedroom, four-bathroom estate in the upscale Alpine neighborhood back in 2001.
An insider told The New York Post, "He goes to [his ex-wife's] home all the time. He only got the other house because his marriage ended. But Chris is still on very good terms with Malaak. He loves his daughters and spends a lot of time of them." In 1994, Rock bought a home in Brooklyn. He lived there for two years and then proceeded to rent the property for $8,000 per month until 2017, when he sold it for $3.35 million.
What is Chris Rock's net worth?
Chris Rock has a net worth of $60 million, as per Celebrity Net Worth. The actual figure could be much higher, but he reportedly lost as much as $40 million in a divorce settlement with his former wife, Malaak Compton. The couple divorced in 2016 after 20 years of marriage and have two daughters, Lola Simone, 19, and Zahra Savannah, 17.
According to the portal, when Rock is touring, he is consistently one of the highest-paid comedians in the world. Between June 2016 and June 2017, he earned approximately $60 million, and between June 2017 and June 2018, he earned $30 million.
Spanning over 10,300 square feet, Rock's property is situated on more than 2 acres of land. As per the New York Post, his neighbors in Alpine, New Jersey include Lil Kim, Ja Rule, Rev Run, Stevie Wonder, and Tracy Morgan. Past residents of the area include Jay-Z, P. Diddy, and Eddie Murphy.
Rock acknowledged that he had a pool at his New Jersey home that he couldn't previously use as he didn't know how to swim. "Do you know how fucking hard it is for a grown-up to learn how to swim? You've got to not be scared to die. The other day, this guy says to me, 'Okay, you're going to dive into the deep end and swim to the other side,' and I'm like, 'Are you fucking crazy?' But then I dove into the deep end and I swam to the other side, and it's a metaphor for what I've been trying to do during this time," Rock told The Hollywood Reporter.
Rock's mansion was reportedly built in 1999 and is the second on the street on the left. As per Famous Entertainment, it has a pink exterior with several peaked rooflines and two turrets. The gated house has an ingrown swimming pool and a wraparound driveway. Reports also suggest that he has five fireplaces as well as an arcade, but it is unconfirmed.
Born in South Carolina on February 7, 1965, Rock began his career as a stand-up comic in New York City's 'Catch a Rising Star' club. Eddie Murphy saw him performing at a nightclub and gave him his first film role in 'Beverly Hills Cop II'. Rock gained popularity after joining Saturday Night Live in the early 90s. In 2016, Netflix announced the release of two new stand-up specials from Rock, and he was reportedly paid $20 million per special.