Chris Rock is an American stand-up comedian, actor, screenwriter, film producer, and director. Rock worked in fast food restaurants before he began his comedy career at New York’s famous comedy club Catch a Rising Star – the same club that produced artists such as Jerry Seinfeld, Robin Williams, Ellen DeGeneres, and others.
Within a very short period of time, rock became a permanent fixture in the club and began to play TV roles. Saturday Night Live gave him his much needed big break in 1990, and since then Rock’s career has been on the upswing. 1996 was also an exceptional year, as his second HBO special, “Bring The Pain”, earned him much critical acclaim and two Emmy Awards. From appearances at sold-out venues to hosting numerous MTV Video Music Awards, BET Awards and Acadamy Awards and major acting engagements, Rock has come a long way.
The multiple Emmy winner has also won a Grammy for the best-spoken comedy album. This article will examine the details of Chris Rock’s successful career and personal life.
Chris Rock Net Worth is $100 Million
Chris Rock was able to accumulate a huge fortune of 100 million dollars. You know a celebrity has done well financially when he’s mentioned by Forbes. About 9 years after his big breakthrough on the SNL stage, Rock made his first debut on the Forbes Celebrity 100 list in 2009, which features the 100 highest-paid entertainers in the world.
Forbes estimated Rock’s income within 12 months at $42 million. Major contributions to this high paycheck included his 2008 HBO special Kill The Messenger, where he was named America’s Funniest Man, his No Apologies tour and salary from four films, and the television show Everybody Hates Chris, which became the most-watched television show on the UPN network and was later broadcast on a syndicated basis.
Since then, Rock has appeared next on the Forbes 100 list in 2017 with a mammoth $57 million salary. However, it wasn’t that Rock didn’t make money on his gigs, they were not only lucrative enough to get his numbers to meet the Forbes cut.
His return to the coveted 2017 list was due to his mega-deal with Netflix. Rock signed a record-breaking contract with the streaming service to perform two comedy specials worth $20 million each, bringing the total contract to $40 million per Forbes.
With this deal, Rock is back on its feet since it is 2008 Kill The Messenger. Netflix is fast becoming a favorite destination for comedians, and why wouldn’t it be, Netflix is quickly proving far more lucrative than the tour that has been the biggest moneymaker for comedians to date. In addition to Chris, other comedians have made high eight figures, including Dave Chappelle, Jerry Seinfeld, and Ellen DeGeneres.
But don’t let that fool you, Rock is still going on the road, and when he does, he earns quite a bit of money per stop, estimated at half a million. It must be good to be Chris Rock.
Chris Rock Wife, Divorce, Family
Chris Rock married the businesswoman and actress Malaak Compton in 1996. Unfortunately, almost two decades after his marriage and the joint birth of two daughters (Lola Simone, born in 2002 and Zahra Savannah, born in 2004), Rock filed for divorce from Malaak in December 2014, citing insurmountable differences.
Malaak Compton, a graduate of Howard University, is the founder of StyleWorks, a full-service non-profit salon that provides free services to women who leave welfare to enter the workforce. She once worked as a public relations executive and booked celebrities for Unicef. Maalak Compton is said to have net assets of $20 million.
She met Rock at the Essence Festival in 1996 and married shortly afterward. The couple lived happily with their two daughters in Alpine, New Jersey, and counted Sean “Diddy” Combs and Mary J. Blige among their neighbors.
The following events after Rock announced his separation from Mallak were, to say the least, bad. It took two years for the ex-couple to reach an agreement in August 2016.
Although a marriage contract existed when they married, Malaak vetoed it, claiming that it had expired because of the forfeiture clause. She applied for a large part of Rock’s net assets and claimed that she had to give up her public relations career to focus on the family. The court documents showed that the couple had agreed to 50-50 custody of their children. However, the main problem was the division of the high 8-digit bank account.
In the early stages of their divorce, there were rumors that Rock Maalak had cheated with his top 5 colleagues Rosario Dawson. As expected Chris denied the allegations. However, in May 2017, almost a year after their divorce was finalized, Chris Rock gave an exclusive, open interview to the Rolling Stones, admitting that he had cheated on Maalak with three different women, one of whom he believed was famous and the other halfway famous.
Rock explained to the RS that he thought he could get away with his actions because he was the rich and breadwinner of the family. He then criticized his actions and said that they were wrong and that he blamed himself for the divorce.
Rock and Malaak reached an agreement in August 2016. However, the details of the settlement were hidden from public view. Based on the fact that Rock called his 2017 comedy tour “alimony tour” because “he has to earn some money”, we speculate that the payment is quite high.
However, if he continues to talk about it as funny as he is, paying Malaak would be the least of his problems.
Chris Rock Girlfriend
In early 2016, Rock began dating actress Megalyn Echikunwake. She was born on May 28, 1983, in Spokane, Washington, and is 18 years younger than Chris Rock. Megalyn is half Igbo Nigerian and half Navajo Indian. She began her career in 1998 and has an impressive filmography. However, she is known for her roles in television shows such as Arrows, CSI: Miami and The 4400.
In his interview with the Rolling Stones in May 2017 Chris said about them: “I’m going out with a girl now. She’s got her own dough, it’s amazing.” The last part of his statement was perceived as a shadow of his ex-wife, Malaak.
Well, no matter how cute and sweet Chris and Megalyn may appear in public, it seems that marriage is not an option for them. Why? When RS Rock asked if he would ever marry again, he replied: “Not if it would cure AIDS”.
Chris Rock Brother
Chris Rock has 7 brothers and two sisters. Three of his brothers, Tony, Kenny, and Jordan, are all in the entertainment industry. Rock had an older half-brother Charles, who died in 2006 after a fight with alcoholism.
Of Rock’s three brothers who are in show business, Tony Rock is the most popular. Tony was born on June 30, 1974, in Brooklyn, New York City, New York. He gained his first recognition through his performances in stand-up in New York.
From 2000, Tony hosted a game show called Can You Tell? for Oprah Winfrey’s Oh! Oxygen Network. He then became a correspondent for season 5 of Comedy Central’s BattleBots. Tony worked with his brother Chris. He played the recurring role of Uncle Ryan in Chris’ UPN hit show Everybody Hates Chris.
He directed his own sketch comedy show called The Tony Rock Project. It was aired on MyNetworkTV and ran one year from 2008 to 2009. More recently, he hosted the Apollo Live for BET. Tony’s opening credits include Think Like A Man. His efforts have earned him an estimated net worth of $5 million.
Chris Rock Wiki
Chris Rock was born on February 7, 1965, in Andrews South Carolina, but grew up in Brooklyn, where his parents were later to move. Rock’s father, Christopher Julius Rock II, was a truck driver and newspaper deliverer who died in 1988 after an ulcer operation.
His mother, Rosalie Rock (née Tingman), was a teacher and social worker. She worked for the mentally handicapped. Rock was the victim of bullying during his high school years at James Madison High School, a white-dominated school. The bullying became so bad that his parents had to remove him from school. Rock later earned his GED.
His experience as a tyrant victim would become the inspiration for “Everybody Hates Chris”. Rock mentioned that his comedy style was influenced by his paternal grandfather, Allen Rock, who was a preacher.
In addition to his many acting roles, Rock has also been successful as a voice actor voicing a character in the successful film “Madagascar” (2005 – 2012).
Quick Facts About Chris Rock
|Date of Birth:||7 February 1965|
|Age:||55 years old|
|Birth Nation:||United Staes of America|
|Height:||5 Feet 10 Inch|
|Birth Name||Christopher Julius Rock III|
|Father||Christopher Julius Rock II|
|Birth Place/City||Andrews, South Carolina, United States|
|Profession||comedian, actor, writer, producer, and director|
|Net Worth||$70 million|
|Eye Color||Dark Brown|
|Hair Color||Dark Brown|
|Shoe Size||11 (US)|
|Weight in KG||76kg|
|Married to||Malaak Compton Rock (m. 1996-2016)|
|Children||Zahra Savannah Rock, Lola Simone Rock|
|Divorce||Malaak Compton Rock (m. 1996-2016)|
|Awards||Black Reel Award|
|Siblings||Tony Rock, Jordan Rock, Kenny Rock, Andre Rock, Brian Rock, Andi Rock, Charles Rock|