Russell Peters $21 Million Fortune : Comedian Made $21 Million Last Year, So Why Isn’t He More Famous?

Russell Peters $21 Million Fortune : Comedian Made $21 Million Last Year, So Why Isn't He More Famous?

Russell Peters’ $21 Million Salary Stuns, ‘Almost Famous’ Comedian Makes Big Money

In Hollywood, they say fame and fortune go hand in hand. That’s not the case for comedian Russell Peters. The 43-year-old pulled in an estimated $21 million last year, but chances are you’ve never even heard of him.

Having just completed his last tour, the comedian is now playing at the smaller, more intimate clubs — a common method for comedians to experiment with new material as they prepare for new acts. But Peters has been setting global sales records for years, selling-out arenas from Radio City Music Hall to the Sydney Opera House. In 2009, he broke the U.K. attendance record for a one-off comedy show when he performed in front of 16,000 fans in London’s O2 Arena. In Australia, he pocketed $2 million after headlining two shows. In Singapore, an effortless $1 million in two just nights.

Add to that last year’s tour, “Notorious,” which kicked off early 2012 and quickly became the most-attended comedy show in the history of Lebanon, Singapore, Indonesia, South Africa and Malaysia. In Dubai, tickets became the fastest-selling in the history of the Emirate, even outselling Madonna. The tour was the world’s third most popular comedy act of 2012 (Jeff Dunham was No. 1).

The bulk of Peters’ earnings come from the multi-million dollar touring enterprise he’s created. In 2013, he grossed $19 million from 64 shows, which wasn’t too far from Jerry Seinfeld’s $23 million.