Legendary Johnny Carson Had $300 Million Fortune, But Where Did All His Money Go?
Johnny Carson is one of those people whose legacy will never be washed off from the earth. He was a famous comedian and high-profile TV personality at The Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson, who hosted the talk show for 30 years between 1962-1992.
Apart from his superb career, he wasn’t a go-getter in personal life as he was married four times and divorced thrice. Only with the first wife, Jody Wolcott, the two shared 3 sons: Richard, Charles, and Cory.
Where did his net worth go?
By 1975, The Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson was the most profitable one on TV earning NBC $50-60 million annually. The same year, the TV host was the highest paid entertainer in the entire world with an annual salary of $4 million ($17 million to-date).
By 1991, Johnny’s salary rose to $25 million a year ($40 million today).
Herrrrres Johnny!!!!Working for NBC at Wimbledon in 1988. Johnny Carson and his wife & Gnarley Charley. pic.twitter.com/yLybVJLPoD
— Gnarley Charley (@GnarleyCharley) June 27, 2014
Usually, parents leave everything, or the biggest part of net worth, to their beloved ones. But it’s not a case of Johnny Carson. Throughout his life, he donated enormous amounts of money to charity organizations. Before passing away in 2005, Carson gave $1-$2 million to the Johnny Carson Foundation, and the organization made it as a trust fund.
After a bit more than 5 years, the fund reached roughly $200 million. Simply put, all his money were distributed to different donations.
Johnny’s hometown in Norfolk, Nebraska named a hospital, museum, community college, library, and high school in his honor after receiving large gifts.
The highest paid entertainer in the entire world was diagnosed with emphysema in 2002. It is a common lung disease, and the main cause is smoking. Johnny Carson battled it for 3 years before passing away in 2005.