David Copperfield Net Worth $960 million
David Copperfield salary $61,500,000
David Copperfield Net Worth: How rich is David Copperfield? & How much money is David Copperfield worth? Time to find out!
David Copperfield is an American illusionist and his current net worth is $960 million.
Born in Metuchen, New Jersey as David Seth Kotkin to Rebecca, an insurance adjuster, and Hyman Kotkin, the owner of a men’s haberdashery, David grew up in a Jewish family.
At the age of ten he started practicing magic under the name of Davino the Boy Magician, around his neighborhood. Two years later he became the youngest person admitted to the Society of American Magicians.
The shy and lonely young Copperfield saw magic as a way of fitting in and later as a way to meet women.
Growing up he went to a day camp called Camp Harmony, in nearby Warren, New Jersey. While at the camp he started practicing magic and ventriloquy. The later was an experience to which he credits his creative style.
As a young adult, he became interested in Broadway and would often sneak into shows, especially musicals.
By the age of 16 he taught a magic course at the New York University, and at 18 he enrolled at NYC Fordham University.
After three weeks at Fordham he dropped out to play the lead role of the musical The Magic Man in Chicago.
How did Copperfield get famous?
While there he started using the stage name David Copperfield, which he took after the famous Charles Dickens novel, because he liked how it sounded.
He created most of the original illusions used in the show, as well as singing and dancing. The show became the longest running musical in Chicago’s history.
Copperfield actually started his television career after Joseph Cates, a producer of Broadway shows and TV specials discovered him.
The producer did a special for ABC called The Magic of ABC, hosted by Copperfield, as well as other specials.
Between 1977 and 2001, he appeared on 17 Copperfield TV specials and two documentaries.
His television specials earned him a total of 38 nominations.
He is famous for the disappearance of a Learjet (1981), the vanishing and reappearance of the Statue of Liberty (1983), among others.
How does Copperfield make money?
Forbes described him as the most commercially successful magician in history.
He is famous for his combination of storytelling and illusion, which made him one of the best illusionists in the world. With a career spanning on over 40 years, he has earned 11 Guinness World Records. As well as a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.
He has also earned a knighthood by the French government, and US Library of Congress named him a Living Legend.
So far in his career, he sold 33 million tickets, and grossed over $4 billion, which is more than any other solo entertainer in history.
In 2017, Forbes estimated his earnings at $61.5 million. They also ranked him one of the highest earning celebrities in the world.
Apart from his career on stage, Copperfield manages a chain of eleven resort islands in the Bahamas, which he called Musha Cay and the Islands of Copperfield Bay.