What is the net worth and salary of Kaley Cuoco ?
Kaley Cuoco is an American actress and singer who has a net worth of $100 million. Kaley Cuoco is probably most famous for starring in the CBS sitcom The Big Bang Theory. He also appeared in movies like Cougar Club, Hop, The Penthouse, Debating Robert Lee, Killer Movie and many more. She has also had acting roles in television shows such as Ladies Man, 7th Heaven, Complete Savages, Charmed, 8 Simple Rules and many more.
From her base salary alone, Kaley earned around $150 million from The Big Bang Theory.
Kaley Cuoco was born in Camarillo, California in 1985. Her parents are Jeanne Rose Cuoco, an English teacher, and Stephen Michael Cuoco, an engineer.
Cuoco started as a model and actress at a very young age. He was only six years old when he starred in the movie Quicksand: No Escape. When she was nine, she starred alongside Denzel Washington in the film, Virtuosity. She played the role of Karin Carter, an abducted victim of a virtual reality entity who is rescued by Lt. Parker Barnes (Denzel Washington).
She gained a lot of attention after her role in Growing Up Brady, in which she played the role of Marsha Brady.
By 2004, Cuoco had roles in the television sitcom 8 Simple Rules, an NBC miniseries, as well as ABC Family’s 10.5, Crimes of Passion, and Debating Robert Lee.
She became a household name on the CBS television sitcom, The Big Bang Theory, which began airing in 2007. She played the role of Penny, who works in a cheesecake factory and tries to break into show business as an actress.
Kaley Cuoco Big Bang Theory Salary History
For the first season of Big Bang, Kaley earned $45,000 per episode. That’s $765,000 for the season. For seasons two through 4, her salary was increased to $200,000 per episode. That’s $14 million in earnings for that 70-episode chunk. For seasons five through seven, she earned $350,000 per episode. That’s another $25.2 million in earnings. For seasons 8, 9, and 10, she earned $850,000 per episode, which translates to $61 million over the three seasons. For the last two seasons, 11 and 12, Kaley and her main cast co-stars each earned $1 million per episode. That’s $48 million for the two seasons.
Add it all up, and from the starting salary alone, Kaley earned $148.965 million. But that’s not all!
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Royalties and Residuals
In the show’s final seasons, when the cast was at the height of their power, the three main cast members (Kaley, Johnny Galecki, and Jim Parsons) negotiated a development that would see them each own 1% of the show’s equity. In its first year of syndicated sales, the show generated $1 billion. That meant each of the three also earned an extra $10 million in the first year. Syndicate sales are slowly declining, but they should each earn around $10 million a year for the next decade.
Additionally, as a Screen Actors Guild show, Big Bang Theory actors are entitled to 80% of their original salaries in the first year of reruns on the show. Essentially an 80% double bath. Arguably the last show to receive such a lucrative deal after SAG and AFRTRA merged and adopted the residual standard at AFTRA, which pays actors or guest rate when shows air. To understand the difference, under SAG, someone like Kaley probably made $800,000 per episode the first time the show aired in reruns. So she initially earned $24 million and then received $19 million worth of residuals along the way.
While starring on “The Big Bang Theory,” Kaley and her co-star Johnny Galecki dated for about two years.
She was engaged to addiction specialist Josh Resnik for about a year before calling it quits in March 2012.
In December 2013, Kaley married professional tennis player Ryan Sweeting, just three months after they met. She filed for divorce two years later.
In late 2016, Kaley began dating equestrian Karl Cook. Karl is the son of multi-billionaire Scott Cook, who founded the tax software company Intuit. As of this writing, Scott Cook has a net worth of $3.6 billion. Kaley and Karl married in 2018. They continued to live separately until 2020, when construction on their 11,000-square-foot Hidden Hills mansion was completed. This also happened to be the peak of the COVID-19 lockdown period. A little later, the couple announced that they were separating.
In her off-camera time, Kaley enjoys horseback riding, playing the drums, kick boxing, and bowling. But her favorite pastime is playing tennis. She has been playing tennis since she was little. Kaley Cuoco was named 77th on FHM-Us’ 100 Sexiest Women in 2005 and 21st in 2008.
In 2019, Kaley and Karl paid $12 million for a still-under-construction mansion in Hidden Hills, California. The 11,000-square-foot home sits on 1.5 acres of property and also features large lawns, a guest house, and a spa-like grounds area. Kaley and Karl sold this home in an off-market deal for $16 million in April 2022.
Not far from this property, Kaley owns a 40-acre horse farm in Ventura County.