Seth MacFarlane Net Worth 2022 | Salary


Net Worth: $300 Million

What is the net worth and salary of Seth MacFarlane?

Seth MacFarlane is an American comedian, producer, writer, voice actor, and singer with a $300 million net worth. Whoever had the good fortune to create just one hit television program for a major network TV channel, complete with DVDs and merchandise, would die extremely happy and VERY wealthy. Seth MacFarlane has accomplished this feat three times with his hit television series Family Guy, American Dad, and The Cleveland Show. He has also written, directed, and produced a number of films, such as Ted (2012), which grossed over $500 million, Ted 2 (2015), which grossed just under $200 million, and A Million Ways to Die in the West (2014).

Early Years

Seth MacFarlane was born in Kent, Connecticut on October 26, 1973. He is a distant descendant of William Brewster, a Mayflower passenger. Cartoons such as Woody Woodpecker and Fred Flintstone inspired Seth’s interest in illustration when he was a child. Unbelievably, Seth decided to pursue a career in animation at the age of five. His first comic, Walter Crouton, was published weekly in The Kent Good Times Dispatch when he was nine years old. The comic was Seth’s first paying job, earning him $5 per week.


In high school, Seth began using his parents’ 8mm camera to create short films. He subsequently attended the Rhode Island School of Design (RISD) to study film, video, and animation. Seth had a classmate named Patrick Henry while attending RISD. At some point, Patrick introduced Seth to his brother Mike Henry, a burgeoning stand-up comedian/actor with whom Seth would later collaborate on several MacFarlane projects. Later, Mike Henry would voice Cleveland Brown, Herbert, Consuela, and Bruce. Mike co-created The Cleveland Show in 2009, which aired until 2013.


But returning to RISD During his senior year, Seth produced the film The Life of Larry. His professor submitted the film to Hanna-Barbera executives, who immediately offered Seth a position. Seth participated in multiple Hanna-Barbera projects. In 1996, he created Larry & Steve, an updated version of The Life of Larry featuring the lovable but dim-witted middle-aged character Larry and his loyal, intelligent dog Steve. Does this sound familiar?

The Family Guy

After viewing Larry & Steve, Fox executives requested that Seth pitch them a show concept. Fox initially declined, but after the unexpected success of King of the Hill in 1997, Seth was invited back to pitch again. This time, Fox agreed to produce a pilot, but only provided Seth with a budget of $50,000. At the time, the average episode budget for animated prime time shows was $1 million.


Seth spent six months creating a crudely animated film, as he would later admit. The pilot so impressed Fox executives that a full season was ordered immediately. Seth was the youngest television executive producer at age 24.


Family Guy premiered on January 31, 1999, immediately following the Super Bowl XXXIII broadcast on Fox. The premiere of the show was viewed by 22 million people. The first season was successful enough to warrant a second installment. Unfortunately, during the second season, the show faced intense competition for the Thursday 9 p.m. slot, and as a result, its ratings plummeted. Fox officially canceled the show after the second season in May 2000, but a third season was approved at the last minute and premiered in November 2001. The show was officially canceled in the summer of 2002, despite its continued high ratings.


When reruns began airing on Cartoon Network, Family Guy gained a fan base. It was the network’s highest-rated show overall, with a 200 percent increase in viewers. The first and second seasons of the show were released on DVD in 2003. In the first week, an astounding (at the time) 400 000 copies were sold. Seasons 1 and 2 were the most popular DVDs of 2003 and 2004 and sold millions of copies. The season 1 and 2 DVD set is currently the second most popular TV DVD in history, behind Chappelle’s Show. In May 2005, Fox quickly reinstated the show, bringing it back for a fourth season.


Syndication Income

Family Guy would air more than 300 new episodes over the course of 14 additional seasons over the next 15 years. It has been syndicated in dozens of countries and languages around the world. The show generated over $1 billion in revenue between 2005 and 2008, including $400 million from syndication deals, $400 million from DVD sales, and $200 million from merchandise sales. To date, the show has generated billions of dollars from all revenue sources.


Currently, a single syndication episode sells for $2 million. A single 30-second commercial on the new broadcasts costs $200,000 to purchase. Each year, the show generates $500 million in advertising revenue. More than 500 Family Guy-related toys and products have been licensed to major retailers, including Wal-Mart and Target, generating $100 million annually.

Seth MacFarlane’s Income

Fox paid MacFarlane $2 million per year between 2005 and 2008 for his show-running duties. In 2009, he negotiated a $100 million, five-year contract to manage his animation empire. It was the largest and most expensive contract in the history of television. And neither of these salary figures account for Seth’s DVD or merchandise rights, which are estimated to earn him an additional $20 million per year.


As MacFarlane, Trey Parker, Matt Stone, and Matt Groening demonstrate, the animation industry is extremely lucrative!


Other Labor

Seth is also the creator and executive producer of American Dad, which debuted in 2005 and continues to be popular. He co-created the 2009-2013 television program The Cleveland.


He has also written, directed, and produced a number of films, such as Ted (2012), which grossed over $500 million, Ted 2 (2015), which grossed just under $200 million, and A Million Ways to Die in the West (2014). He created the live-action Fox television series The Orville in 2016.


He has released five albums of music and regularly performs as a big band act.


Real Property

Since 2008, Seth’s primary residence has been a large Beverly Hills mansion that he purchased for $13.5 million. In 2019, he purchased a home in Malibu, California for $15.7 million.


Personal Facts

Seth, a lifelong bachelor, has been romantically linked to several stunning actresses. He briefly dated Eliza Dushku. He was in a relationship with Emilia Clarke from 2012 to 2013.

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