Late-night talk show host James “Jimmy” Christian Kimmel was born in Brooklyn, N.Y., on Nov. 13, 1967. Moving to Las Vegas at the age of nine, Kimmel graduated from Clark High School, attended University of Nevada, Las Vegas and transferred to Arizona State University. He married costumer Gina Maddy in 1988, and the pair welcomed daughter Katie in 1991 and son Kevin in 1993. The couple divorced in 2003, and Kimmel began a very public seven-year relationship with comedian Sarah Silverman. The star married talk show co-head writer, Molly McNearney, in July 2013.
Early in his career, Kimmel worked at several radio stations around the country before settling at Los Angeles’ KROQ. He moved to television to co-host Win Ben Stein’s Money in 1997, reportedly starting at $550 per episode. He and Ben Stein won an Emmy for “Outstanding Game Show Host” in 1999 and were nominated in 2000. A well-known workaholic, Kimmel created and began hosting Comedy Central’s The Man Show in 1999 while still at Ben Stein. An instant hit, The Man Show’s premiere episode garnered 1.6 million viewers, and consistently rated highest among young male viewers for its entire six-year stint. Co-founding production company, Jackhole Industries, the star produced Crank Yankers, The Andy Milonakis Show and the award-winning film, Windy City Heat. In 2002, he was tapped to host ABC’s late night talk show Jimmy Kimmel Live!, debuting after the Super Bowl in 2003. He received high praise for his hosting of the 2012 White House Correspondents’ Association Dinner and the Primetime Emmy Awards Show.
Kimmel’s reportedly earned between $6 and $8 million a year for his job at Jimmy Kimmel Live!, the only late-night talk show to gain viewership in 2012. With his ABC contract expiring in February 2013, the star negotiated a new contract that keeps him at Jimmy Kimmel Live! through 2015. He is believed to currently earn about $10 million a year, and his net worth is estimated at $35 million.