|Net Worth:||$200 Million|
|Source of Wealth:||Professional Actor|
|Country of Origin:||Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, United States|
|Age:||6 July 1979 (age 40 years)|
|Real Name:||Kevin Darnell Hart|
|Spouse:||Eniko Parrish (m. 2016), Torrei Hart (m. 2003–2011)|
|Parents:||Nancy Hart, Henry Witherspoon|
|Children:||Heaven Hart, Kenzo Kash Hart, Hendrix Hart|
|Last Updated:||January 2021|
Life was never too easy for the young Kevin Hart. Early memories at his childhood home are of a drug addict father who was always on the wrong side of the law. He was essentially raised by a single mother who tried her best to offer young Hart a normal childhood to the best that she could. However, the environment of his childhood only offered a root to the budding talent within him. He used his immense sense of humor to deal with the tragedies of his childhood life.
Born on July 6, 1979, Pennsylvania in Philadelphia, Kevin Hart was the second of two children born to Nancy Hart and Henry Witherspoon. The family life of the young boys was never too easy, as their mother was busy dealing with her job as a system analyst at the Office of student registration and financial services at the University of Pennsylvania. The neighborhood family lived was one of the most notorious ones at the City Of Brotherly Love. The living conditions at his childhood home were the worst, as stated by Hart himself and he has a tough time growing up.
Behind all the humor that Kevin Hart is so good at treating his audience to, there is also a much darker side to it. His childhood memories are peppered with instances when his father got abusive and went to great extents of violence to get what he wanted. This somehow inspired Hart to understand the depths of life and to make a safe living for himself. However, throughout his life, his mother continued to inspire him in a more positive manner. It was she who helped craftwork ethics for the boys, something that will be going to benefit them in their later lives. She inspired her children to raise the bar in their education and professional lives as well. When Hart wanted to pursue a career in comedy, his mother helped him both morally and financially to get where he is today.
Life was never easy for Kevin Hart to start with. However, it was his mother who was always his source of inspiration. She was the one who ensured proper work ethics in Hart and it reflected throughout his life and career. Being a single mother it was never easy, as she had to juggle her job as a computer analyst and also a homemaker. However, she ensured both her boys received the education required. Kevin Hart went on to graduate from the George Washington High School in Philadelphia. He later also had a brief education at the Community College of Philadelphia before moving on to New York City. Though brief and often interrupted, however, Kevin Hart always seemed to value the education he received and often speaks in favor of basic education for the children.
His very first job was as a shoe salesman in Massachusetts. However, it was a ‘fling with humor’. One night at a club in Philadelphia, a stand-up comedian made a lasting impression on Hart. However, he got his very first break at the Laff House in Philadelphia. He used his stage name as Lil Kev and the night was a disaster. It was Kevin Hart’s true passion for his art which had to keep the chase on and he never gave up on making the audience laugh. He persisted on the stand-up comedy route by constantly signing up for the comedy championships which were taking place throughout Massachusetts. His performances saw a massive improvement and this gave him the confidence to go ahead.
The Kevin Hart success story is rather interesting. Though he started his career by imitating the comic-style of Chris Tucker, however, he soon ‘discovered’ himself on the way. It was during the course of these small ‘gigs’ that Kevin Hart started to ‘use’ his disturbing background and childhood as the basis of Humor for his stand up comedy. This was a brand new ‘flavor’ in the comedy scene, where Hart often made fun of himself and used his various real-life anecdotes infused into his comic scene. He soon started to grow as a comedian and had various successful acts like the ‘I’m a Grown Little man’, ‘Laugh at my pain’ and ‘Let me explain’. These shows turned out to be showbiz grossers with Hart making over $ 15 million for ‘Laugh at my pain’. It was Hart’s ability to laugh at himself that led to his success and this soon grew to become his ‘signature style’.
Other than being a comedian, Kevin Hart also discovered the various ways to increase his franchise. He launched the ‘Little Jumpman’ on iTunes which is an online game. He also has a huge presence over the various social media platforms which are connected through the app. He not only grew as an artist and today he has the talent to command a huge audience with his successful shows, some of which have enjoyed theatrical releases as well. His hugely successful tour ‘What Now?’ was released by the Universal Pictures as a stand-up comedy film.
Riding high on success, it was just a matter of time, that Kevin Hart soon caught the attention of the film industry. He soon made his Hollywood debut with ‘Paper Soldiers’ and had various notable movies like ‘Scary Movie’, ‘ Soul Plane’, ‘The 40-year old virgin’ and Little Fockers. However, it was in the year 2005 that Kevin Hart tasted success with ‘Think Like a Man’. This was followed by various successful movies like ‘Jumanji’, Central Intelligence among many.
After various television co-productions and recognizable shows like ‘Real Husbands of Hollywood’, Kevin Hart founded the ‘HArtbeat Productions’. This led to a successful deal with Nickelodeon which is focused on producing live-action and other scripted kids content.
His Investments and Net Worth
After many successful ventures, stents and a career to be proud of, today the total net worth of Kevin Hart is a whopping $200 million. Being one of the richest comedians in the world, Kevin Hart easily commands a fee of a whopping $1 Million for a single live performance. His tour ‘ What Now?’ made successful earnings of $ 70 million. He was also featured on the list of ‘highest-paid comedians’ 2016 for total earnings of $ 87.5 million. Other than TV and movies, Kevin Hart also has various endorsements and commercials with Hyundai, H&M and Foot Locker that fetched him an impressive $17.5 million in the year 2016. He has featured on the list of ‘highest-paid comedians’ quite a few times, thus cementing his brand value.
Some of the major highlights of his careers are:
- ‘Irresponsible tour’ – sold 1 million tickets (2018)
- Jumanji Remake- $ 1 Billion worldwide
- Forbes List – # 38 (Celebrity 100) 2019
- Central Intelligence- Movie- $1.5 Billion domestically
- Co-investment with Jay-Z and NFL stars in Hungary’s $20 Million Series B
- The Upside- Movie- $ 100 Million grosser
- Secret Lives of Pets- Movie- $ 875 million worldwide
- Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker -$313 million grosser worldwide
- Fast & the Furious Presents: Hobbs & Shaw – $759 Million worldwide
- 52 million followers on Instagram and 24 million on Facebook
- Highest Paid Comedians- 2016
Kevin Hart today is a brand name that is associated with some of the most successful achievements and more. With his ‘golden touch’ in more than one arenas of entertainment, the man has come a long way. He is not just a successful comedian or perhaps ‘the’ most successful comedians in recent times, but has a huge social media following and smart investments to boast of.
- Hollywood Award- 2014- Artist of the Year
- BET Awards- 2012- Best Actor
- CinemaCon Award- 2019- International Star of the Year
- CinemaCon Award-2015- Comedy Star of the Year
- Image Award- 2015- Outstanding Actor in Comedy Series
- Entertainer of the Year Award- 2014
- Blimp Award- 2017 – BFF’s Shared with Dwayne Johnson
- Blimp Award- 2014 – Favorite Funny Star
- Comedic Genius Award- 2015-
- People’s Choice Award- 2019- Favorite Comedy Movie Star
- People’s Choice award- 2016- Favorite Comedic Movie Actor
- Teen Choice Award- 2018- Choice Summer Movie Star- Male
- Teen Choice Award- 2016- Choice Movie Actor: Comedy
- Star on the Walk of Fame- 2016- Live performance
- Gold Creator Award- 2018- YouTube Creator Award
This is a list of just a few prominent awards that showcase the diverse talents of Kevin Hart. The man is a true story of inspiration and has grown to be an icon for the youth of the world. His true love for his mother clearly depicts his dedication to the one person who believed in him throughout and from the start. It is a heartbreaking fact that he got to know of his mother’s terminal illness just two months before her death. She chose to hide the fact from her son, as she knew that he would lose focus on the pathway to his dreams he so worked hard at.