Gabriel Iglesias is a $40 million net worth American actor, comedian, and writer. Iglesias is a hugely popular stand-up comedian who performs stand-up to sold-out crowds of passionate fans around the country. He’s also published a slew of comedy specials, most recently on Netflix, where he also stars in his own series.
Gabriel Iglesias was born in the California city of San Diego in 1976, the youngest of six children. As a child, he traveled about a lot, living in Riverside, Corona, Santa Ana, Baldwin Park, and Compton before settling in Long Beach.
According to his personal tale, over his family’s misgivings, Gabriel Iglesias quit a comfortable employment with a cell phone business to pursue a career in comedy. His first major break came in 2000, when he featured on one season of Nickelodeon’s kids’ comedic sketch show All That alongside Nick Cannon and Amanda Bynes. In 2007, he won jobs as a Mexican family on an episode of Family Guy and twins on Disney’s TV adaptation of The Emperor’s New School. Another opportunity came when he reached the final eight on the fourth season of the stand-up comedy reality show Last Comic Standing, but he was finally thrown off for bringing a cell phone onto the show.
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Two years later, the network launched Gabriel Iglesias Presents Stand Up Revolution, a three-season stand-up showcase program presented by Iglesias. Iglesias has also managed to turn his comedy success into a decent acting career, appearing in a number of TV shows and movies, including feature films such as Magic Mike and A Haunted House 2, as well as TV shows such as My Wife and Kids, The High Fructose Adventures of Annoying Orange, and Modern Family.
Iglesias has been in reality TV shows such as Fluffy Breaks Even and Fluffy’s Food Adventures, and he was nominated for an ALMA Award in 2012 for Favorite TV Reality, Variety, or Comedy Personality or Act. He has appeared in episodes of the television shows Hey It’s Fluffy! and Cristela. Iglesias has a long list of voice acting credits, including Planes, The Nut Job, The Book of Life, Norm of the North, Smurfs: The Lost Village, The Nut Job 2: Nutty by Nature, Coco, The Star, and Blazing Samurai.
Then, in 2019, he earned his own Netflix sitcom called Mr. Iglesias, which he describes as being about an alternate history of his own life in which he became a history teacher instead of a stand-up comedian. In addition, Iglesias has three comedy albums: Hot and Fluffy, We Luv Fluffy, and Aloha Fluffy. But his first and most enduring love is stand-up comedy, and he’s mentioned artists such as Bill Cosby, Eddie Murphy, and the late Robin Williams as his major influences.
Gabriel made $21 million from his numerous efforts between June 2017 and June 2018. That was enough to make him one of the top ten highest-paid comedians in the world, and he’s continued to amass large sums in his career afterwards, particularly with his affiliation with the notoriously deep-pocketed Netflix. Iglesias has frequently appeared on lists of the world’s highest-paid comics, including this one and this one, and it is expected that he will continue to do so for some time. His comeback to such lists came after a somewhat dry time dating back to 2015, but Iglesias is set to rocket back to his peak earning potential owing to a partnership with Netflix that includes two stand-up specials.
His Netflix profits are supplemented by a busy touring schedule that keeps him on the road for months at a time, performing comedy all across the United States, frequently with the help of friends and partners. Iglesias is one of the most successful and popular comedians in the unbelievably stacked “Netflix Is a Joke” stable, which also includes names like Jerry Seinfeld, Dave Chappelle, Adam Sandler, Ellen DeGeneres, and many more, making his ascent to the top of his field all the more impressive – especially given that, unlike many of comedy’s top earners, he’s stayed focused on stand-up rather than leading roles.
Gabriel Iglesias resides in California, where he owns a $1.5 million property in the Signal Hill neighborhood. More fascinating than his residence is arguably his collection of automobiles: he is infatuated with Volkswagen buses and has a $3 million collection of them.
He maintains his buses in a massive warehouse that resembles an auto museum, and he once offered Business Insider a tour of the collection.
In 2012, Iglesias was given an honorary key to El Paso, which he called his “second home.” At the same occasion, he received a Beacon of H.O.P.E. award from the non-profit group Operation H.O.P.E., which is devoted to delivering financial literacy programs and other forms of education to underserved populations. He received the honor for going “above and above” in his charitable activities, according to Operation H.O.P.E. co-founder Angel Gomez.
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