Chris Hardwick is an American comedian, entrepreneur and television host who has a net worth of $15 million. Hardwick was born on November 23, 1971, in Louisville, Kentucky. His father was a professional bowler. For college, Chris attended UCLA where for a time he was roommates with Star Trek star Wil Wheaton.
Chris has been married to Lydia Hearst since August 20, 2016.
Chris Hardwick Net Worth as of 2019: $15 Million
Over his career, Hardwick has amassed quite the amount of wealth through his stand up performances and work with television. Let’s take a closer look at his work and how he came to earn this fortune.
In the mid-90s, Chris landed a DJ job at KROQ radio in Los Angeles. In 1993 he was hired to host a show called Trashed on MTV. It was his next MTV hosting gig, for a show called Singled Out, that made him famous. Hardwick co-hosted Singled Out from 1995 – 1998.
After Singled Out went off the air, he hopped from show to show, briefly serving as host to G4’s Web Soup. He also began performing comedy regularly around Los Angeles and eventually other cities. Hardwick became more popular for his flexibility to jump into any role and engage with people about the material at hand.
In 2010, Chris launched The Nerdist Podcast which helped bring his career to a new level. His “Nerd” empire grew to a production studio, television shows and more. In 2011, Chris began hosting Talking Dead, a live half-hour aftershow that discussed The Walking Dead. Chris parlayed this job into a series of related after shows including Talking Bad (for Breaking Bad), Talking Preacher (for Preacher), and eventually received his own Sunday night program called Talking with Chris Hardwick where he’d host various guests on the couch for an open format talk show covering a wide variety of topics.
In July 2012, movie studio Legendary pictures purchased Nerdist Industries for an undisclosed price. From 2013 – 2017, he hosted the Comedy Central game show @midnight with Chris Hardwick. The show, which Chris also created, wrote and executive produced, ultimately aired 600 episodes.
In 2016 Hardwick was hired to host the game show The Wall, which Lebron James is the executive producer, at NBC. The show’s premise was to have teams of two compete in four rounds of games, dropping large balls down a towering wall, in hopes of winning millions of dollars in prizes.
In June 2018, Chris’ ex-girlfriend Chloe Dykstra accused him of being sexually and emotionally abusive for years during their relationship. This instantly caused Nerdist to erase all mentions of Chris from their website and has jeopardized his career with his future at AMC and NBC unclear and his involvement in many passion projects destroyed.
After last year’s #MeToo allegations by an ex-girlfriend, comedian Chris Hardwick will soon be on his way to host a few shows in San Diego in March.