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How Much Is The Cast Of 'The Big Bang Theory' Worth? 

Molly Weinfurter
Updated December 11, 2019 1.2k views 8 items

All the actors from The Big Bang Theory have gained popularity throughout their time on the show. Running for a remarkable 12 seasons from 2007 to 2019, the show has cemented the performers in the public consciousness. The series ended after actor Jim Parsons announced that he no longer wanted to continue. Of course, The Big Bang Theory would be unthinkable without Sheldon, so that was that. But the Sheldonverse lives on, thanks to the hit spin-off, Young Sheldon.  

Parsons, Johnny Galecki (Leonard), and Kaley Cuoco (Penny) are especially well-known for their primary character roles and, not surprisingly, they're the richest cast members. As the show progressed, many of the secondary characters, played by actors like Simon Helberg, Kunal Nayyar, and Melissa Rauch, received more screen time - and more money.

Since Season 1, some of the cast members' salaries have increased 16-fold, which made the entire cast's bank accounts skyrocket over the years. So, what is The Big Bang Theory cast's net worth, and which cast members were the richest by the end of the series?

Jim Parsons is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list How Much Is The Cast Of 'The Big Bang Theory' Worth?
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Jim Parsons has the largest net worth of all the main characters on The Big Bang Theory at $160 million. On the show, he played Sheldon Cooper, a theoretical physicist with a huge ego and a peculiar way of functioning socially. By the end of The Big Bang Theory's run, Parsons was being paid $1 million per episode, making him one of the highest-paid TV actors in the world.

He has made appearances in many films, including The Normal Heart, Home, and Garden State, but there's no question that The Big Bang Theory is his most notable - and lucrative - role. In addition, he has won many awards, including the Television Critics Association Award and the Television Chairman's Award.

Age: 45

Birthplace: Houston, Texas, United States of America

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Johnny Galecki is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list How Much Is The Cast Of 'The Big Bang Theory' Worth?
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Johnny Galecki is known for his role as Leonard Hofstadter, Sheldon's fellow scientist and occasional roommate, who has an on-again, off-again relationship with his neighbor, Penny. But Galecki has played other popular roles, such as David Healy on Roseanne and Rusty in National Lampoon's Christmas Vacation.

His net worth is a very respectable $100 million. On The Big Bang Theory, he also made $1 million per episode at the end, like Parsons.

Age: 43

Birthplace: Bree, Belgium

Kaley Cuoco is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list How Much Is The Cast Of 'The Big Bang Theory' Worth?
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Kaley Cuoco played Penny, the aspiring actress who lives across the hall from Sheldon and Leonard. Over time, Penny began to develop a romantic relationship with Leonard, leading to a more significant role in the series. Cuoco's net worth, like Galecki's, is about $100 million.

When she started on the show, she made only $45,000 per episode, versus Parsons's and Galecki's $60,000, but by the end of the show, she was pulling in a cool million per episode. The Big Bang Theory is her most well-known role, but she has also appeared in the Kevin Hart comedy The Wedding Ringer and the ABC series 8 Simple Rules.

Age: 33

Birthplace: Camarillo, California, United States of America

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Simon Helberg is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list How Much Is The Cast Of 'The Big Bang Theory' Worth?
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Simon Helberg played Howard Wolowitz, an aerospace engineer who fancies himself a ladykiller. As the show progressed, Howard became involved with waitress-turned-microbiologist Bernadette; they eventually got married and had two kids.

Helberg's net worth is $45 million and, by the last season of The Big Bang Theory, he was making $800,000 per episode. Early in his career, he gained popularity on MADtv. Since then, he has appeared in a variety of films, including a significant role in Florence Foster Jenkins.

Age: 38

Birthplace: Los Angeles, California, United States of America

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