Neil Patrick Harris is worth a reported $40 million — here's how he built his fortune

NBC / Contributor/GettyImagesNeil Patrick Harris has been successful on TV, in films, and as an author.
  • According to Celebrity Net Worth, Neil Patrick Harris is worth $US40 million.
  • He’s made a lot of his money thanks to his roles on “How I Met Your Mother” and “A Series of Unfortunate Events.”
  • He has deals with American Airlines and Heineken, both of which contribute to his wealth.

Neil Patrick Harris has been a household name for decades, first winning over audiences as a teenage surgeon on “Doogie Howser, M.D.” from 1989 through 1993, then as ladies’ man Barney Stinson on the fan-favourite television series “How I Met Your Mother.”

Beloved TV roles aside, Harris has also proven himself as a rare multi-hyphenate talent in the entertainment business. He’s flexed his hosting chops at the Tony and Emmy Awards as well as the 2015 Oscars, shown off his penchant for the stage with an award-winning theatre production, and even tried his hand at the big screen with a few film roles. After three decades in the spotlight, you might be wondering: How much is Neil Patrick Harris worth?

According to Celebrity Net Worth, the 45-year-old is currently worth $US40 million – a significant fortune he owes to his various acting projects, hosting gigs, as well as lucrative book and endorsement deals. Keep scrolling to see how Neil Patrick Harris has made most of his money.

Harris can thank his long-running career on television for padding his bank account

How i met your motherIMDb/20th Century FoxHarris played Barney Stinson in ‘How I Met Your Mother.’

Harris is arguably most well-known for his role as the womanizing Barney Stinson on “How I Met Your Mother,” and he was paid a pretty penny for the part. According to Forbes, the actor made $US400,000 per episode during the last season of “How I Met Your Mother,” which helped contribute to his reported $US18 million salary in 2014. He also still collects syndication royalties from re-runs of the nine-season series.

Before his “How I Met Your Mother” days,” the actor was a pre-teen heartthrob while playing a 16-year-old surgeon on “Doogie Howser, M.D.” Nowadays, Harris can be seen suiting up as the villain Count Olaf on Netflix’s “A Series of Unfortunate Events.” He’s also had smaller parts in popular series likes “Glee” as well as “American Horror Story.”

He won acclaim for his singing prowess on Broadway

Neil Patrick HarrisD Dipasupil / Contributor/GettyImagesHarris played Hedwig in ‘Hedwig and the Angry Inch.’

In 2014, the multi-hyphenate talent bagged a Tony Award while playing the title role of Hedwig on the successful Broadway show, “Hedwig and the Angry Inch.” He has also starred in stage productions of “Rent” and “Cabaret.” While his salary for “Hedwig and the Angry Inch” was not disclosed, he held considerable star power at the time (the final season of “How I Met Your Mother” wrapped up that year) and it’s likely that he took home a healthy sum.

Surprisingly enough, Harris got his start in Hollywood in film, not TV

Neil PAtrick Harris clara's heartWarner BrothersHarris played David Hart in ‘Clara’s Heart.’

While the actor is most well known for his TV roles, he actually began his career on the big screen. In 1988, a then 15-year-old Harris received a Golden Globe nomination for his performance as David opposite Whoopi Goldberg in the movie “Clara’s Heart.” One year later, he was offered the title role on “Doogie Howser, M.D.,” and the rest is history.

Since then, Harris has starred in the “Harold & Kumar” movies, “A Million Ways To Die In The West,” and “Gone Girl” (which grossed $US369.3 million worldwide). He also voiced animated characters in “Cloudy With a Chance of Meatballs” and the two “Smurfs” films, all three of which did relatively well at the Box Office.

Harris is an old hand at emceeing Hollywood’s biggest award shows

Neil Patrick Harris primetime emmysMichael Tran / Contributor/GettyImagesHe hosted the Primetime Emmy awards.

Considering that the 45-year-old actor is a beloved fixture in the industry, it’s not surprising that he’s been asked to host many of the industry’s most prestigious award shows. He’s emceed the Tony Awards four times as well as the Emmy Awards in 2009 and 2013, and even hosted the most distinguished event of the award show season in 2015: the Oscars. While Jimmy Kimmel has revealed that the fee for hosting the Oscars is surprisingly pretty low, it wouldn’t be surprising if Harris, with all the emceeing experience under his belt, bagged more than the reported $US15,000 per gig.

According to NetWorth13, it was rumoured that Harris took home $US1 million including hotel, airfare, and a $US500K cash gift for reprising his Primetime Emmys hosting job in 2013.

American Airlines and Heineken Light beer tapped Harris for profitable endorsement deals

Neil Patrick HarrisAlexander Tamargo / Contributor/GettyImagesHarris has an 18-month contract with Heineken.

Harris’s 2014 ranking as the fourth highest-paid TV actor that year, per Forbes, can be partly attributed to his lucrative ad campaigns with American Airlines and Heineken Light beer. It’s unknown how much the actor pocketed for the airlines’ nostalgia black-and-white ads, which featured him juxtaposed to Gregory Peck to highlight the airline’s new A321 aircraft, but it was enough to propel him ahead of other TV heavyweights like Jim Parsons, especially with the help of an 18-month contract as the face of Heineken Light beer. He’s previously also promoted Axe, Neuro Sleep, and Old Spice.

Harris has also found financial success as an author

Neil patrick harrisRick Kern / Contributor/GettyImagesHarris signs copies of his new book ‘Neil Patrick Harris: Choose Your Own Autobiography’ at Book People on October 21, 2014 in Austin, Texas.

In addition to making it in the film and TV industry, Harris can also boast the title of “published author” on his list of accomplishments. His 2014 memoir, “Choose Your Own Autobiography,” was a New York Times Bestseller, and he’s since released two children’s books in the “Magic Misfits” series. “The Magic Misfits, The Second Story” came out on September 25, 2018, and it’s likely that the actor will release a third instalment in the coming years.

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