Three weeks after the release, Shonda Rhimes’ Queen Charlotte: The Bridgerton Story, still reigns as the number one show on Netflix.
The limited series, which follows a young Queen Charlotte and her marriage to King George III of England, is a prequel to Rhimes’ hit. Bridgerton series and has amassed more than 390 million hours of viewing worldwide since its release on May 4. The series is on track to become one of the most-watched series of all time – Rhimes’ Bridgerton (seasons one and two) and Inventing Anna are currently listed.
But Rhimes is no stranger to hits — Rhimes has had a lucrative career creating hit TV shows including Scandal and how to get away with murder. The Surgeons creator is the self-proclaimed highest-paid showrunner in Hollywood, according to essence, and has a net worth of $160 million, according to Celebrities Net Worth.
- Writer and showrunner Shonda Rhimes has an estimated net worth of $160 million Celebrities Net Worth.
- Forbes estimates that Rhimes has earned more than $350 million before taxes since the start of her career.
- In 2017, Rhimes left ABC and signed an exclusive deal with Netflix worth an estimated $100 million to $150 million. The Hollywood Reporter.
- Rhimes ranked No. 18 on Forbes’ list of highest-paid entertainers in 2022, earning an estimated $81 million thanks to her Netflix deal and residuals from ABC for Grey’s.
Rhimes placed 18th Forbes List of highest paid entertainers in 2022, bringing in an estimated $81 million through her Netflix deal and residuals from ABC for the year Grey’s. Forbes estimates that Rhimes has earned more than $350 million before taxes for her career as showrunner through June 2021.
From network TV to streaming services, here’s how Shonda Rhimes made her millions.
Before joining Netflix, Rhimes was one of TV’s top showrunners with three shows—Grey’s Anatomy, scandal and how to get away with murder—airs Thursdays in prime time on ABC. The shows were created by Rhimes’ production company, Shondaland.
in 2018 Forbes stated that Rhimes’ net worth came almost entirely from her tenure at ABC, where she earned $10 million a year with the network for the past few years and received a 10% profit when her shows were published or sold to streaming services for an estimated $1 million per episode .
Rhimes earned about $30,000 per episode for writing and production Grey’s in its earlier seasons to $250,000 per episode, according to Forbes. Rhimes is estimated to have brought more than $2 billion to ABC’s parent company, Disney. Rhimes co-stars Kerry Washington, Scandal, brought in $100 million per season in advertising revenue, according to Forbes.
Rhimes’ Surgeons is the longest-running medical drama on American television (a record previously held by the NBC hit, ER), and is currently in its 19th season, according to People.
As of 2021, the showrunner has earned an estimated $8 million in production fees Surgeons and station 19, and another $17 million in profit Grey’s, Scandal, and How to get away with murder for Forbes.
In 2017, Rhimes left ABC and signed an exclusive deal with Netflix worth an estimated $100 million to $150 million. The Hollywood Reporter. In 2021, after Rhimes Bridgerton has become one of the platform’s most-watched original series, Netflix has extended its deal for another five years along with significant bonuses that could push the total value of the deal to more than $300 million, according to The Hollywood Reporter.
Rhimes reportedly earned about $40 million in bonuses from Netflix in 2021, thanks to Bridgerton’with success, per Forbes. Among the successes of Rhimes’ Netflix original series are Bridgerton, Inventing Anna, and lastly, Queen Charlotte.