What Is Albert Brooks's Net Worth? The Comedian Is Thriving as He "Defends His Life" on HBO

Some know him as Marlin in ‘Finding Nemo’; others as Tom in ‘Taxi Driver.’ And now, we all know Albert Brooks as rich.

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Jun. 4 2024, Published 7:13 p.m. ET

Albert Brooks speaks onstage at the HBO Documentary Films Screening of "Albert Brooks: Defending My Life" (May 2024)
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Years after the peak of his career, comedian Albert Brooks returned to everyone’s radar in 2024 thanks to a couple of exclusive interviews. This followed the release of 2023's Albert Brooks: Defending My Life, a successful documentary about Albert’s life made by his best friend of nearly 60 years, director and actor Rob Reiner.

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While Albert and Rob grew up and attended Beverly Hills High School, they forged their own career paths throughout the years. While Rob leaned into directing, Albert leaned more into comedy and voice work. Now, after reflecting back on his expansive career, fans are wondering what Albert’s net worth is.

 Judd Apatow, Albert Brooks, and Rob Reiner speak onstage at the HBO Documentary Films Screening of "Albert Brooks: Defending My Life" (May 2024)
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Judd Apatow, Albert Brooks, and Rob Reiner speak onstage at the HBO Documentary Films Screening of "Albert Brooks: Defending My Life" in May 2024

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What is Albert Brooks's net worth?

It should come as a surprise to no one that Albert has amassed a seven-figure net worth (more specifically, an estimated $30 million). He was born into the industry — Albert’s father, Harry Einstein, was a radio comedian, and his mother, Thelma Leeds, was an actress and singer. If Albert had any interest in the arts, he was destined for greatness.

Albert attended one year at Carnegie Mellon but dropped out to pursue comedy, where he smartly changed his name from Albert Einstein to Albert Brooks. It was Albert’s stand-up comedy routines that first garnered attention; he made appearances on The Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson over 30 times throughout his career.

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Albert Brooks

Actor, Comedian, Director, Screenwriter

Net worth: $30 million

Albert Brooks is a comedic actor and director known for his work on Broadcast News and Modern Romance.

Birthdate: July 22, 1947

Birthplace: Beverly Hills, Calif.

Birth Name: Albert Lawrence Einstein

Mother: Thelma Leeds (née Goodman)

Father: Harry Einstein

Siblings: Bob Einstein (1942–2019), Clifford Einstein (b. 1939)

Marriages: Kimberly Shlain (m. 1997)

Children: Jacob and Claire

He eventually picked up some film and television roles, as well as writing gigs for Saturday Night Live and his own passion projects. Between decades of writing, directing, and acting, Albert unsurprisingly has an estimated net worth of at least $30 million, per Celebrity Net Worth. To put his net worth to good use, in 1997, Albert married artist Kimberly Shlain.

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Albert and Kimberly — who welcomed two children, Jacob and Claire — reportedly live in Santa Monica, Calif., near where Albert grew up. Albert has also invested heavily in real estate, which is likely driving his portfolio even higher. He paid $3.7 million for a 5,100-square-foot house in Bel Air in 1992, which he later sold to Merv Griffin for $6.3 million in 2012.

Woody Harrelson and Albert Brooks at an Electric Entertainment event
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Woody Harrelson and Albert Brooks

In 2014, Albert made another huge home purchase in Santa Monica for $4.5 million, which is likely where he lives now with his wife.

In May and June 2024, respectively, Albert spoke with The Hollywood Reporter and Deadline’s Crew Call podcast about how his career trajectory differs from that of a modern-day comedian or actor. He and Rob reflected on the joys of movie theaters and cable, and Rob even compared Albert to Bo Burnham.

So clearly, Albert’s net worth isn’t the only impressive thing about his decades-long career.

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