Ellen DeGeneres' birthday is Jan. 26 and the comedienne and talk show host will be turning 59 years old. Plans for her birthday celebration have yet to be revealed, but "The Ellen DeGeneres Show" host typically dedicates an entire episode of her talk show to the special occasion, including many generous gifts for her audience and cameos by iconic celebrity friends.
In 2016, for Ellen's birthday show, Oprah Winfrey sent her a giant bouquet of tuberose and hydrangeas. So big in fact, Ellen had to wheel it out on a platform to show the audience. And those fortunate enough to be in the audience for the Ellen DeGeneres' birthday show received a Netflix gift card that covered five years of the subscription service, a $300 Lyft rideshare service gift card and a three-day, two-night stay at the Fairmont Scottsdale Princess hotel.
See what lies ahead for Ellen, wife Portia de Rossi and Ellen's career for her next birthday and in the future.
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Ellen DeGeneres Net Worth: $360 Million
Ellen's net worth is $360 million, according to CelebrityNetWorth.com. In 2015, she made $75 million, which earned her the number 12 spot on Forbes' list of "The World's Highest-Paid Celebrities." Ellen's wife — actress Portia de Rossi — has her own $20 million fortune, which brings the celebrity couple's total net worth to $350 million. The couple "got a kid" last year, as well; they adopted a 9-week-old puppy in January 2016 which they named "Kid."
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Ellen DeGeneres' Career Highlights
Ellen started out as a stand-up comedian and rose to fame as an actress, starring in the TV series "Ellen" from 1994 to 1998 and "The Ellen Show" from 2001 to 2002. She also famously voiced the character Dory in the 2003 Pixar film "Finding Nemo" and one the top-grossing animated films of all time, "Finding Dory," in 2016.
Her daytime talk show, "The Ellen DeGeneres Show" debuted on Sept. 8, 2003, and has had consistently high ratings ever since. In 2015, the show won the Daytime Emmy for outstanding talk show/entertainment. Ellen's current salary for the show has been kept under wraps, but she was reportedly paid $15 million per year in 2003, when it was just starting out, so she is likely earning much more now that it has become a daytime mainstay.
Ellen has also proven to be a natural at live television, as she has hosted the Oscars twice — in 2007 and 2014. She made history during her 2014 hosting gig by tweeting a group selfie with a gaggle of famous friends — Meryl Streep, Bradley Cooper, Jennifer Lawrence, Julia Roberts, Brad Pitt, Kevin Spacey and more — that was seen by 37 million people and valued at between $800 million to $1 billion.
— Ellen DeGeneres (@TheEllenShow) March 3, 2014
Ellen has also found major success behind the camera. Her production company "A Very Good Production" had five shows on the air at one point in 2015, including the now defunct sitcom "One Big Happy." Netflix has also ordered 13 episodes of the company's "Green Eggs and Ham" show, based on the Dr. Seuss classic. The new series is set to debut in 2018.
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Ellen: Businesswoman and Spokeswoman
In 2013, Ellen turned "Heads Up!" — a game played on her talk show — into a successful mobile app. The app was the most downloaded paid iPhone app in 2014. HLN is currently developing a game show based on the game that will premiere in 2016.
The tech-savvy superstar launched the site Ellentube in 2014, which hosts exclusive video content from her talk show. In 2015, she also partnered with Vessel to debut one or two clips from "The Ellen DeGeneres Show" on the streaming site before they're available anywhere else.
Ellen has also ventured into the beauty and fashion world. In 2009, she became the face of COVERGIRL and continues to work with the cosmetics company. She also previously served as the spokeswoman for J.C. Penney and American Express. And her lifestyle brand, ED by Ellen — including clothing, accessories and home décor — launched in 2015.
Ellen's Interior Design Book 'Home' and Real Estate Properties
Ellen and wife de Rossi have made a name for themselves as real estate magnates. They couple has a knack for purchasing swanky properties and unloading them to fellow celebrities. For example, they became landlord to musician Nick Jonas in 2015, renting one of their many homes to the 23-year-old.
The couple purchased a mid-century modern Los Angeles mansion in January 2014 for nearly $40 million and promptly sold it to Sean Parker six months later for $55 million. Previously, in May 2012, they sold their 15,000 sq. ft. Beverly Hills, Calif. compound to Ryan Seacrest for $36.5 million. Ellen and Portia also purchased Brad Pitt's former Malibu bachelor pad in 2011 for $12 million and sold it to cosmetics entrepreneur Victoria Jackson in 2012 for $13 million.
In March 2006 — prior to her marriage to de Rossi — Ellen sold a Hollywood Hills, Calif. home to Will Ferrell for $9 million. She also sold former Google CEO Eric Schmidt a California home in 2007 for $20 million, which was later the site of Kim Kardashian's wedding to Kris Humphries in 2011.
The total number of properties currently owned by the couple is unknown. Ellen released her interior design book "Home" in 2015, which included photos and design tips from many of their past and present residences. Their former Thousand Oaks, Calif. ranch — which they sold in 2013 for $10.85 million — was also previously featured in Elle Décor.
Ellen Pays Tribute to President Obama
In November 2016, President Obama presented Ellen with the Presidential Medal of Freedom. "It's easy to forget now just how much courage was required for Ellen to come out on the most public of stages 20 years ago," Obama said.
Since Ellen has a long history with the 44th president, and with Obama leaving the White House, she created a video tribute to him — showcasing their time spent together over the last eight years.