Jenny McCarthy net worth

Jenny McCarthy’s net worth is estimated to be around $20 million, as of 2020.

Born Jennifer Ann McCarthy on the 1st of November 1972, she is best known for playing as a nude model in an edition of Playboy Magazine and subsequently named Playmate of the Year 1993.

She is also an actress, TV personality, author, screenwriter and activist.


Source of Wealth

McCarthy has many sources of income. These have grown over the years.

A summary of her source of wealth indicates that she makes money from modeling, acting and writing books.

She has also made a lot of money from hosting and taking part in different television shows, such as:

  • “Nashville” (2014)
  • “Wahlburgers”(2014 – 2017)
  • “Donnie Loves Jenny”(2015)
  • “The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills”(2016)
  • “The Return of the Mac”(2017)
  • “The Masked Singer”(2019- present)
  • “Bar Rescue”(2019)


Early Life

Jenny McCarthy’s full names are Jennifer Ann McCarthy. She was born in Evergreen Park, Illinois, US, on November 1, 1972.

Her place of birth is at Little Company of Mary Hospital which is located in southwest Chicago.

She is the second of four daughters of Dan and Linda McCarthy. Her father, Dan, was a steel mill foreman while her mother, Linda, was a devoted housewife and also worked as a courtroom custodian.

McCarthy grew up from a working-class catholic family with German, Irish and Polish ancestry.

McCarthy’s sisters are named Lynette, Joanne, and Amy. She also has a cousin named Melissa McCarthy who is an actress.

McCarthy attended Mother McAuley Liberal Arts High School and graduated in 1990. She also attended two different high schools in Chicago namely Brother Rice High School and St. Laurence High School. She was a cheerleader at these schools.

After graduating from high school, McCarthy enrolled at Southern Illinois University where she spent only two years. She dropped out of school due to insufficient funds.

She decided to go into modeling when she quit school.

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Career Highlights

1993: McCarthy started her career as a nude model with Playboy Magazine. She appeared on the front page cover of the October issue of the magazine. She was offered $20,000 to pose for this issue.

She became the Playmate of the month and was later named Playmate of the Year. Thereafter she received a $100,000 salary.

1994: He started hosting a Playboy TV show titled “Hot Rocks”. This show featured uncensored videos.

1995: She was the co-host of the dating show aired on MTV “Singled Out”. She would later present this show up to 1997.

1996: McCarthy made a cameo appearance as a Glamorous actress in the comedy film “The Stupids”.

1997: She launched her show “The Jenny McCarthy Show” aired on MTV. This show was popular and this year NBC allowed her to launch an eponymous show titled “Jenny” on their network.

She would later appear on one of two covers with Pamela Anderson on the covers for the September issue of the Playboy magazine.

McCarthy released her autobiography titled “Jen-X: Jenny McCarthy’s Open Book”

1998: She starred in the comedy film “BASEketball”. This was her first movie role, and her character was Yvette Denslow.

1999: “Diamonds” is the movie that McCarthy featured in this year. She played the role of Sugar. The film was directed by John Asher.

2000: She starred in the horror film “Scream 3”. Her role was that of Sarah Darling who was killed by Ghostface.

She appeared in an episode of the show “MADtv” and also appeared as Brandi/Covergirl in “Just Shoot Me!”

Other television movies that McCarthy starred in this year include “Python” and “Live Girls”.

2001: She appeared in John Asher’s directed film “Thank Heaven”.  In the television movie “Honey Vicarro”, she played the role of Honey Vicarro.

2004: This year, she was a regular on TV shows like “Wild Card”, “All About the Andersons” and “Hope & Faith”.

She was host to the television special “The Brady Bunch 35th Anniversary Reunion Special: Still Brady After All These Years”.

2005: McCarthy produced and starred in the movie “Dirty Love”. She appeared in a couple of television shows like “What I like about You”, “The Bad Girl’s Guide”, and “Stacked”.

She published another book titled “Belly Laughs: The Naked Truth about Pregnancy and Childbirth”.

She was nominated at the Daytime Emmy Awards for the Outstanding Special Class Special. The nominated work being “The Brady Bunch 35th Anniversary Reunion Special: Still Brady After All These Years”.

2006: McCarthy played Wendy in the “Mailbox” episode of the series “My Name is Earl”. Her third book titled “Baby Laughs: The Naked Truth about the First Year of Mommyhood” was published this year.

In the films, she starred in “John Tucker Must Die”, “Santa Baby”, and an Untitled Patricia Heaton Project.

At the Golden Raspberry Awards, McCarthy’s work performance in “Dirty Love” earned her Worst Actress and Worst Screenplay Awards.

2007: She starred in an online series titled “In the Motherhood”. Other casts on this series include Leah Remini and Chelsea Handler.

She published two books this year. These are “Life Laughs: The Naked Truth about Motherhood, Marriage, and Moving On” and “Louder than Words: A Mother’s Journey in Healing Autism”.

In the television series “Tripping the Rift” and “Two and a Half Men”, she had recurring roles as Six and Courtney respectively.

2008: McCarthy appeared as herself in Sesame Street and a recurring character “In the Motherhood”.

She starred in the film “Witless Protection”.

Her sixth book titled “Mother Warriors: A Nation of Parents Healing Autism Against All Odds” was published this year.

2009: In the Ron Underwood film “Santa Baby 2: Christmas Maybe”, McCarthy played the role of Mary Class/ Mary Claus.

She had a role in the television series “Chuck”.

“Healing and Preventing Autism” is another book she has published. This book was co-written with Dr.Jerry Kartzinel.

2010: She started hosting the television show “Dick Clark’s New Year’s Rockin’ Eve”.

Her eighth book titled “Love, Lust & Faking It: The Naked Truth About Sex, Lies, and True Romance” was published in September this year under Harper.

2012: She hosted 8 episodes of “Love in the Wild”.

McCarthy published her ninth book “Bad Habits: Confessions of a Recovering Catholic” in October of this year.

2013 – Present: McCarthy started co-hosting “The View”. She replaced former co-host, Elisabeth Hasselbeck.


Personal Life

Jenny McCarthy has dated many men in her life. She dated manager Ray Manzella in 1994. They broke the relationship in 1998.

She started dating actor/director John Mallory Asher in 1998. They got married in 1999 and had their son named Evan in 2002.

Evan was diagnosed with Autism in 2002. This has been the basis of McCarthy’s activism against vaccines, and also the inspiration of most her books on autism.

McCarthy and her husband divorced in 2005 and she began dating Canadian comic actor Jim Carrey. The couple split up in 2010.

Other men she has been romantically linked with include Former fitness model Jason Toohey (in 2010), entertainment-sports attorney Paul Krepelka (from 2010 to 2011) and American football player Brian Urlacher (in 2012)

She started dating actor Donnie Wahlberg in 2013. Their relationship grew and they got married in August of 2014.

Jenny McCarthy is an activist who supports families affected by Autism Spectrum Disorders. She had claimed that vaccination was the cause of autism in her son Evan. This claim is not supported by medical science.

She has written many books related to autism including “Mother Warriors: A Nation of Parents Healing Autism Against All Odds” (Plume, September 23, 2008, ISBN 978-0-525-95069-1).

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