Joan Rivers lived an opulent life while earning millions. She even had a New York City apartment that would make Marie Antoinette feel at home, she once joked. Queries about how much the “Fashion Police” star was worth rose after her Sept. 4 death. Though there was a time when she was $37 million in debt after her husband Edgar Rosenberg committed suicide, the legendary comedian was reportedly able to accumulate $150 million before she died, Hollywood Take reported.
“Yeah, it's true. I was $37 million in debt. I'm not a businesswoman. My husband was a businessman. I never had to worry about business,” she told Esquire magazine in 2007. “Afterward, some son of a bitch took me public and absconded with the funds. And all these horrible bottom-feeders came in and bought up my name and my likeness.”
In 2013, Rivers sold her country house in Connecticut for $4.4 million, Celebrity Net Worth reported. She also listed her 500-square-foot NYC penthouse for $29.5 million, but the house has been recently valued as high as $35 million, the site said.
Between hosting E!'s "Live from the Red Carpet" from 1996 to 2004, being a co-host on E!'s "Fashion Police” for more than a decade and her QVC royalties, the iconic comedian reportedly brought in $40 million annually, Hollywood Take said. Her merchandise sales alone were listed as $1 billion, the news site added.
“I could pull my living in and live OK, but I don’t want to live OK,” Rivers said, according to Hollywood Take. “I’m very happy to live in my penthouse, very happy I can pick up a check, very happy to have a great life, and be able to spread my wealth a little bit.”
Rivers died a week after she stopped breathing during a nonsurgical throat procedure at Yorkville Endoscopy in New York City. She was 81.
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