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George Shapiro was born in The Bronx, New York City, USA; the date of his birth is unknown to the media. He is a very successful television and film producer, talent manager, probably best known for representing Andy Kaufman, a famous actor and entertainer, and actor Jerry Seinfeld. He is considered to be one of the most competent managers of all time. His career has been active since 1977.
So, have you ever wondered how rich George Shapiro is, as of early 2017? According to authoritative sources, it has been estimated that George counts his net worth at the impressive amount of $50 million, accumulated through his successful career in the entertainment industry, during which he has represented a number of talented celebrities.
George Shapiro Net Worth $50 Million
George Shapiro spent his childhood in his hometown, where he attended Public School 80, and there he met his future colleague Howard West. Upon matriculation, he enrolled at New York University, from which he graduated with a BA degree in Marketing and Advertising. Right after graduation, he was hired to work in the mailroom by the William Morris Agency in New York. He was very capable, so he quickly progressed in the company, and in no time he became an agent. One of his first jobs was to go to “The Ed Sullivan’s Show” with Elvis Presley, as his agent, which marked the beginning of an increase of his net worth. Subsequently, as he was very talented, George started to package some programs on his own, but still for the company, such as “The Steve Allen Show”, “That Girl” and “Gomer Pyle”, and began collaborating with some of the most memorable people in show business, including Dick Van Dyke, Mary Tyler Moore and Carol Channing.
When he realized that he wanted and was able to become a personal manager and producer, he left the William Morris Agency and co-founded a new company called Shapiro/West Productions, together with his friend and colleague Howard West. Their debut project was the 1977 film “The Last Remake Of Beau Geste”, and other film titles that they produced included “Hearts And Diamonds” (1984), “Summer School” (1987), “Sibling Rivalry” (1990), among others, all of which added a considerable amount to his net worth. The most memorable show that they produced was the TV series “Seinfeld” (1989 – 1998), which became a Golden Globe, Emmy, and Peabody Award-winning series.
To speak further about his career, George was Andy Kaufman’s manager for many years, so he produced several films, shows and documentaries about him such as “Andy’s Funhouse” (1979), “Andy Kaufman Plays Carnegie Hall” (1980) and “A Comedy Salute To Andy Kaufman” (1995). Moreover, he was also the executive producer on the 1999 film “Man On The Moon”, which was also about Kaufman’s life and career. In the film, George made his debut appearance starring in the role of Mr. Besserman, while he was portrayed by Danny DeVito, and Jim Carrey appeared as Andy Kaufman, which also increased his net worth by a large margin.
More recently, George was the executive producer of the TV series “The Marriage Ref” (2010-2011), and the documentary film “The Bronx Boys Still Playing At 80” (2013), increasing further his net worth.
Thanks to his accomplishments, George has been nominated for and won several significant awards, including the Primetime Emmy Award in the category of Outstanding Comedy Series for his work on “Seinfeld” in 1993.
When it comes to speak about his personal life, George Shapiro was married to Diane Barnett-Shapiro until 2005, when she passed away. In free time, he enjoys practicing Transcendental Meditation.