Margaret Moran Cho was born on the 5th December 1968 in San Francisco, California, USA and is a comedian, actress and singer, widely known for her stand-up shows in which she openly critiques social and political problems in a humorous way.
Have you ever wondered how much wealth this versatile and talented lady has accumulated? How rich Margaret Cho is? According to sources, Margaret Cho’s net worth, as of early 2016, is estimated at $3 million which has been accomplished through her live performances as well as appearances in various TV series, shows and movies.
Margaret Cho Net Worth $3 Million
Margaret was raised in her hometown by her Korean parents, Young-Hie and Seung-Hoon Cho, a bookstore owners. Her father was also a comedian, who wrote Korean joke books, so it is no wonder that Margaret has become a successful comedian. She was expelled from more than one high school due to her poor grades before enrolling at McAteer High School for the Performing Arts in San Francisco. Margaret has began writing jokes at the age of 14, at the age of 15 she worked as a ‘phone sex operator, and started performing comedy when she was 16, debuting in the comedy club above her parent’s bookstore, and there she won her first prize – opening act for Jerry Seinfeld. That’s where her career began as well as her net worth starting to increase.
By 1990, Margaret already had over 300 stand-up performances and was nominated for Campus Comedian of the Year. After several years of tempering her humor in various clubs and moving to Los Angeles, her first acting role came in 1992 in the “Golden Girls” spin-off “The Golden Palace”. Another role followed, this time in her own sitcom in 1994 – “All-American Girl” on the ABC. Although the series was short-lived (only 19 episodes were filmed) and criticized, her talent showed its full potential and she won the American Comedy Award for Best Female Comedian in 1994. In 1997, she starred opposite John Travolta and Nicolas Cage in the action thriller “Face/Off”. These engagements provided the basis for her net worth.
The year of 1999 was Margaret Cho’s career breakthrough – her off-Broadway one-woman show “I’m The One That I Want” drew national acclaim after a country-wide tour and lead to her best-selling book and the movie of the same name. This success was a main source of Margaret Cho’s net worth.
Margaret’s second tour “Notorious C.H.O.” was launched in 2002, and after visiting 37 countries had a grand finale at the Carnegie Hall. Soon afterwards, she issued a double-disc set of the last performance on the tour which later lead to filming the movie under the same name. Undoubtedly, these accomplishment added a significant sum to her overall net worth.
To speak further of her accomplishments, Margaret’s “Revolution” and tour-recorded CD brought her a Grammy nomination for Comedy album of the Year. Upcoming projects such as “Assassin” tour, the movie “The Sensuous Woman” and her own VH1 series “The Cho Show” along with “Drop Dead Diva”, “Cho Dependent” (her first music album), “Mother” and “PsyCHO TOUR” beside rising her popularity, positively impacted her fortune. Her appearance in “30 Rock” was nominated for Emmy’s Best Guest Performance.
Margaret’s humor and popularity in her dynamic career, now spanning almost 32 years, during which she has completed 11 comedy tours, has appeared in 30 movies and almost 30 TV series apart from publishing 2 books and 1 music album, has made her a significant amount of money.
When it comes to her personal life, it is known that Margaret was in relationships with Quentin Tarantino and Chris Isaak, before marriage with Al Ridenour which lasted for 11 years until their 2014 divorce.
For her activity in supporting LGBT (she is openly bisexual) and homeless rights, anti-racism and anti-bullying throughout the years, she has won numerous humanitarian awards. Also, Margaret’s GoFundMe page has collected over $20,000 in donations for the Homeless community.
Chosen by Goldsea Asian American Daily as one of the "100 Most Inspiring Asian Americans of All Time".
Favorite band is Canadian group Broken Social Scene.
Is a fan of adult film actor Jeff Stryker. She has spoken admiringly of him in some of her stand up monologues.
Was hired to play a TV version of herself, but then forced to both lose weight and act "more Asian". Several episodes later was instructed to act "less Asian."
Lost 30 pounds in two weeks before the filming of the debut episode of All-American Girl (1994). The night after completing filming, her kidneys collapsed causing her to be hospitalized.
Was the star of the first sitcom to feature an all Asian-American cast (which was based on her own life and stand-up comedy act.)
At age 16 started doing stand up comedy. Traveled widely with Janeane Garofalo on the comedy club circuit. They blamed each other for their bad smoking habits.
Her parents moved to San Francisco from Seoul, Korea in 1964.
Kicked out of Lowell High School because she had a 0.60 GPA, but was later accepted to McAteer High School for the Performing Arts.
Just 3 days after she was born, her father was deported because he failed to obtain a work permit -- her mother was allowed to remain in San Francisco.
Her mother was unable to provide for Margaret on her own, so she sent Margaret to Korea to live with her father and grandparents.
[on members of the controversial Westboro Baptist Church] I always feel bad when I see them 'cos it's all children. They make all their kids do everything. It's not right. These kids are out late at night holding up signs. It's a very sad, strange phenomenon.
Being called ugly and fat and disgusting to look at from the time I could barely understand what the words meant has scarred me so deep inside that I have learned to hunt, stalk, claim, own and defend my own loveliness.
It is tragic that people who are incarcerated are unable to vote. They are probably the most important voices to listen to because they can tell us what we need to change. Yet they are arbitrarily silenced, as if forfeiting their right to vote punishes them. In truth, it punishes the rest of us because it turns the right into a privilege. Whenever privilege is introduced, there are problems. We cannot afford any more problems.
[on her June 2003 marriage to artist/writer Al Ridenour]: "It's not a traditional situation. It's not a committed marriage. We're just friends who share space. My parents don't understand it. They just send us Yahoo E-cards wishing us well."
If you say you're not a feminist, you're almost denying your own existence. To be a feminist is to be alive.