What is Ron White’s net worth?
Ron White, also known as Tater Salad, is an American stand-up actor and comedian who rose to fame as the cigar-smoking, scotch-drinking funnyman from the Blue Collar Comedy Tour phenomenon.
From his military service to his time in Mexico to some major marriage drama, read on to find out all about Ron White’s life and career.
The Origin Story
On December 18th of 1956, Ronald Dee “Tater Salad” White was born to Charles Don White and Barbara Joan Craig in Fritch, Texas.
At the young age of 17, White joined the United States Navy, where he served in the Vietnam War on the USS Conserver (an auxiliary rescue and salvage ship).
Even when he was little, Ron knew he wanted to be a comedian so he could make people laugh.
Right after the war, he bought a pottery factory in Mexico, but he quickly moved back to the states to pursue his comedy career dream.
In 1990, Ron released his first solo comedy album, “Tater Salad a.k.a. Busted in Des Moines”. In 1994, he released a second one, “Truckstop Comedy.”
But it wasn’t until 2003, after touring with the Blue Collar Comedy Tour (Larry the Cable Guy, Jeff Foxworthy, and Bill Engvall), that he released an album that would reach the charts.
In 2003, Ron released the solo album “Drunk in Public,” which reached #2 on the US Comedy charts and even sold enough copies to go Gold.
During Ron’s 3-year tour with the Blue Collar Comedy group, shows sold out all across the US.
There were over 90 cities on the tour map, and the group accumulated over $15 million in gross ticket sales.
In 2004, an album from the Blue Collar Comedy guys was released, titled “Ron White, Jeff Foxworthy, & Bill Engvall: Live From Las Vegas.”
In 2005, Ron was on the compilation albums “Redneck Comedy Roundup” and “Redneck Kings of Comedy.”
He also had a pilot of “The Ron White Show” air on WB Television Network.
In 2006, Ron was a featured comedian on the album “Comedy Central Presents Southern Gents of Comedy.
The same year, he released “You Can’t Fix Stupid,” which topped the US Comedy charts, sitting at number one at one point.
In 2009, he reached #1 again with the release of the album “Behavioral Problems.”
In March of 2009, Ron was recognized for his efforts in raising money for wounded soldiers by being awarded the “Patriot Award” by the Armed Forces Foundation. The same year, Texas created “Ron White Day” on April 27th of 2009.
In 2010, Ron worked with Michael Blakely (an infamous producer) to create OMG – Organica Music Group. Their very own record label would work with rising and roaring musicians and comedians!
In 2013, Ron released another #1 US Comedy album titled “A Little Unprofessional.” In 2014, this album was nominated for Best Comedy Album in the 56th Annual Grammy Awards.
In 2018, Ron got his own Netflix special, “If You Quit Listening, I’ll Shut Up.”
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Ron was first married in 1981 to Lori Brice.
After having a kid and being married for 12 years, the two got divorced. Their son, Marshall White (born in 1991), appears to be following in his father’s professional footsteps.
His second marriage to Barbara Dobbs lasted from 2004 until 2008, when the couple was divorced. The two lived in Atlanta, Georgia, for the time they were wed.
Ron White’s third marriage to singer Margo Rey lasted from 2013 to 2017 when the two went through a nasty divorce.
Margo claimed Ron left her all on her own right after she went into remission from cancer.
Ron canceled Margo’s credit cards and changed the locks to their shared home.
Margo didn’t know about any of this until attempting to make a payment on one of her large, outstanding medical bills from all the cancer treatments.
During the couple’s divorce, Ron tried to say that he and Margo were never really married due to the fact that she would not sign a prenuptial agreement with him. However, they had a $100 thousand wedding that seemed pretty real to everyone else.
Still, the comedian attempted to have the divorce dismissed, calling their wedding a sham ceremony and claiming Margo knew it was pretended the whole time.
Despite Ron’s best efforts, Los Angeles Superior Court judge ruled on Margo’s side regarding the couple’s divorce – the judge proved that the couple’s relationship qualified as a common-law marriage while they were residing in Texas, as well as ruling that they were in fact married in the state of California.
Each month, Ron has been paying around $25 thousand in alimony to Margo.
In 2020, he asked a judge to put an end to this ex-spousal arrangement due to the changes in his income.
Margo says that Ron’s management team canceled dozens of her own performances following the couple’s split, essentially eradicating her entire income.
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April 27, 2009, was designated as “Ron White Day” in the State of Texas by Texas legislative officials.
White is a member of The Blue Collar Gang, along with his friends – Bill Engvall, Jeff Foxworthy, and Larry the Cable Guy.
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”Every popular love song should be required to have a follow up when the singer gets hosed in a divorce.”
”I believe that when life gives you lemons, you make lemonade. Then find someone whose life gives them vodka and have a party.”
”I believe that a bad Super Bowl halftime show is still better than a soccer game.”
“If you look at the common denominator of all the comics who have had a big success, it’s being true to their nature… that’s what takes a long time to learn.”
“I’ve been performing there since the comedy club days, so that’s about 25 years I’ve been going up there from time-to-time.”
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Ron White – Net Worth
White has sold more than 15 million albums in his career, and he is one of the top 3 grossing comedians to tour the United States.
Some of his albums are – If You Quit Listening, I’ll Shut Up, A Little Unprofessional, Behavioral Problems, You Can’t Fix Stupid, They Call Me “Tater Salad”, Drunk in Public, and Tater Salad a.k.a. Busted in Des Moines.
Ron is the author of the book ”I Had the Right to Remain Silent But I Didn’t Have the Ability,” which appeared on the New York Times bestseller list. The book was released by Penguin Books in 2006.
In October 2020, the comedian listed his Spanish-style home in Beverly Hills for $7 million.
Therefore, American stand-up comedian Ron White has an estimated net worth of $45 million.
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