Can we take a moment to appreciate comedy genius Mindy Kaling? First, she won us over as gossip queen Kelly Kapoor on The Office. Then, she delivered charm and girlish humor on The Mindy Project. And now, the actress is busy working her magic behind-the-scenes, giving us shows like Four Weddings and a Funeral, Never Have I Ever and HBO’s The Sex Lives of College Girls.
On top of that, Kaling is a five-time Emmy nominee with directing credits and two best-selling books under her belt. So, that leaves us with one very important question: What is Mindy Kaling’s net worth? Keep reading for details on how she earned her fortune.
1. What is Mindy Kaling’s Net Worth?
According to Celebrity Net Worth, Kaling is worth a cool $35 million. NBD.
2. How much did Kaling make from her TV shows?
Celebrity Net Worth estimates that Kaling made $150,000 for each episode of The Mindy Project. It’s unclear how much she earned on The Office but considering that she appeared in all nine seasons and served as writer, executive producer and director, we’d say that she probably received a tidy sum.
In 2014, Forbes named Kaling the seventh highest-paid TV actress, thanks to her paychecks from The Mindy Project, her exclusive syndication deal with Hulu+ and additional profits from residuals for The Office. Plus, in 2016, Kaling ranked third on Forbes’ list of highest-paid TV actresses, raking in a total of $15 million.
While accepting the award for outstanding cast ensemble at the 41st Gracie Awards, she said, “For years and years, the role of the lead actress on a sitcom was to do two things: look amazing and to make one-third of what my male co-star makes. So, I want to be clear, I do always look amazing on the show, and no man on my show makes more money than me.” *Mic drop*
3. How much did she make from her movies?
Ocean's 8, 40-Year-Old Virgin, A Wrinkle in Time and Late Night are just a few titles on Kaling’s impressive resume. She also lent her voice to animated films like Wreck-It-Ralph, Despicable Me and Inside Out—an Academy Award winner that grossed a staggering $858.8 million. Although her salary hasn’t been disclosed, it’s very likely that these box office hits added some cash to her bank account.
4. How much did she make from endorsement deals?
Back in 2014, Kaling landed an endorsement deal with XFinity—a partnership that increased her net worth by $2 million, according to Forbes. In 2019, she became the face of independent razor brand Joy Shave, and just this year, the actress collaborated with HelloFresh and Campbell Soup Company. Looks like Kaling isn’t slowing down anytime soon.
5. How much did she make from her books?
Kaling’s first memoir, Is Everyone Hanging Out Without Me? (And Other Concerns), stayed on the New York Times Bestsellers list for a solid five weeks when it got released in 2011. But if you think that's impressive, her follow-up book, Why Not Me?, was on The New York Times Bestsellers list for 16 weeks straight in 2015.
Fingers crossed we get a third book from Kaling in the near future.