As we mentioned above, Rhimes’s net worth has almost entirely come from the money she’s earned through her years at ABC, which is home to hit series Grey’s Anatomy, Scandal and How to Get Away with Murder, all created by her company Shondaland. Not to mention, Grey’s Anatomy made Rhimes the first Black woman to spearhead a successful primetime drama on a broadcast network.
The production company also produced the shorter-lived series The Catch and Private Practice (a less successful spin-off of Grey’s). Per Forbes, aside from the fees she received for each, Rhimes also reportedly earned $10 million a year from ABC. Plus, at least ten percent of the profit from her three successful series (and PP) were syndicated or sold to streaming services for about $1 million an episode.
And Grey’s doesn’t seem to be stopping anytime soon meaning there is still a ton more money to make for Rhimes. “Ellen [Pompeo] and I have a pact that I’m going to do the show as long as she's going to do the show,” Rhimes told E! News in 2017. “So, the show will exist as long as both of us want to do it. If she wants to stop, we're stopping. So, I don't know if we'll see 600, but I want to keep it feeling fresh. As long as there are fresh stories to tell and as long as we're both excited about the stories being told, we're in. So, we'll see where that takes us.”