Ellen DeGeneres is the world’s highest paid comedian, since she made $80.5 million in 2019. This has made people wonder what she spends that much money on, especially whether or not she owns a private jet.
Even though Ellen DeGeneres could definitely afford a private jet, she does not have one. Ellen’s net worth is an estimated $490+ million as her talk show has been extremely successful. She does also travel a lot with her wife, Portia de Rossi, but she has not spent her riches on a private jet.
Continue reading to find out what Ellen DeGeneres has spent her money on.
Ellen grew up struggling for money. Her parents got divorced when she was 13 and Ellen lived with her single mother. She continued to struggle with money even as an adult when she was starting her stand-up comedy career.
It took her a long time to get steady, paying jobs. Even when she did, with her 1994-1998 sitcom Ellen, she lost a lot of work because she came out as gay.
Now that she is successful and has so much disposable income, she is not afraid to spend it. She says: “I am always going to just get what I want, I’m going to do what I want. Because I know there is an abundance and I will always have enough. That’s how I live my life.” So, she spends her money on material things and experiences like travel.
Notably, Ellen has quite an impressive watch collection. She prefers two brands: Rolex and Patek Philippe. She has a Rolex Day-Date 40 watch, worth $43,000, a Rolex Yacht-Master watch worth $32,000, a vintage Rolex Cosmograph Daytona watch, worth $309,000, a Grand Complications Patek Philippe watch worth $290,000 and a Patek Philippe Aquanut Travel Time watch worth $36,400.
Most of these watches she wears casually on her talk show, but some are collectors as they are vintage, this suggests that Ellen is an avid watch collector.
Ellen also loves spending money on cars, especially Porsche’s. She has a Ferrari California, worth $200,000, a Porsche 993, worth $60,000 and a Porsche Panamera worth $150,000. She has also bought two cars for her wife, Portia, a $460,000 Lamborghini because Portia liked the one that Kris Jenner had. Also, a $160,000 rare Defender truck that Portria was obsessed with.
Ellen says she also enjoys getting Portia a gift every day, whether it’s something small like a dress or something as pricy as jewels.
Ellen also enjoys spending her money on vacations with Portia. They have travelled by private jet before, but tend to take scheduled flights in first class. They have been to places like Capri in Italy, London, and Rwanda, Kenya and Tanzania in Africa.
Ellen’s favorite hobby is house flipping. As she has the money, she buys multi-million dollar homes and renovates them to earn more money by selling them for higher. She says this hobby is not about the money, but she and Portia have made approximately $145 million by doing it.
The house they live in is worth $24 million, but Ellen says they move frequently as their style changes.
Ellen and Planes
While Ellen does not have a private jet herself, she does not have an objection about using them or about other celebrities using them. In 2019 when Prince Harry and Meghan Markle were receiving backlash for taking a private jet, Ellen defended them.
She says that Prince Harry and Meghan are both compassionate people trying to make the world better and that they don’t deserve the backlash.
Ellen has also rented a plane before to deliver a romantic message to her wife on their 15th wedding anniversary:
Although the gesture did not go to plan, Portia seemed to appreciate the gesture. All of this makes it obvious that Ellen has the funds available to buy a private jet, but seems to prefer smaller-sized purchases.