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Margaret Chong net worth:
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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.


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Actress

Actress

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Alaska Is a Drag 2016 post-production Jan
Curtain Down 2016 Short post-production The Mentor
The girls I know... get their hands dirty. 2016 Video short completed Mom (voice)
Hellstorm pre-production Jewell
Undateable John post-production Hilda
Swedish Dicks 2016 TV Series Agent Poll
TripTank 2016 TV Series Dump / Ling
Hurricane Bianca 2016 Wig Shop Owner
Family Guy 2016 TV Series Hee-Sun
Dr. Ken 2015 TV Series Dr. Wendi
Tooken 2015 Brownfinger
Angry Little Asian Girl 2014 TV Series mother Lee, Wanda (voice)
Sullivan & Son 2014 TV Series Jenny
'Weird Al' Yankovic: Tacky 2014 Video short Dancer (uncredited)
Drop Dead Diva 2009-2014 TV Series Teri Lee
Senior Project 2014 Ms. Ghetty
Gay of Thrones 2014 TV Series Margaret
Cabot College 2014 TV Movie Laura
Fish Power 2013 Short Queen Tilapia
Pound Puppies 2013 TV Series Mrs. Wattana
Wedding Palace 2013 The Shaman
Where the Bears Are 2013 TV Series Mistress Lena
Amelia's 25th 2013 Babs
In Transition 2013 Video short Tawny Kim
The Real World: Whiterun 2013 TV Series Water Park Lady (2013)
Viral Video Showdown 2012 TV Series
The Immigrant 2012 Short Margaret
30 Rock 2011-2012 TV Series Kim Jong-Il Kim Jong-Un
Mindwash. The Jake Sessions 2011 Short Dr. Francine Kovinsky (voice)
Thugs, the Musical! 2011 Short Yvette
The A-List: New York 2010 TV Series
Ghost Whisperer 2010 TV Series Professor Avery Grant
17 Again 2009 Mrs. Dell
Rick & Steve the Happiest Gay Couple in All the World 2007-2009 TV Series Condie Ling Jessica Condie Ling, Kathy Griffin
Prop 8: The Musical 2008 Short California Gays and The People That Love Them
The Snake 2008 The Expert
Sordid Lives: The Series 2008 TV Series Therapist #17
One Missed Call 2008 Det. Mickey Lee
Two Sisters 2008 TV Movie
Love Is Love 2007 Short Jealous girlfriend at movie
Girltrash! 2007 Video short Min Suk
'Til Death 2007 TV Series Nicole
The Lost Room 2006 TV Mini-Series Suzie Kang
Falling for Grace 2006 Janie
Bam Bam and Celeste 2005 Celeste / Mommy
Nobody Knows Anything! 2003 Rental Car Agent
Grocery Store 2002 Video short Store Clerk
Life 360 2001 TV Series Essayist
Sex and the City 2001 TV Series Lynne
$pent 2000 Travel Agent (Shirley)
The Tavern 1999 Carol
Can't Stop Dancing 1999 JoJo
Five Houses 1998 TV Movie
The Nanny 1998 TV Series Caryn
The Rugrats Movie 1998 Lt. Klavin (voice)
The Thin Pink Line 1998 Asia Blue Terry
Ground Control 1998 Amanda
Pink as the Day She Was Born 1997 Donna
Sweethearts 1997 Noreen
Fakin' Da Funk 1997 May-Ling
Face/Off 1997 Wanda
Happily Ever After: Fairy Tales for Every Child 1995-1997 TV Series Hul Muh Ni / Queen
It's My Party 1996 Charlene Lee
Duckman: Private Dick/Family Man 1995 TV Series Mai Lin
All-American Girl 1994-1995 TV Series Margaret Kim
The Doom Generation 1995 Clerk's Wife
Red Shoe Diaries 9: Hotline 1994 segment "Hotline"
Attack of the 5 Ft. 2 Women 1994 TV Movie Connie Tong
Angie 1994 Admissions Nurse #2
The Critic 1994 TV Series
Red Shoe Diaries 1993 TV Series Phone Sex Worker
The Golden Palace 1992 TV Series Dr. Fong
Move the Crowd 1992 TV Movie

Producer

Producer

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Margaret Cho: PsyCHO 2015 TV Special documentary executive producer
In Transition 2013 Video short executive producer
Ian Harvie Superhero 2013 Documentary executive producer
Margaret Cho: Cho Dependent 2011 TV Special executive producer
Selene's Hollywood Confidential 2011 TV Series executive producer
Margaret Cho: Beautiful 2009 TV Special executive producer
The Cho Show TV Series executive producer - 7 episodes, 2008 producer - 5 episodes, 2008
Bam Bam and Celeste 2005 producer
Margaret Cho: Assassin 2005 TV Special documentary executive producer
Margaret Cho: CHO Revolution 2004 Video executive producer
Margaret Cho: Notorious C.H.O. 2002 TV Special documentary executive producer
Grocery Store 2002 Video short executive producer
Margaret Cho: I'm the One That I Want 2000 TV Special documentary executive producer

Writer

Writer

TitleYearStatusCharacter
UnCabaret 2012 TV Series 1 episode
Margaret Cho: Cho Dependent 2011 TV Special written by
Margaret Cho: Beautiful 2009 TV Special written by
The Cho Show 2008 TV Series writer - 7 episodes
Two Sisters 2008 TV Movie
Bam Bam and Celeste 2005 written by
Margaret Cho: Assassin 2005 TV Special documentary
Margaret Cho: CHO Revolution 2004 Video
Margaret Cho: Notorious C.H.O. 2002 TV Special documentary written by
Grocery Store 2002 Video short
Margaret Cho: I'm the One That I Want 2000 TV Special documentary

Soundtrack

Soundtrack

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Margaret Cho: PsyCHO 2015 TV Special documentary performer: "Georgia Sky", "Fat Pussy" / writer: "Georgia Sky", "Fat Pussy"
Drop Dead Diva 2010-2012 TV Series performer - 3 episodes
Happily Ever After: Fairy Tales for Every Child 1995 TV Series performer - 1 episode

Miscellaneous

Miscellaneous

TitleYearStatusCharacter
The Cho Show 2008 TV Series concept - 3 episodes

Director

Director

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Two Sisters 2008 TV Movie
Grocery Store 2002 Video short

Thanks

Thanks

TitleYearStatusCharacter
I Am Divine 2013 Documentary special thanks
This Is What Love in Action Looks Like 2011 Documentary special thanks
The Cloggers 2009 Short special thanks

Self

Self

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Shining Through: Behind the Scenes at True Colors 2007 TV Movie documentary Herself - Host
2007 AZN Asian Excellence Awards 2007 TV Special Herself
The Tyra Banks Show 2007 TV Series Herself - Guest
Wisecrack 2007 TV Series Herself / Herself - Host
Phone Sex 2006 Video documentary Caller
Dawn French's Girls Who Do: Comedy 2006 TV Series documentary Herself
Margaret Cho: Assassin 2005 TV Special documentary Herself
16th Annual GLAAD Media Awards 2005 TV Special Herself
Freedom to Marry 2005 Documentary Herself
The Drop 2005 TV Series Herself
Just for Laughs 2005 TV Series Herself
Late Show with David Letterman 1994-2004 TV Series Herself
Margaret Cho: CHO Revolution 2004 Video Herself
Vibe Awards 2003 TV Special Herself
Richard Pryor: I Ain't Dead Yet, #*%$#@!! 2003 TV Special documentary Herself
The Sharon Osbourne Show 2003 TV Series Herself
Art in the Twenty-First Century 2003 TV Series documentary Herself
The Isaac Mizrahi Show 2003 TV Series Herself
The Anna Nicole Show 2002 TV Series Herself
Late Night with Conan O'Brien 1995-2002 TV Series Herself
Margaret Cho: Notorious C.H.O. 2002 TV Special documentary Herself
American Experience 2002 TV Series documentary Herself
Life 360 2001 TV Series Herself
The Rosie O'Donnell Show 1999-2001 TV Series Herself
The Best of Colin's Sleazy Friends 2001 Video documentary Herself
Margaret Cho: I'm the One That I Want 2000 TV Special documentary Herself
The Remarkable Journey 2000 TV Series Herself
Celebrity Profile 1999 TV Series documentary Herself
Dr. Katz, Professional Therapist 1999 TV Series Herself
The Daily Show 1998-1999 TV Series Herself
Get Bruce 1999 Documentary Herself
Hollywood Squares 1999 TV Series Herself
The N.Y. Friars Club Roast of Drew Carey 1998 TV Movie Herself
Pulp Comics: Margaret Cho 1998 TV Movie Herself / Various
Second City Headlines & News 1997 TV Series Herself
Comics Come Home 3 1997 TV Movie Herself
State of the Union: Undressed 1996 TV Movie Herself
Mr. Show with Bob and David 1995 TV Series Herself
Comic Relief VII 1995 TV Special documentary Herself
Out There in Hollywood 1995 TV Movie Herself
The Tonight Show with Jay Leno 1995 TV Series Herself
The 52nd Annual Golden Globe Awards 1995 TV Special Herself - Presenter
Walt Disney World Very Merry Christmas Parade 1994 TV Movie Herself
The Wonderful World of Disney: 40 Years of Television Magic 1994 TV Movie documentary Herself
The 1994 Annual Diversity Awards 1994 TV Special Herself
MTV Video Music Awards 1994 1994 TV Special Herself
Asian America 1994 TV Series Herself
HBO Comedy Half-Hour 1994 TV Series Herself
The Arsenio Hall Show 1993-1994 TV Series Herself
The 16th Annual CableACE Awards 1994 TV Special Herself
Mountain Madness 1993 TV Movie documentary
Bob Hope Presents the Ladies of Laughter 1992 TV Special Herself
1/2 Hour Comedy Hour 1990 TV Series Herself - Guest Comedian
Stand-Up Spotlight 1988 TV Series documentary Guest Comedian
Bloodlines: The Art and Life of Vincent Castiglia 2017 Documentary post-production Herself
Everybody Has an Andy Dick Story 2016 TV Movie documentary post-production Herself
A Matter of Opinion 2016 TV Series documentary Herself (2016-)
Steve Harvey 2016 TV Series Herself
@midnight 2016 TV Series Herself
Fashion Police 2013-2016 TV Series Herself - Co-Host / Herself - Guest
Not Safe with Nikki Glaser 2016 TV Series Herself
Party Legends 2016 TV Series Herself
Comedians in Cars Getting Coffee 2016 TV Series Herself
The View 2005-2016 TV Series Herself - Guest Co-Hostess / Herself / Herself - Guest / ...
Late Night with Seth Meyers 2015-2016 TV Series Herself
RuPaul's Drag Race 2011-2016 TV Series Herself - Guest Judge / Herself
Real Time with Bill Maher 2003-2016 TV Series Herself - Guest / Herself
Chelsea Does 2016 TV Series documentary Herself
Beat Bobby Flay 2016 TV Series Herself - Judge / Mentor
#BeRobin the Movie 2015 Documentary Herself
World's Funniest 2015 TV Series Herself - Panelist
The Late Show with Stephen Colbert 2015 TV Series Herself - Comedian
The Real 2013-2015 TV Series Herself
American Masters 2015 TV Series documentary Herself
Margaret Cho: PsyCHO 2015 TV Special documentary Herself
Metropolis 2015 TV Series Herself
Today 2015 TV Series Herself
The Boris & Nicole Show 2015 TV Series Herself
Celebrity Wife Swap 2015 TV Series Herself
PoliticKING with Larry King 2015 TV Series Herself - Guest
The Playboy Morning Show 2015 TV Series Herself
The Talk 2011-2015 TV Series Herself - Guest
GGN: Snoop Dogg's Double G News Network 2014-2015 TV Series Herself
Comics Unleashed 2007-2015 TV Series Herself - Guest
Celebrity Name Game 2014-2015 TV Series Herself
Call Me Lucky 2015 Documentary Herself
Inside Edition 2015 TV Series documentary Herself
72nd Golden Globe Awards 2015 TV Special General Cho Young Ja (uncredited)
All About Sex 2015 TV Series Herself - Host
Adventures in Comedy 2015 Documentary Herself
Entertainment Tonight 2008-2014 TV Series Herself
Hell's Kitchen 2014 TV Series Herself - Restaurant Patron
Lennon or McCartney 2014 Documentary short Herself
Gotham Comedy Live 2014 TV Series documentary Herself - Host
Larry King Now 2012-2014 TV Series Herself - Guest
Do I Sound Gay? 2014 Documentary Herself
On Your Marc! 2014 TV Series Herself - Guest
The Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson 2008-2014 TV Series Herself / Herself - Guest
Hollywood Game Night 2014 TV Series Herself - Celebrity Player
TakePart Live 2014 TV Series Herself - Guest
Bizarre Foods with Andrew Zimmern 2014 TV Series Herself
Pioneers of Television 2013-2014 TV Mini-Series documentary Herself
Chelsea Lately 2007-2014 TV Series Herself - Round Table / Herself - Guest
The Sexiest Elbows in Rock Music 2014 Short Herself
Oprah: Where Are They Now? 2014 TV Series Herself
Home & Family 2013 TV Series Herself - Guest
The Arsenio Hall Show 2013 TV Series Herself - Guest
The Wendy Williams Show 2008-2013 TV Series Herself - Guest / Herself
In Bed with Joan 2013 TV Series Herself - Guest
Out in the Desert 2013 Documentary Herself
Keep the Promise: The Global Fight Against AIDS 2013 Documentary short Herself
Kathy 2013 TV Series Herself
AKA Blondie 2012 Documentary Herself
See a Little Light: A Celebration of the Music and Legacy of Bob Mould 2012 Documentary Herself
Marie 2012 TV Series documentary Herself
Big Morning Buzz Live 2012 TV Series Herself
UnCabaret 2012 TV Series Herself
Watch What Happens: Live 2012 TV Series Herself - Guest
Finding Your Roots with Henry Louis Gates, Jr. 2012 TV Series documentary Herself
Exotic World and the Burlesque Revival 2011 Documentary voice
Dave's Old Porn 2011 TV Series Herself
Never Mind the Buzzcocks 2011 TV Series Herself
The A-List: New York 2011 TV Series Herself
The Green Room with Paul Provenza 2011 TV Series Herself
Breakfast 2011 TV Series Herself - Comedienne
Margaret Cho: Cho Dependent 2011 TV Special Herself
The Joy Behar Show 2010-2011 TV Series Herself
The Mo'Nique Show 2011 TV Series Herself
Conan O'Brien Can't Stop 2011 Documentary Herself
Sexing the Transman 2011 Documentary
The 53rd Annual Grammy Awards 2011 TV Special Herself
Lopez Tonight 2011 TV Series Herself
Miss Representation 2011 Documentary Herself
This Week in Comedy 2011 TV Series Herself
Dancing with the Stars 2010 TV Series Herself - Contestant
Celebrity Ghost Stories 2010 TV Series documentary Herself
Talk Stoop with Cat Greenleaf 2010 TV Series Herself
Late Night with Jimmy Fallon 2010 TV Series Herself
Who Wants to Be a Millionaire 2010 TV Series Herself - Guest Expert
America: The Story of Us 2010 TV Series documentary Herself
2010 AVN Awards Show 2010 TV Special Herself - Presenter
I Am Comic 2010 Documentary Herself
The Wanda Sykes Show 2009 TV Series Herself
Margaret Cho: Beautiful 2009 TV Special Herself
How Bruce Lee Changed the World 2009 TV Movie documentary Interviewee
Annul Victory 2009 Documentary Herself
11th Annual the Kennedy Center Mark Twain Prize for American Humor: George Carlin 2008 TV Movie Herself
Allez à L.A.! 2008 TV Series documentary Herself
The Cho Show 2008 TV Series Herself
Up Close with Carrie Keagan 2008 TV Series Herself
Celebrity Family Feud 2008 TV Series Herself
Kathy Griffin: My Life on the D-List 2008 TV Series Herself
Bump & Grind: The Making of a Burlesque Diva 2008 TV Movie documentary Herself
A-List Awards 2008 TV Special Herself - Presenter
The Best of Comics Unleashed with Byron Allen 2008 Video Herself
Ellen: The Ellen DeGeneres Show 2008 TV Series Herself - Guest
Spread TV 2007-2008 TV Series Herself
SexTV 2008 TV Series documentary Herself
Underbelly 2008 Documentary Herself
Wamego Strikes Back 2007 Documentary Herself
E! True Hollywood Story 2007 TV Series documentary Herself

Archive Footage

Archive Footage

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Extra 2015 TV Series Herself
Inside Edition 2015 TV Series documentary Herself
The Insider 2015 TV Series Herself
Entertainment Tonight 2015 TV Series Herself
Bettie Page Reveals All 2012 Documentary Bettie Page
Gaze 2010 Documentary Herself
The Life and Death of Anna Nicole 2007 TV Movie documentary Herself
The Screen Savers 2003 TV Series Herself

Won awards

Won awards

Won awards

YearAwardCeremonyNominationMovieAward shared with
1994 American Comedy Award American Comedy Awards, USA Funniest Female Stand-Up Comic

Nominated awards

Nominated awards

Nominated awards

YearAwardCeremonyNominationMovieAward shared with
2013 Grammy Grammy Awards Best Comedy Album For "Cho Dependent."
2012 Primetime Emmy Primetime Emmy Awards Outstanding Guest Actress in a Comedy Series 30 Rock (2006)
2010 Vision Award NAMIC Vision Awards Best Performance Comedy Drop Dead Diva (2009)
2002 OFTA Television Award Online Film & Television Association Best Guest Actress in a Comedy Series Sex and the City (1998)
1995 CableACE CableACE Awards Stand-Up Comedy Special HBO Comedy Half-Hour (1994) sandy-chanley-(executive-producer) tom-bull-(producer) keith-truesdell-(director)-net-worth/" target="_blank" title="Sandy Chanley (executive producer) Tom Bull (producer) Keith Truesdell (director)">Sandy Chanley (executive producer) Tom Bull (producer) Keith Truesdell (director)


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#Fact
1 Chosen by Goldsea Asian American Daily as one of the "100 Most Inspiring Asian Americans of All Time".
2 Favorite band is Canadian group Broken Social Scene.
3 Is a fan of adult film actor Jeff Stryker. She has spoken admiringly of him in some of her stand up monologues.
4 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."
5 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.
6 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.)
7 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.
8 Her parents moved to San Francisco from Seoul, Korea in 1964.
9 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.
10 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.
11 Her mother was unable to provide for Margaret on her own, so she sent Margaret to Korea to live with her father and grandparents.

#Quote
1 [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.
2 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.
3 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.
4 [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."
5 If you say you're not a feminist, you're almost denying your own existence. To be a feminist is to be alive.


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