Steve Harvey Biography, Career, Net Worth, And Other Interesting Facts

Steve Harvey is an American Comedian, television host, producer, and actor born on January 17, 1957. He’s famous for hosting The Steve Harvey Morning Show, Family Feud, Celebrity Family, Feud Family, Feud Africa, a funny court show called Judge Steve Harvey, and he used to host the Miss Universe competition. He’s won seven Daytime Emmy Awards two Marconi Awards and fourteen NAACP Image Awards for his work.

Harvey started as a comedian in the 1980s then he hosted Showtime at the Apollo and had his sitcom called The Steve Harvey Show. In 2000 he was in a comedy movie called The Original Kings of Comedy. His last comedy show was in 2012. He’s been hosting Family Feud and Celebrity Family Feud since 2010. He’s also been the host of shows like Little Big Shots, Little Big Shots Forever Young, and Steve Harvey’s Funder Dome.

He’s written four books with one of them Act Like a Lady Think Like a Man being a bestseller in 2009. In 2017, he started a company called Steve Harvey Global which has his production company called East 112 and some other projects. He launched an African version of Family Feud and invested in HDNet with Anthem Sports and Entertainment. Harvey and his wife Marjorie started a charity called The Steve and Marjorie Harvey Foundation which helps kids with education.

Full NameSteve Harvey
Date of BirthJanuary 17, 1957
Place of BirthWelch, West Virginia, U.S.
OccupationComedian, television host, producer,
Radio personality, actor, author
Height6 feet 2 inches (1.88 meters)
SpouseMarjorie Elaine Harvey (m. 2007)
Mary Lee Harvey (m. 1996–2005)
Marcia Harvey (m. 1981–1994)
ChildrenBrandi Harvey, Karli Harvey, Broderick Harvey Jr.,
Wynton Harvey, Lori Harvey, Morgan Harvey, Jason Harvey
Net Worth$200 million

Steve Harvey’s Early Life and Education

Steve Harvey Early Life

Broderick Stephen Harvey was born in Welch West Virginia on January 17, 1957. His dad worked as a coal miner and his mom’s name was Eloise Vera. Broderick got his first name from an actor named Broderick Crawford who was famous for a TV show called Highway Patrol.

When Broderick was a kid he had a serious stuttering problem. But he didn’t let that stop him. In sixth grade, he told everyone he wanted to be on TV when he grew up. His teacher didn’t think that was possible because of his stuttering. She made fun of him in front of everyone and even called his parents to complain.

Eventually, Broderick and his family moved to Cleveland Ohio. He went to Glenville High School and graduated in 1974. After high school, he tried going to Kent State University and West Virginia University. He joined a fraternity called Omega Psi Phi but never finished college.

Even though Broderick talks about how he overcame his challenges he admits not getting a college degree made life harder for him.

Steve Harvey Career

From Living in a Car to Comedy Success

Steve Harvey Biography, Career, Net Worth, And Other Interesting Facts

Harvey had many different jobs before he became famous. He worked as a boxer a car factory worker an insurance seller a carpet cleaner and a mail carrier. He started doing stand-up comedy on October 8, 1985, at a club in Cleveland Ohio. In the late 1980s, he didn’t have a home and lived in his car for three years. When he wasn’t performing he slept in his 1976 Ford. He would shower at gas stations or public swimming pools. Rich and Becky Liss helped him during this tough time. They gave him a job cleaning carpets and also helped him with travel expenses.

From Comedy Stardom to Cultural Icon

Harvey had a big break in 1990 when he made it to the finals of the Johnnie Walker National Comedy Search. This led to him hosting “It’s Showtime at the Apollo” after Mark Curry. He later starred in the ABC show “Me and the Boys” in 1994 and then in “The Steve Harvey Show” on The WB from 1996 to 2002.

In 1997, Harvey joined the Kings of Comedy tour with Cedric the Entertainer D.L. Hughley and Bernie Mac which became the highest-grossing comedy tour ever. It was made into a film by Spike Lee called “The Original Kings of Comedy.” Harvey also had his show called “Steve Harvey’s Big Time Challenge” from 2003 to 2005.

Since 2000, Harvey has hosted “The Steve Harvey Morning Show” a popular radio program. He’s also acted in movies like “The Fighting Temptations” in 2003 and “Love Don’t Cost a Thing” in the same year among others.

In 2006, he released a stand-up special called “Steve Harvey: Don’t Trip… He Ain’t Through with Me Yet.” He’s also hosted events like the Disney Dreamers Academy.

In 2009, Harvey wrote a book called “Act Like a Lady Think Like a Man” which talks about relationships from a man’s perspective. It became a bestseller and was adapted into the movie “Think Like a Man” in 2012.

Family Feud to Motivational Speaker and TV Mogul

Steve Harvey Biography, Career, Net Worth, And Other Interesting Facts

Harvey started hosting Family Feud in September 2010. Since then the show has become more popular and he’s held onto the hosting job longer than anyone else. He also hosts Celebrity Family Feud where famous people play to win money for charity. That show airs on ABC during the summer.

In August 2011, Harvey said some controversial things about Cornel West and Tavis Smiley on his radio show. He later said sorry but still stood by his criticisms.

In August 2012, Harvey did his last stand-up comedy show after 27 years in Las Vegas. It was on pay-per-view.

That same year he started a talk show called “Steve Harvey” in Chicago.

In 2013, Harvey was nominated for two Daytime Emmy Awards and got a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame. The next year he helped create a dating website called Delightful.

In December 2015, Harvey made a big mistake at the Miss Universe pageant announcing the wrong winner. He apologized and hosted the pageant again in 2017, 2018, 2019, and 2021.

In January 2016, he gave a motivational speech about using your talents, leading to his book “Jump: Take the Leap of Faith to Achieve Your Life of Abundance.”

In October 2016, Harvey hosted revival specials on Showtime at the Apollo. Then in November his talk show was canceled but he started a new one in Los Angeles called “Steve.”

Harvey also co-created Little Big Shots with Ellen DeGeneres in 2016 a show where kids show off their talents. He hosted it until 2019.

Global Ventures, TV Hosting, and Media Innovations

Steve Harvey Global Ventures TV Hosting and Media Innovations

Harvey brought all his businesses together as Steve Harvey Global (SHG) in 2017. Under SHG there’s East One Twelve Harvey’s own production company for digital content films and TV. SHG also owns the rights to Family Feud in other countries; they announced an African version in 2020. Harvey started the Sand and Soul Festival in 2017 a yearly event with music comedy and Q&A sessions with him and his wife. He also launched Harvey Events run by his daughter and son-in-law organizing events like the FroRibbean Fest in Atlanta.

In 2017, Harvey began hosting a New Year’s Eve special for Fox from Times Square. Just before the show, he became an ordained minister in New York to marry a couple on-air during the special. This special became Fox’s most-watched New Year’s Eve show ever.

In January 2017, Harvey made some jokes on his show about Asian men that upset many people including Asian Americans and New York politicians. He later apologized saying it wasn’t meant to offend.

During a radio show, he also faced criticism for joking about Flint Michigan’s water crisis. He explained it was just sports banter and later talked about the crisis on his talk show.

In 2018, Harvey hosted the NFL Honors something he had wanted to do for a while. He returned to host it the next year too.

In 2019, Harvey launched a learning hub called Vault and invested in HDNet’s takeover of Anthem Sports & Entertainment.

In 2022, Harvey started hosting Judge Steve Harvey a court comedy show on ABC.

In 2022, Harvey spoke at Expo 2020 in Dubai about happiness and religion on behalf of the United States and the Vatican.

And in March 2024, Harvey joined Merit Street Media a new media platform created by his friend Phil McGraw.

What is Steve Harvey’s Net Worth?

Steve Harvey’s Net Worth is estimated to be $200 Million as of 2024, according to Celebrity Net Worth.

Philanthropy

Harvey started a foundation called the Steve & Marjorie Harvey Foundation to help kids. Every year they run a camp for kids who don’t have dads and give out scholarships at Kent State University. Harvey also works with Walt Disney World and Essence for a program called Disney Dreamers Academy. This program invites 100 students to a workshop at Disney World every year.

In 2022, at the Halloween Thriller Night event by Heal Los Angeles Foundation Harvey and Chris Tucker got the first “Man in The Mirror” Award. This award goes to people who make a positive impact using their fame. Prince Jackson Michael Jackson’s son gave Harvey the award.

Personal life

Steve Harvey and Marjorie Elaine Harvey

Harvey has been married three times and has seven kids. From his first marriage to Marcia Harvey, he has two daughters (twins Brandi and Karli) and one son (Broderick Harvey Jr.). From his second marriage to Mary Lee Harvey, he has another son named Wynton. They got divorced in November 2005. In 2011, a judge expressed concern about Mary spreading false info about the divorce saying she wasn’t left without anything.

In June 2007, Harvey married Marjorie Elaine Harvey who he says changed his life for the better. She has three kids (Morgan Jason and Lori) all of whom Steve adopted. They also have five grandchildren: three through Jason and his wife Amanda one through Morgan and her husband Kareem and one through Karli and her husband Ben. Until 2017, Harvey and his family split their time between Atlanta and Chicago for work. Then in 2018, they moved everything to Los Angeles.

In January 2017, Harvey faced criticism for meeting with Donald Trump but he defended himself saying it could lead to positive changes.

Harvey is a Christian and believes his success comes from his faith. He’s also into religious harmony respecting Islam and believing in multiple paths to heaven. He’s been on a vegan diet for health reasons and talks about it on his TV show.