David Copperfield is an American illusionist who has an estimated net worth of over $950 million. His career span of over 4 decades has made him earn 11 Guinness World Records, He is the most commercially successful magician in the world by Forbes. Copperfield has sold more than 33 million tickets, which in history is the most by any solo entertainer.
Biography & Wiki
David Seth Kotkin, professionally known as David Copperfield was born on September 16, 1956, in Metuchen, New Jersey to Rebecca Kotkin and Hyman Kotkin.
He completed his schooling at Metuchen High School in 1974. At 12, Copperfield became the youngest person to get enrolled in the Society of American Magicians. By 16, he was a magic course teacher in New York University.
David Copperfield was enrolled in the Fordham University in New York City. However, he left Fordham for playing in ‘The Magic Man’ in the lead role.
In 1994, David Copperfield was engaged to supermodel Claudia Schiffer from Germany. They broke up in 1999. He has a daughter, Sky born in February 2010 to his girlfriend and French model Chloe Gosselin.
David Copperfield’s career in TV started when he hosted ‘The Magic of ABC’ on ABC in 1977. From September 1977 to April 2001, he has done 2 documentaries and 17 television specials including several of ‘The Magic of David Copperfield’. He has done many other TV specials like ‘David Copperfield: 15 Years of Magic’, ‘David Copperfield: the great escapes’, and ‘Copperfield – Tornado of Fire’.
Some of his notable illusions include ‘Flying illusion’, ‘Walking Through the Great Wall of China’, ‘Death Saw’, ‘Laser Illusion’, and ‘Squeeze box’. In 1996, his Broadway ‘Dreams & Nightmares’ broke all the box office records in New York’s Martin Beck Theatre.
Copperfield has done worldwide tours and has entertained guests at the White House. He also took his show to Australia in 2009.
Copperfield has also appeared in films like Terror Train, Burt Wonderstone, and 7 Days in Hell. He has appeared in many TV shows including ‘America’s Got Talent’ and ‘The Amazing Race 24’.
David Copperfield has also ventured into other businesses and is the owner of the International Museum and Library of the Conjuring Arts, which has the largest collection of magic memorabilia, artifacts, and books in the world.
He also has a chain of 11 resort islands located in the Bahamas.
Awards & Achievements
The Academy of Magical Arts has conferred David Copperfield with the title of “Magician of the Year” twice. He has won 21 Emmy Awards out of 38 nominations. The Library of Congress has awarded Copperfield with the ‘Living Legend Award’. He has also received a Star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame. The French Government has also conferred Copperfield with the Chevalier of Arts and Letters.
Net Worth of David Copperfield
David Copperfield has an estimated net worth of more than $950 million as of 2017. Most of his career earnings come from the various shows he performs. In a year, Copperfield performs more than 500 shows across the world. According to Forbes, in 2003, he earned $55 million. His earning from entertainment in 2009 was $30 million. In 2004 and 2005, he earned $57 million.
David Copperfield is one of the most popular illusionists in the world. He has tickets has grossed more than $4 billion and is one of the highest earning celebrity in the world. He is the founder of ‘Project Magic’ which helps disabled patients with various modes of physical therapy. His popularity is such that, he holds the Guinness Record of ‘Largest Broadway attendance in a week’. He still continues to amaze people with his illusions.