Dan Aykroyd has an enormous net worth of $155 million. He earned his wealth through his career as a comedy actor, and screenwriter. He also makes money as a businessman and musician.
He is known for his iconic role as Ray Stantz in the "Ghostbusters" franchise. He has been active since 1970 to present and appeared in numerous TV series and movies.
Let's look at how Aykroyd makes his income to increase his net worth.
Earning from 'Saturday Night Live'
Aykroyd started appearing in the television in 1994 through the series 'The Gift of Winter'. After a year, he got success when he starred on the show called 'Saturday Night Live (SNL)' in 1975. He worked on the show for four-season as a writer and cast member.
For his outstanding work in SNL, he won and was honored by awards such as the Emmy Award for writing and also was the nominee for the two awards for acting and writing. The salary of his on the 'SNL' show was $278 per week where he worked for four years and made amount in a thousand places.
Movies and other TV series
After the break from 'SNL', Dan was offered from many TV series and movies. He portrayed in several series and movies such as Love at First Sight, Mr. Mike's Mondo Video, 1941, The Blues Brothers, Neighbors, Doctor Detroit, The Defenders, Workin' Moms, Happily Divorced, The Campaign, 50 First Dates, and so on.
His notable work can be seen in the film named 'Driving Miss Daisy' for which he garnered an Oscar nomination for Best Supporting Actor. He was also featured in 'Ghostbusters' along with Bill Murray, and Harold Ramis. The film was about three eccentric parapsychologists who join hands to set up a successful ghostbusting business in New York.
As a Musician
'The Defenders' actor is well-known as the founder of the blues band 'The Blues Brother' along with late actor John Belushi. The band began as an SNL musical sketch but they later change it a legitimated music art. Together they released hits albums like Red, White & Blue, Made in America, Briefcase Full of Blues, and The Last Shade of Blue Before Black.
When his band member John Belushi died but he continued the group with Steve Cropper, Lou Marini, Eddie Floyd, and Jim Belushi. Furthermore, Aykroyd also established a 'Cherokee Studios' in Los Angles. There, he and his co-partner Bruce Robb worked on many music projects.
Apart from music and actor, he is also an entrepreneur who is the co-founder of 'House of Blues' with Isaac Tigrett. It is a chain of concert halls and restaurants dedicated to promoting the contribution of the African-American community to blues and folk arts. There are multiple branches of 'House of Blues' in the US and Canada.
Not only these, but he makes $80-$100 million annual revenue from his vodka venture. In 2007, he launched his business 'Crystal Head Vodka' in a partnership with $60,000. It sold the triple-distilled vodka in distinctive crystal containers which are shaped like humans skulls.
'The Blues Brother' band member supported the 'Blue Line Foundation', is redeveloping flood-damaged of New Orleans and helping first responders buy them at reduced prices.
He also involved and supported 'Coastal Blue Line LLC' which is rebuilding 400 properties in New Orleans. And also, he is a member of the Canadian charity Artists Against Racism.
He was the owner of a 4,176 square foot house in Los Angles for $732,500 that he sold in 2008 for $2.13 million.
In 2007, he bought $14.5 million in the Pacific Palisades. This house is kept on the rental market for $45,000 per month. Dan sold his 4,828 square foot lavish house in Hollywood Hills for $3.8 million.