Mayim Bialik is an American-born actress best known for her roles on The Big Bang Theory on CBS and Blossom on NBC. The multi-Emmy nominated actress, author and game show host, started her career in Hollywood in the late 1980s. Since that time, she’s appeared in more than 55 movies and television series.
Considering the success of her TV shows, it is no wonder that Mayim Bialik’s net worth is estimated in the millions. However, it’s not just her acting career that contributes to her financial success. Her production, game show host gig, and other ventures also add to her net worth. Read on to find out more about her career, where she’s found success, and how she’s continuing to grow her empire.
Mayim Chaya Bialik was born in San Diego, California, on December 12th, 1975. Her late father Barry and mother Beverly were both Jewish immigrants. Bialik was an only child and was raised in the beliefs of Reform Judaism. However, Bialik considers herself more of an aspiring Modern Orthodox.
Bialik graduated from North Hollywood High School in 1993. She didn’t immediately go to university though. Because she already had an active acting career at the time. Later on, though, she enrolled at UCLA, with a major in neuroscience and a minor in Hebrew and Jewish Studies. She graduated in 2000 with a BS degree.
It was originally her plan to earn a doctorate in neuroscience immediately afterward. However, she decided to postpone it for a while in order to focus on her acting career. She went back to her studies in 2007. And eventually, she earned her Ph.D. in neuroscience. This might have helped make her acting as Dr. Amy Farrah Fowler on the sitcom, The Big Bang Theory a lot more believable.
The first role that Bialik played was in the horror movie Pumpkinhead in 1988. She was just 13 years old at the time. But it was for her role in Beaches later on in the same year that she was more recognized. She played the younger version of C.C. Bloom, which was Bette Midler’s character in the movie.
Bialik also took on several guest roles on TV, appearing in some of the most popular shows at the time. Some of the more notable ones were Webster, The Facts of Life, Empty Nest, Doogie Howser, and MacGyver. In 1990, she was cast as Blossom Russo in the hit NBC show Blossom. She was in all 114 episodes of the show, causing her celebrity net worth to steady increase over the run of the series from 1990 to 1995.
The actress has also expanded her horizons into directing and producing. 2020 marked the release of the first film that she directed and also wrote, As Sick As They Made Us. A year earlier, she had founded Sad Clown Productions, which is her own production company. The first sitcom that she produced was Call Me Kat, in which she is also the lead actress.
The Big Bang Theory
Bialik has earned four Emmy nominations for portraying Dr. Amy Farrah Fowler on The Big Bang Theory. Not only that, Mayim Bialik’s net worth has also benefited greatly from this show. After the show had taken off successfully, Bialik was receiving a salary of $200,000 per episode. This earned her roughly $4.5 million per season.
In 2017, though, five of the other cast members took pay cuts of $100,000 each per episode. This allowed Bialik and co-star Melissa Rauch to get well-deserved raises. For the last two seasons of the show, Bialik now earned $450,000 per episode or $10 million per season.
In March 2021, Bialik began a new job as one of the guest hosts of Jeopardy!. She quickly became a fan favorite and within a few months, she became the permanent c0-host of the series along with Ken Jennings. It has not been revealed how much Bialik receives for hosting the game show. However, many believe that it would be at least equal to Alex Trebek’s annual salary, which was $18 million.
Bialik is also an accomplished writer, with works that have made it to the top spot on the New York Times Bestseller List. In 2012, she published her first book entitled “Beyond the Sling: A Real-Life Guide to Raising Confident, Loving Children the Attachment Parenting Way”. Renowned pediatrician Jay Gordon wrote the introduction to the book.
In 2014, Bialik collaborated with Gordon in creating her second book, “Mayim’s Vegan Table: More Than 100 Great-Tasting and Healthy Recipes from My Family to Yours”. In 2017, she released Girling Up: How to Be Strong, Smart and Spectacular. She quickly followed this up with Boying Up: How to Be Brave, Bold and Brilliant.
Bialik’s books have received rave reviews from critics and readers and have also done well in sales. Although it pales in comparison to what she makes from acting, her written work certainly adds to Mayim Bialik’s net worth.
Bialik had only been married once. However, the star is now divorced. Her ex-husband is Michael Stone, who she met in a chemistry class while attending UCLA. Their marriage lasted from 2003 to 2013. The reason cited for their separation was irreconcilable differences. Stone converted from Mormonism to Judaism prior to their marriage.
Their marriage produced two sons. Miles was born in 2005 and Frederick was born in 2008. Bialik is very outspoken about the principles of attachment parenting, which she uses in raising her children. In 2009, she became an official representative for the Holistic Moms Network.
She is also one of the founders of the Jewish nonprofit group called Shamayim V’Aretz Institute. The organization is based on the principles of animal advocacy and veganism. Bialik is also one of the owners of Bodhi Bowl, which is a vegan restaurant in LA. Her co-owner is a close friend and renowned chef Ali Cruddas.
Mayim Bialik’s Net Worth
As of 2022, Mayim Bialik’s net worth is now estimated at $25 million. With her humongous salary for the The Big Bang Theory and also her notable income from hosting Jeopardy!, Bialik has been incredibly successful in her career.
Fans of Bialik are likely wondering when they’ll see the return of Fox’s Call Me Kat, where Bialik stars as Kat. Fox halted production immediately following the death of Leslie Jordan. As of this posting, the series has neither been cancelled nor renewed for a fourth season.
Additionally, Bialik has three other projects in various stages of development, two of which she’ll be an executive producer if they continue to production. Those projects include Hope Cafe and In Between. She’s also set to led. her voice to The Inspector Chronicles.