Broderick Stephen Harvey Sr. is an American television host, actor, writer, producer, and comedian. He has been associated with “The Steve Harvey Morning Show”, “Family Feud”, “Celebrity Family Feud”, “the Miss Universe competition”, “Family Feud Africa”, and the arbitration-based court comedy “Judge Steve Harvey”.
Harvey began his career as a comedian and performed stand-up comedy in the early 1980s. He went on to host “Showtime” at the “Apollo” and “The Steve Harvey Show” on “The WB”. He was later featured in “The Original Kings of Comedy” after starring in the Kings of Comedy Tour. In 2012, he performed his last standup show.
Harvey is the host of both “Family Feud” and “Celebrity Family Feud”, conducting them since 2010. He also hosted shows such as, “Little Big Shots”, “Little Big Shots Forever Young”, and “Steve Harvey’s Funderdome”. As an author, he has written four books, including his bestseller “Act Like a Lady, Think Like a Man”, which was published in March 2009.
In 2017, Harvey founded “Steve Harvey Global”. He launched an African version of “Family Feud”. He and his wife Marjorie founded “The Steve and Marjorie Harvey Foundation”, a nonprofit organization focused on youth education. He has won the “Daytime Emmy Award” 6 times, while he is also a two-time “Marconi Award” winner and a 14-time “NAACP Image Award” winner in various categories.
Harvey is a handsome and appealing man with an enamouring personality. He has an impressive physique with formidable body measurements for his age, yet visually, he appears to be of a regular body type. He is approximately 6 feet 2 inches in height and weighs in around 95 kilograms. He has a bald head and pleasant dark brown eyes.
Harvey has seen the hard side of show business. He’s been a boxer, an autoworker, an insurance salesman, a carpet cleaner, and a mail carrier. He went on to perform his first stand-up comedy on October 8, 1985, at the Hilarities Comedy Club in Cleveland, Ohio. In the late 1980s, Harvey was homeless for three years.
He slept in his car (1976 Ford) when not performing gigs that provided a hotel, and he showered at gas stations or swimming pool showers. Rich and Becky Liss helped Harvey during this time with a contract for carpet cleaning and credit at a travel agency.
Harvey went on to become a finalist in the “Second Annual Johnnie Walker National Comedy Search” performing on April 16, 1990, eventually leading to a long stint as host of “It’s Showtime” at the Apollo, taking the role from Mark Curry. His success as a stand-up comedian led to a starring role on the ABC series “Me and the Boys” in 1994, and he would later star on the WB network show “The Steve Harvey Show”, which ran from 1996 to 2002. In 1997, Harvey continued his work in stand-up comedy, performing on the “Kings of Comedy” tour along with Cedric the Entertainer, D.L. Hughley, and Bernie Mac.
The tour became the highest-grossing comedy tour in history, grossing $18 million in its first year and $19 million in its second. The comedy act would later be put together into a film by Spike Lee called “The Original Kings of Comedy”. That title was also used as the name of his comedy and variety television show (renamed “Steve Harvey's Big Time Challenge”), which aired on “The WB” network from 2003 until 2005.
Harvey went on to host “The Steve Harvey Morning Show”, a weekday morning radio program he has hosted since 2000, through Radio One Inc. from September 2000 until May 2005 and as of 2019, the show is run through the United States. He appeared in the 2003 movie “The Fighting Temptations” alongside Cuba Gooding Jr. and Beyoncé Knowles. He played the role of “Clarence Johnson” in the film “Love Don't Cost a Thing” in the same year. In 2004, he had roles in the films “Johnson Family Vacation” and “You Got Served”. In 2005, he co-starred in the movie “Racing Stripes” as the voice of “Buzz”.
In 2006, Harvey released the stand-up special “Steve Harvey: Don't Trip… He ain't Through with Me Yet” directed by Leslie Small and was filmed at MegaFest. Harvey hosted the “Disney Dreamers Academy” event that took place in January 2008, at the “Walt Disney World Resort” in Lake Buena Vista, Florida. Harvey released the book “Act Like a Lady, Think Like a Man” in 2009. The 2012 film “Think Like a Man” is based on the book. The hardcover version spent 64 weeks on The New York Times bestseller list, 23 of those weeks at No. 1.
Harvey began hosting Family Feud in September 2010. Harvey also hosts Celebrity Family Feud. On August 2, 2012, Harvey performed his final stand-up act at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas, ending a 27-year career as a stand-up comedian. The two-hour performance was broadcast live on pay-per-view. The same year, Harvey debuted a self-titled talk show.
In 2013, Harvey became the first double host nominated for a Daytime Emmy Award, receiving nominations for both “Outstanding Talk Show Host” and “Outstanding Game Show Host”. He was also honored with a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame. The following year, Harvey launched a new dating website called “Delightful”.
In December 2015, Harvey hosted the Miss Universe 2015 pageant in Las Vegas. Upon announcing the final results, he mistakenly named the first runner-up, Miss Colombia (Ariadna Gutiérrez) as the winner. A few minutes after she was crowned, Harvey announced that he had read the results incorrectly and that Miss Philippines (Pia Wurtzbach) was the new Miss Universe. He apologized to Wurtzbach outside the venue and later tweeted an apology to both contestants.
Harvey also hosted the Miss Universe 2016 pageant in the Philippines on January 30, 2017, telling the Miss Universe Organization that he wanted to personally apologize to the Filipinos for the incident that occurred in the last Miss Universe pageant he hosted. He returned as host for the Miss Universe 2017 pageant in Las Vegas on November 26, 2017, the Miss Universe 2018 pageant in Thailand on December 17, 2018, the Miss Universe 2019 pageant on December 8, 2019, in Atlanta, Georgia, and the Miss Universe 2021 pageant in Israel on December 13, 2021.
In 2016, Harvey published, “Leap: Take the Leap of Faith to Achieve Your Life of Abundance”. In October 2016, it was announced that Harvey would host two revival specials of “Showtime” at the Apollo for Fox. In November 2016, the Steve Harvey talk show was canceled, and it was announced that Harvey had reached a deal with IMG to produce a new talk show in Los Angeles with NBCUniversal. The new series, “Steve”, premiered in September 2017. To facilitate the new series, the production of Harvey's radio show and Family Feud were relocated to L.A. Harvey is the co-creator of “Little Big Shots”, a series launched in 2016; executive producers are Harvey and Ellen DeGeneres. He hosted the show until 2019.
Harvey united all of his businesses under Steve Harvey Global (SHG) in 2017. Brands under SHG include East One Twelve, Harvey's in-house production company that is used to develop digital content, films, and television. The company also owns the rights for international versions of Family Feud, of which an African version of the show was announced to begin in 2020.
He also launched the Sand and Soul Festival in 2017. He also launched Harvey Events, a special events' company led by his daughter Morgan Hawthorne and son-in-law Kareem Hawthorne. It has produced events such as the FroRibbean Fest in Atlanta in 2018. In 2017, Harvey began hosting a New Year's Eve special from Times Square for Fox. Harvey was ordained in the state of New York, so he could officiate an on-air wedding between Keven Undergaro and Maria Menounos during the special. The special was Fox's most-watched New Year's Eve broadcast to date.
At the end of 2018, it was announced that Harvey would be the host of the 8th annual NFL Honors. He returned to host the 9th annual show the following season. In 2019, Harvey announced the launch of a learning hub called “Vault”. He also spoke at the first vault conference held in Los Angeles. He also invested in the takeover of HDNet along with Anthem Sports & Entertainment.
During January 2022, Harvey began hosting the arbitration-based court comedy Judge Steve Harvey on ABC. During the International Day of Happiness 2022, Harvey held a talk in Dubai during Expo 2020 to discuss the relations between happiness and religion.
Over his long career, Harvey has had his fair share of ups and downs. He is not unfamiliar to controversies and criticism, which most celebrities of his level of fame have witnessed sometime or the other through their careers.
In August 2011, Harvey called Cornel West and Tavis Smiley “Uncle Toms” because they criticized President Barack Obama on his radio show. Harvey later apologized for using the slur, but he continued to criticize West and Smile. In January 2017, some people in the African-American community criticized Harvey for meeting with President-elect Donald Trump. He said that his decision would help make positive changes, but later said on his talk show that he hopes to never meet Trump again.
On May 30, 2009, Harvey gave a book interview on Larry King Live hosted by Joy Behar. He has received criticism for this interview. During that interview, he said that women shouldn’t date atheists because atheists have no moral compass. He stated that atheists are 'idiots' and that his usual response to conversations with atheists is to walk away.
In January 2017, Steve Harvey made jokes about Asian men on his show, mocking the idea that any white woman or black woman would want to date them. Members of the Asian American community, including New York politicians and author Eddie Huang, were upset by the remarks. Harvey apologized on his talk show and Twitter, saying, “I offer my humblest apology for offending anyone, particularly those in the Asian community”
Harvey, a Cavaliers fan, told a caller from Flint, Michigan who had insulted the Cleveland Cavaliers after their loss to the Golden State Warriors, to “go have a nice glass of brown water’. Other critics of the joke included Amariyanna Copeny and Flint Mayor Karen Weaver, who demanded a public apology. Harvey responded by saying, “The caller and I were talking trash about our teams and cities. Simply trash talking about sports. I made a joke directed at him, as he is from Flint, a city for which I have great affection and respect. So much so that I devoted a full hour on my daytime talk show to raising awareness of the Flint water crisis … The caller laughed, as my joke was taken in the context it was offered.”
Steve Harvey’s net worth is estimated to be $200 million according to Celebrity Net Worth. He has several ventures and his work in the entertainment industry has been phenomenal. A large chunk of his earnings comes from him being a TV personality as a host. Out of all the avenues from where Harvey earns, social media plays a minimal role.
As a content creator, on TikTok, Harvey could potentially earn upwards of an estimated $20k per post, excluding brand-sponsored deals. On Instagram, he could potentially earn upwards of an estimated $50k for a brand-sponsored post. On YouTube, his average earnings are around the $10K mark per video, excluding brand-sponsored deals, for which he could charge upwards of $50k per video, but this is just one small part of the colossal $200 million that he has earned over the almost 40 years of being in the entertainment business.
Between June 2017 and June 2018, Steve Harvey earned $45 million from his various ventures. He earned the same amount between June 2018 and June 2019. Out of his roughly $45 million in an average annual salary, at least $10 million comes from his hosting duties on Family Feud. Another $20 million comes from his radio hosting duties. There are several means through which Harvey earns his money as an Actor, Comedian, Entertainer, Film Producer, Screenwriter, Radio personality, Author, TV Personality, and Television producer along with his TV show. The tally of all his earnings comes to $45 million per year.
Some other ventures Harvey has been involved in include the release of the book “Act Like a Lady, Think Like a Man” in 2009, which inspired the 2012 film “Think Like a Man”. He has also published the books “Straight Talk, No Chaser” (2010), “Act Like A Success” (2014), and "Jump: Take the Leap of Faith to Achieve Your Life of Abundance" (2016). In 2014, he launched the dating site Delightful. Together with Ellen DeGeneres, Harvey co-created the show "Little Big Shots" in 2016, which he also hosted until 2019.
In 2017 Harvey united all of his business ventures under Steven Harvey Global (SHG). Under SHG is his production company East One Twelve, as well as the company Harvey Events. SHG also owns the rights to international versions of "Family Feud", announcing an African version of the show for 2020. He has continued with his various business projects under SHG, including the launch of the Sand and Soul Festival in 2017.
Harvey’s dominance on social media is very evident with over 10 million TikTok followers, while on Instagram he has 8.9 million followers, and on YouTube, he has 1.67 million followers. He uses Twitter quite often as well, amassing over 4.8 million.
Harvey was born on January 17, 1957, in Welch, West Virginia, and is the son of Jesse Harvey, a coal miner, and Eloise Vera. Harvey had a severe stuttering problem as a child, which he eventually overcame. Harvey's family moved to Cleveland, Ohio, living on East 112th Street, which was renamed Steve Harvey Way in 2015. He graduated from Glenville High School in 1974. Shortly after high school, he attended Kent State University and West Virginia University and is a member of the Omega Psi Phi fraternity.
Harvey has been married three times and has seven children (four biological children and three stepchildren). 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 Shackelford, Harvey has another son named Wynton. The couple divorced in November 2005.
In June 2007, Harvey married Marjorie Bridges. Marjorie Harvey is the mother of three children, Morgan, Jason, and Lori, all of whom Steve adopted. Steve and Marjorie have five grandchildren: three through Jason's marriage to his wife Amanda, one through Morgan's marriage to her husband Kareem, and one through Karli's marriage to husband Ben. Through 2017, Harvey and his family divided their time between Atlanta and Chicago. In 2018, Harvey moved his talk show, radio show, and Family Feud to Los Angeles.
Harvey is a Christian and has attributed his success to his faith in God. He reports that he has followed a vegan diet for health reasons and has showcased his diet on his TV show.
A comedic short from “Family Feud” by Harvey, captioned “What did he say”
An excerpt from Harvey’s TV show titled “ Trust and believe”.
Another excerpt from the show, “Family Feud” on Harvey’s TikTok.
A snippet from Harvey’s conversation with “EarnYouLeisure”.
A snippet from Harvey’s show “Judge Steve Harvey”.
Harvey has developed into a sort of relationship guru, giving advice on his talk show and even establishing his own online dating website called “Delightful” with the people from Match.com. Harvey is also the author of Act Like A Lady, Think Like A Man in 2009, which was made into the movie Think Like A Man in 2012, with Harvey in a cameo.
The Original Kings Of Comedy were formed after a season of Steve Harvey, Steve, and Cedric The Entertainer joined Bernie Mac and later, D. L. Hughley. It was the top-grossing comedy tour in American history, outperforming even the Backstreet Boys arena tour in 1999.
Harvey, who was 27 years old at the time, performed stand-up for the first time at an amateur night competition at a Cleveland nightclub in 1985. He won and immediately decided to become an entertainer. Harvey resigned from his job as an insurance salesman and began doing comedy for $25 per night.
Here is a list of awards and honors Steve Harvey has received over his career.
Four-time winner: NAACP Image Awards Outstanding Actor in a Comedy Series (1999, 2000, 2001, 2002)
Three-time winner: NAACP Image Awards Outstanding Comedy Series (as executive producer/star of The Steve Harvey Show – 2000, 2001, 2002)
2001: NAACP Image Awards Entertainer of the Year
2007: Syndicated Personality/Show of the Year – Radio & Recordsmagazine
2011: BET Humanitarian Award – 2011 BET Awards
2013: Favorite New Talk Show Host – 39th People's Choice Awards
2013: Star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame
2013: Marconi Award winner - Network/Syndicated Personality of the Year
Three-time winner: NAACP Image Awards Outstanding News/Talk/Info Series (as executive producer/host of Steve Harvey – 2014, 2015, 2017)
2014: Daytime Emmy Award for Outstanding Game Show Host - Family Feud
2014: Daytime Emmy Award for Daytime Emmy Award for Outstanding Talk Show Informative (as host/executive producer of Steve Harvey)
2014: NAB Broadcasting Hall of Fame inductee (Radio)
2015: East 112th Street in Cleveland renamed Steve Harvey Way
2015: NAACP Image Awards Outstanding Host – Talk/Reality/Variety/News/Information
2015: Daytime Emmy Award for Outstanding Talk Show Informative (as host/executive producer of Steve Harvey)
2015: Marconi Award winner - Network/Syndicated Personality of the Year
2016: NAACP Image Awards Outstanding Host - Talk/Reality/Variety/News/Information
2016: NAACP Image Awards Outstanding Variety Series/Special (as host of Family Feud)
2016: Honorary Doctorate Degree Received at Alabama State University in Montgomery, Alabama
2017: Daytime Emmy Award for Outstanding Informative Talk Show Host - Steve Harvey
2017: Daytime Emmy Award for Outstanding Game Show Host – Family Feud
2018: Daytime Emmy Award for Outstanding Informative Talk Show Host - Steve
A. Steve Harvey’s net worth is courted to be an estimated $200 million. He has several business ventures and his work in the entertainment industry has been phenomenal.
A. Steve Harvey’s yearly salary is about $45 million, according to Celebrity Net Worth.
A. Steve Harvey has numerous ventures and his work in the entertainment industry has been phenomenal. A large portion of his earnings come from his work as a TV personality and host. From all the avenues through which Harvey earns his living, social media plays a minimal role.
A. No. Steve Harvey doesn't possess a law degree. The author and television host never went to law school.
A. Harvey previously battled cancer. After completing chemotherapy and radiation therapy and no longer showing symptoms for CLL, he was then diagnosed with squamous cell carcinoma, a type of skin cancer.
A. Steve Harvey has numerous accolades to his name. He has won seven Daytime Emmy Awards, two Marconi Awards, and 14 NAACP Image Awards in different categories.
A. Steve Harvey’s foundation is called “The Steve & Marjorie Harvey Foundation”, SMHF in short. The foundation furnishes youth outreach services that help young people become responsible leaders by giving them mentoring, education, mental wellness, life-changing skills, and global service projects.