Ellen Pompeo net worth (and 5 fun facts about the Grey’s Anatomy star)

GREY'S ANATOMY - ABC's "Grey's Anatomy" stars Ellen Pompeo as Meredith Grey. (ABC/Mike Rosenthal)
GREY'S ANATOMY - ABC's "Grey's Anatomy" stars Ellen Pompeo as Meredith Grey. (ABC/Mike Rosenthal) /

After nearly two decades of leading ABC’s medical drama Grey’s Anatomy, Ellen Pompeo’s Meridith Grey is scrubbing off and saying goodbye to Grey Sloan Memorial. The actress — who’s appeared as a series regular since the Shonda Rhimes-created series first launched in 2005 — made her second to last appearance on the longest-running primetime medical drama in history on Feb. 23, in the winter finale episode titled “I’ll Follow the Sun.”

According to The Hollywood Reporter, viewers can then expect the actress to make her final (for now) appearance on May 26 during the Grey’s Anatomy season 19 finale.

Having starred on the show since its initial launch in 2005, Ellen Pompeo has profited tremendously and earned herself a huge net worth. If you’re curious about how much she has in the bank, you’re in luck, we have all her net worth details and more below.

Ellen Pompeo net worth

According to Parade, the majority of the Grey’s Anatomy alumn’s net worth is largely thanks to her appearance on the show. Her net worth is staggering, but it’s frankly unsurprising, given she reportedly earns $550,000 per episode of Grey’s Anatomy. So, how much is Ellen Pompeo worth exactly?

Well, according to Celebrity Net Worth, the Meredith actress has a net worth of $80 million.

As mentioned, this is largely thanks to the huge sum she receives per episode, and given she’s starred in over 400 episodes, the cash stacks up. But in addition to the huge paycheck, she also earns “syndication royalties and revenue” from the show, according to Celebrity Net Worth. This means she makes about $20 million or more per season.

Ellen Pompeo was discovered while working at a bar

While working as a bartender at SoHo Bar & Grill in New York City, she was discovered by her future agent.

Ellen Pompeo met her husband in a grocery store

While doing a food run at Whole Foods in 2003, the actress bumped into music producer Chris Ivery, and they bonded over their shared love of Boston, where both of them are from. Two days later, they crossed paths again and the rest was history. The couple married in 2007, and have three children together.

Ellen Pompeo was in a Taylor Swift music video

Ellen appeared in Taylor Swift’s music video for her smash hit single “Bad Blood” in 2015. Can you spot her in the music video below?

Grey’s Anatomy will be the last thing Ellen Pompeo stars in for a bit

According to the actress, Grey’s Anatomy will likely be the last thing she appears in for a while as she wants to focus on her family:

"“I made a decision to make money. For me, personally, a healthy home life was more important than [my] career. I didn’t grow up with a particularly happy childhood. So the idea that I have this great husband and these three beautiful children. A happy home life was really something I needed to complete.”"

Ellen Pompeo was once the highest-paid TV drama actress

Given that Pompeo makes an estimated $20 million per season of Grey’s Anatomy, this isn’t hard to believe. As of 2023, she is the third highest-paid drama actress in Hollywood, under Sofia Vergara and Kaley Cuoco.

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