Time to Dig Into Patrick Dempsey's Absolutely Mammoth Net Worth Thanks to 'Grey's Anatomy'

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Patrick Dempsey put in the HOURS playing McDreamy (aka Dr. Derek Shepherd) on Grey's Anatomy, and it turns out being a professional TV heartthrob for years doesn't just earn you the title of People's Sexiest Man Alive. It also earns you paychecks so enormous, they'd have even your most conservative friend screaming TAX THE RICH and shaking their fist. On that note, time to get into McDreamy's net worth, starting with the question on everyone's mind:

What Did Patrick Dempsey Make for Grey's Anatomy?

He was on the show for 244 episodes and was making $350,000 per episode near the end, according to Celebrity Net Worth. Literally can't handle doing that math, but here's an illustration of me trying:

Meanwhile, The Hollywood Reporter claims when Patrick was written off the show in 2015, he was actually earning around "$400,000 an episode—or roughly $9.6 million for a 24-episode season of the drama."

Patrick's top-earning years? Ahem:

  • Forbes noted Patrick made $12 million in 2013 thanks to Grey's, as well as earnings from Transformers: Dark of the Moon.

  • Per Forbes, Patrick earned $13 million in 2014, also largely from Grey's.

  • Patrick put another $13 million in the bank in 2016, again according to the sleuths at Forbes.

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FYI, there are mixed reports about why Patrick was written off the show, but former executive producer James D. Parriott said that “There were H.R. issues. It wasn’t sexual in any way. He sort of was terrorizing the set. Some cast members had all sorts of PTSD with him. He had this hold on the set where he knew he could stop production and scare people. The network and studio came down and we had sessions with them. I think he was just done with the show. He didn’t like the inconvenience of coming in every day and working. He and Shonda [Rhimes] were at each other’s throats.”

Awkward times, so let's go ahead and change the subject with a quick mention of Patrick's movie earnings: According to Celebrity Net Worth, he earned $4 million for Made of Honor, $750,000 for Enchanted, and $500,000 for Freedom Writers.

He Earned a Fortune Selling His Home

When Patrick split up with his wife Jillian Fink in 2015, they put their Malibu mansion on the market for $14.5 million—at least according to a Washington Post article devastatingly headlined "No wife, no job, no mansion: Patrick Dempsey’s life is kind of a mess right now." I'll give you a moment.

Anyway! The property ended up selling for $15 million, and they bought the place for $7 million so made a pretty decent profit.

Psst: Patrick and Jillian ended up calling off their divorce, and Patrick told People, "Our marriage was not something I was prepared to let go of. I didn't feel like we had done all the work. And we both wanted to do that work. That's where it started."

So What Is Patrick Dempsey's Total Net Worth?

According to Celebrity Net Worth, Patrick Dempsey's net worth is a casual $85 million—most of which was presumably earned on Grey's Anatomy.

So to recap real quick: The year is 2023, Patrick Dempsey has at least $85 million in the bank, he spends his time being super into cars (forgot to mention, he's starring in the upcoming Ferrari movie), and he was just dubbed the Sexiest Man Alive at the tender age of 57. As this man put it to People, “I peaked many years ago. But I’m still here.”

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