There’s little doubt that the GOAT on Law & Order: SVU is actress Mariska Hargitay, who plays Olivia Benson. How much is her net worth?
We’ll get to the bottom of it thanks to an article from Stylecaster.
According to a report from Celebrity Net Worth, it is $100 million. Included in there is roughly $540,000 per episode for appearing in Law & Order: SVU.
The actress has appeared in shows like Chicago P.D., Chicago Fire, and other Law & Order spinoffs. All of these shows are part of the Dick Wolf world.
Hargitay is also the founder of the Joyful Heart Foundation, an organization she established in 2004 to support of survivors of sexual assault, domestic violence, and child abuse. As of 2011, the organization has raised more than $20 million for survivors.
‘Law & Order: SVU’ Star Found Herself In Debt Before Role
“I had a house and car I didn’t want to lose,” Hargitay says. “And I had a lot of credit card debt.” She turned to her then-boyfriend for financial help. “When we broke up, he said I owed him 60 grand,” Hargitay says. “I’m a payer-backer. So as soon as I could, I paid him off. [N]ow I have learned to hang on to [my money]. I have a nest egg, and I don’t buy above my means.”
Looking at a 2018 report by Forbes, she made $13 million for Law & Order: SVU in Season 19. It has 24 episodes, which means that Hargitay would’ve been paid around $540,000 for each episode. That adds up to nearly $10 million for a 20-episode season.
Hargitay Talks About Show Being On Air For So Long
Why has the show been on the air for so long? She has some thoughts about it and shared them with Parade in 2019.
“SVU resonates because it’s a path to healing and a path to survivorship,” Hargitay says. “Each week, Olivia Benson and the team depict an environment of compassion, sympathy, and justice, providing hope to those who experience shame and isolation caused by sexual violence.
“The conversations that the show inspires have brought a greater awareness and understanding of the issues,” she says. “And every disclosure is a chance to show that a victim is to be believed.”
Hargitay starred alongside Chris Meloni for a number of seasons. He did leave SVU but came back to the fold, so to speak. These days, you can catch SVU on Thursdays at 9 p.m. Eastern, 8 p.m. Central, on NBC. See Meloni afterward on Organized Crime at 10 p.m. Eastern, 9 p.m. Central.