Insight Into Elaine Chappelle's Life: The Woman Behind Comedian Dave Chappelle
- Date of Birth Aug 31, 1974
- Age 46 Years, 7 Months
- Nationality American
- Birth Place Brooklyn, New York
- Birth Name Elaine Mendoza Erfe
- Profession Family Member
- Relationship Status Married
- Husband/Spouse Dave Chappelle (m. 2001-Present)
- Divorce/Split Not Yet
- Gay No
- Net Worth Not Disclosed
- Ethnicity/Race Mixed
- Height/ How Tall? N/A
- Hair Long
- Hair Color Black
- Eye Color Black
- Lesbian No
- Son/s Sulayman Chappelle, Ibrahim Chappelle
- Daughter/s Sonal Chappelle
Dave Chappelle is one of the most recognized names in American stand-up comedy scenes. From him getting booed off the stage in his initial days to him making controversial Netflix special Sticks & Stones, people know him one and all.
However, his wife Elaine Chappelle who has stuck by the comedian's side in his thick and thin has managed to propel rather a low-profile life so far. And that has created a lot of curiosity amongst the people to know about her.
In this article, learn everything we know about Dave Chappelle's wife Elaine Chappelle, including her childhood, ethnicity, nationality, as well as personal life with her husband and kids.
Elaine Chappelle's Wiki: Born and Raised in Brooklyn
Elaine was born on August 31, 1974, in Brooklyn, New York, according to Newsweek. She was raised in Brooklyn itself by her devout Christian Filipino parents—she possesses Filipino-American ethnicity.
Being born and raised in Brooklyn, and presently residing in Yellow Springs, Ohio makes her an American citizen.
Elaine Has Been Married to Dave Chappelle Since 2001 and That Has Done Good to Dave's Career
Elaine Chappelle and Dave Chappelle have been married to each other since 2001. The couple initially met in Brooklyn, New York, according to Newsweek. However, no reliable source has so far confirmed when did they initially met.
That being said, the marriage has proven to be very fruitful for the couple, especially for Dave whose career rose to new heights within the first few years of his marriage with Elaine.
His comedy program, Chappelle's Show premiered on Comedy Central in 2003. The show was regarded as the greatest sketch comedy of all time. After the success of the show, Dave was reportedly offered a contract of $55 million from Comedy Central to film two more seasons. However, he walked off from the humongous deal because he did not feel right.
Dave shared his words regarding why he chose to left the show with CBS News host Gayle King in 2017. He said:
And I think that that was a irreconcilable moment for me. That I was in this very successful place, but the emotional content of it didn't feel anything like what I imagined success should feel like. It just didn't feel right.
He also previously talked with Time magazine about the same matter, back in 2005, where he had said, "I didn’t like the direction of the show [which was going into its third season]. I was trying to explain it to people, and no one was feeling me. There’s a lot of resistance to my opinions, so I decided, Let me remove myself from this situation."
Regardless of that incident, with his wife and children by his side, Dave kept doing the hard work, working in various movies and stage performances.
As a result of his continuous effort, he bagged 3 Comedy Specials show on Netflix. Those projects repetitively earned him a total of $60 million, according to The New York Post's Page Six.
Elaine and Dave are Parents to Three Children
The admirable couple Elaine Chappelle and Dave Chappelle share three children from their marriage: two sons, Sulayman Chappelle, Ibrahim Chappelle, and a daughter, Sonal Chappelle.
Elaine poses with her husband Dave and children in 2018. (Photo: Pinterest)
The family often attends events and goes on outings together. One such example was in 2015 when Elaine, Dave, and their daughter, Sonal Chappelle, attended the red carpet during the 18th Annual Mark Twain Prize in Washington DC.
Elaine Chappelle, Dave Chappelle, and their daughter, Sonal Chappelle, attended the red carpet during the 18th Annual Mark Twain Prize in Washington DC (Source: Kris Connor/Getty Images)
More importantly, Dave regards his children very much in his life. During an interview with CBS News in 2017, he expressed that his comedy, as well as his career, changed after he had children with Elaine.
Everything changed after I had children. I took my professional life more seriously. And I think, as a dude, I had more depth after I had kids.
As of 2020, the Chappelle family resides in a luxurious house in Ohio cornfields, located near Antioch College in Yellow Springs.
How much is Elaine Chappelle's Net Worth?
Although she is the wife of famous husband Dave Chappelle, the details of Elaine Chappelle's profession or net worth are not known. It might be the reticent nature of Elaine that has kept sources skeptical about her actual profession.
However, it is known that her husband Dave Chappelle's net worth is 50 million according to Celebrity Net Worth.
Forbes reported that Dave has a net worth of over 47 million. He was also featured in Forbes' list of The World's Highest-Paid Comedians in 2017.