Meet Elaine Chappelle: The Woman Behind Comedian Dave Chappelle's Success
- Date of Birth Aug 31, 1974
- Age 49 Years, 3 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, he has made headlines for both the wrong and right reasons.
Throughout all the years, his wife, Elaine Chappelle, has stuck by the comedian's side in the thick and thins while maintaining privacy.
And that has only made fans curious to know her.
Here's what you should know about Dave's wife, including her origin, ethnicity, nationality, as well as married life with her spouse and kids.
Dave Chappelle's Wife Elaine Chappelle's Ethnicity
Elaine was reportedly born on August 31, 1974, in Brooklyn, New York. While she holds American nationality, her ethnicity is Filipino.
She was raised in Brooklyn by her devout Christian Filipino parents.
Elaine Chappelle Has Been Married to Dave Chappelle since 2001
The comedian met his wife Elaine in Brooklyn, New York. After dating for some time, they got married in 2001.
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 thoughts regarding why he chose to leave the show in an interview 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 talked with Time magazine about the same matter in 2005. He stated he didn't like the direction the show was heading in its third season.
'I was trying to explain it to people, and no one was feeling me," he recounted, explaining the resistance towards his opinions made him leave the show.
Regardless of that incident, Dave kept doing the hard work, working in various movies and stage performances, with his wife and children by his side.
As a result of his continuous effort, he bagged three comedy special shows on Netflix. Those projects reportedly turned out to be successful and serious padding to his net worth, earning him a total of $60 million.
Dave Chappelle and Wife Elaine Chappelle Have Three Children
Elaine and Dave share three children from their marriage: two sons Sulayman and Ibrahim, and daughter Sanaa Chappelle.
Elaine poses with her husband Dave and their 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 Sanaa attended red carpet during the 18th Annual Mark Twain Prize in Washington DC.
More importantly, Dave prioritizes 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 2022, 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, the details of Elaine's profession or net worth are not known.
However, it is known that her husband Dave's net worth is in the millions. According to a 2017 Forbes report, Dave has a net worth of over 47 million.
He was also featured in Forbes' list of the world's highest-paid comedians in that year.