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Seinfeld not only paved the way for much of modern television (as our Matt Zoller Seitz argues), it also created its own financial empire. Here, an examination of the show’s salaries, mini-economies, and Gdp impact. The Take $3.1 billion: The amount the show has generated since entering syndication in 1995. $400 million: What Larry David and Jerry Seinfeld can each make just from the most recent syndication cycle.The Salary For a potential tenth season, Seinfeld was offered $5 million per episode, or $110 million per year. He turned it down. ********** The Long March of the Soup Nazi 1984: Al Yeganeh opens Soup Kitchen International at 259A West 55th Street. Begins forcefully directing customers to the left. November 1995: Episode 116, “The Soup Nazi,” airs. Larry Thomas, who plays Yeganeh, is paid $2,610. Yeganeh hates the nickname. 1997: Yeganeh strikes deal to open kiosks in New York and Canada. It »

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