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Ellen DeGeneres wealthy as ever

‘Back in March,’ Ellen ‘inked a multiyear deal with Discovery to create natural history content for the platform and Discovery Plus

Danny Vibas



Frazer Harrison /Agence France-Presse Ellen DeGeneres


American celebrity Ellen DeGeneres is ending her long-running TV talk show next year, but it doesn’t mean she’ll be cash-strapped.

In fact, she’ll remain as wealthy as ever.

Hollywood Reporter recently picked up a story from about Ellen and wife Portia de Rossi’s latest property acquisition.

photograph courtesy of ig/ice_seguerra
Liza Diño-Seguerra and Ice Seguerra.

Reports “Back in April, DeGeneres officially cut her last remaining residential tie to Los Angeles — selling her Tudor-style Beverly Hills mansion for $45 million to a still-unidentified buyer.

“Now the 63-year-old and wife Portia de Rossi have begun gobbling up properties up north in Montecito, including a $49 million spread acquired from Dennis Miller last year and a $14.3 million ranch they recently bought back from Tinder founder Sean Rad, bringing the total value of homes they’ve owned to more than $450 million.”

photograph courtesy of Charley Gallay/agence presse-france
ELLEN Degeneres and Portia de Rossi.

The article continues: “The couple has also dropped $2.9 million on a decidedly smaller estate, this one a two-bedroom, two-bath bungalow squirreled away just steps from Montecito’s blissful Butterfly Beach and the now-closed Four Seasons Resort the Biltmore. Privately hidden at the very end of a long driveway shared with three other homes — none of them owned by celebrities — the low-slung house offers about 1,700 square feet of living space.”

The website adds that the “single-level contemporary jewel” was built in 1954 but is now “a collection of rich materials and sun-drenched living spaces, with the house and its nearly half-acre property (having) a decidedly Bali-esque vibe, with dozens of palms and other lush subtropical plantings scattered about.”

On the other hand, Hollywood Reporter mentions Ellen’s new projects: “Back in March, the Louisiana native inked a multiyear deal with Discovery to create natural history content for the platform and Discovery Plus.”

Cooking beef pochero

Here at home, I chanced upon Filipino couple Ice Seguerra and Liza Diño-Seguerra on Facebook Live cooking beef pochero in their kitchen.

Liza, who once revealed that she took up a culinary course (aside from Speech and Drama at the University of the Philippines-Diliman), was on a break from presiding over Pelikulaya, the second LGBTQIA+ film festival of the Film Development Council of the Philippines (FDCP) which she chairs.

In their Facebook Live session, transman Ice (the former Aiza Seguerra) was doing the actual cooking, with Liza enumerating the process.

Everything had been prepared, and all Ice had to do was get the ingredients from the kitchen island, drop them into a digital pot and stir with a wooden ladle.

Not with them in the kitchen was their daughter, 13-year-old Amara (whose biological dad is Liza’s ex-husband). It seemed Ice and Liza were not keen on letting Amara be seen on social media, much less in mainstream media.

But at the video conference for Pelikulaya, Liza talked lengthily about how open-minded and articulate Amara is. Liza said that although she doesn’t see any sign at present, she wouldn’t mind if Amara would, one day, identify herself with the people whose gender is celebrated this June, Pride Month.

Responding to question from a reporter, Liza said that she and Ice are still interested to have their own baby via biotechnology.

“But it has to be done in the US because our marriage is valid there and Ice can be legally recognized as the father of our baby, whose legal mother would be me because I will bear in my womb the fertilized egg from Ice and a donor,” Liza said.

Liza hopes they can live in America before she turns 40, while it’s still safe for her to bear a child.

Meantime, Pelikulaya, which opened on 4 June, runs till the end of the month. Log on to