Portia de Rossi

Businesswoman/Former Actress and Model (1973)
Thu Sep 10 2020
By   Sarthak

Portia de Rossi and her wife, Ellen DeGeneres, are one of the most popular lesbian couples in the world. While Ellen is best known for her show, Portia herself has accomplished a lot.

Rossi is an Australian businesswoman, former model, and actress. She is famous for her role as lawyer Nelle Porter on Fox series, Ally McBeal. Further, Portia appeared in the American tv series, Arrested Development as Lindsay Bluth Funke.

Married Life with Ellen DeGeneres

Until 2005, Portia didn't open up about her sexual orientation. After her relationship with Degeneres became public, Portia willingly discussed her same-sex affair.

Portia and Ellen have been married since 2008.
Image: Portia and Ellen married in 2008 at their Beverly Hills home.
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The couple first met in late 2004 and became engaged in 2008. For her engagement ring, Ellen gave Portia a 3-carat horizontal marquise diamond ring designed by Neil Lane. The estimated cost of the ring is over $100,000.

The couple's marriage ceremony took place on August 16, 2008, at their Beverly Hills home with only 19 guests. For the ceremony, Portia wore a tulle ball gown with a blush pink skirt, while Ellen wore an ivory blouse, waistcoat, and trousers.

Watch Ellen's Wedding Monologue!

Portia and Ellen don't share any children, but they have adopted several rescued animals. They have been married for over 12 years as of 2020.

Divorce Rumors

Between 2018-2019, multiple online tabloids reported that Portia and Ellen were having troubled married life. As per reports, the pair were living in separate homes, and Ellen had stopped wearing her wedding ring.

Moreover, the tabloids stated that they got into a big fight when Rossi rejected Ellen's idea of adopting a child. However, looking through their social media, the rumors about their divorce is completely false. Portia and Ellen have never been happier.

Past Marriage and Relationships

Rossi first married a documentary filmmaker Mel Metcalfe from 1996-1999. Her marriage with Mel was a plan to get a green card, which she later aborted. After the divorce, Rossi dated American actress Guinevere turner for a brief period.

Portia de Rossi and Francesca Gregorini
Image: Portia dated Francesca Gregorini for three years until she met Ellen in late 2004.
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Then Portia dated an Italian-American director, Francesca Gregorini, from 2001-2004. Gregorini is the daughter of actress Barbara Bach and stepdaughter of singer Ringo Starr.

While she was dating Gregorini, Portia began an affair with DeGeneres, whom she called love at first sight. They had met backstage at an awards show.

Recent Controversies of Ellen DeGeneres

DeGeneres has gained wide popularity as a talk show host. However, she has also faced criticism for her behavior with guests, co-workers, and staff.

In May 2020, Ellen drew backlash after the past video of The Ellen DeGeneres Show resurfaced online. Many social media users accused Ellen of mistreating and manipulating her celebrity guests.

Ellen DeGeneres latest controversies.
Image: Ellen DeGeneres apologized to her staff after reports of toxic workplace became public.
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On July 16, 2020, BuzzFeed News published an article where Ellen's former employees accused the show of being a toxic workplace. As per another BuzzFeed article, 36 former employees accused the show's executive producers of sexual misconduct and harassment.

Over the past few months, Ellen has been drawing a lot of criticism and backlash. Several celebrities such as Katy Perry, Jay Leno, Alec Baldwin, Ever Carradine, Kevin Hart, etc. supported DeGeneres. On August 3, 2020, Portia posted a picture that quoted "I Stand By Ellen."

Net worth

The Screen Actors Guild Award-winning former actress, Portia de Rossi, has a net worth of $50 million as per celebritynetworth. On the other hand, her wife, Ellen, has a huge net worth of $490 million.

Portia has a net worth of $50 million, while Ellen's net worth is $490 million.
Image: Portia and her wife, Ellen, lives a lavish lifestyle.
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Rossi might have earned $38,000-$52,000 per episode working on tv shows. Meanwhile, her spouse, Ellen's annual salary is $75 million. From 2018-2019, she earned $80 million from several ventures.

The majority of Portia's networth comes from her world's richest comedian wife. Ellen gives her expensive gifts, such as once she gave Portia a $160,000 worth rare car in 2014. Further, in 2019, Ellen gave Portia a silver Lamborghini.

Impressive Real-Estate Portfolio

The former actress and her comedian wife are serial house flippers. Since 2003, they have bought and sold over 20 properties. Let's take a look at some of their high-profile flipping.

The Tree House

In 2004, when Rossi and Ellen began their romance, the couple purchased a mid-century modern home. They paid $1.275 million for the Hollywood Hills home nicknamed "the treehouse" due to its 2,000 sq.ft. of outdoor living spaces. The duo sold the property for $2.1 million in 2015 to late actor Heath Ledger.

The Montecito Mansion

In 2007, the couple bought a beautiful mansion for $15.75 million in Montecito, California. The same year they sold it for $20 million.

Their Wedding Home

In 2007, Portia and Ellen acquired a 9,200-sq-ft property in Beverly Hills for $29 million. Also, they bought the two neighboring homes to include in the property.

Ellen and Portia's former Beverly Hills home.
Image: Ellen and Portia sold their Beverly Hills home for $49 million to Ryan Seacrest in 2012.
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They married at this house. After four years, they sold the house to Ryan Seacrest for $49 million in 2012 as per TMZ.

Rancho San Leandro

In 2017, Ellen and Portia purchased a property in Montecito, California, for $7.2 million. They sold it to Tinder founder Sean Rad for $11 million in June 2018.

California Antique Estate

In January 2020, the celebrity couple nabbed an antique English estate in California for $3.6 million.

Historic California Antique Estate.
Image: Portia and Ellen sold their historic property to Ariana Grande in April 2020.
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Just after three months of buying the historic house, the couple listed the 5,500 sq.ft. estate for $6.9 million. In April, singer Ariana Grande purchased the home for $6.75 million.


Portia is actively involved in a lot of charitable organizations. She works with a group called Locks of Love that provides human hair wigs for children with alopecia and other medical conditions.

Portia supports fundraising efforts for African AIDS relief organization FXB International. An avid animal lover, she supports Alley Cat Allies, an organization dedicated to the protection and improvement of cats' lives.


Portia Lee James was born as Amanda Lee Rogers on January 31, 1973, in Horsham, Victoria, Australia. Her father, Barry Rogers, died when she was nine. She is still close to her mother, Margaret Rogers.

Portia de Rossi began modeling at age 11 for commercials and print works.
Image: Portia de Rossi began modeling and acting at a young age.
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Portia started working at the tender age of 11 when her mother was struggling to provide for the family. She began her career in the entertainment sector by working as a model and actor for TV commercials and print media.

At 15, she legally changed her name to Portia de Rossi. She took the name "Portia" from Shakespeare's The Merchant of Venice's character. She also took the Italian surname "de Rossi."

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