Have you ever wondered what the net worth of Wendy Williams is? Well, the TV icon gained a loyal following of fans thanks to her brutal honesty about difficult subjects. In fact, her willingness to have raw conversations is one of the main reasons “The Wendy Williams Show” is such a success.
After starting her career in radio and shifting to television, the National Radio Hall of Fame included her in its annual induction. With all of these accolades, the net worth of Wendy Williams is $40 million. In this post, we’ll show you how she amassed her sizeable net worth.
Wendy Williams was born on July 18, 1964, in Asbury Park, New Jersey. Her mother, Shirley was a special education teacher and her father, Thomas Dwayne, was an English teacher and principal. In 1970, Wendy Williams and her family moved t the upscale community of Wayside in Ocean Township, New Jersey. There, she attended Ocean Township High school. She then went on to attend Northeastern University in Boston.
Williams always involved herself in media throughout school. In high school, she acted as the announcer for her younger brother’s Little League Baseball games. In college, she was a DJ for Northeastern’s radio station, WRBB. She was also an intern for Matt Siegel at WXKS-FM.
Wendy Williams Net Worth After Media Career
Wendy Williams began her career by hosting radio shows. Her first real gig came when the radio station, WVIS, hired her out of the United States Virgin Islands. She made only $3.75 an hour but followed her passions. She eventually moved on from WVIS to WOL later that year. Williams continued to make noise by then working as a substitute DJ at WRKS in New York.
A year later, Williams moved to an afternoon drive-time shift, eventually winning the Billboard Award for “Best On-Air Radio Personality” in 1993.
Wendy Williams’ career began to take off shortly after she moved to Philadelphia to work for WUSL (“Power 99FM”). She rose to fame with her raw discussions around sensitive topics such as her personal life, former drug addiction, breast enhancement surgery, and miscarriages.
Williams’ ability to hold captivating conversations while also being brutally honest about her past endeared her to fans. After being inducted into the National Radio Hall of Fame, she decided to leave radio in 2009 to focus on television.
The Wendy Williams Show
Wendy Williams is most popular for hosting “The Wendy Williams Show,” aired on Fox and BET. The official description of the show cites: “In addition to celebrity interviews, regular segments include Hot Topics, which usually opens the show and features Williams giving her honest, opinionated and often-unpredictable take on the latest pop-culture and entertainment headlines, and Ask Wendy, in which she offers advice to audience members seeking solutions to their problems. The daily, hourlong program is broadcast from a studio in New York City.”
In 2008, Debmar-Mercury offered Wendy a six-week television trial of The Wendy Williams Show. During her trial-period, Wendy received immediate praise. Even the New York Times said that the show “created a breakthrough in daytime.” Her newly created genre of “backtalk” swept the nation.
The show received tons of positive feedback. This led Fox and BET to sign deals to broadcast the show nationwide. In its 13 seasons (and counting), Wendy Williams received the following recognitions:
- Hosted the 2013 Soul Train Awards Red Carpet
- Hosted the 2014 Soul Train Awards in Las Vegas, which aired on November 30, 2014.
- Nominated for The 42nd & 43rd Annual Daytime Emmy Awards for Outstanding Talk Show/Entertainment and Outstanding Talk Show Host.
- Nominated for The 44th & 46th Annual Daytime Emmy Awards for Outstanding Talk Show Host.
- Received the 2,677th star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame on October 17, 2019
Wendy Williams always planned on pursuing acting at some point in her career. She’s managed to appear in television, theater, films, and even stand-up comedy. Below is a list of Wendy Williams’ most notable on-screen film appearances:
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Wendy Williams also appeared in the following television shows:
- One Life To Live
- Dancing With The Stars
- Drop Dead Diva
Wendy Williams Net Worth 2022
As of 2022, Wendy Williams has a net worth of $40 million. Most of her wealth comes from her radio show, endorsements, a book deal, and talk show. She earns an estimated salary of $15 million per year. From The Wendy Williams show alone, her salary is a whopping $10 million per year.
Wendy has authored many books and pursued multiple business ventures. Below is a list of her books:
- Wendy’s Got the Heat
- The Wendy Williams Experience
- Ask Wendy: Straight-Up Advice for All the Drama in Your Life
- Drama Is Her Middle Name
- Is the Bitch Dead, Or What?
- Ritz Harper Goes to Hollywood
- Hold Me in Contempt: A Romance
- Be authentic – Wendy Williams once said “The difference between winners and losers is winners know exactly who they are.” Be the most authentic version of yourself, and according to Wendy Williams, success will follow soon after.
- Have an underdog mentality – Wendy Williams scratched and clawed her way to Hollywood’s A-List. But she did this with an underdog mentality. “When you’re an outsider or a misfit, if you play it smart, your motto should be, ‘I’ll show ’em. I will show you.”
- Make your own rules – Wendy Williams takes pride in her individuality. It’s one of many reasons she’s built the empire she has. “I do think personal style is a choice. Don’t listen to what other people say, you make your own fashion rules.” Although she refers to the fashion world, this applies to every day life. Embrace your style and run towards it, not away from it.