Wendy Williams Net Worth 2017: Short Bio & Wiki

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Wendy Williams net worth is
$80 Million

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Wendy Williams is an African-American actress, TV and radio personality, born on 18 July 1964 in Asbury Park, New Jersey. She is best recognized as the host of the TV program “The Wendy Williams Show”, which first went to air in 2008, but she actually began her career on radio in the US Virgin Islands in the late 1980s.

So just how rich is Wendy Williams, as of early 2017? Authoritative sources estimate that Wendy’s net worth now reaches over $80 million, which is unsurprising as in 2013 Williams’ salary for one season of “The Wendy Williams Show” was $8 million, and presumably other yearly income is similar.

Wendy Williams Net Worth $80 Million

Wendy attended Ocean Township High School, and later Northeastern University in Boston, studying communications and graduating with a BA degree. Her career actually began on the college radio, where she was a DJ, so she soon got her first job at WVIS radio station in the Virgin Islands. In 1989 Williams began working as a DJ on the WRKS radio station in New York, and gained prominence when she was promoted and became a host of the morning show, quickly becoming one of the most popular DJs. The show focused mainly on celebrities, and Wendy’s task was to reveal unflattering details about the private lives of various famous people, for which Williams was rewarded as the Best On-Air Radio Personality, a title which certainly helped her career, and contributed to an increase in her net worth.

From 1994 to ’98, Wendy worked at Hot 97 urban station in New York. When Williams was fired, she took another radio job at the Philadelphia station WUSL, significantly raising the station’s profile, before returning to New York and WBLS, to an afternoon slot which was eventually syndicated around the country, and brought her to the next step in her career.

In 2008 Wendy began appearing on TV – subsequently Fox – on “The Wendy Williams Show”, in a similar vein to her previous radio program, and which continues to this day. Wendy became known for quarrels with a number of celebrities; she has criticized plenty on her talk show, for instance Mariah Carey, Jay-Z, Will Smith, usually because the facts that she gives out about such people are not necessarily true; ironically, this is one reason why the show became very popular, and Wendy Williams extremely famous in the entertainment business. In addition, it also added considerably to Williams’ net worth.

Wendy Williams is also an actress, who has starred in a number of television films, including “Think Like a Man” in 2012 and its sequel “Think Like a Man 2” two years later. Inevitably perhaps, Wendy also appeared in the 2011 season of “Dancing with the Stars”.

She is also the owner of the production company “Wendy Williams Productions”, and is a writer too, having written three non-fiction and four fiction books – “The Wendy Williams Experience” and “Wendy’s Got The Heat” were bestsellers, so Williams became richer still.

Moreover, Wendy also sells a line of jewelry products – entitled “Adorn by Wendy Williams” – on the home shopping network QVC. The profit coming from this activity also adds to Williams net worth. Wendy Williams is clearly a busy, hard-working woman, who has tried and made her luck in several fields.

In her personal life, in 1999 she married Kevin Hunter and together they have a son. They all still reside in New York City.

Quick Facts

Birth date: July 18, 1964
Birth place: Asbury Park, New Jersey, United States
Height:5 ft 10 in (1.8 m)
Profession:Journalist, Author, Radio personality, TV Personality, Presenter, Actor, Film Producer
Education:Ocean Township High school, Northeastern University, Boston
Spouse:Kevin Hunter (m. 1997)
Children:Kevin Hunter Jr.
Parents:Thomas Williams Sr., Shirley Williams
Siblings:Wanda Williams, Thomas Williams Jr.
Awards:National Radio Hall of Fame (2009), Soul Train Awards Red Carpet (2013), "Radio Personality of the Year" awards
Nominations:Daytime Emmy Awards in 2015 for Outstanding Entertainment Talk Show Host (1996)
Movies:Think Like a Man (2012), Think Like a Man 2 (2014)
TV shows:The Wendy Williams Show (2008-), Kiss and Tail: The Hollywood Jumpoff (2009), Late Night with Seth Meyers, Night of Too Many Stars: America Comes Together for Autism Programs (2012)
Books:Wendy’s Got The Heat (2001), The Wendy Williams experience (2004), Drama is Her Middle Name (2006 (2006), co-author Karen Hunter), Kraken: The Curious, Exciting, and Slightly Disturbing Science of Squid (2011), Ask Wendy: Straight-Up Advice for All the Drama In Your Life (2013), The Horse: The Epic History of Our Noble Companion (2015),

Interesting Facts

1Wendy Williams was inducted into the Radio Hall of Fame in 2009.
2Lives in Northern New Jersey. Works in New York City. [October 2007]
3Gave birth to her son, Kevin Hunter Jr. in 2000.
4In the South African Zulu language, "How you doin'?" is "Gunjani?", to which the response is "Encona." Wendy discovered this after speaking to a South African caller to the show named Benny. She plays the recording of the conversation almost daily.
5Coined the phrase "How you doin'?", to which the response is "Awwwlllriiight?"
6Played clarinet in her high school marching band.
7Graduated from Northeastern University in 1986.


1She tends to cry during very powerful moments.
2Catchphrase: "How you doin'?"


1I love big hair. Big hair offsets my big body. The bigger the hair, the smaller the hips.


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Nominated Awards

Nominated awards

Nominated awards

YearAwardCeremonyNominationMovieAward shared with
2016People's Choice AwardPeople's Choice Awards, USAFavorite Daytime TV Host
2016Daytime EmmyDaytime Emmy AwardsOutstanding Entertainment Talk Show HostThe Wendy Williams Show (2008)
2015Daytime EmmyDaytime Emmy AwardsOutstanding Entertainment Talk Show HostThe Wendy Williams Show (2008)




Santa Con2014Pastor Ruth
Think Like a Man Too2014Gail
The Neighbors2013TV SeriesShirley
Belle's2013TV Series
Law & Order: Special Victims Unit2013TV SeriesWendy Williams
30 Rock2012TV SeriesWendy Williams
Think Like a Man2012Gail
Drop Dead Diva2011TV SeriesJudge Mary Rudd
One Life to Live2011TV SeriesPhyllis Rose
The Cookout2004Reporter #2 (as Wendi Williams)
New York Undercover1995TV SeriesNew York / WQHT DJ
Martin1992TV SeriesWendy Williams



Aaliyah: The Princess of R&B2014TV Movie executive producer
Wendy Williams Project2013TV Series documentary executive producer
Queen of Media2011executive producer



The Wendy Williams Show2011TV Series performer - 1 episode



The Wendy Williams Show2011TV Series herself - 1 episode



Mike and Dave Need Wedding Dates2016post-productionHerself
The Wendy Williams Show2008-2015TV SeriesHerself - Host / Herself - Hostess / Herself / ...
The Women's List2015DocumentaryHerself
The Dr. Oz Show2013-2015TV SeriesHerself
Good Morning America2015TV SeriesHerself
Extra2014-2015TV SeriesHerself
Entertainment Tonight2008-2015TV SeriesHerself
Inside Edition2013-2015TV Series documentaryHerself - Hostess, The Wendy Williams Show / Herself - TV Hostess / Herself
The Chew2013-2015TV SeriesHerself
The Meredith Vieira Show2014TV SeriesHerself
Omg! Insider2008-2014TV SeriesHerself
The View2014TV SeriesHerself
Hell's Kitchen2014TV SeriesHerself - Restaurant Patron
Today2014TV SeriesHerself
The Kitchen2014TV SeriesHerself
Late Night with Seth Meyers2014TV SeriesHerself
Fashion News Live2014TV SeriesHerself
Trisha's Southern Kitchen2014TV SeriesHerself
2013 Soul Train Awards2013TV SpecialHerself
Wendy Williams Project2013TV Series documentaryHerself
Larry King Now2013TV SeriesHerself - Guest
Good Day L.A.2013TV SeriesHerself
Watch What Happens: Live2009-2013TV SeriesHerself - Guest
Big Morning Buzz Live with Nick Lachey2012-2013TV SeriesHerself
The Broadway.com Show2013TV SeriesHerself
The Face2013TV SeriesHerself - Interviewer
Home by Novogratz2013TV SeriesHerself
Joy Behar's Comics with Benefits2012TV MovieHerself
Sesame Street2012TV SeriesHerself
Night of Too Many Stars: America Comes Together for Autism Programs2012TV MovieHerself
Katie2012TV SeriesHerself
Conan2012TV SeriesHerself
Late Show with David Letterman2012TV SeriesHerself - Guest
Queen of Media2011Herself
The Joy Behar Show2011TV SeriesHerself
The Cookout 22011TV MovieHerself
Mob Wives2011TV SeriesHerself - Host (2011)
Braxton Family Reunion Special2011TV MovieHerself - Host
Braxton Family Values2011TV SeriesHerself
The Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson2011TV SeriesHerself - Guest
Love Triangle2011TV SeriesHerself
Dancing with the Stars2011TV SeriesHerself - Contestant
Jimmy Kimmel Live!2011TV SeriesHerself
The Soup2010-2011TV SeriesHerself
Talk Stoop with Cat Greenleaf2010TV SeriesHerself
Bret Michaels: Life As I Know It2010TV SeriesHerself
Late Night with Jimmy Fallon2009-2010TV SeriesHerself
Kathy Griffin: My Life on the D-List2010TV SeriesHerself
Breakfast2010TV SeriesHerself - Chat Show Host
Loose Women2010TV SeriesHerself
The Wanda Sykes Show2010TV SeriesHerself - Guest
Biography2009TV Series documentaryHerself
Kiss and Tail: The Hollywood Jumpoff2009Video documentaryNarrator
New Now Next Awards2009TV SpecialHerself - Presenter
Dice Undisputed2007TV SeriesHerself
The Wendy Williams Experience2006TV SeriesHerself
3rd Annual VH1 Hip-Hop Honors2006TV MovieHerself
Howard Stern on Demand2006TV SeriesHerself
Mixtress X2005DocumentaryHerself
Wendy Williams Is on Fire 42005TV Movie documentaryHerself - Hostess

Archive Footage

Archive Footage

Entertainment Tonight2013-2015TV SeriesHerself
Extra2015TV SeriesHerself / Herself - Hostess, Wendy Williams Show
Inside Edition2014-2015TV Series documentaryHerself
Omg! Insider2014TV SeriesHerself

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