Wendy Williams Net Worth 2022 (Forbes) – Salary, Income, Earnings

Wendy Williams Net Worth

Wendy Williams has an estimated net worth of $20 million. Wendy Williams is a radio DJ and TV talk show host known for her no-nonsense attitude and brash on-air personality. She earns most of her income from television shows and movies. 

Wendy Williams became a successful radio DJ and personality by delving deeply into her personal life and confronting difficult subjects. Her voice struck a chord with listeners, resulting in the 2008 launch of The Wendy Williams Show. Williams was inducted into the National Radio Hall of Fame that year, but she soon left radio to focus on television.

To calculate the net worth of Wendy Williams, subtract all her liabilities from her total assets. Investments, savings, cash deposits, and any equity she has in a house, car, or other similar asset are included in the total assets. All debts, such as personal loans and mortgages, are included in total liabilities.

Here’s the breakdown of her net worth:

Name: Wendy Williams
Net Worth: $20 Million
Monthly Income: $600 Thousand
Annual Salary: $10 Million
Source of Wealth: Journalist, Author, Radio personality, TV Personality, Presenter, Actor, Film Producer

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Early Life

Wendy Joan Williams was born in Asbury Park, New Jersey on July 18, 1964. Williams was noticed from a young age. She was one of three children born to Thomas and Shirley Williams and moved with her family from Asbury Park to the middle-class community of Ocean Township, New Jersey, when she was five years old.

Williams claims that she “spoke too loud, too fast, and too much” at first, a trait that contrasted sharply with her older, more bookish sister Wanda, a straight-A student who started at Tufts University at the age of 16.

Williams, on the other hand, was not a brilliant academic. She was a big girl who stood 5’7″ and wore a size 11 shoe by sixth grade. Williams, with her parents’ encouragement, became involved in a variety of extracurricular activities. She was a Girl Scout, a marching band clarinetist, and a member of her high school swimming team. When it came to college, she followed Wanda’s lead and moved to Boston to attend Northeastern University, where she graduated in 1986 with a degree in communications and a minor in journalism.

Radio DJ

Williams became involved in radio while at Northeastern. She hosted her own urban music show on WRBB, the college radio station, and interned for Kiss 108’s pioneering Boston DJ, Matt Seigel. Williams would take the train to New York City in her spare time and hang out at Penn Station, where she would sit alone and listen to some of her favorite radio personalities on a portable radio.

Williams bounced around after college as she tried to make it in radio. Her first radio job took her to St. Croix, in the Virgin Islands. Then it was off to New York, where she was eventually fired for not following the station’s script. “It’s mostly been, ‘Read these liners, and play the hits,’ and ‘You’re saying too much,’ and ‘Shut the hell up,” Williams says of her radio career.

Williams left New York for Philadelphia, where she worked for three years before returning to Manhattan to work at WBLS. Williams demonstrated there that she didn’t need to spin a lot of records to get big ratings. The Wendy Williams Experience, on the other hand, delves deeply into her personal life, touching on difficult subjects such as her past struggles with drug addiction, her plastic surgeries, and the difficulties of trying to conceive.

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‘The Queen of All Media’

Williams, who modeled her style after shock jock Howard Stern — even dubbing herself “The Queen of All Media” in homage to Stern’s title “King of All Media” — proved unafraid to weigh in on the lives of her 12 million listeners. Wendy provided advice and tough love to those who called in.

But it wasn’t just with her fans that Williams was forthright; many of her guests, including some Hollywood heavyweights, discovered that they wouldn’t be coddled by the host.

Williams and Whitney Houston had an on-air spat in 2003 when the show’s host asked the singer about her drug history. Williams later reconciled with Houston, but she made no apologies for her interview style. “My bark is worse than my bite… people mistake being tall and outgoing for being overpowering, overbearing, loud, and a bully,” Williams later told The New York Times.

Williams parlayed her radio success into other opportunities, writing two New York Times best-sellers (Wendy’s Got the Heat and The Wendy Williams Experience), a few novels, and landing on television. She hosted her own VH1 show and appeared on NBC’s Today Show in the fall of 2007 to dish on the latest celebrity gossip.

‘The Wendy Williams Show’

With a trial run of BET’s The Wendy Williams Show in the summer of 2008, her television exposure increased significantly. The show’s popularity prompted network executives to order a full-fledged run the following summer. Williams was inducted into the National Radio Hall of Fame in November 2008, while her new show was still in the works.

Williams debuted her new television show on July 13, 2009. The format of the show was based on her radio show, and it included celebrity gossip, celebrity interviews, and audience advice. She announced her retirement from radio a few weeks later, on July 31, 2009.

The Wendy Williams Show, a daytime talk show staple, has received multiple Emmy nominations and has been renewed through the 2021-2022 season.

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Personal and Health Issues

Williams has stayed true to her core value of being open and honest with guests and fans, especially when it comes to discussing her own health issues. She revealed in 2017 that she has Graves’ disease, an autoimmune condition that causes fatigue, anxiety, and hair loss, which is why she wears wigs.

Williams announced in late February 2018 that she would be taking a few weeks off from the show to focus on her health. She revealed later that year that she had suffered a hairline fracture on her upper arm.

Williams’ spokesperson revealed in January 2019 that she would need to take another extended break from television after being hospitalized for complications related to her Graves’ disease. On March 4, shortly after returning to her show, the host revealed that she had been staying in a sober house “for some time now.”

In the year 2000, Williams and her husband Kevin Hunter welcomed a son, Kevin Jr. Williams filed for divorce from Hunter in April 2019 after nearly 22 years of marriage.

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