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Kamala Harris and Douglas Emhoff's love story: A combined net worth of $6M and ‘Momala’ to two children

Not only has Emhoff been the quintessential husband for Harris on social media, but also one of her biggest campaigners, who has never wasted an opportunity to heap praise on his wife’s accomplishments
Douglas Emhoff and Kamala Harris (Getty Images)
Douglas Emhoff and Kamala Harris (Getty Images)

Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden announced on Tuesday, August 11, that he had chosen Senator Kamala Harris as his running mate in the 2020 elections. While the fact that she is the first woman of color to be chosen for national office by a major political party has gathered worldwide attention, many seem keen to learn more about her personal life, specifically about her marriage to entertainment lawyer Douglas C Emhoff. 

Twitter users may know Emhoff well for his posts, a majority of which are dedicated to his lovely wife. He has been one of her biggest supporters throughout and needless to say, their social media posts only prove what a great couple they make together. 

According to Hollywood Reporter, Harris and Emhoff met through one of the senator’s close friends Chrisette Hudlin in 2013, reports Oprah Magazine. After dating for almost a year, they decided to get engaged on March 27, 2014. Emhoff’s proposal to Harris was reportedly low key. Apparently, he got down on one knee and asked for her hand in marriage at her California apartment with a platinum and diamond ring. 

The couple reportedly tied the knot following a few months of courtship in a private ceremony at Santa Barbara. It was also said that their marriage was set in Jewish tradition. While Harris’ sister Maya Harris West officiated the wedding, her niece read the poem ‘Touched by an Angel’ at the function, which was a family affair. On August 22, Harris and Emhoff will be celebrating their fifth wedding anniversary.

Harris' memoir ‘The Truths We Hold’ details her experience of meeting Douglas for the first time while talking about their first text exchange, which happened when he was at a Lakers game and describes how she brought cookies when she met his kids for the first time. Emhoff has two children from his previous marriage with Kerstin Emhoff. 

Moreover, not only has Emhoff been the quintessential husband on social media, but also one of Harris' biggest campaigners, who has never wasted an opportunity to heap praise on his wife’s accomplishments. He has over 26,000 followers on Instagram and most of his 147 posts are dedicated to Harris. Only a few hours ago, he shared a picture of Harris with Biden following the big announcement about her running for the Vice President’s seat and wrote, “America, let’s do this!”. 

Despite having achieved milestones in their respective careers, the couple claims that they lead a rather simple life. She has stated in her memoir, “We weren’t rich in financial terms. But the values we internalized provided a different kind of wealth.”

According to Forbes, Harris, and Emhoff’s combined net worth is estimated to be around $6 million. Their overall assets include homes in Los Angeles, Washington, D.C, and San Franciso. Reportedly, they even have retirement accounts worth at least $1.4 million. The couple does not have children of their own. But, Harris embraces being a stepmother “Momala” to Emhoff’s children.