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What is Wendy Williams's net worth? Inside $15,000 bachelorette pad and how much she pays ex-husband Kevin Hunter

After her 2019 divorce from Kevin Hunter, Wendy Williams paid him $250,000 so that he could 'secure new living arrangements'
UPDATED JAN 31, 2021
Wendy Williams (The Wendy Williams Show)
Wendy Williams (The Wendy Williams Show)

The long-awaited Wendy Williams biopic is finally here, 'Wendy Williams: The Movie' was released on January 30, 2021, and fans absolutely loved it. Williams grabbed everyone's attention with her candid demeanor and outspoken personality as a radio DJ and TV talk show host. Now her fans want to know how much fortune the 56-year-old amassed in these years.

Williams gained many followers because of her honesty about her personal life and other difficult subjects that she openly talks about. Her popularity bagged her ‘The Wendy Williams Show,’ in 2008. Her name was then included in the National Radio Hall of Fame the same year, although she shifted her focus from radio to television after that. If you’re curious about how Williams walked her way into a career full of success and wealth, we have everything you need.

Wendy Williams (Getty Images)

How Wendy Williams began her career?

Williams’s career kicked off when she started hosting radio shows. The first radio station that hired her was WVIS in the United States Virgin Islands, where she made $3.75 an hour. Later, she switched to another station called WOL within a year. In 1989, Williams found work as a substitute DJ at urban contemporary WRKS (now WEPN-FM) in New York City. 

In 2009, Wendy finally left the radio and her talk show 'The Wendy Williams Show' started. The show was telecast on Fox and BET, with the latter airing it internationally over 54 countries through its international network. In July 2020, Williams announced that the in-studio production for ‘The Wendy Williams Show’ was set to resume on September 21, 2020. Williams has also appeared in films, musicals, and a few stand up comedy series. Her television appearances include ‘Martin,’ ‘One Life to Live,’ ‘Drop Dead Diva,’ ‘The Face,’ and ‘Dancing with the Stars,’ among others. She also executive produced a few shows like ‘Love Triangle,’ ‘Death By Gossip with Wendy Williams,’ and ‘Celebrities Undercover.’ She also has a clothing brand under Home Shop Network titled ‘The Wendy Williams’ and a jewelry collection housed by QVC, called ‘Adorn by Wendy Williams.’

American televison host Wendy Williams visits SiriusXM Studios on July 13, 2017 in New York City.

What is her net worth?

According to Celebrity Net Worth, Williams’s net worth is believed to be about $40 million. Based on her income from her radio show, book deal, endorsements, and her talk show, she earns around $15 million annually. Her salary for ‘The Wendy Williams Show’ is estimated to be $10 million a year. Following her divorce in 2019, Wendy’s accounts suffered a decrease in her finances as she had to give away some of her fortunes to her husband.

Did you know Williams has a fashion line too named HSN? If you're wondering where to look for new clothes, click here. After her 2019 divorce with Kevin Hunter, she paid him $250,000 so that he could “secure new living arrangements." Williams, meanwhile, has been living in a swanky apartment in Manhattan that costs $15,000 per month. The lavish Manhattan house three-bedroom, three-bathroom unit, equipped with two levels, a large master bedroom, and picturesque views of the Hudson River.

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How much is Wendy Williams paying Kevin Hunter?

Kevin was working beside her since the start of their relationship 25 years ago. He’s worked as her manager and had executive producer credits on her talk show before he was fired. Kevin and she have also established a charity and production company during their time together. According to The Blast as part of their settlement, the talk show host will buy his shares of her production company in a lump sum payment. Williams agreed to keep a $1 million life insurance policy on herself that will go to Kevin should she die, but she has the right to reduce the amount on a yearly basis. Williams is also responsible for covering Kevin’s health insurance under her current policy.

Kevin and Williams’s joint bank account will go to Williams and all of Kevin’s shares in Wendy Williams Productions Inc. will be signed over to her. Kevin also received an undisclosed lump sum from Williams and a severance payment from Wendy, Inc. He will maintain ownership of his businesses and his cars, including a Ferrari and Rolls Royce.