Linnethia Monique Johnson aka Nene Leakes is a reality television star, actress, author, fashion designer, and businesswoman from the United States. She is known for her roles in the reality TV show 'The Real Housewives of Atlanta and the Fox comedy 'Glee,' where she played Roz Washington on a regular basis.
The internet sensation was a regular cast member on The Real Housewives of Atlanta from season 1 through season 7 before taking a sabbatical to concentrate on her acting career. Currently, Nene Leakes' net worth is more than $14 million. She started NeNe Leakes Entertainment, a television production firm, after achieving substantial success as an actress and reality TV personality.
Nene Leakes was given the name Linnethia Monique Johnson during her birth on December 13, 1967, in Queens, New York. She has four additional siblings, including a half-sister named Kendle Kenya Sherman and a brother named Anthony Thomas. Nene and one of her brothers were sent to live with an aunt in Athens, Georgia since their mother wasn't able to raise five children. Their mother and the other three siblings remained in Queens.
At the age of sweet 16, she began her modeling career and continued throughout her high school and college years. She graduated with honors from Clarke Central High School in Athens. Morris Brown College in Atlanta was where she spent two years. She is thought to have studied literature and the arts.
NeNe Leakes is one of the world's richest reality stars and is reported to be worth $14 million as of 2022. The majority of this stems from her long career on television, most notably her role on RHOA, which catapulted her to popularity.
Aside from that, she is well-known as an author, fashion designer, and owner of a clothing company.
Earning from The Real Housewives of Atlanta
The diligent woman made her television debut in 2008 on "The Real Housewives of Atlanta," where she stayed for seven seasons and gained recognition. She was paid $1 million every season of "The Real Housewives of Atlanta" until departing the program in 2015. That is the biggest per-episode pay of any Bravo housewife to date.
The total amount of payments collected from RHOA Seasons 1 to 5 is $5,000,000. Well, she was paid $250K for doing the reunion program in addition to her $750K pay every season.
Besides performing roles in series, she also runs a clothing brand and sells her merchandise. Leakes debuted her apparel brand Nene Leakes Collection for Home Shopping Network on July 28, 2014, and her first business venture was a clothing boutique called Swagg Boutique.
Her boutique featured everything, from stylish clothing to stunning accessories and predictably the majority of the items cost more than a hundred dollars. Color Mane Wig Collection is also owned by the businesswoman and many of the wigs in her business are priced at $850.
Earning from Youtube
Similarly, the businesswoman also owns a Youtube channel. Her YouTube channel is chock-full of RHOA rumors, whether she's calling people out or offering her side of the story.
Leakes also gives her fans glimpses into her personal life. It's no surprise that the TV personality has over 157K followers, given the amount of drama on her channel.
Earning from TV series
Nene also starred on "The Celebrity Apprentice," when she walked off the program on the 10th episode of her season. There was a lot of controversy and tension between her and another participant Star Jones throughout that season. She has been on "Ellen," "Jimmy Kimmel Live," "VH1 Divas Live 2009," and "The Bonnie Hunt Show," among other shows.
The actress also starred in the third season of "Glee" and the NBC sitcom "The New Normal." She has been a guest host on a number of programs, including The Talk as well as Anderson Live. She competed in the 18th season of "Dancing with the Stars" in 2014. She was paired with dancer Tony Dovolani in the seventh week of the competition, and the two were eliminated together.
From April to December 2016, Leakes toured the United States in her one-woman comedy tour "So Nasty, So Rude," which was titled after one of her catchphrases. "Never Make The Same Mistake Twice," her autobiography, was co-written with novelist Denene Millner. She wrote about her life from childhood until that time in the book.
The millionaire spent $2.075 million in 2015 for a 10,000-square-foot estate south of Atlanta, Georgia, with six bedrooms and 6.5 bathrooms. The land is situated on a golf course with a county club, restaurant, tennis facilities, a swimming pool, and other amenities. This residence was listed for $4 million by her in October 2021. She accepted a $2.6 million deal in January 2022.
Leakes spent $260,000 in January 2020 on the second house in Duluth, Georgia. Her new 2,076 sq. ft., 4-bedroom, 2.5-bathroom house is a 15-minute drive from her $2 million residences in an elite gated neighborhood.
Former Financial Woes
Leakes was hit with two property liens by the state of Georgia in 2016, one for $95,232.92 and the other for $86,624. She also owes $824,000 in overdue taxes to the federal government.
Gregg her husband owed $6,240 in back rent, according to the lawsuit. At the time, the businessman stated that they could no longer afford the house. Similarly, after an eviction notice was filed in September of the previous year, the Leakes were compelled to vacate their 5,000-square-foot house in Duluth in December 2008.
In terms of her personal life, Nene Leakes married Gregg Leakes in 1997 after a long relationship with him. She filed for divorce in 2010, and it was completed in September 2011. The pair reconciled and were engaged in early 2013 after a two-year separation. Their wedding ceremony was documented for the documentary series 'I Dream of NeNe: The Wedding,' and they wedded on June 22, 2013. Brett and Bryson are the couple's two kids and Bri'Asia Bryant is their grandchild.
Gregg Leakes, NeNe's husband, was diagnosed with stage 3 colon cancer in November 2018. He had initially noticed the symptoms in May and had to have emergency surgery to remove a section of his colon. The operation went well. But sadly, on September 1, 2021, he died and was 66 years old at the time.
Inheritance of Gregg's Fortune
Gregg Leakes' net worth was estimated to be $4 million at the time of his death, based on his work as a real estate investor and a television personality. He built most of his income in Atlanta, Georgia, during the last 20 years by investing in real estate.
Over the course of several years, the businessman and his wife, NeNe Leakes, participated in "The Real Housewives of Atlanta." After his demise from colon cancer, his wealth is said to be inherited by his wife NeNe.
Besides her youtube channel, she is impressively active on other social media handles as well. She has more than 4.2 million active followers on her Instagram account under the username of @neneleakes.
She primarily uses it to share photos of her business, photoshoot, and many more. We may deduce from her recent actions that she is leading a happy life.
NeNe is 5 feet 10 inches tall and weighs 67 kilos. Her bust, waist, and hip measurements are 39-32-41 inches respectively.
Her hair was originally dark brown, but she dyed it blonde. She's been able to maintain her fitness by managing her portions.