Omarosa’s Net Worth: How Much She Made From Reality TV and During Her Time In the White House


Omarosa | Ethan Miller/Getty Images

We all know Omarosa Manigault Newman isn’t afraid to stir the pot and has never shied away from the spotlight. She first rose to reality TV fame in 2004 and became the contestant everyone loved to hate on the first season of The Apprentice. She later returned to the series for both Celebrity Apprentice and All-Star Celebrity Apprentice.

In 2017, it was announced that she would be working with Donald Trump again but this time in the West Wing as assistant to the president and director of communications for the Office of Public Liaison. Less than a year on the job though, she was reportedly let go from that position and in true Omarosa fashion, she did not go quietly.

Following her dramatic exit, which required her to be physically removed from the White House grounds, she made the rounds on talk shows, appeared on reality TV again, and hinted that she would be writing a juicy tell-all book. In August 2018, she released that book titled Unhinged which quickly climbed to the top of the New York Times best-seller list.

“We’re delighted that readers have responded enthusiastically and it is selling well in all formats, print, ebook, and audio. Omarosa continues to promote the book and is committed to telling her story,” a spokesperson for her publisher, Simon & Schuster, said.

So what is the net worth of the woman who became famous for getting fired on reality TV? Here’s a look at how much Omarosa made between her gigs on television and her final job working with Trump.

Omarosa Manigault and President Donald Trump

Omarosa Manigault and President Donald Trump | Timothy A. Clary/AFP/Getty Images

Omarosa’s net worth is estimated at $3.5 million. A chunk of that comes from her engagement to Green Mile actor Michael Clarke Duncan, who died in 2012. He left his fiancée a one-third share of his trust fund valued between $1 million and $5 million.

As for her TV jobs, aside from appearing on The Apprentice, Omarosa has been on several other reality programs including VH1’s The Surreal Life, Fear Factor, Flavor of Love, and Girls Behaving Badly to name a few. But it was her stint on OWN’s Raising Whitley in which she received royalty checks for around $5,000. She earned about half that amount for her work on other shows including The Steve Harvey ShowLate Night with Jimmy Fallon and David Tutera Celebrations.

Omarosa also cashed in on public appearance fees charging between $1,000 and $5,000 to show up at various events including corporate and church functions. In addition, she is a certified special education teacher and made $400 as a substitute in the Los Angeles School District.

In 2016, Omarosa joined Trump’s campaign as the director of African-American outreach and served on the board of the National Diversity Coalition for Trump prior to that. Her annual salary working on the transition team for the businessman turned politician was around $46,000. Once she was given the job in the Office of Public Liasion her salary increased greatly to nearly $180,000 per year.

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