What Is Lupita Nyong’o’s Net Worth?

Lupita Nyong’o is a 36-year-old Kenyan actress, film director, and music video director who is best known for her roles in 12 Years A Slave and Black Panther. Although her parents are both native to Kenya, Nyong’o was born in Mexico City, Mexico where her father was a visiting lecturer on political science. She was raised primarily in Kenya, although she was sent back to Mexico for several months to learn Spanish when she was 16.

Nyong’o is a fairly new name for many fans. Although she has done quite a bit of theater and production, she only began acting in 2006. It wasn’t until 2013 that Lupita Nyong’o got her breakthrough role. Now that she’s steadily gaining popularity, however, people want to know what Lupita Nyong’o’s net worth is, and how has she made her money? Here’s what we know.

What is Lupita Nyong’o’s net worth?

According to Celebrity Net Worth, Lupita Nyong’o has an estimated net worth of $8 million. This was earned primarily through her acting pursuits, although she has also earned some of her money as a producer, director, and other backstage pursuits. 

’12 Years A Slave’

12 Years A Slave hit theaters in 2013 and was not only a major success in theaters, but provided Lupita Nyong’o with her true breakout role. The story is based on a free black man who lives in upstate New York in antebellum United States. He is kidnapped and sold into slavery, where he meets Patsey – a brutalized slave girl, played by Nyong’o. 

For her role in the film, Lupita Nyong’o won multiple awards. This includes an Oscar for best supporting actress most notably, with other industry recognition received for best breakout role and others for best supporting actress. 

‘Star Wars’

In 2015, Lupita Nyong’o voiced the character of Maz Kanata in Star Wars, Episode VII: The Force Awakens. Maz Kanata is a “force sensitive humanoid female who was born over a millennium ago.”

Nyong’o continued voicing the character in several other films which followed. Besides shorts, she voiced the character in the television series Star Wars Forces of Destiny, and in 2017’s Star Wars, Episode VIII: The Last Jedi

‘Black Panther’

Among minority populations, Black Panther was nearly as important and ground-breaking as 12 Years a Slave. The movie was so highly anticipated that not a single person could go online without seeing evidence of the film’s important breakthrough as the first all-black cast and first major black superhero. 

Nyong’o’s role in this breakthrough was as Nakia – a Wakandian spy, War Dog, and sometimes lover of T’Challa. Nakia is among those who believe that Wakanda should be opened up to the rest of the world, so that they can help others in a more direct manner. 

Other acting credits

Besides her three most prominent roles, Lupita Nyong’o has also appeared in the films Non-Stop, The Jungle Book, Queen of Katwe, Little Monsters, and Us. The Kenyan actress also has three acting projects that she is currently working on. 

Production Credits

In 2009, Nyong’o produced and directed an award-winning documentary called In My Genes, which highlighted the issues faced by Kenyans suffering from albinism – a pigmentation issue which causes their skin, hair, and eyes to be without color.

Although albinism does not only effect Kenyans, their life becomes significantly harder because they live in a predominantly black society. Lupita Nyong’o also produced the music video for Wahu’s song, The Little Things You Do


Although most of her money comes from her acting and producing credits, Lupita Nyong’o began her career working miscellaneous stage jobs. She worked as a member of the stage crew in some form for The Constant Gardener, The Namesake, and Where God Left His Shoes.