How Rich Is The Wayans Family?

By on April 24, 2014 in ArticlesEntertainment

It certainly seems like every other movie and television show nowadays stars a member of the Wayans family. And while there ARE a lot of them, they aren't on every single show or in every single movie. Yet. The Wayans siblings – all ten of them – are successful actors, directors, writers, and comedians who have done very well in the entertainment industry since the early 90s. Their huge success belies their modest upbringing in New York City. The family patriarch, Howell Wayans, was a supermarket manager. His wife Elvira Wayans was a homemaker and social worker. Together they raised ten children in a very small apartment in the Fulton housing projects on Manhattan's West Side.

The first generation Wayans siblings are: Dwayne, Keenan, Damon, Kim, Shawn, Marlon, Nadia, Elvira, Diedre, and Vonnie. All are involved in the entertainment industry in some capacity. Over the past two decades, the Wayans siblings have written, directed, produced, and starred in more than 45 movies and television shows.


Keenan Ivory and Damon created the popular and Emmy-winning 1990's sketch comedy show "In Living Color" which launched not just the careers of the Wayans siblings, but also Jim Carrey, David Alan Grier, Jamie Foxx, Carrie Anne Inaba (as a Fly Girl dancer), Jennifer Lopez (as a Fly Girl dancer), Alexandra Wentworth, and Kim Coles, among others.

They are the family behind the insanely successful "Scary Movie" franchise, "White Chicks", "Hollywood Shuffle", "I'm Gonna Git You Sucka", "A Low Down Dirty Shame", "Mo Money", "Blankman", "The Wayans Brothers", "My Wife and Kids", "Dance Flick", "Little Man", "Happy Endings", "Major Payne", and "New Girl", to name just a handful of the successful family's television and film projects.

The Wayans family has a combined domestic box office gross of over $1 billion dollars with more than $300 million of those coming from Keenan, Shawn, and Marlon alone.

Let's take a look at the net worth of the most successful of the Wayans siblings.

Keenan Ivory

Age: 55

Notable: In Living Color

Net Worth: $65 million


Age: 53

Notable: In Living Color

Net Worth: $35 million

Damon Jr.

Age: 31

Notable: Happy Endings

Net Worth: $5 million


Age: 52

Notable: Juwanna Mann

Net Worth: $8 million


Age: 43

Notable: Dance Flick

Net Worth: $30 million


Age: 41

Notable: Scary Movie

Net Worth: $40 million

Total: $183 million

Articles Written by Amy Lamare
Amy Lamare is a Los Angeles based writer covering business, technology, entertainment, philanthropy, and pop culture. She spent 8 1/2 years covering the entertainment industry for She attended the University of Southern California where she majored in Creative Writing. An avid long distance runner, weekends she can be found running the streets of Los Angeles training for 1/2 and full marathons. Follow her on Facebook.
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