Shonda Rhimes Net Worth

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Shonda Rhimes Net Worth:
$140 Million

Shonda Rhimes net worth: Shonda Rhimes is an American director, writer, author and producer who has a net worth of $140 million. She is most famous for being the creator, executive producer, and head writer of the shows "Scandal," "Grey's Anatomy," and "Private Practice," among others.

Early Life: Shonda Lynn Rhimes was born in Chicago, Illinois on January 13, 1970. She is the youngest of six children of Vera, a college professor and Ilee Rhimes, Jr., a university administrator. Her mom attended college while raising her six kids. She earned her Ph.D. in educational administration in 1991. Rhimes grew up in University Park, Illinois, with her two older brothers and three older sisters. She attended Marian Catholic High School in Chicago Heights, Illinois.  While in high school, she served as a hospital volunteer, which inspired an interest in hospital environments. She attended Dartmouth College where she majored in film studies and was a member of the Black Underground Theater Association and wrote for the college newspaper. She divided her time between directing and performing in student productions and writing fiction. She graduated with her BA in 1991.

After college, she and one of her siblings moved to San Francisco where she worked for the advertising agency McCann Erickson. She moved to Los Angeles to attend the University of Southern California for a Master of Fine Arts degree from the USC School of Cinematic Arts. Her focus was on screenwriting. She was ranked at the top of her USC class and earned the Gary Rosenberg Writing Fellowship. While at USC, Rhimes was hired as an intern by Debra Martin Chase. Rhimes credits her early success, in part, to mentors such as this prominent African-American producer.

Career: After graduating from USC, Rhimes was an unemployed screenwriter in Hollywood. To make ends meet she worked a variety of jobs,  including as an office administrator, and then a counselor at a job center that taught job skills to mentally ill and homeless people. She worked as the research director on the 1995 documentary Hank Aaron: Chasing the Dream, which won the Peabody Award in 1995.

Rhimes received an assignment to co-write the HBO movie Introducing Dorothy Dandridge (1999). It earned numerous awards for its star, Halle Berry. In 2001, Rhimes wrote Crossroads, the debut film Britney Spears. Despite being panned by critics, the film grossed more than $60 million worldwide. Rhimes next worked on writing Disney's sequel to its popular movie, The Princess Diaries (2001). Although The Princess Diaries 2: Royal Engagement (2004) did not score as well at the box office, Rhimes later said that she treasured the experience, if only for the opportunity to work with its star, Julie Andrews. In 2003, Rhimes wrote her first TV pilot for ABC, about young female war correspondents, but the network turned it down.

In 2003, Rhimes drew on her high school days as a hospital volunteer to work on a new project. That project was Grey's Anatomy. ABC bought it on a pitch and scheduled it as a midseason replacement in 2005. Grey's Anatomy debuted as a mid-season replacement on March 27, 2005.  By the end of the first season, Grey's Anatomy had 20 million viewers each week. On May 16, 2006, ABC announced plans to relocate Grey's Anatomy from Sunday evenings to Thursdays to anchor the network's Thursday evening programming, by airing Thursdays at 9 p.m. In 2007, Rhimes created and produced the Grey's Anatomy spin-off series Private Practice, which debuted September 26, 2007, on ABC. The first season was shortened because of a writers' strike; it has nine episodes. In May 2012, ABC picked up Private Practice for the 2012–13 television season with 13 episodes. The series finale aired on January 22, 2013.

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In 2011, Rhimes served as executive producer for the medical drama, Off the Map, which was created by Grey's Anatomy writer, Jenna Bans. It focused on a group of doctors who practice medicine at a remote clinic in the Amazon jungle. The series was officially canceled by the ABC network on May 13, 2011.

In May 2011, ABC ordered Rhimes' pilot script Scandal to series. Kerry Washington stars as Olivia Pope, a political crisis management expert. The character is partially based on former Bush administration press aide Judy Smith. The series debut aired on April 5, 2012. In December 2013, ABC ordered a pilot for a new Rhimes series, How to Get Away with Murder. Actress Viola Davis joined the cast as the lead character in February 2014. It was officially picked up to series on May 8, 2014. In May 2019, ABC renewed the series for a sixth and final season, which premiered on September 26, 2019.

In March 2016, ABC premiered The Catch, a comedy-drama led by Rhimes based on a treatment by British author Kate Atkinson. It starred Mireille Enos and Peter Krause. The Catch was canceled after its second season.

On August 14, 2017, Netflix announced that it had entered into an exclusive multi-year development deal with Rhimes, under which all of her future productions will be Netflix Original series. The service already had purchased U.S. streaming rights to past episodes of Grey's Anatomy and Scandal. The deal was considered to be a coup for Netflix due to Rhimes' prominence at ABC; it was also considered to be a counter toward the effort by Disney, ABC's parent company, to reduce the availability of their content on Netflix in favor of a planned subscription streaming service of their own. In June 2018, Netflix announced that the first project under the deal will be an adaptation of the New York magazine story How Anna Delvey Tricked New York's Party People, originally written by Jessica Pressler based on the real-life story of the controversial society fraud Anna Delvey.

Personal Life: Rhimes adopted her first daughter in June 2002 and adopted another girl in February 2012. In September 2013, Rhimes welcomed her third daughter via a surrogate.

In 2014, Rhimes gave a commencement address at her alma mater, Dartmouth College, where she received an honorary doctorate.

In September 2015, Rhimes revealed she had lost 117 pounds via exercise and dieting.

Salary Highlights: In 2017, Rhimes signed a four year deal with Netflix worth a reported $100 million. Shonda's fortune has been supplemented by her years at ABC with the long-running shows she has created. She not just gets a fee for each episode she produces of each of her shows—and that's more than 317 for Grey's Anatomy alone – she also made an additional $10 million a year over from 2015 to 2018 from ABC and at least 10% of the profit when her shows were syndicated or sold to streaming services. That amounts to about $1 million an episode for Rhimes.

Real Estate: In 2017, Shonda dropped $4.6 million for a Tudor style home built in the 1920s in the Los Angeles neighborhood of Hancock Park. This is Rhimes' third home in the area. The just under 5,000 square foot home has four bedrooms and four and a half bathrooms.

Rhimes also owns an 8,292 square foot mansion she bought in 2010 for $5.6 million from Beck and an 8,398 square foot Mediterranean villa she bought for $8.8 million from Patricia Heaton in 2014. Rhimes also owns a duplex just west of Hancock Park, which she bought in 2007 for $1.66 million.

Shonda Rhimes Net Worth

Shonda Rhimes

Net Worth:$140 Million
Date of Birth:Jan 13, 1970 (50 years old)
Profession:Screenwriter, Television producer, Film director, Film Producer
Nationality:United States of America
Last Updated:2020
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