Zendaya is a young actress, singer and dancer who has been very much loved as a child performer on a number of Disney TV series. She has since achieved tremendous growth in her career and has also become an incredibly business woman.
At only 25 years old, Zendaya’s net worth has already skyrocketed, and the future is definitely looking very bright for this young star. Read on to find out how she reached this kind of success in her career and how her net worth has increased through the years.
The star that we simply know today as Zendaya was born as Zendaya Maree Stoermer Coleman in Oakland CA on the 1st of September 1996. Her unique features come from a combination of Scottish and German lineage on her mother’s side and her father’s African-American roots. She has 5 siblings.
Zendaya’s mother, Claire, was a teacher at the Fruitvale Elementary School which Zendaya attended. When she was 6 years old, she played a part in a school play to celebrate Black History Month.
Her mother also worked part time as the house manager at the California Shakespeare Theater, where Zendaya also got to appear in some productions during the summers. It was thus that she discovered her love and talent for acting at a very young age.
Dancing was another passion that Zendaya had since childhood. When she was 8 years old, she participated in the Academy of Hawaiian Arts’ performance of a hula dance.
She also attended the Oakland School for the Arts, where she had the opportunity to perform in various stage productions, such as Caroline, or Change and Once on This Island. By the time Zendaya graduated high school in 2015, she already had plenty of acting and dancing experience under her belt.
Even while she was in school, Zendaya was already doing a lot of TV acting. In 2010, she joined the cast of Disney Channel’s Shake It Up as Rocky Blue.
The show garnered 6.2 million views on the first night, and continued to be a massive success for 3 entire seasons. A year into the airing of the show, Zendaya and co-star Bella Thorne released the promotional song Watch Me.
Over the next few years, she had a string of successful roles in Disney TV shows and films. This included a lot of voice acting gigs, as she voiced characters in Pixie Hollow Games and Super Buddies.
In 2013, she released her self-titled debut album which made it to the Billboard 200 Chart at rank 51. It was also this year that she joined Dancing with the Stars. She finished in 2nd place with her partner, Val Chmerkovskiy. When 2014 ended, Zendaya was officially a millionaire with a net worth of $1.5 million.
In 2015, she landed the starring role in KC Undercover, a TV series that ran until 2018. By 2017, Zendaya already had quite a following but her fame rose to new heights when she was cast in a leading role in Spider-Man: Homecoming, which grossed more than $880 million at the box office.
The same year, she also starred in The Greatest Showman opposite fellow Disney actor Zac Efron. The movie made $435 million.
Two years later, Zendaya again played MJ in Spider-Man: Far from Home, and once more in the 2021 Spider-Man: No Way Home. Zendaya also graced the cover of British Vogue in October 2021.
In 2020, Zendaya got the first major recognition in her acting career when she won the Primetime Emmy for Outstanding Lead Actress in a Drama Series for her starring role in Euphoria.
It is worth noting that she was earning $50,000 per episode for this series. The show also earned Zendaya a People’s Choice Award, an International Online Cinema Award, a Black Reel Award for Television, and a Satellite Award.
Zendaya definitely has great appeal to the young demographic. For many years, she has been a favorite in the Teen Choice Awards and Kids’ Choice Awards. Among her major wins were as Favorite Movie Actress in Spider-Man: Homecoming and The Greatest Showman.
When the Spider-Man movies began filming, rumors began circulating that Zendaya and co-star Tom Holland were dating. An article in People magazine quoted a source as saying that the two were very careful in keeping their relationship private but that they really were a couple off screen. Both Zendaya and Holland consistently denied the rumors but in July of 2021, the two were seen kissing in Holland’s car in LA.
Zendaya is a vegetarian. She says that her decision to make the lifestyle change was not because she loves vegetables. Instead, it is because she is an animal lover.
Besides being a multi-awarded actress, Zendaya is also a successful entrepreneur. Over the years, she has maintained contracts with major fashion and beauty brands, like the Material Girl clothing line by Madonna, Lancôme, Bulgari, and Valentino.
She has also been a brand ambassador for Chi Hair Care, Beats Electronics and CoverGirl. These deals had significantly contributed to Zendaya’s net worth.
In February 2019, Zendaya joined Tommy Hilfiger in the creation of a 70s inspired collection that debuted at Paris Fashion Week. The reception was very good and fans clamored for more.
The two quickly reprised their collaboration with a fall collection in the same year. This was again met with a lot of positive feedback.
Zendaya’s Net Worth Today
When 2022 started, Zendaya had a net worth of $15 million. Considering her age and that her career is also still quite young, this is indeed a very impressive number.
Most of Zendaya’s net worth comes from earnings from her acting career, as well as her numerous endorsement deals. Also among her assets are a $1.4 million home in Northridge CA that she bought in 2017, and another 4-acre home in Encino CA that she acquired in 2020.
With the recent release of the latest Spider-Man movie, Zendaya’s net worth rose even higher and is now valued at $20 million.