Zendaya, starting as a child performer in several Disney TV series, has captured hearts as an actress, singer, and dancer. As her career blossomed, so did her prowess, now extending not only as a multi-talented artist but also as an exceptionally successful businesswoman.
At just 25 years old, Zendaya’s net worth is skyrocketing. With appearances in over 45 movies and television series, her future shines brightly. Read on to explore her most successful projects and how her net worth has steadily grown over the years.
Zendaya was born Zendaya Maree Stoermer Coleman on September 1, 1996, in Oakland, CA. 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 five siblings.
Zendaya’s mother, Claire, was a teacher at the Fruitvale Elementary School, which Zendaya attended. When she was six years old, she participated 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 appeared in some summer productions. Thus, 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 eight 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 Disney Channel’s Shake It Up cast as Rocky Blue.
The show garnered 6.2 million views on the first night and continued to be a massive success for three 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 2021, Zendaya’s net worth got a reported $300,000 boost when she starred in the first Dune movie. Starring opposite Timothée Chalamet, Rebecca Ferguson, Oscar Isaac, and Jason Momoa, the flick grossed over $402 million worldwide against its budget of $165 million.
Next, Zendaya will star in Dune 2, though her salary for the project has not been disclosed.
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 is also impacted by her real estate investments, which include a $4.9 million condo in the Quay Tower in Brooklyn, New York. She purchased the property back in December 2020.
The 2,050 sq. ft. condo boosts three-bedroom and two-and-half bathrooms and views of the Manhattan skyline and New York Harbor from every room.
Her assets also include a
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 for $4 million.
Zendaya’s Net Worth Today
As of 2023, Zendaya has a net worth of $22 million. Most of Zendaya’s net worth comes from earnings from her acting career and numerous endorsement deals.
Fans of Zendaya can look forward to seeing her next in Dune 2. She’ll also star in the romantic sports drama Challengers, which is currently schedueld for release in April 2024.
Euphoria Season 3 will also return in 2025. And lastly, Zendaya is also attached to Be My Baby from A24, which is a biopic about the life and career of Ronnie Spector, the lead singer of the Ronettes. It’s not been announced what role Zendaya will have as the project is still in the Treatment phase, but she’ll also serve as a producer on the project.