Whoopi Goldberg Net Worth, Early Life, Career Highlights, Other Appearances, Awards, Personal Life and Family

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Whoopi Goldberg Net Worth, Early Life, Career Highlights, Other Appearances, Awards, Personal Life and Family
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  • Birth Name: Caryn Elaine Johnson
  • Nationality: American
  • Net Worth: $45 million
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The award winning actress/comedian/author/television host, Whoopi Goldberg net worth escalated with her astounding performances and stand-up comedy punch lines.


The American actress Whoopi Goldberg is the nominee of 13 Emmy Awards who has also won a Grammy, an Emmy, an Oscar and a Tony Award. She is one of the few television personalities who has won a number of awards. Furthermore, Whoopi Goldberg net worth rose as she became the second black woman to win an acting Oscar.

Goldberg made her breakthrough role in Deep South for which she earned an Academy Award nomination for Best actress. Similarly, she has played Oda Mar Brown in Ghost (1990) for which she won an Academy Award for Best Supporting Actress.

Early Life and Background

Whoopi Goldberg was born Claire Elaine Johnson on November 15, 1955 in Manhattan, New York. Her father, Robert James Johnson, Jr., was a clergyman and her mother, Emma Johnson, was a nurse and teacher. She is an American and belongs to black ethnicity.

She went to a St. Columbia’s and Washington Irving High School from where she dropped out. Her DNA test result reveals her ancestry is from Papel and Bayote of Guinea-Bissau.

Professional Career Highlights

Whoopi Goldberg net worth increased she first appeared in 1982 in Citizen: I’m Not Losing My Mind, I’m Giving It Away. While she was on Broadway, director Steven Spielberg caught her and gave her lead role in The Color Purple (1985).

Soon, she starred in Jumpin’ Jack Flash (1986), Burgler (1987) and The Telephone (1988). Through her excellence in acting, she garnered NAACP Image Awards. In 1990, Whoopi Goldberg net worth hiked as she landed a role of psychic in Ghost for which she earned her Academy Award for Best Supporting Actress.

She landed a role in Sister Act in 1992 which grossed US$200 million and earned her a Golden Globe Award. The following year, Goldberg hosted The Whoopi Goldberg Show in addition to acting in Made in America and Sister Act 2: Back in the Habit. She continued hosting the show in late 1990s and early 2000s.

In 1997, Goldberg co-wrote a book with ghostwriter Daniel Paisner. It was a collection featuring insights and opinions. The following year, she served as executive producer for Hollywood Squares for which she gained an Emmy Award nomination.

In 2003, Goldberg retuned to television hosting of Whoopi however, it got cancelled after a season. She received an honor, Hollywood Walk of Fame in her 46th birthday.

In 2007, Whoopi replaced Rosie O’Donnell to co-host The View. The show gained 3.4 million viewers which means it increased with 7% than before.

Other Media Appearances

Whoopi Goldberg net worth kept on rising with her onscreen appearances. She has appeared as host in 2001 documentary short The Making of A Charlie Brown Christmas and Universal Studios Hollywood. Moreover, she has narrated HBO’s 2003 film Unchained Memories and guest appeared in TV show 30 Rock.

Recently, she has a recurring role in TV series Glee. In 2012, she guest starred in The Middle. In 2016, Goldberg announced that she shall develop a reality show, Strut. The show will be based on transgender models in Los Angeles.

Entrepreneurship and Activism

Apart from media and television appearances, Whoopi Goldberg net worth increased due to her innovative business ideas. She is the co-founder of Whoopi & Maya which makes medical marijuana products. The products aim to relieve women going through menstrual cramps.

In 2010, Goldberg joined Cyndi Lauper in her Give a Damn campaign. The campaign aimed to raise awareness about gender discrimination, especially favoring LGBT community. She is an active and open supporter of LGBT rights and AIDS activist.

In her show The View, she clearly stated her membership of National Rifle Association. In addition, she serves as the Board of Selectors of Jefferson Awards for Public Service. She also serves on national advisory board of National Museum of American Illustration.

Personal Life and Relationships

Goldberg has married three times. She married Alvin Martin in 1973 and ended the marriage with divorce in 1979. The couple has a daughter together, Alexandrea Martin. Alexandrea is an actress and producer. Through her daughter, she now has three grandchildren and a great granddaughter.

In 1986, she married cinematographer, David Claessen with whom she divorced in 1988. Her last marriage was with Lyle Trachtenberg in 1994. The couple also ended up divorcing in 1995.

Furthermore, she was in romantic relationship with actors Frank Langella, Timothy Dalton and Ted Danson. The actress/comedian shows no intension of remarrying.

Goldberg confessed her addition to marijuana before 1990s. She also confessed that she had 6-7 abortions before she turned 25.

Awards and Honors

The high-profile actress/comedian/television host Whoopi Goldberg net worth accelerated with her excellence in all the fields. Consequently, she became the recipient of an Oscar, a Tony and an Emmy Award out of over 10 nominations.

She is also the recipient of Academy Award for Ghost and 2 Golden Globe for The Color Purple. Goldberg won a BAFTA Award in 1991 for Ghost and a Grammy for Whoopi Goldberg: Direct from Broadway in 1985.

The actress received a Tony Award in 2002 for Thoroughly Modern Millie along with 8 Daytime Emmy nominations and 9 Primetime Emmy nominations. Again in 2009, she won Daytime Emmy Award for Outstanding Talk Show Host.

Apart from media awards, Whoopi Goldberg net worth increased as she received Gay and Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation Vanguard Award for her LGBT support. She is also the winner of Women in Film Crystal Award for excellence in her work and Hans Christian Andersen Award for achievement by dyslexic in 1987.

Salary and Net Worth

Out of a sacksful of awards, nominations and honors, some of the above mentioned are remarkable ones which have increased Whoopi Goldberg net worth. Through her excellent works in various sectors, Goldberg has accumulated a net worth of $45 million.

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