Taraji P. Henson Net Worth: Here’s What We Know About The Grammy Winner’s Fortune

Taraji P. Henson Net Worth: Here’s What We Know About The Grammy Winner’s Fortune
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Taraji P. Henson, a Grammy Award winner, often makes headlines for the net worth she owns. So, in this article, we have listed Taraji P. Henson’s net worth and its contributing factors. The article also explains the actress’s career, personal life, and lesser-known facts.

Taraji Penda Henson is an American actress. In 2008, she came into the limelight with the American Fantasy romantic drama film, The Curious Case of Benjamin Button, wherein she played the role of a single mother. A Golden Globe Award, Benjamin is known for having an illustrious acting career and a fascinating wealth. In this article, we have explained everything about Taraji P. Henson’s net worth and the several factors that contribute to it.

Who is Taraji P. Henson?

Taraji Penda Henson was born on September 11, 1970 (age 53 years; as of 2024) in Southeast, Washington, D.C. Taraji’s mother, Bernice, is a corporate manager at Woodward & Lathrop, and her father, Boris Lawrence Henson, was a janitor and metal fabricator. A Mitochondria DNA Analysis claims that Taraji’s maternal lineage can be traced back to the Masa people of Cameroon.

Taraji P.Henson Net Worth
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In 1988, Taraji Penda Henson graduated from Oxon Hill High School in Oxon Hill, Maryland. Following graduation, she enrolled at the North Carolina Agricultural and State Technical University, wherein she pursued a Bachelor of Technology in Electrical Engineering. The actress later transferred to Howard University; wherein, she studied drama. Taraji, to pay her college tuition fees, worked mornings as a secretary at the Pentagon, and as a singing-dancing waitress on a cruise ship.

What is the net worth of Taraji P. Henson?

According to several media houses, Taraji P. Henson has an estimated net worth of $12 million. Meanwhile, other media outlets suggest Taraji’s net worth to be $25 million. Henson’s acting career majorly contributes to her towering net worth.

NameTaraji P. Henson
Full NameTaraji Penda Henson 
ProfessionAmerican actress
Net Worth (As of 2024)$12 Million
Monthly Income$1 Million, Approximately

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Factors Contributing to the net worth of Taraji P. Henson

Acting Remuneration

The Grammy Award winner, Taraji P. Henson, has appeared in several acclaimed Hollywood films. In 2008, she was paid $150,000 for playing a single mother in the famous film, The Curious Case of Benjamin Button. Additionally, in 2009, Taraji for playing the lead role in I Can Do Bad All By Myself, was paid a staggering fee of $500,000. According to sources, Taraji, for her recent film, The Color Purple, was only paid $150,000, while the film’s budget was 90 million.

Fleet of Cars

The Color Purple actress, Taraji P. Henson, has had a fascination with cars and owns some exquisite cars. However, only a few of them have been reported on the internet. One of them is a Silver Maserati.

Taraji P. Henson Net Worth
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Real Estates

Not only cars, but the actress has significantly invested in the real estate industry. In 2010, Taraji bought a property which was worth $1.695 million; it was a four-bed, five-bath mansion located in the Hollywood Hills. In 2015, she listed the property for $3.25 Million. Besides Hollywood’s mansion, Taraji owns a two-bed, two-bath property located in Glendale’s Woodbury Neighbourhood. In addition to that, she also owns a condo in a style high-rise in Chicago.

Expensive Collection: Bags and Handbags

Taraji, who came into the limelight with The Curious Case of Benjamin Button, is fond of handbags. Not only this but the actress significantly spends on handbags, and as of 2024, her collection includes,

  • Alexander Wang Chastity Clutch: $537
  • Chanel 2.55 Flap Bag
  • Chanel Boy Bag
  • Chanel Canvas Logo Shopper Tote
  • Chanel Chain Trim Shoulder Bag 
  • Chanel Flap Bag
  • Chanel Timeless Clutch
  • Chloe Marcie Mini Bag: $1990
  • Crocodile Clutch
  • Diane de Maria Bonnie Satchel
  • Diane Von Furstenberg 440 Clutch
  • Edie Parker Jean Striped Clutch: $1195
  • Gucci Bright Diamante Tote
  • Hermes Birkin
  •  Les Petits Joueurs Andy Piano Clutch

[Note: There are several other exquisite handbags owned by Taraji P. Henson. According to a media house, she has a handbags collection of more than a million]


  • After pursuing graduation in theatre, Henson relocated to Los Angeles to venture into acting. In 1997, she made her acting debut with the television show, The Parent ‘Hood, wherein she played Aida in the episode “First Cash.”
  • In 1998, Henson made her big-screen debut with the crime thriller film, Streetwise; she played the role of Tammy in the film.
  • In 2002, she gained prominence in the television industry with the cop show The Division; wherein, she played the role of a police inspector.
  • Some of her recent television appearances include Celebrity Prank Wars (2023), Abbott Elementary (2023), America in Black (2023), and Fight Night: The Million Dollar Heist (2024).
  • Not only television, Taraji P. Henson has also worked in several films. Some of her acclaimed films include Coffee & Kareem (2020), Minions: The Rise of Gru (2022), and PAW Patrol: The Mighty Movie (2023).

Awards and Recognitions

  • In 2016, Taraji P. Henson won the Best Actress Award under the category of television for her work in Empire at the Golden Globe Awards.
  • In 2017, she won the Outstanding Cast in a Motion Picture Award for Hidden Figures at the Screen Actors Guild Award.
  • She has won 9 Critics Awards between 2016 and 2024, respectively

[Note: Besides the above-mentioned, there are several awards and nominations under Henson’s name]

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Personal Life

  • In 1994, Taraji P. Henson gave birth to her first child, a son named Marcello. Marcello’s father, William LaMarr Johnson, was Taraji’s high school sweetheart and was murdered in 2003.
  • In 2018, Taraji announced her engagement with Kelvin Hayden, a former NFL player. The couple announced their separation in 2020.
Taraji P. Henson Net Worth: Here’s What We Know About The Grammy Winner’s Fortune
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Do You Know These Lesser Known Facts About Taraji P. Henson?

  • Taraji P. Henson became the first African-American woman to win a Critics’ Choice Television Award for winning the best actress in the drama series.
  • Besides being an actress, Henson is a philanthropist. A founder of the Boris Lawrence Foundation, she aims to provide mental health resources to the needy.
  • In 2021, Henson published a memoir titled Around The Way Girl.
  • As of 2024, the actress has more than 22 million followers on Instagram where she often updates her fans with her lifestyle photos.

About the author


Aditi Raj

Aditi Raj is a media and entertainment enthusiast with a journalism degree and two years of writing experience. Passionate about movies, music, and pop culture, Aditi crafts engaging content that reflects her in-depth industry knowledge. She's a dynamic storyteller who keeps audiences informed and entertained, bringing her unique perspective to the ever-evolving world of media and entertainment.

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