For a man to be able to woe a woman in the class of multiple Grammy and Emmy award-nominated singer and actress Vanessa Williams, he would have to have been quite successful to a certain degree in his life. That appears to be the case of Jim Skrip who came to the limelight practically out of nowhere thanks to his marriage to the former beauty queen who was the first-ever African American to be crowned Miss America.
Skrip would certainly not have been a person of interest to members of the public if not for the union. But as a result of it, many have grown curious to know what he does for a living and how he compares to the other men that have been in her life, like former basketball player Rick Fox who she was married to for about half a decade.
Jim Skrip’s Background and What He Does For a Living
Although his origins have been traced to Mexico, Jim Skrip was born in America in Buffalo, New York on the 1st of January 1960. Details of his early life and family background have been hard to come by as all that is known at the moment is that he was raised in the Big Apple.
For his education, Skrip is reported to have schooled at St. Bonaventure University, a private institution in Allegany, New York. After obtaining a degree in Accounting, he worked in that capacity with various establishments for many years before opting to branch out into real estate where he has been successful in the past few years. He currently lives in Depew, New York.
How He Met Vanessa Williams
Jim Skrip and Vanessa Williams first met in Egypt back in 2012 when the actress was on vacation. It is said that he was able to catch Williams’ attention due to the shirt of the professional ice hockey team in Buffalo, New York, that he was wearing.
The two began conversing after Williams noticed Skrip’s Sabres shirt and asked if he was from her mother’s hometown of Buffalo. They ended up engaging in a three-hour conversation, talking about each other’s life among other things.
Soon after this, sparks flew between the pair as they developed feelings for each other. Later on in the year, they started dating and after a two-year relationship, they opted to take things to the next level and got engaged in 2014.
News about Vanessa Williams’ engagement to Jim Skrip was announced first on The Queen Latifah Show where she made it clear by showing a ring on her hand. With this, there was a huge quest to know more about the man she would be getting married to and thus Skrip was dragged into the limelight.
Skrip Pulled Out All The Stops For His Wedding To Vanessa
Jim Skrip and Vanessa Williams exchanged wedding vows on the 4th of July 2015 in the presence of family and friends. The wedding, which had an Egyptian theme, was a lavish affair with Williams donning two stunning Carmen Marc Valvo custom designs, both made to reflect the ideology of an Egyptian Goddess.
Vanessa had opened up about meeting Jim in Egypt in an interview with Madame Noire. She expressed that meeting Skrip has made her understand that it is possible to uncover a treasure anywhere and at any point in time. According to her, she wasn’t looking for anything when she found Jim as she was only on a vacation to Egypt with her daughter. They soon started talking and discovered that they had a lot in common and the rest became history.
About a year after Jim and Vanessa got married, the couple walked down the aisle once again at St. Stanislaus Catholic Church in Buffalo as requested by the very happy bride.
Jim Skrip is Happy To Serve As a Parent to Vanessa’s Children
As already hinted above, Skrip’s marriage to Williams was not the actress’ first. Before Jim, she was married twice, first to Ramon Hervey who she has three children with and then to Rick Fox who she welcomed a daughter with. Her children with Ramon are son Devin and daughters, Melanie and Jillian. Sasha is the name of her daughter with Fox.
Jim, on the other hand, is believed to never have been married and has no kids. It is safe to conclude that his family life revolves around Vanessa and her kids who have now grown up and are presumed to be living on their own. One of her children who is making a name for herself is Jillian. She has launched a career as a singer and dancer and is a member of the group Lion Babe.
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How Rich is Skrip Compared to Vanessa?
It is reported that the former accountant turned real estate investor has a net worth of $10 million. This is an increase from the $6 million Jim Skrip was said to be worth in 2013 and it is safe to say that the Buffalo native might be worth even more in the years to come thanks to the ever-appreciating real estate market.
His wife, on the other hand, is estimated to be worth around $30 million. Williams, who received her Bachelor of Fine Arts degree from the University of Syracuse twenty-five years after she first enrolled in the institution on a scholarship, made her money from her very successful singing and acting career. She is best known for her roles in the film Soul Food (1997) and the television series Ugly Betty (2006–10) and Desperate Housewives (2010–12). On the music front, two of her albums; The Comfort Zone (1991) and The Sweetest Days (1994), received Platinum certifications from the Recording Industry Association of America. Two others; The Right Stuff (1988) and Star Bright (1996), are certified Gold.