Raven Symone is an American actress, comedian, singer, songwriter, dancer, TV host and producer. Her net worth is currently estimated at $55 million.
Raven Symone Net Worth: How She Began
Raven Symone was born Raven-Symoné Christina Pearman on December 10, 1985 in Atlanta, Georgia. While still a baby, Raven found her passion in the entertainment world. Suffice it to say that Raven has grown up in our screens. At the age of 2, she began appearing in advertisement for top brands like Jell-O, Ritz Crackers, Cool Whip and Fisher Price thanks to her pact with New York’s Ford Models.
At the age of 3 she moved to New York and auditioned for Bill Cosby‘s movie “Ghost Dad” despite an impressive performance at the auditions, she didn’t get a role for the movie as she was considered too young. However, Cosby was so fascinated by her that he got her a role on his The Cosby Show. Raven played the role of Olivia Kendall, Dr. Cliff Huxtable’s (played by Cosby) step-granddaughter. She made her debut in 1988 on the show’s 6th season and continued to portray her role till the show’s final season in 1992.
Raven Symone Net Worth: More Hollywood Success
Raven’s performance on The Cosby Show opened the flood gates of roles to her. A year after the show ended, she was selected to star as young Halle Berry’s character in the movie Queen: The Story of an American Family. The same year, Raven earned a role in another TV show “Hangin’ with Mr. Cooper” debuting in the second season and reprising her role until its end season in 1997.
While on the TV show, Raven transitioned into movie roles making her debut in 1994 movie “The Little Rascals” which grossed almost $70 million on the box office. Raven got her first major movie role in 1998 family movie “Dr. Dolittle” she portrayed the daughter to the titular Eddie Murphy-played character. Raven went on to reprise her role in the 2001 sequel which grossed $177 million worldwide.
Raven Symone Net Worth: The Big Break With “That’s So Raven”
While Raven was earning above average amounts from her TV show and movie roles, her acting/movie career received a thrust in 2002 when she successfully auditioned for a role on Disney’s “Absolutely Psychic” series, Raven was later given the lead role Raven Baxter and the series title was changed to “That’s So Raven”. That’s So Raven became a major hit for Disney after reeving groundbreaking reviews for his first premiere in 2003. It ran for 100 episodes until its end in 2007 becoming Disney’s longest-running series.
Raven Symone Net Worth: The $400 Million Net Worth Speculations
The success of the series also brought to the limelight Disney starlets like Selena Gomez and Miley Cyrus. There were also merchandise and other franchise for the series including a video game which all brought in a total revenue of $400 million. Following this success, an article on Ebony Magazine dubbed Raven as the “$400 million girl” leading many to speculate her net worth was $400 million. However, on the contrary, the money was only Disney’s revenue and had nothing to do with her personal net worth. Though Raven was entitled to about 20% – 30% of its profits ($120 million) which would bring her own take home too around $20 million. In the first season of That’s So Raven, Raven earned $20,000 per episode which increased to $35,000 per episode in 2003.
Raven appeared on other Disney shows and made for TV movies including “Cheetah Girls” 1&2, Tinker Bell and voicing a role on animated series Kim Possible.
As Raven grew she transitioned into more mature and dramatic roles. Some of her noteworthy movies include For One Night, College Road Trip, which grossed $60 million worldwide, Revenge of the Bridesmaids and more.
Raven Symone Net Worth: Music Career
In 1993, a year after the end of The Cosby Show, Raven launched her music career releasing her debut album “Here’s to New Dreams” which produced the Billboard charted single “That’s What Little Girls Are Made Of”. Turning her focus to her acting career, Raven returned to music in 1999 with her sophomore studio album “Undeniable”.
Raven capitalized on her breakthrough with Disney series “That’s So Raven” when she released her third studio album This is My Time (2004). The album became her best-selling album reaching #51 on Billboard 200. During her time with “That’s So Raven”, she also took part in 4 Disney soundtracks which received at least gold certification from the RIAA. At the end of the show in 2007, Raven had sold over 300,000 copies of her albums in the US. She has earned over $5.2 million from the sales of her albums and soundtracks.
Raven Symone Net Worth: Recent Endeavors
Raven has continued to be active in her TV and movie careers. However, she retired briefly in 2012 to study fine arts at Academy of Art University and made the return to TV in 2015. She had a guest role in Fox’s Empire and appeared in roles on Disney’s K.C. Undercover and ABC’s Black-ish. Raven has been one of the hosts on ABC talkshow “The View” since 2015.