Jennifer Hudson Net Worth | Age | Bio | Early Life in 2020

NET WORTH

By 2020, Jennifer Hudson’s net worth is estimated to $25 Million. Her major sources of income are singing and acting. A few expensive properties she owns are a $3 million mansion in her hometown, Chicago, Illinois; A $60,000 GMC Yukon, and many more. 

 

SUMMARY TABLE

Jennifer Hudson is one of the most famous singers and actresses in Hollywood and the 8th most popular celebrity born on September 12 in the world. She stepped into acting after participating in the third American Idol in 2004, emerging as the 7th.  

She’s the only participant in American Idol to win the Oscar Award and competed with 780 contestants (singers) to win her first role as an actress in a movie called Dreamgirls in 2006. Till then she never looked back. Going on to win multiple awards over the years of her career. 

Birth Names  Jennifer Kate Hudson 
Celebrated Names  Jennifer Hudson 
Gender Female 
Birth Date   September 12, 1981
Birthplace  Chicago, Illinois, United States 
Sexual Orientation Straight 
Nationality  American
Height 1.75 m
Married  No
Partner  No
Children  David Daniel Otunga Jr. 
Father  Samuel Simpson
Mother Darnell Donnerson
Profession  Singer, Actress, Songwriter, 
Estimated Net Worth  $25 Million 

 

EARLY LIFE 

Jennifer Hudson was born on September 12, 1981, in Chicago, Illinois, the United States to Samual Simpson and Darnell Donnerson. She was born with a sister and a brother, her being the last born. 

She was raised a baptist, started singing in church at the age of seven. She attended Dunbar Vocational High School and graduated in 1999.

She then joined Langston University but was always homesick, eventually attending one semester. 

 

CAREER

Jennifer started her career in 2002 by signing a five-year contract with Righteous Records, an independent label. She was later released because she had to participate in American Idol in 2004. 

She secured her first role in films, as Effie White in “Dreamgirls” released in 2006. This role graced her with an Oscar award for the best-supporting actress, BAFTA award, Golden Globe Award, and Screen Actors Guild Award.  

She later appeared in several movies including Sex and The City, The Secret Life of Bees, and Winged Creatures in 2008; The Three Stooges in 2012; The Inevitable Defeat of Mister & Pete and Black Nativity in 2013; Lullaby in 2014; Chi-Raq in 2015; Sandy Wexler in 2017. 

For singing, she released her first self-titled album in 2008, second album, “I Remember Me” in 2011 and third album, “JHUD” in 2014. All three albums appeared at No. 2 on the R&B Billboard charts and more than 150,000 copy sales in a week after the official release.  

 

PERSONAL LIFE

Much of her personal life is not known but as noted down, she first dated James Payton in 1999 with whom she broke up within 2007. 

She then went on to date wrestler David Otunga. In 2008, she got engaged to David and delivered her son David Daniel Otunga. Jr.

Later, the two broke up. Till 2019, they were battling in court for who should be granted primary custody of the son. This battle lasted for two years.  

2008 was a really bad year for Jennifer. Her nephew Julian King, brother and mother were killed in a double homicide by her in-law. The murderer was an estranged husband to her sister Julia, called William Balfour. He was sentenced to 3 life sentences and imprisonment without parole. 

 

LEGAL ISSUES 

Jennifer has been on and off in regard to legal issues. The main issue is her son’s custody. The battle between the two parents didn’t end out of court as it had been asked by the court prior. This resulted in on and off appearances in court. Due to the intervention of the court for a period of two years, Hudson and Otunga later reached an agreement with a decision on who should have primary custody and how to manage the whole situation.  

 

INTERESTING FACTS ABOUT JENNIFER HUDSON

  • Jennifer failed to win American Idol but secured a Grammy Award for her first debut album and Oscar award for her first role in a Hollywood movie. 
  • In 2007, the mayor of Chicago, her hometown, Richard M. Daley declared March 6 as Jennifer Hudson’s day and it’s celebrated each year in Chicago. 
  • Before contesting in the third season of American Idol, Jennifer Hudson worked on Disney Cruise ships.
  • Jennifer stated Whitney Huston, Aretha Franklin, and Patti LaBelle as influencers. Little did she know that one day she would share a stage with her inspiration, Whitney Huston, and perform “I Will Always Love You” in honor of her after her untimely death at the 54th Grammy Awards in 2012.
  • She won the best-supporting Actress award in 2007 but it went missing because she wasn’t there to receive. She received it four years later in the UK. 
  • In March 2007, Jennifer graced the cover of Vogue magazine becoming the first African-American singer and third African-American celebrity to achieve that. 
  • She lost a total of 80 pounds through weight-watchers becoming the company’s spokesperson. 
  • November 13, 2013, Hudson was awarded 2512th star of the Hollywood walk of fame.
  • Her self-titled debut album released in 2008 was written by Ne-yo and Missy Elliot. 

 

CONCLUSION

A lot of things have happened in Jennifer Hudson’s life but she remains an icon in music and Chicago, her hometown. 

The 2008 family tragedy made her disappear from the public for some good time to mourn and heal. 

She is still active in singing and acting.  

 

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