Cornel West Net Worth

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Cornel West net worth is
$500 Thousand

Cornel West Wiki Biography

Cornel Ronald West was born on 2 June 1953, in Tulsa, Oklahoma USA, and is an author, philosopher, and social activist, best known for being a member of the Democratic Socialists of America. He’s also the first African American to graduate from Princeton with a Ph.D. All of his endeavors have helped put his net worth to where it is today.

How rich is Cornel West? As of mid-2016, sources estimate a net worth that is at $500,000, mostly accumulated through the numerous projects he’s been a part of. He’s written several books and is often seen in various television shows. He’s also made appearances in a few films, and all of these activities have ensured the position of his wealth.

Cornel West Net Worth $500,000

West attended John F. Kennedy High School, and during his time there became a part of several civil rights demonstrations. After matriculating in 1970, he attended Harvard College and started focusing on philosophy subjects. Three years later, he graduated as magna cum laude with a degree in Near Eastern languages and civilization. Afterwards, he decided to work for a few local programs.

In 1980, he earned his Ph.D. from Princeton and would later release a book based on his dissertation called “The Ethical Dimensions of Marxist Thought”. He returned to Harvard to become an Assistant Professor at Union Theological Seminary. In 1984, he attended Yale Divinity School and participated in more protests. He returned to the Union for one more year before going back to Princeton to become a professor, where he became the director of the African-American Studies program until 1994, and then became a professor at Harvard University. Four years later, he was appointed as the first Alphonse Fletcher University Professor which allowed him to teach several topics. He also started writing books, and published over 20 of them, receiving an American Book Award and recognition from the World Cultural Council.

West’s popularity also led him to an entertainment career, in which he appeared in “The Matrix Reloaded” and “The Matrix Revolutions”. He also made appearances in several documentary films including “Examined Life” and “Still Bill”. He became a guest on political talk shows and would have an appearance in “Law & Order: Criminal Intent”. He also guest starred in “30 Rock” and would even go on and try his hand at hip hop music. These projects contributed to his net worth too.

One of his most notable disputes was with former US Treasury Secretary Lawrence Summers who became president of Harvard in 2000. The two didn’t get along well, and Summers reportedly criticized a lot of West’s work, both academic and as an activist. After West left Harvard, he would call out Summers in public interviews, talking about his inappropriate and intolerable behavior.

Recognition of Cornel’s abilities is proven by him being awarded over 20 honorary degrees.

For his personal life, it is known that Cornel is very outspoken in terms of issues such as white supremacy and racism. He refers to himself as a “non-Marxist socialist” drawing a line in between Christianity and Marxism. He publicly supported Barack Obama during his 2008 campaign, but would criticize the president.

Full NameCornel West
Net Worth$500 Thousand
Date Of BirthJune 2, 1953
Place Of BirthTulsa, Oklahoma, United States
EducationPrinceton University, Princeton University, Harvard University, John F. Kennedy High School
ChildrenDilan Zeytun West, Clifton West
ParentsIrene B. West, Clifton L. West
SiblingsClifton West
NicknamesCornel Ronald West , Cornell West , Dr. Cornel West , Cornel West Ph.D , Prof. Cornel West
AwardsAmerican Book Awards, The BET Honors Award for Education
AlbumsSketches of My Culture, Never Forget: A Journey of Revelations
NominationsNAACP Image Award for Outstanding Literary Work, Nonfiction, NAACP Image Award for Outstanding Literary Work - Biography / Auto-biography
MoviesThe Matrix Reloaded, The Matrix Revolutions, Stand
TV ShowsBlack in the 80s
1In the history of black people, those who have been prophetic have either been killed or bought off and co-opted. And now we live in the age of the sellout, no matter what color. I argue that we witnessed the re-niggerization of the black professional class. They've got power, assets and prosperity, but they're still intimidated. They're concerned with their careers rather than their callings.
2[on his book 'Black Prophetic Fire'] I think that we need more fire in our world: people on fire for justice, on fire for freedom. The most fundamental question in the book is how to be men and women of integrity and honesty in a time of such vast mendacity and criminality.
1Has one son, Clifton
2Professor in the Department of Religion, at Princeton University. Teaches classes in both Religion (his department) and African-American Studies.
3(2002 - ?) Professor of African-American Studies, Princeton University


30 Rock2012TV SeriesCornel West
The Private Lives of Pippa Lee2009Don Sexton
The Instrument2005Scholar
The Matrix Revolutions2003Councillor West
Enter the Matrix2003Video GameCouncillor West (voice)
The Matrix Reloaded2003Councillor West


Slave Ship: The Testimony of the Henrietta Marie1995Documentary short


#RiseUpOctober2016Documentary short executive producer completed


The Instrument2005advisor: ritual research


Tom's Restaurant - A Documentary About Everything2014Documentary special thanks
P.O.V.2012TV Series documentary special thanks - 1 episode
Sinister2012/Ithe filmmakers wish to extend their personal thanks for their contribution - as Dr. Cornel West
I'm Carolyn Parker2011Documentary special thanks


Last of the Showmen2018Documentary filmingHimself
Fariba2014Documentary short post-production
American TapDocumentary post-productionHimself
Untitled Carl Jung DocumentaryDocumentary filmingHimself
On the Sly: In Search of the Family Stone2017DocumentaryHimself
Black America Since MLK: And Still I Rise2016TV Mini-Series documentaryHimself
Real Time with Bill Maher2004-2016TV SeriesHimself / Himself - Guest / Himself - Panelist
60 Minutes2016TV Series documentaryHimself - Civil Rights Leader (segment "Cornel West")
Democracy Now!2010-2016TV SeriesHimself
The Empire Files2016TV Series documentaryHimself
#bars4Justice2015Documentary shortHimself
Days of Revolt2015TV SeriesHimself - Author, 'Black Prophetic Fire'
Late Show with David Letterman2015TV SeriesHimself - Author
Tom's Restaurant - A Documentary About Everything2014DocumentaryHimself
Life's Essentials with Ruby Dee2014DocumentaryHimself
Afraid of Dark2014DocumentaryDr. Cornell West
Nas: Time Is Illmatic2014DocumentaryHimself, professor and political activist
Crossfire2013TV SeriesHimself - Philosophy Professor / Himself - Obamacare Repeal Opponent
Breaking the Set2013TV SeriesHimself - Professor / Civil Rights Activist (2013)
Keep the Promise: The Global Fight Against AIDS2013Documentary short
Occupy: The Movie2013Documentary
Tavis Smiley2004-2013TV SeriesHimself
The War Room with Michael Shure2013TV SeriesHimself - Guest
Long Distance Revolutionary: A Journey with Mumia Abu-Jamal2012DocumentaryHimself
Piers Morgan Tonight2011-2012TV SeriesHimself
The High Bar2012TV SeriesHimself - Guest
Face the Nation2010-2012TV SeriesHimself
The Colbert Report2008-2012TV SeriesHimself - Guest / Co-Author, The Rich and the Rest of Us / Himself
Owned & Operated2012DocumentaryHimself (voice)
Diary of a Decade: The Story of a Movement2012DocumentaryHimself
The (R)evolution of Immortal Technique2011DocumentaryHimself
Business as Usual: The Exploitation of Hip Hop2011DocumentaryHimself
Behind Those Books2011DocumentaryHimself
Fear of a Black Republican2011DocumentaryHimself - Interviewee
The After Party: The Last Party 32011DocumentaryHimself
The Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson2010-2011TV SeriesHimself
Fair Game?2010DocumentaryHimself
On the Shoulders of Giants: The Story of the Greatest Team You Never Heard Of2010DocumentaryHimself (as Dr. Cornel West)
Ghetto Physics2010Himself
The Mo'Nique Show2009TV SeriesHimself
Still Bill2009DocumentaryHimself
Return to Mexico City2009TV Movie documentaryHimself
Bring Your 'A' Game2009Documentary shortHimself - Professor of Religion, Princeton University (as Cornel West Ph.D.)
Why We Laugh: Black Comedians on Black Comedy2009DocumentaryHimself
Cornel West: A Dialogue on Race in the Church and Society2008DocumentaryHimself
Call + Response2008DocumentaryHimself
Barack Obama: The Power of Change2008Video documentaryHimself
Examined Life2008DocumentaryHimself
9th Annual State of the Black Union: Memorable Moments2008TV MovieHimself
9th Annual State of the Black Union: Building Blocks for America2008TV MovieHimself
9th Annual State of the Black Union: Breaking New Ground2008TV MovieHimself
The Night James Brown Saved Boston2008TV Movie documentaryHimself (as Dr. Cornel West)
The BET Honors2008TV MovieHimself - Honoree (as Dr. Cornel West)
MTV's 52 Bands 52 Weeks2008TV SeriesHimself
Charlie Rose1995-2007TV SeriesHimself - Guest
BET Hip-Hop Awards2007TV SpecialHimself
Parallel Paths2007TV SeriesHimself (2007)
State of the Black Union: Jamestown - Memorable Moments2007TV MovieHimself
State of the Black Union: Jamestown - The Next 400 Years2007TV MovieHimself
Street Fight2005DocumentaryHimself
36th NAACP Image Awards2005TV SpecialHimself
Black in the 80s2005TV Mini-Series documentaryHimself
The Matrix Reloaded Revisited2004Himself
Return to Source: Philosophy & 'The Matrix'2004Video documentaryHimself (as Dr. Cornel West)
The Burly Man Chronicles2004Video documentaryHimself
The Matrix Reloaded: The Exiles2004Video documentaryHimself
Hand to Hand2004Documentary shortHimself
The Matrix Recalibrated2004Video documentary shortHimself
The Matrix Reloaded: Pre-Load2003Video documentary shortHimself
American Masters2002TV Series documentaryHimself
All God's Children2001Video short documentaryHimself
ABC 2000: The Millennium1999TV Movie documentary
Motown 40: The Music Is Forever1998TV Movie documentaryHimself
Princeton: Images of a University1996DocumentaryHimself
Give a Damn Again1995Himself (commentator)
Slave Ship: The Testimony of the Henrietta Marie1995Documentary short
Stolen Moments.: Red Hot+Cool1994TV Movie documentaryHimself
Black Is... Black Ain't1994DocumentaryHimself
Firing Line1993TV SeriesHimself - For the Negative
The Cronkite Report: The Faltering Dream1993TV Movie documentaryHimself
Raymond Williams and the Legacy of His Work1989ShortHimself

Archive Footage

Democracy Now!2015TV SeriesHimself
Real Time with Bill Maher2012TV SeriesHimself
Occupy Unmasked2012DocumentaryHimself

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