Tavis Smiley Net Worth

Tavis Smiley Net Worth 2023: Wiki Biography, Married, Family, Measurements, Height, Salary, Relationships

Tavis Smiley net worth is
$10 Million

Tavis Smiley Wiki Biography

Tavis Smiley is a liberal political commentator, talk show host, entrepreneur, author, philanthropist and advocate, born on 13 September 1964, in Gulfport, Mississippi USA. He is best known for his bold stand and energetic talks on politics and race. He is also an author, having written books such as ‘What I Know For Sure: My Story of growing Up in America’ and ‘How to Make Black America Better: Leading Americans Speak Out’.

How rich is Tavis Smiley? According to sources, Smiley is estimated to have a net worth of $10 million. He has acquired most of this wealth from his career as a talk show host as well as a political commentator. Currently, he hosts ‘The Travis Smiley Show’ on Public Radio International and the late night TV show ‘Tavis Smiley’ on PBS’.


Tavis Smiley Net Worth $10 Million

Tavis Smiley is the son of a single mother Joyce Marie Roberts, who married a non-commissioned officer in the US Air Force, Emory Garnell Smiley. Tavis did not learnt about his biological father until years later. Smiley’s family moved to Bunker Hill, Indiana. They had seven children, including four of Joyce’s sister was murdered.

Tavis first became interested in politics at 13, after attending Senator Birch Bayh’s fundraiser. He studied at Maconaquah High School, which he described as “98% white”, and was a member of the debate team and the student council. In 1982, he joined Indiana University Bloomington with only a small suitcase and $50 since his parents refused to fill all the financial aid papers, but his entry fascilitated by administrators allowed him to enroll as a full-time student. During his second year, he became a member of the student senate, dormitory’s business manager, and the director of all minority affairs. Following the death of his friend Denver Smith at the hands of Indiana police officers, Tavis helped in leading protests, believing the killing was not justified, which saw him gain recognition, and he was offered an internship at Tomilea Allison’s office, the Bloomington’s mayor at that time.

Tavis then acquired an internship in LA Mayor Tom Bradley’s office,.serving there until 1990. In 1991, he campaigned for the LA City Council without success. He then became a radio commentator on KGFJ radio, broadcasting a segments called ‘The Smiley Report.’ He also co-hosted a talk show, on which he strongly aired his views on politics and especially on the impact institutional racism had on black youth in the city.

In 1996, Tavis became a main commentators on the ‘Tom Joyner Morning Show, on radio’, and starting annual town hall meetings – ‘The State of the Black Union’. He began building a reputation, appearing in many TV and radio political discussions as well as producing and hosting the ‘BET Show” until 2001. Tavis moved to National Public Radio, where he hosted ‘The Tavis Smiley Show’ until December 2004, and then launched his version of the show in April 2005 on Public Radio International, which ended in 2013. All these activities assisted the growth of his net worth.

Meantime, in March 2006, Tavis partnered Third World Press in publishing a collection of journals and essays by black professionals and scholars known as ‘The Covenant with Black America’.

In July 2013, he joined with BlogTalkRadio, a global social broadcasting network, in launching the ‘Smart Talk.Online’.

Smiley Tavis has acknowledged many times – in 1994, he was named one of the 50 most promising leaders by Time. He won NAACP Image Award for his talk and information series on ‘Tavis Smiley Show’ in 1997-1999. In 2005, he donated money to Texas Southern University, and the department of communication was named after him temporarily. In 2007, he moderated live forums for presidential candidates for both Democrats and Republicans. In December 2008, he was given the Du Bois Medal by a research institute based in Harvard University. In 2014, he was one of the people honored with a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame, To date, he has under his belt 16 honorary doctorates.

Although many sources have reported on Tavis’ net worth, most do not disclose much about his relationships, and Tavis talks little about his private life. He lives in Los Angeles and isn’t married. In the past, he has been quoted saying that he has never been married and doesn’t drink.

Full NameTavis Smiley
Net Worth$10 Million
Date Of BirthSeptember 13, 1964
Place Of BirthGulfport, Mississippi, United States
Height1.85 m
ProfessionTalk show host, Journalist, Businessperson, Entrepreneur, Advocate, Commentator, Presenter, Writer, Film Producer, Actor
EducationIndiana University Bloomington, Maconaquah High School
NationalityUnited States of America
ParentsJoyce Marie Roberts, Emory Garnell Smiley
NicknamesTavis E. Smiley
AwardsNAACP Image Award for Outstanding Literary Work, Nonfiction, NAACP Image Award – President's Award, NAACP Image Award for Outstanding Literary Work - Instructional
NominationsGoodreads Choice Awards Best Memoir & Autobiography
MoviesSinister, Stand, Barack Obama: The Power of Change, The Covenant
1Received a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame at 6270 Hollywood Boulevard in Hollywood, California on April 24, 2014.
2Attended Indiana University Bloomington.
3Distant cousin of T.D. Jakes and James Wheaton.
4Is a member of Kappa Alpha Psi Fraternity.


Stand2009/IDocumentary executive producer
State of the Black Union: Jamestown - Memorable Moments2007TV Movie executive producer
State of the Black Union: Jamestown - The Next 400 Years2007TV Movie executive producer
State of the Black Union: Jamestown - The First 400 Years2007TV Movie executive producer
All-American Presidential Forums on PBS Moderated by Tavis Smiley2007TV Movie executive producer
Tavis Smiley2004TV Series supervising producer


PoliticKING with Larry King2015TV Series
American Dreams2004TV SeriesThurgood Marshall
Any Day Now2001TV Series
The Parkers2000TV SeriesTavis Smiley


Stand2009/IDocumentary written by


P.O.V.2012TV Series documentary godfather - 1 episode
I'm Carolyn Parker2011Documentary godfather




Sinister2012/Ithe filmmakers wish to extend their personal thanks for their contributions and support to the making of this movie


The Daily Show2014-2016TV SeriesHimself
PoliticKING with Larry King2016TV SeriesHimself - guest
The Wendy Williams Show2011-2016TV SeriesHimself
Democracy Now!2005-2016TV SeriesHimself
This Week2012-2016TV SeriesHimself - Powerhouse Roundtable Panelist / Himself - Roundtable Panelist / Himself - Roundtable Panalist
Face the Nation2012-2015TV SeriesHimself / Himself - Panelist / Himself - PBS
Entertainment Tonight2015TV SeriesHimself
In Depth2015TV SeriesHimself - Interviewee
Nathan East: For the Record2014DocumentaryHimself (as Travis Smiley)
Dancing with the Stars2014TV SeriesHimself - Contestant
Good Morning America2014TV SeriesHimself - Guest
Hannity2013TV SeriesHimself
Piers Morgan Tonight2011-2013TV SeriesHimself
Keep the Promise: The Global Fight Against AIDS2013Documentary short
Tavis Smiley Reports: Education Under Arrest2013TV MovieHimself - Host
The Tonight Show with Jay Leno2007-2012TV SeriesHimself
Larry King Now2012TV SeriesHimself - Guest
Today2012TV SeriesHimself
Soulacoaster: R Kelly Interview with Tavis Smiley2012TV MovieHimself
The High Bar2012TV SeriesHimself - Guest
The O'Reilly Factor2012TV SeriesHimself
Last Call with Carson Daly2012TV SeriesHimself - Guest
Fox and Friends2012TV SeriesHimself
The Colbert Report2012TV SeriesHimself - Guest / Co-Author, The Rich and the Rest of Us
Real Time with Bill Maher2004-2012TV SeriesHimself
Urban Style2007-2011TV Series documentaryHimself - Guest
Meet the Press2008-2011TV SeriesHimself - Author, 'Fail Up' / Himself
Tavis Smiley Reports: Too Important to Fail2011TV MovieHimself - Host
Fear of a Black Republican2011DocumentaryHimself - Interviewee
Tavis Smiley Reports2010TV MovieHimself
Redemption of the Welfare Queen2009DocumentaryHimself (voice)
Still Bill2009DocumentaryHimself
PBS Special Report: Health Care Reform2009TV MovieHimself
Larry King Live2008-2009TV SeriesHimself / Himself - Guest Host
Barack Obama: The Power of Change2008Video documentaryHimself
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 Boondocks2008TV SeriesHimself
Tavis Smiley Presents: The Road to Health - Obesity & Our Children, Part 12007TV SpecialHimself - Host
The Game2007TV SeriesHimself
Charlie Rose2007TV SeriesHimself - Guest
Everybody Hates Chris2007TV SeriesHimself
Jimmy Carter Man from Plains2007DocumentaryHimself
State of the Black Union: Jamestown - Memorable Moments2007TV MovieHimself
State of the Black Union: Jamestown - The Next 400 Years2007TV MovieHimself
State of the Black Union: Jamestown - The First 400 Years2007TV MovieHimself
All-American Presidential Forums on PBS Moderated by Tavis Smiley2007TV MovieHimself
Tavis Smiley Presents: The Road to Health - Obesity & Our Children, Part 22007TV SpecialHimself - Host
Hardball with Chris Matthews2006TV SeriesHimself
Live from Lincoln Center2005TV SeriesPBS Host
Letter to the President2005Video documentaryHimself
36th NAACP Image Awards2005TV SpecialHimself
The Late Late Show with Craig Kilborn2004TV SeriesHimself
Jeopardy!2004TV SeriesHimself - Guest Contestant
One Special Moment2001TV MovieHimself
31st NAACP Image Awards2000TV SpecialHimself
30th NAACP Image Awards1999TV SpecialHimself
For Your Love1999TV SeriesHimself
BET Tonight with Ed Gordon1998TV SeriesHost (1998-2001)
The Roseanne Show1998TV SeriesHimself
The LightDocumentary filmingHimself
Tavis Smiley2004-2016TV SeriesHimself - Host / Himself -Host
Extra2016TV SeriesHimself
Conan2016TV SeriesHimself - Guest

Archive Footage

Have I Got News for You2016TV SeriesHimself
Katt Williams: 9 Lives2010Video documentaryHimself
The O'Reilly Factor2008TV SeriesHimself
60 Minutes2000TV Series documentaryHimself - Commentator (segment "Tom Joyner")

Won Awards

2014Star on the Walk of FameWalk of FameTelevisionOn April 24, 2014. At 6270 Hollywood Blvd.
2000President's AwardImage Awards

Known for movies

IMDB Wikipedia

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