Iyanla Vanzant is an American inspirational speaker, lawyer, New Thought spiritual teacher, author, life coach, and television personality. Iyanla is currently hosting Oprah’s Life class and Fix My Life which broadcast from Oprah Winfrey Network.
Iyanla Vanzant's early life and education
Iyanla Vanzant was born as Rhonda Eva Harris on September 13, 1953, in the back of a taxi in Brooklyn, New York. Her mother is Sarah Jefferson, a railroad car maid, and father Horace Harris, a petty criminal, who was largely absent from her life.
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She attended Medgar Evers College and Virginia Union University. Vanzant holds a Juris Doctor degree from the City University of New York School of Law.
Iyanla Vanzant's career
Iyanla Vanzant is mostly famed for her inspirational stories and books. Vanzant has published several books such as Interiors, The spirit of a man, Peace from Broken Pieces, Acts of Faith, Yesterday I Cried, etc. which named as one of the 100 most influential Black Americans and 100 most spiritually influential living people.
She also made her appearances on Oprah Prime, Anderson Live, The Oprah Winfrey Show, and also hosted TV series Lyanla, Starting over as life Coach.
She is also an honorary member of Alpha Kappa Alpha sorority.
Iyanla Vanzant's personal life
Moving towards his personal life, Vanzant has been through ups and downs many times since her childhood. At the age of 2, her mother died in 1955 due to breast cancer.
Then she was raised by her paternal parents, though one of them raped her at the age of 9.
Lyanla got married three times in her life. She was married to Kirk in her teenage but divorced later. She again married Charles Vanzant in 1973 and gave birth to another child but divorced in 1979.
Later she got married to Adeyemi Bandele in 1997. She has 3 children: Nisa (born in 1974), Damon (born in 1970) and Gemmia (born in 1972). Though the couple later divorced in 2007. Her daughter Gemmia, died from a rare form of colon cancer on Christmas Day in 2003.
Iyanla Vanzant's net worth
Lyanla Vanzant earns a huge amount of money from her career by appearing in the different TV show and as an author. The big chunk of her income comes from her acting career.
Moreover, her net worth as of 2018 is estimated to be around $400,000.
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