How Much Is Taraji P. Henson Worth?

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Taraji P. Henson became a household name when she starred as Cookie on “Empire,” which ran from 2015 to 2020. Between the popular series and her numerous notable big-screen roles, Henson has accumulated a net worth of $25 million, according to Celebrity Net Worth.

Here’s a quick look at Henson’s stats:

  •  Net worth: $25 million
  •  Date of birth: Sept. 11, 1970
  •  Primary source of wealth: Television and movies
  •  Career highlights: Won a Golden Globe in 2016 for best television actress – drama series for “Empire”

Taraji P. Henson’s Career

After starring in mostly television roles, Henson got her big break in 2001 when she starred opposite Tyrese in the film “Baby Boy.” Her career got another big boost when she starred in 2005’s “Hustle & Flow,” though she said that the big paychecks didn’t start coming in immediately after.

“I think the industry knew I was talented. But it’s about money. Are you bankable?” she said in a 2019 interview with Variety. “I had to continuously prove that.”

In 2008, Henson starred opposite Brad Pitt in “The Curious Case of Benjamin Button” — a role that earned her an Oscar nomination — but she only earned $150,000 for the part, she told Variety.

It was “Empire” that finally allowed Henson to start earning the big paychecks that she deserved, she said in a separate Variety interview. The show not only made her more “bankable,” but also earned her plenty of acclaim, culminating with a Golden Globe award in 2016.

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Taraji P. Henson’s Hair Care Line

In January 2020, Henson launched her own hair care line, TPH by Taraji. The “scalp-first” line of products is available to shop at Target, with prices ranging from $9.99 to $14.99. The line’s Master Cleanse scalp wash received an Allure Best of Beauty Award in 2020.

Taraji P. Henson’s Real Estate

Outside of her paychecks from her acting roles and product line, Henson has added to her wealth as a savvy real estate investor. In 2018, she sold an income property in California’s Hollywood Hills for $2.35 million that she purchased in 2010 for $1.695 million, the Los Angeles Times reported.

Henson currently owns a two-bed, two-bath home in Glendale, California, another property in the Hollywood Hills and a condo in Chicago, Trulia reported.

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