Raven Symone is one relentless young entrepreneur. She’s not a billionaire but many people think so. She’s been making big business career moves since we first saw her in the 1980’s hit family comedy “The Cosby Show”. If someone had told me in 1986 that little Olivia from The Cosby Show would command her own entertainment and business empire one day, I probably wouldn’t believed it, but to credit, she had a lot of talent and a pair of positive and supportive parents to help guide her career. Raven is best known however for her starring role in the Disney Channel comedy series, That’s So Raven, which earned her $35,000 per episode.
She’s accomplished quite a lot since her former child actor days. Her net worth last reported in 2009 in Forbes magazine is between $40-$45 million as opposed to $400 million that other publications erroneously reported. In fact people have this raven Symone billionaire myth now because of this misinformation. The Raven Symone millionaire machine is more like it. Raven’s merchandising empire through partnerships with Disney and other companies is what is worth an estimated $400 million. She owns a percentage of that $400 million.
She recently released her fourth self-titled solo album, “Raven-Symoné” on the Hollywood Records label. Her earnings in 2010 from sales of all combined albums is estimated at about $6 million.
Raven-Symoné starred on four Disney Channel Orginal Movies: “Zenon,” “Zenon: Z3,” “The Cheetah Girls” and “The Cheetah Girls 2.” She also voice the role of ‘Monique’ on Disney Channel’s animated action/comedy “Kim Possible.”
Not to be categorized simply as an entertainer, Raven expanded her entrepreneurial endeavors to the internet and created RavenSymonePresents.com, a how-to website for teens and tweens. Site users can search through uploaded social media content through a video player and pre-defined playlists. Each playlist content feature Raven-Symoné giving helpful tips and project ideas for her fans and supporters.
Raven Symone is also involved with Girls Incorporated, a national nonprofit youth organization dedicated to inspiring all girls to be strong, smart, and bold by providing vital educational programs to millions of American girls, particularly those in high-risk, under served areas.
Update 2011-2012: Oddly enough Raven moved on to extend her television reign with the Disney family in the ABC series Georgia State of Mind. Unfortunately her midas touch from That’s So Raven didn’t cross over to the new series which got cancelled after one season and low ratings. However that small blip in her career isn’t quelling her killer celebrity entrepreneur spirit. Most recent news confirmed that Raven’s set to replace Patina Miller in the leading role of Sister Act on Broadway. If this is a success, we’ll no doubt see a significant boost in her net worth.