Dennis McKinley is a reality television personality and successful businessman who gained fame after appearing on The Real Housewives of Atlanta as the partner of American television personality Porsha Williams.
He was born on July 25, 1980, in the USA.
McKinley studied economics at the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor, Michigan.
After college, he has worked for McK3.
Dennis served as HooplaSouth’s Chief Content Officer between August 2007 and May 2012.
In January 2018, Dennis joined Detroit Equities as its CEO. According to their description:
”We look for entrepreneurs with great ideas/who are in idea phase/early stage growth & in industries with heavy competition that can be disrupted simply.”
Real Housewives of Atlanta
The Real Housewives of Atlanta is a reality TV series which premiered on October 7, 2008 on Bravo.
The current cast consists of:
- Eva Marcille (since season 11);
- Shamari DeVoe (since season 11);
- Porsha Williams (seasons 5–6, 8–present);
- Kenya Moore (seasons 5–10, 12–present);
- Cynthia Bailey (since season 3);
- Kandi Burruss (since season 2);
- NeNe Leakes (seasons 1–7, 10–present).
McKinley appeared on season 11 of Real Housewives of Atlanta alongside his fiancé Porsha Williams. Season 11 premiered on November 4, 2018.
Dennis and Porsha Williams have known each other for a few years, however, the two only started dating in 2018.
The couple got engaged in October of 2018.
Note – Porsha Williams is an American TV personality, actress, and model, who grew up in a highly influential family.
In 2017, she finished 8th on The New Celebrity Apprentice. In 2013, Porsha appeared in the second season of nightly syndicated television program Dish Nation. Since 2012, Williams has starred in the television series The Real Housewives of Atlanta.
She is the granddaughter of famed civil rights leader, Hosea Williams.
In May 2011, Williams got married to former NFL player Kordell Stewart. They divorced in 2013.
In May 2019, there were some rumors that Dennis and Porsha may break up. According to reports, Williams called the relationship off due to Dennis’ cheating habits.
Additionally, the break-up speculation arose after Williams unfollowed McKinley on Instagram.
During an interview, Dennis said:
“These false and slanderous allegations against me are made solely to damage my reputation, jeopardize my ongoing businesses, and negatively impact my family.”
The couple separated in June 2019.
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.. 🌸We were SO excited for the final episode of #PorshasHavingABaby with Guest Appearances by 𝑌𝑜𝑢𝑟𝑠 𝑇𝑟𝑢𝑙𝑦… .. 🌸Initially, @porsha4real invited us to her home to make space + ORGANIZE @workwincelebrate clothes in the master closet before @pilarjhena dropped! .. 🌸After falling in love with how professional + efficient We were at getting the closet done, They hires us to organized their 𝐸𝑁𝑇𝐼𝑅𝐸 home! .. 🌸Stay Tuned for pics of our favorite spaces! . . . . #follow #cleanoutasap #porshawilliams #porshashavingababy #professionalorganizers #DennisMcKinley #rhoa #bravo #bravotv #homeorganizers #luxurylifestyle #travel #dmv #Atlanta #Georgia #LosAngeles #California #merginghomes #fiances #Sasha #Samantha #mothersday #happymothersday #pilarjhena
Several days before their breakup, Porsha was photographed vacationing in Miami with her daughter.
But, the tables have turned, and in August 2019, Dennis and Williams got back together and gave their relationship a second chance.
Moreover, their wedding was postponed.
During an episode of Real Housewives of Atlanta: Porsha’s Having a Baby, she explained that she and Dennis decided to postpone their wedding due to her pregnancy.
During an interview, Porsha said:
“We put that on hold. I’m pregnant so I don’t want to deal with nothing that has to do with stress. I originally wanted to get married before I had baby PJ.”
Williams went on to say:
”But Dennis and I haven’t really gotten into the nitty gritty of the prenup. Now I don’t think it’s the time. We should be concentrating on PJ.”
Porsha also told Dennis’ mother, Mama Gina:
“I didn’t postpone a wedding ‘cause I’m unsure. I postponed the wedding because I’m pregnant.”
Apparently, the couple will be getting married on New Year’s Eve.
According to sources:
“They are so excited to get married on New Year’s Eve and they are very open to having it televised.”
The source also said:
”But so far, Porsha is keeping very tight-lipped on it all, she wants it to be a surprise.”
McKinley proposed with a 13-carat ring. The ring took about two weeks to make and cost him around 6 figures.
The jeweler behind Williams’ ring, Richie Rich, said:
”I showed her fiancé a few rings and we took a bit of something from each ring and we created this masterpiece.”
The couple has a daughter named Pilar Jhena, who was born on March 22, 2019. Dennis and Porsha waited a few weeks before unveiling their daughter’s face to the world.
After Porsha found out that she was pregnant, she declared:
“The thought of me getting that blessing after praying for it for so long and getting that blessing with someone who is just as excited as me – it’s Dennis’ first child, just like me – and it’s something we’ve both always wanted.”
During another interview, she said:
“When I found out I was pregnant, I was excited, but I had mixed feelings.”
Williams later added:
“Just the fear of ‘Is the baby going to be okay? Will I make it full term?’ All those questions you ask if you’ve had a miscarriage before.”
The couple documented their pregnancy and relationship struggles on a spin-off reality series – Porsha’s Having a Baby.
After the couple went back together, they may try for a second child.
During the August 15 episode of Dish Nation, Porsha told Dennis:
“I always said, if you’re married, go ahead.”
”Be fruitful. That’s what supposed to do. Have as many kids – and multiply – have as many kids y’all want, that you can afford.”
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Love is (back) in the air! It has been heard that @porsha4real and former fiance @workwincelebrate are back together! We are so happy that Pilar's parents are back together and we cannot wait to see this all go down on the newest season of #RHOA!⠀ ⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ #atlanta #portiawilliams #dennismckinley #neneleakes #kenyamoore #shereewhitfield #evamarcille #kimzolciak #bravotv #bravo #andycohen
“I’d like to work on [baby] No. 2 later. We’re going right back in.”
Prior to appearing on Real Housewives of Atlanta, McKinley worked as an entrepreneur.
In July 2019, Dennis claims that he was humiliated by a police officer who accused him of stealing a $4 sandwich.
He wrote on his Instagram account:
”I went to see my doctor for a routine dr visit at @emoryhealthcareEmory hospital.”
McKinley also wrote:
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Yesterday I was accosted by a super aggressive Emory police officer #BethWalsh badge #215 who racially profiled me and falsely accused me of stealing a $4 sandwich. I had a receipt which could have easily ended her inquiry. There was a cashier that could have easily verified that I paid for everything I had. There were a number of easy resolutions that could have deescalated the unnecessary racial profiling and my detention by this officer. Instead, this Emory police officer chose to abuse her power. She chose aggression over common sense. She put her hands on her weapon, she put her hands on me, she publicly humiliated me, falsely and wrongfully accused me of stealing a sandwich and placed me in handcuffs so tight that she caused injuries to both of my wrists. I was profiled. She was wrong. No apology. Just more vitriol – she blamed me for the entire situation. It was disgusting. I could have been the next hashtag because she was that aggressive. I went to see my doctor for a routine dr visit at @emoryhealthcare Emory hospital. Stopped to grab a sandwich. And this is what happened. It happens to us everywhere, at any time, for any reason. I can’t let this go. This is not ok. I’ve retained counsel @miketsterling and @dreyer_sterling_llc. Now, we can add going to the doctor or buying a sandwhich while black to the list of things we cannot do. @emoryuniversity @emoryhealthcare @emorypolice #goingtothedoctorwhileblack #buyingasandwhichwhileblack #racialprofiling #sallysandwich
”Stopped to grab a sandwich. And this is what happened. It happens to us everywhere, at any time, for any reason. I can’t let this go. This is not ok.”
Dennis McKinley – Net Worth
McKinley earns most of his wealth from working as the CEO of Detroit Equities. In addition, Dennis earns some money (and exposure) from appearing in Real Housewives of Atlanta and Real Housewives of Atlanta: Porsha’s Having a Baby.
Additionally, Dennis has an Instagram account (with over 146,000 followers) on which he publishes paid posts. Therefore, Dennis McKinley has an estimated net worth of $5.2 million.
References https://people.com/tv/rhoa-porsha-williams-engaged/ https://hollywoodlife.com/2019/08/15/porsha-williams-second-baby-dennis-mckinley-back-together https://www.msn.com/en-us/tv/celebrity/porsha-williams-is-back-together-with-fiance-dennis-mckinley/ https://www.bravotv.com/the-real-housewives-of-atlanta/lookbook/porsha-williams-dennis-mckinley