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What is Wayne Brady’s net worth? Who is Wayne Brady’s ex-wife?


Wayne Brady is an American television personality and actor who won an Emmy award for his talk show ”The Wayne Brady Show.” 


He was born on June 2, 1972, in Columbus, Georgia, USA, as Wayne Alphonso Brady.

Brady was raised by his grandmother and aunt. ”My grandmother IS my mother, she’s everything to me,” Wayne said in an interview.

Wayne started acting in high school to overcome his heavy stuttering. ”It was bad enough to where I really did not want to talk to too many people, because I would get so worked up,” Brady told The Stuttering Foundation.

In 1989, he graduated from Dr. Phillips High School.

In 1991, Brady and Jonathan Magnum formed an improv group called the Houseful of Honkeys.

From 1996 to 1999, he was a recurring contestant on the sketch comedy competition ”Kwik Witz.”

In 1998, Brady appeared in 3 episodes of the improvisational comedy television show Whose Line Is It Anyway? along with Clive Anderson, Colin Mochrie, and Ryan Stiles.

In 2000, Wayne appeared in the animated series Batman Beyond.

In 2001, Brady started his own talk show, The Wayne Brady Show. It was canceled in March 2002.

Also in 2002, he became the first African-American host in the Miss America pageant.

Wayne Brady Net Worth


In November 2002, he underwent surgery to fix his right knee.

In 2003, Wayne won a Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Individual Performance in a Variety or Music Program.

In 2005, he appeared in one episode of Stargate SG-1 as Trelak.

In 2006, Brady hosted 6 episodes of the reality television show Celebrity Duets. In the same year, he performed in 6 episodes of Girlfriends, a sitcom television series aired on UPN.

He became an official supporter of Ronald McDonald House Charities in 2007.

On September 16, 2008, Wayne released his first album, titled – ”A Long Time Coming.” The album peaked at #2 on US Heatseekers Albums. Later that year, Wayne received a Grammy Award nomination for Best Traditional R&B Vocal Performance for his single ”A Change Is Gonna Come.”

Starting in 2009, Brady serves as the host of the television game show Let’s Make a Deal.

On April 19, 2011, Brady released his 2nd album, called – ”Radio Wayne.”

In 2013, Wayne bought a condominium for $1.75 million in Pacific Palisades, LA.

how much is wayne brady worth

Kandi Burruss and Wayne Brady pose at The Tony After Party hosted by Rick Miramontez & John Gore – @Getty

In 2014, Brady earned another Emmy for Outstanding Original Song for the song 30,000 Reasons to Love Me.

In November 2014, Wayne admitted he has battled with depression for years. ”Having a bad day is one thing, having a bad week is another, having a bad life,” he explains. Wayne added: ”You don’t want to move, you can’t move in the darkness.”

From 2014 to 2015, he appeared in 6 episodes of The Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson.

In 2015, he bought a modern residence in the mountains between Bel-Air and Sherman Oaks, California for $2.5 million. 

From 2013 to 2016, Wayne starred in 9 episodes of Real Husbands of Hollywood.

From 2018 to 2019, Brady portrayed Dr. Reese Buckingham in 41 episodes of the TV series ”The Bold and the Beautiful.”


On December 31, 1993, Brady married musician, Diana Lasso.

The two divorced on September 21, 1995, reportedly due to the tight schedule of Wayne.

On April 3, 1999, Wayne Brady married Mandie Taketa, an American actress and entrepreneur who founded Everything Did Productions.

Her father is the treasurer of the Hawaii Carpenters Union.

Wayne Brady and his wife Mandie Taketa

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Brady first met Taketa while performing together in a show in Hawaii.

They divorced on April 14, 2008. Taketa was the one who filed the papers in 2007, citing irreconcilable differences.

Wayne credited Taketa with helping him through his battle with depression.

”She was with me when no one else in the world was with me, except my mom,” Brady said at the time. He continued: ”There was loyalty, there was trust, she is my baby mama.”

In January 2020, it was announced that Wayne and Taketa will create a new comedy competition series, “Wayne Brady’s Comedy I,” on BYUtv.

He said in April 2020 about his ex-wife: ”I love my ex-wife, she’s my best friend.”

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Mandie gave birth to their first child, daughter Maile Masako Brady (pronounced “my-lee”) on February 3, 2003.

Wayne Brady with his ex-wife and daughter

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”She’s named Maile, which is the name of the most beautiful-smelling plant ever,” Brady says.


Brady is 5′ 11″ (1.8 m) tall.

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”Words have power.”

”When you win something, that kind of helps you sleep well at night.”

”I like to be left alone when I’m not working.”

”Cancelled isn’t a bad word because it happens every day.”

what is wayne brady's net worth

Wayne Brady and Maile Masako Brady attend 76th Annual Tony Awards – Arrivals – @Getty

Wayne Brady – Net Worth

So, how much is Wayne Brady worth?

Brady earned most of his wealth from selling copies of his albums (Radio Wayne and A Long Time Coming), performing in over 91 movies and TV series (such as Black Lightning, American Gigolo, and The Loud House), and producing The Wayne Brady Show.

He’s also served as the producer of Game of Talents and The Brandon T. Jackson Show.

In 2015, Wayne bought a property in Sherman Oaks for $2.5 million.

Therefore, Wayne Brady has an estimated net worth of $15 million.

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what's wayne brady's net worth

Witney Carson and Wayne Brady perform onstage during the 2022 American Music Awards – @Getty

Is Wayne Brady married?

No, but Brady was married twice — Mandie Taketa and Diana Lasso.

How much is Wayne Brady worth?

Wayne Brady has a net worth of $15 million.

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Harolyn T Richberg

Saturday 10th of October 2020

Mr. Brady I watch you everyday on Lets Make A Deal after coming home ill then disabled. My mother use to watch you also until passing after retirement. She would watch you talk show and call me at work. I would get so tickled at her after 36 years of raising her children. I watch a lot of your other shows favorite (Black Lightening) And you killed Little Richard which I was a fan also. How about Jackie Wilson next he has a variety of songs that fit for you. And it looks like he has been forgottten. The last thing I want to get in this e mail is the family respect for Mandie and Mailee . I never married enjoyed life by travelilng and working in missionary camps. I just couldnt find a right fit so I was able to take care of my pappa when he became ill and passed after 59 years of life. My favorite was when I used to shave him and get his beard with the points showing. But back to you family my mother used to tell me if I ever got married the key would be In-Love and your husband becomes you best-friend. So Mandie is very lucky woman. I read your article a while back about christianity nailed it . When we talk about BULLIES due to a mixture of religion in my family spiritual hebrews, beta Israel-ethopian reform jews I used to hav't to fight my way home numerous times. If it wasnt the religion issues it the the hair. Wack it of as they would say. Family background is great great grand pay coming from madagascar getting off the boat into alabama into florida seminole indian, my moms people martinique canada so you could see back in the 60's it could be rough at times. So I'll be watching the show Monday so I can hear you say I love you momma . I smile and think about my mother.................Thanks Harolyn Ta'mar Richberg