Cornel West
Cornel West
Celebrated Name: Cornel West
Real Name/Full Name: Cornel Ronald West
Gender: Male
Age: 71 years old
Birth Date: 2 June 1953
Birth Place: Tulsa, Oklahoma, United States of America
Nationality: American
Height: 1.88 m
Weight: 75 kg
Sexual Orientation: Straight
Marital Status: Married
Wife/Spouse (Name): Annahita Mahdavi (m. 2021), Leslie Kotkin (m. 2015–2018), Ramona Santiago (m. 1981–1986)
Children/Kids (Son and Daughter): Yes (Clifton West, Dilan Zeytun West)
Dating/Girlfriend (Name): N/A
Is Cornel West Gay?: No
Profession: Philosopher, political activist, social critic, actor
Salary: $32,000/ month
Net Worth in 2024: $600 thousand
Last Updated: July 2024

Cornel West is a philosopher, author, social critic, political activist & actor. He hails from Oklahoma, United States of America. He works in different social fields like gender, race, class in society. As an author, he has penned quite a lot of critically acclaimed books, like Democracy Matters (published in the year 2004) Race Matters (published in the year 1994), among others. He is seen as a cultural icon of the country.

Maybe you know about Cornel West very well But do you know how old and tall is he and what is his net worth in 2024? If you do not know, We have prepared this article about details of Cornel West’s short biography-wiki, career, professional life, personal life, wife, girlfriend, dating, divorce, kids, today’s net worth, age, height, weight, and more facts. Well, if you’re ready, let’s start.

Early Life & Biography

He was born Cornel Ronald West on 2nd June in the year 1953. He took birth in a place called Tulsa in Oklahoma in the United States. His father’s name was Clifton Louis West Jr., and he used to work with the Department of Defense as a general contractor. His mother was an elementary school teacher and later on went to become the principal. Her name was Irene.

In the year 1970, he completed his schooling and went to the prestigious Harvard University for further studies. From there, he graduated magna cum laude in Near Eastern languages and civilization.

After this, he got into another prestigious institution called Princeton University to complete his Ph.D. degree. In the year 1980, he earned a Ph.D. degree in philosophy, and by this, he created history by becoming the first African-American to get a Ph.D. degree from the institution.

Age, Height, Weight and Body Measurements

Being born on 2 June 1953, Cornel West is 71 years old as of today’s date 18th July 2024. His height is 1.88 m tall, and weight is 75 kg.

Personal Life: wife, girlfriend, dating, divorce, kids

Cornel West has to date married five times. He first married Hilda Holloman in 1977, with whom he later got divorced. He then married Ramona Santiago 1981-86. After this, he married Elleni Gebre Amlak in the year 1992, and then, later on, they got separated.

Then he married Leslie Kotkin (2016-18). And recently, in the year 2021, he married Annahita Mahdavi. From his first wife, he has one son named Clifton and one daughter with his fourth wife named Dilan Zeytun West, born in the year 2000.

He likes to live his life in a very private and closed manner. His mother and brother, his business manager, and publicist are some of the people who are close to him.


In the year 1994, Harvard University decided to appoint West as a professor of African-American studies at the University. Along with this, he was also appointed at the Harvard Divinity School, and in the year 1998, he became the first Alphonse Fletcher University Professor at Harvard.

In the year 2002, he returned to Princeton. In Princeton, he helps to build a world-class center for African-American studies. In the year 2012, he again joined the Union Theological Seminary but is still associated with Princeton as Professor Emeritus. In the year 2016, Harvard announced that he was going to return to the University.

Apart from the scholarly work, he has also worked in movies and shows. One of his major acting work was when he played the role of Councillor West in the famous Matrix movie franchise. He has published many of his literary works, including Race Matters, published in 1993 and deals with different social science topics.

Awards & Achievements

Cornel West, in all of his work, has achieved success. He has earned many achievements and received many awards. He won the Lannan Cultural Freedom Prize Award in the year 2005. He was bestowed upon the Fields Memorial Award for Social Justice by Princeton University in 2010.

He has also received American Book Award. These were some of the awards which he has received in his illustrious career. Apart from this, he has also been given multiple honorary degrees.

Net Worth & Salary of Cornel West in 2024

Cornel West Net Worth
Cornel West Net Worth

Cornel West has been involved in different spheres of work, and he has worked as an author and also as an actor. All of these works contribute to his wealth. Also, while looking at his net worth, we have to remember his 35+ years of working career, and all of his net worth has been accumulated throughout his career. As of July 2024, he earns somewhere around $32,000 per month, and to date, his total net worth is estimated to be somewhere around $600 thousand.

With the means of this article, we have tried to give you some knowledge regarding the life and work of Cornel West. Cornel Ronald West is one of the most successful actors and political activists in the country. He is mainly known for his publications such as Race Matters and Democracy Matters.


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