Donda West Wiki, Net Worth, Nationality, Husband, Marriage, Career

Donda West

Dr. Donda West was a well-known American professor, entrepreneur, and media personality. She is in the spotlight because her son, Kanye West, has announced that he will name his tenth album after his mother.

The album’s title is also based on his mother’s name, ‘Donda.’ Kanye West’s fans are very excited to hear his next album. Kanye West recently announced that the second ‘Donda’ listening event would occur a day before the album’s release.

Donda had undergone several fat removal surgeries to look good. She started feeling pain in her chest a day after the surgeries and was declared dead when she arrived at the hospital. According to reports, she also had coronary artery disease.

Quick Facts

Full Real NameDonda West.
Date of Birth12 July 1949.
Date of Death10 November 2007.
Date of Burial20 November 2007.
Place of BirthOklahoma City, Oklahoma, United States.
Place of DeathMarina del Rey, California, United States.
Cause of DeathPost-surgery complications and Coronary Artery disease.
ProfessionEnglish Professor.
Net worthUSD 2-3 Million (approx.).
EducationBA in English.
MA in English.
Doctorate in English.
School/CollegeVirginia Union University.
Atlanta University, Georgia.
Auburn University, Alabama.
Eye ColorDark Brown.
Height (approx.)In Feet Inches: 5′ 6″
Weight (approx.)In Kilograms: 58-63 kg
Hair ColorBlack.
Hair LengthMedium.
Zodiac SignCancer.

Donda West Biography

Donda West was born on July 12, 1949, in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, USA. Let me tell you that Donda was born under the sign of Cancer. She completed her high school education at a local school.

She enrolled at Virginia Union University to finish her Bachelor’s degree in English. Later, she enrolled at Atlanta University in Georgia to pursue her MA in English. West also holds a Doctorate in English from Auburn University in Alabama.

Donda has never revealed anything about her family. According to reports, her father owned a small business in the United States, and her mother prepared meals for the family. She adored her parents. West was raised in the Christian faith and is of mixed ancestry.

Donda West
Donda West (Source: Pinterest)


Donda West was passionate about teaching students and raising awareness. She began teaching English at Clark Atlanta University after completing her Doctorate degree. Let me tell you that she was the chairperson of Chicago State University’s English department.

Donda later relocated to Nanjing, China, with her son Kanye West. As a Fulbright Scholar, she joined Nanjing University and taught English to students. West also encouraged her son to pursue a career in music and assisted him financially.

Donda West Net Worth

How much is Donda West’s net worth? Kanye West’s mother was making a good living as a teacher. Throughout her career, she has attended numerous institutions and universities. Donda West’s teaching salary would be in the range of USD 25-30k (approx.).

West’s net worth was estimated to be between USD 2 and 3 million. On the other hand, the net worth of her son, Kanye West, is estimated to be between $20 and $25 million USD.

Donda West Husband & Marriage

Ray West and Donda West dated for several months before their wedding. The wedding date has not been announced by the couple. Ray West is a well-known American actor and photojournalist. He has appeared in a number of music videos, including For You Music Video, Kanye West: Follow God and others.

Let me also mention that he owns a café and the Good Water Store in Maryland. Ray and Donda divorced in 1980, according to the sources. On June 8, 1977, the couple gave birth to a son named Kanye West. Kanye was only three years old when Donda and Ray divorced.

Kanye West is an internationally renowned American musician, entrepreneur, artist, rapper, and singer. Throughout his lengthy rap career, he has released a number of singles and albums. In 2004, he released his first album under the moniker ‘The College Dropout.’

He is also the founder and owner of the ‘GOOD Music’ record label. Following his parent’s divorce, he lived with his mother. Aside from that, he has received numerous awards, including 22 Grammys, the Billboard Artist Achievement Award, the 500 Greatest Albums of All Time, Brit Awards, and many more.


  • ‘Donda’s Rules’ is a book based on Donda West’s life. Garrard McClendon is the editor.
  • She has always encouraged her son to pursue his dreams.
  • West has attended a number of events and functions with her son Kanye West.
  • She also attended the ceremony where Kanye received his Grammy Awards.
  • She does not have a presence on any social media platforms.
  • She published a book titled ‘Raising Kanye: Life Lessons from the Mother of a Hip-Hop Superstar’ in May 2007.
  • Donda was also passionate about music and singing.