Shaunie O’Neal has made a name for herself as the executive producer and cast member of Basketball Wives.
Shaq O’Neal’s ex-wife refused to be defined by her late husband’s celebrity status or a well-known surname.
Despite their falling out, Shaunie went on to develop her own multimillion-dollar business.
Shaunie is the creator and executive producer of VH1’s mega-hit Basketball Wives franchise and Shaunie’s Home Court. She is a mother of five children, a real estate mogul, and the creator and executive producer of VH1’s mega-hit Basketball Wives franchise and Shaunie’s Home Court.
She has been successful in all of her endeavors, and as of 2020, she has a net worth of $35 million.
We’ve got you covered if you’re curious about these enterprises or how the diva gets her money.
Business of Reality Television
Shaunie has a long history in the entertainment industry. She’s done it all, from working as an entertainment reporter to becoming a reality television star.
She executive produced and appeared in the reality show The Love Shaq in 2009.
Before joining VH1’s reality show Basketball Wives, the socialite worked as a film marketing for FOX Entertainment. From 2010 until 2013, Shaunie served as the show’s executive producer, and she also appeared in the main cast as one of the original Basketball Wives.
Shaunie has appeared in every season of the show, which follows professional basketball players’ spouses, ex-wives, and girlfriends.
The new season of the reality TV show started on VH1 on February 9, 2021, with Evelyn Lozada, Malaysia Pargo, Jackie Christie, and Jennifer Williams among the cast members.
She’s also appeared on The Wendy Williams Show, Hell’s Kitchen, The Real, and the Dumb It Down documentary from 2014.
Shaunie’s idea, which led to the formation of the Basketball Wives franchise, has also helped establish spin-offs and start the careers of other reality TV stars, according to her official website.
Currently, the 46-year-old entrepreneur is concentrating on generating scripted television shows.
One of the main characters in the TV show Shaunie’s Home Court is the boss woman. She’s also an executive producer on Basketball Wives LA and Baller Wives, two spin-off shows.
Aside from that, in 2017, she made her debut in the realm of real estate investment, putting her in a position to teach women how to diversify their income sources.
After seven years of marriage, Shaunie and Shaq called it quits
In December 2002, the pair married at the Beverly Hills Hotel. Shareef, Amirah, Shaqir, and Me’arah are their four children. She also has a son, Myles, from a prior relationship with whom she shares custody.
After five years of marriage, they divorced. They reconciled soon after, but it was just for a short time. In 2009, the O’Neal pair split, citing “irreconcilable differences.”
Shaq’s numerous affairs during their marriage eventually led to their divorce.
Shaunie smashed Shaq’s car in a fit of rage after finding he was cheating on her, according to Madame Noire stories from 2018. During an episode of Basketball Wives, she also mentioned the incident.
“Our Blackberries were exchanged,” she explained, “and I went to my baby’s school play and was like, ‘Damn, my phone is going off a lot.'” Just chick after girl, like, ‘Baby, what you did last night,’ and so on. And when I got into the arena and into the garage, I not only flattened tires and smashed a few windows, but I also scribbled on the hood of his car, ‘I cheat on my wife.’ With a knife, I ain’t [expletive].”
Shaq allegedly paid $10,000 in alimony and $10,000 in child support to his ex-girlfriend Shaunie on a monthly basis.
He had a prenuptial agreement in place, which safeguarded the majority of his assets, but he also had a private settlement with Shaunie, which increased her total net worth.