Awkwafina Net Worth

How much is Awkwafina worth?

Net Worth:$5 Million
Profession:Professional Actress
Date of Birth:June 2, 1988
Country:United States of America
1.55 m

About Awkwafina

Awkwafina is the stage name of Nora Lum. She’s an American actress, author, internet personality, rapper, and television host. She became famous in 2012 after releasing her controversial rap song “My Vag” on YouTube. She then released two studio projects – the albums “Yellow Ranger” and “In Fina We Trust”. Besides her music, she also gained mainstream recognition with her roles in many films such as “Neighbours 2”, “Crazy Rich Asians”, and “Jumanji: The Next Level”.

American actress, comedian, internet personality, rapper, author and television host Awkwafina has a net worth of $5 million dollars, as of 2021. Awkwafina rose to prominence in 2012 when her rap song “My Vag” became popular on YouTube.

How Did Awkwafina Get So Rich?

Besides her music, what made the actress and author so rich were her many roles in the film industry. In the early 2000s, prior to her career in the entertainment business and while she was rapping and creating her own songs, Awkwafina worked for several years as an author for New York publications “Gotham Gazette”, the newspaper “Times Union”, and the publishing house “Royale Books”. Towards the 2010s, she was making no more than $90.000 per year thanks to her degree and work as an author and disc jockey.

In 2012, the female rapper released her controversial song titled “My Vag”, which helped her gain national popularity and sign a contract with EMPIRE Distribution worth $300.000. A few years later, in February 2014, she self-released her debut studio album – “Yellow Ranger”. She continued to create new music towards the end of the decade and eventually released her second album called “In Fina We Trust”, which was self-released in June 2018. Despite failing to find commercial or critical success, both of Awkwafina’s albums, as well as her non-album singles helped her obtain her own fan base and make a little over $150.000 in total from the commercials and sales.

Why is she so famous?

Awkwafia became famous when she released her highly controversial debut song that gathered millions of views. Nora was born on June 2, 1988, in Stony Brook, New York. Her father is Chinese-American and her mother is Korean American. They met in the 1970s, just after her mother, who worked as a painter, had immigrated to the States. Nora grew up in Forest Hills, Queens, and attended the Fiorello H. LaGuardia High School.

During her childhood, Lum expressed interest in both acting and singing and has cited Anais Non, Charles Bukowski, Chet Baker, Joan Didion, and Tom Waits as her early influences. She played the trumpet, as well as other music instruments, and attended training schools in jazz and classical music. At the age of sixteen, she adopted the stage name (and alter ego) “Awkwafina”. After her graduation from high school in 2006, she enrolled at the University of Albany, State University of New York, from which she earned a major in journalism and women’s studies.

What Makes Her So Successful?

The Golden Globe Award-winning actress is successful because she can do it all. In 2014, she made her television debut as herself in the television series “Girl Code”, followed by a special live edition that aired the following year, in which she served as the co-host. She also became a voice actress that lent her voice for many projects such as “Regular Show”, “Animals.”, “The Simpson”, “Tuc and Bertie”, and “The Dark Crystal”.

In 2016, she starred in her own documentary named “Bad Rap”. Starting that year, she became a full-time actress that starred in a bunch of films like “Neighbours 2”, “Storks”, “Ocean’s 8”, and “Crazy Rich Asians”. Her breakthrough came in the 2019 comedy-drama “The Farewell”, which earned her a Golden Globe Award.

With her win, she also became the first Asian female actress with a leading role to achieve this. Since then, the internet sensation has taken over the world with her acting and has landed roles in multiple box-office hits such as “Jumanji: The Next Level”, “The SpongeBob Movie: Sponge on the Run”, and the upcoming “Ray and the Last Dragon”.


Awkwafina is a world-renowned superstar that’s known for her many professions. She first rose to prominence with her rapping and then became an actress and television host. In less than a decade, she made millions with her many talents and besides making history with her Golden Globe Award win is also a nominee for a BAFTA, Satellite, and Critics Choice Movie Award. Most recently, she became the main star, co-creator, executive producer, and writer of her own television series called “Awkwafina Is Nora from Queens”.

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