How much is Vanessa Minnillo worth?

Net Worth:$25 Million
Profession:Professional TV Personality
Date of Birth:November 9, 1980
Country:Philippines-born American
1.7 m

You’ve seen her counting down the hottest videos on Total Request Live as well as shedding and highlighting stereotypes as the host of True Beauty.

Who Is Vanessa Minnillo

She’s the hostess with the mostess who hedged her beauty queen beginnings into an MTV VJ gig, budding acting career and a high-profile romance with the former Mrs. Jessica Simpson‘s, Nick Lachey.

American-Filipino TV personality Vanessa Minnillo has a net worth of $25 million dollars, as of 2020.

Home Sweet Roam

Born in the Philippines to a an American father who had his head in the clouds (her dad was in the Air Force) and a Filipina mother, Vanessa never called one place “home” for too long. She lived in California, Nevada, Florida, Germany and Japan before her parents decided to call Charleston, South Carolina home. The perpetual flux in all of their lives may have been what led to her parents’ divorce in 1986. But even under the custody of her mother, Vanessa would be uprooted once again when she remarried and she was forced to move with her mother, brother and Air Force Serviceman stepfather to Turkey.  

In 1990, just as they were settling down in Turkey, the family was once again uprooted when Saddam Hussein invaded Kuwait and they had to evacuate and head back to the U.S. But Vanessa’s mother did not bring her children back to the United States in order to have another go at creating a home—she left Vanessa and her brother with their father and never came back for them.  

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Beauty Queen Beginnings

With a more stable home life with her father and his new wife, Vanessa began to plant her roots and became involved with the Miss South Carolina beauty pageant. Realizing her innate performance talent, and with a Miss South Carolina crown already on her mantle, Vanessa went on to compete in the 1998 Miss Teen USA pageant. Not surprisingly, she took home the crown and the title of Miss Congeniality.  

Using her wildly likeable personality, Vanessa auditioned for and was cast as the host of MTV’s Total Request Live from 2003 to 2007. Interviewing artists and counting down the hottest videos, Vanessa’s role didn’t go by unnoticed and she was asked to be a correspondent for the celebrity news show Entertainment Tonight in 2005.  

The True Beauty Of Love

The following year, instead of counting down a music video, Vanessa starred in one as singer Lachey’s love interest. The onscreen romance apparently translated to an off-screen hook-up as the two started dating and became engaged in November of 2010.  

In 2008, she appeared in an episode of How I Met Your Mother and went on to score appearances on shows like CSI: NY and Psych. But in 2009, rather than making small appearances in a variety of shows, Vanessa landed a full-time hosting gig on ABC’s True Beauty—a game show that isn’t quite what it seems as contestants are judged for their inner rather than outer beauty.  

With a new rock on her finger and a hit show to boot, it looks like Vanessa has a new place to call home: Hollywood

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Defining Quote “We shower, honestly, at least twice a day… We both have our own shower heads so we just talk while we’re soaping up and doing our hair.”

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