Tom Joyner Net Worth 2024: Income, Salary, Career, Bio


Tom Joyner is an American retired radio host, musician, novelist, producer, and actor who has a net worth of $40 million. Joyner is the first African American to host a nationally syndicated radio show. His radio show, “The Tom Joyner Show” is heard on over 104 radio stations in the US.

His radio career began in Montgomery immediately after college, and his radio hosting career was at its peak by 1978. Joyner was signed by ABC Radio in 1994 to anchor a national program called “The Tom Joyner Morning Show.”

Following the radio show’s great success, it was turned into a national television show called “The Tom Joyner Show.” Joyner co-wrote a book with Mary Flower Boyce called “I’m Just a DJ… But It Makes Sense to Me” with Warner Books and “Tom Joyner Presents How to Prepare for College.”

Joyner is given the titles of “The Fly Jock” and “The Hardest Working Man in Radio” as he worked long hours and traveled between his morning (in Dallas, Texas) and afternoon (in Chicago, Illinois) jobs every weekday for eight years, accumulating over 7 million frequent flyer miles.

Joyner is also known as a philanthropist, providing financial aid to students at historically black colleges and universities (HBCUs) as well as participating in various community projects. Joyner also founded REACH Media Inc.,, and the Tom Joyner Foundation.

Tom Joyner’s Net Worth (2024)

Net Worth$40 Million
NameTom Joyner
Age74 Years Old
ProfessionRadio Host
Salary & Income$5 Million
Last Updated2024

Tom Joyner’s Net Worth Growth

Net Worth in 2024$40 Million
Net Worth in 2023$30 Million
Net Worth in 2022$20.2 Million
Net Worth in 2021$10.3 Million
Net Worth in 2020$10 Million

Salary Highlights

  • Joyner reportedly made $10,000,000 per episode from his talk show, The Tom Joyner Show.
  • Joyner earned an estimated $20,000 per year as a morning program host for WVON, which equates to $87,000 after inflation in 2022 dollars.
  • By the mid-1980s, Joyner was earning an estimated $150,000 a year as a radio host.
  • Joyner reportedly made $50 million from the sale of his business to Radio One.

Early Life

Thomas Joyner was born in Tuskegee, Alabama on November 23rd, 1949 to Frances and Hercules L. Joyner. Joyner comes from a well-educated family as his grandfather, Oscar, was one of only 3,000 black physicians in the United States when he graduated from medical school in 1909.

Both of his parents graduated from historically black colleges, and Joyner and his brother Albert attended Tuskegee Institute, which is now Tuskegee University. Joyner earned a bachelor’s degree in sociology. Joyner joined the fraternity Omega Psi Phi while at Tuskegee.

He initially wanted to be a musician, and he joined a band called The Commodores, which included his college friend Lionel Richie. But the band failed to earn any money, and his family pushed him to pursue other interests.

Career Beginnings

Joyner’s first radio job was with WLOK in Memphis, Tennessee. He went on to work for KWK in St. Louis, Missouri, and KKDA in Dallas, Texas. Beginning in 1978, he worked at several radio stations in Chicago, Illinois, including WJPC, WGCI, WVON, and WBMX.

Joyner made his name as the “Fly Jock,” the hardest-working man in radio, in the mid-1980s. He promoted “morning” shows on KKDA in Dallas and “afternoon” shows on WGCI in Chicago, and traveled between Dallas and Chicago every day.


Joyner was signed by ABC Radio Networks in 1994 to host The Tom Joyner Morning Show, a nationally syndicated program. The show featured Joyner and a team of comedians and commentators reporting and discussing the day’s news and sports,.

It also includes playing popular R&B songs from the 1970s to the 1990s, as well as contemporary R&B hits. There are also celebrity guests, on-site remotes (dubbed “Sky Shows”), and an on-air soap opera, It’s Your World, which is presently not airing due to Southwest Airlines’ major sponsor.

In 2005, Joyner was then given his talk show, The Tom Joyner Show, a nationally syndicated television show. The show received high ratings for weekly syndicated programs targeted toward African American audiences.

Joyner opted not to continue in 2006 due to the high production costs associated with the music variety show concept. Today, his TJMS radio station can be heard in over 100 cities, both on-air and online streaming audio.

Tom Joyner‘s Biography

Real NameThomas Joyner
Nick NameTom
Age74 Years Old
HeightIn Feet –  5 Feet 10 Inches
In Meters – 1.77 m
In Centimeters – 177 cm
WeightIn Kilograms – 70 Kg
In Pounds – 154 lbs
FamilyFather – Hercules L. Joyner
Mother – Frances
Sisters – N/A
Brothers – Albert
WifeDonna Richardson-Joyner (divorced 2012)
Dora Chatmon Joyner (divorced)

We take five, one-week vacations a year, and those dates are set in stone. The NAACP was even considering earlier this summer reassessing their position on school integration.”

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Money Spending

Real Estate

Joyner sold his oceanfront Golden Beach, Florida home for $19 million, which spans 7,340-sq-ft and features three bedrooms, 3.5 bathrooms, and plenty of indoor and outdoor living space. Joyner spent two and a half years entirely remodeling the home, spending $7.5 million in 2020.

  • Car: Ford
  • Personal Expenses: $6 – $7 million
  • Business Ventures: $2 – $3 million
  • Investments: $10 – $11 million

Television and Film Appearances

Throughout his career, Joyner has been in several television films, series, and reality shows, including Living Single, Passions, Ebony/Jet Showcase, and African American Lives. He has made cameo appearances in films such as The Gospel in 2005 and Madea Goes to Jail in 2009.

Personal Life

Joyner has been married twice. Joyner and his first wife, Dora, had two kids, Thomas Jr. and Oscar, whom he nicknamed “Killer” and “Thriller.” He then married celebrity aerobics instructor and fitness expert Donna Richardson in 2000.

Donna and Joyner divorced in 2012. As a divorce settlement, Joyner was ordered to pay Donna between $15 and $20 million. Joyner is not married and is probably single right now and is more focused on his career.

Philanthropy and Activism

In 1998, Joyner established the “Tom Joyner Foundation” to provide financial aid to HBCU students. The organization has raised more than $60 million. His radio show encourages voter registration and healthy living by hosting “Take a Loved One to the Doctor” events.

Once a week, Joyner honors the wishes of a deserving father and mother once a week to honor fathers and mothers. Joyner took part in the Alzheimer’s Association Walk to End Alzheimer’sTM in 2011 to raise awareness and funds for Alzheimer’s research, care, and support.

Joyner launched, a website that provides an African American perspective on news, travel, entertainment, business, technology, and sports. The site features “Little Known Black History Facts,” which profiles organizations and events related to African American history.

Awards and Achievements

  • Joyner was the first African American to be inducted into the National Radio Hall of Fame in Chicago, Illinois, in 1998.
  • Joyner won the NAB Marconi Radio Award in 2004.
  • Joyner was inducted into the International Civil Rights Walk of Fame at the Martin Luther King, Jr. National Historic Site in 2008.
  • Joyner was honored into The Official R&B Music Hall of Fame at Cleveland State University in 2013.
  • Joyner was honored with the Humanitarian Award at the 2015 BET Awards.

Tom Joyner’s Net Worth

Tom Joyner’s net worth is estimated to be $40 million in 2024. His career in the entertainment industry began in the 1970s, shortly after graduating from Tuskegee University. He has since appeared in other television projects and made millions of dollars.

Joyner is now reportedly paid $9 million per year. After taxes, his career earnings are estimated to be roughly $56.05 million, having paid $38.95 million in taxes. He earned it through his radio and TV shows, and the actor and producer made a fortune from public appearances and book royalties.

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