By Ryan Velez
Omarosa Manigault was a former reality show cohort of President Donald Trump on The Apprentice and also supported him during his campaign and as a member of his transition team. As a result, it isn’t a huge surprise that Trump kept her on board in his administration, serving as a “public liaison” for the White House. However, Celebrity Net Worth reports that recent financial disclosures from the White House show that she may have needed the job with Trump more than was initially let on.
To give a bit of a picture, both before and after her initial hire by Trump for the campaign, Omarosa’s primary income source was from royalty checks. This includes $5,000 for Raising Whitley, and under half that for work on TV shows like The Steve Harvey Show, Late Night with Jimmy Fallon and David Tutera Celebrations. On top of this, she got roughly between $1,000 and $5,000 each for various personal appearance fees around the Los Angeles area. Combine the appearance fees with the royalties and the $46,000 she made in salary from Trump before getting elected, and the image of a piecemeal, but liveable wage comes into view.
One interesting fact is that technically, the single biggest payday Omarosa had during this time wasn’t in the form of a check, but a $ 25,000 bridal package from Kleinfeld’s in New York. This was compensation for an appearance she made on TLC reality show Say Yes To The Dress. She is also reported to have made $400 as a substitute teacher in L.A., suggesting that it may not all be glitz and glamor for her.
Another part of Omarosa’s finances stems from her engagement to late actor Michael Clarke Duncan at the time of his death in 2012. After Duncan’s passing, she received a one-third share of a trust fund valued at anywhere from $1 million to $5 million. At the moment, the exact salary she is making as a part of Trump’s White House is not public knowledge, and with a net worth of $3.5 million, Omarosa is likely not hurting for money. However, considering the various avenues that she has had to use to cobble together money in recent years, a steady paycheck is probably a welcome change.