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Insecure No More: A Look Into Issa Rae’s Net Worth And Career Achievements

Issa Rae attends the 2024 Vanity Fair Oscar Party Hosted By Radhika Jones at Wallis Annenberg Center
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Jul. 2 2024, Published 8:00 a.m. ET

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Once Issa Rae stepped on the entertainment scene in 2011, fans immediately predicted that success was in her future. Jo-Issa Rae Diop, aka Issa Rae, is a talented American actress, writer, and producer. The superstar multi-hyphenate parlayed her YouTube channel into a bustling Hollywood career.

Thanks to Rae’s work ethic, her star power continues to rise, and her impact serves as a blueprint for women looking to follow in her footsteps. Read on to explore Issa Rae’s net worth, career trajectory, achievements, and what to expect from the multihyphenate in the future.

Issa Rae’s net worth is set to skyrocket.

It’s impossible to have a work ethic like Issa Rae and not have the financial status to show for it. Aside from her ventures in production and her acting career, the mogul is also the co-owner of a Los Angeles-based independent coffee chain, Hilltop Coffee + Kitchen. In addition, Issa launched her Viarae Prosecco in October 2023, which also contributes to her growing net worth.

Issa Rae’s success started in the TV space.

Issa’s first foray into the TV world began in 2011 as an executive producer for the TV series “M.O. Diaries.” However, it wasn’t until the release of Issa’s YouTube series, “Misadventures of Awkward Black Girl,” in 2011 that catapulted her career. From there, Issa started working on multiple projects, earning nearly 40 credits as an actress, producer, and writer in the TV space. 

Most notably, Issa partnered with HBO to create the hit series “Insecure,” which aired from 2016 to 2021. Issa won over viewers as Issa Dee on the show, which aired for five seasons. Although “Insecure” has ended, Netflix picked up all five seasons on their streaming platform in the summer of 2023, which adds to Issa’s growing net worth.

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Creator and executive producer Issa Rae (2nd L) poses with the cast of HBO Max’s “Sweet Life.” 

In addition, Issa secured a $40 million deal to create more content for HBO, HBO Max, and Warner Bros. Television. This deal followed her 2016 two-year deal with HBO before the debut of “Insecure.” As a result, the new deal led to the creation of the reality TV show “Sweet Life: Los Angeles,” featured on Max. The show highlighted the personal and professional lives of young Black adults in L.A. focused on chasing their dreams. The series was canceled after two seasons in December 2022.

Issa also welcomed “Rap Sh!t” into the fold in July 2022. The series chronicled the journey of two high-school friends in Miami hoping to make it big as a female rap group. Unfortunately, the Max series was canceled after two seasons in December 2023.

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Issa Rae has appeared in various Blockbuster films.

Similar to her success in TV, Issa’s Hollywood film career continues to grow. As of June 2024, Issa has appeared in nearly 15 movies. Some of Issa’s most recognized roles include April Williams in the 2019 fantasy comedy “Little,” Mae Morton in the 2020 romantic drama “The Photograph,” and the voice of Jessica Drew in 2023’s “Spider-Man: Across the Spider-Verse.”

Most notably, Issa starred in Great Gerwig’s “Barbie” in 2024, where she played President Barbie. The film, which received critical acclaim, earned $162 million on its opening weekend and has made nearly $1.5 billion at the box office domestically and worldwide. According to People, it is one of 53 films to hit the $1 billion milestone.

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Issa Rae attends the World Premiere of “Barbie” at Shrine Auditorium and Expo Hall on July 9. 2023, in Los Angeles, California.

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According to Issa’s IMDb page, she has two upcoming movies: “Spider-Man: Beyond the Spider-Verse” in production and “Empress of Serenity” in pre-production. 

Issa Rae is slowly building her real estate empire.

Although Issa’s real estate ventures are not plentiful at this time, she is taking full advantage of her ownership. Per Celebrity Net Worth, the entertainment mogul owns a home in South L.A. that she listed on Airbnb in 2022. 

“I’m inviting guests to spend a weekend in my hometown to experience the culture, businesses, and communities that influence my storytelling on screen,” Issa wrote in the listing via the outlet. “I can’t wait to show guests all the things that make black LA so special firsthand.”

Located in the View Park neighborhood, guests can experience Black culture and historical landmarks showcased in the hit HBO series. 

Issa Rae’s net worth, business acumen, and drive shows that you can surpass your own expectations with hard work and dedication. She has followed her instincts and utilized her creativity to help like-minded creatives build their own empires while nurturing her own.

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