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NeNe Leakes Bio

Linnethia Monique Johnson, known to the world as NeNe Leakes, is a multifaceted American talent. She's an actress, TV personality, presenter, businesswoman, author, and fashion designer, making her mark since 2008.

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Full Name Linnethia Monique Johnson
Nickname NeNe Leakes
Date of Birth December 13, 1967
Age 55 years old (2023)
Hometown Queens, New York City, USA
Ethnicity Mixed
Religion Christian
Education Clarke Central High School (Athens), Morris Brown College (Atlanta)
Residence Duluth, Georgia (Villa), Hollywood Hills West, Los Angeles (Rented)
  • Father: Mr. Johnson
  • Mother: Mrs. Johnson
  • Siblings: Kendle Kenya Sherman (Sister), Three Other Siblings
Marital Status Currently in a relationship with Nyonisela Sioh
Spouse Gregg Leakes (Married in 1997, Separated in 2010, Reunited and Engaged in 2013)
  • Brentt Leakes (Son with Gregg, Born in 1999)
  • Bryson Rashard Bryant (Son from an Affair, Born in 1989)
Career Highlights Actress, TV Personality, Presenter, Businesswoman, Author, Fashion Designer
Notable Shows/Movies "The Real Housewives of Atlanta," "The Fighting Temptations," "Celebrity Apprentice"
Net Worth (2023) $14 million USD

Early Life and Background

Born on December 13, 1967, NeNe is now 55 years old as of 2023. Her roots trace back to Queens, New York City, but due to financial struggles, she lived with her aunt in Athens, Georgia. She's proudly American, with a mixed heritage, and follows the Christian faith.

Education took her to Clarke Central High School in Athens, and later, she spent two years at Morris Brown College in Atlanta. Today, NeNe resides in Duluth, Georgia, enjoying the comforts of a lavish villa. She also maintains a rented house in Hollywood Hills West, Los Angeles.

Family and Personal Life

NeNe Leakes is the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Johnson. She has four siblings, including her sister Kendle Kenya Sherman. Her upbringing led her to live with her aunt in Athens, along with one of her brothers, while the rest of her siblings stayed with her mother. 

In 1997, NeNe married Gregg Leakes, a well-known businessman, after two years of dating. They share a son, Brentt Leakes, born in 1999. Additionally, NeNe has a son named Bryson Rashard Bryant from an affair in 1989, although his father's name remains undisclosed.

NeNe Leakes was briefly separated from Gregg in 2010, with a divorce case filed in April 2010 and the final separation in September 2011. However, in January 2013, they reunited and got engaged at the InterContinental Buckhead Hotel in Atlanta, making their relationship official.

Her current boyfriend's name is Nyonisela Sioh.


NeNe's acting career commenced with a minor role in the movie "The Parkers." Her journey to success was marked by determination, making her an inspiration to many. In 2003, she played a role as a stripper in the movie "The Fighting Temptations," alongside Cuba Gooding, Jr. and Beyonce, although her scenes didn't make the final edit.

In 2008, NeNe Leakes joined the cast of "The Real Housewives of Atlanta" and remained a fixture for the first seven seasons. She co-authored the book "Never Make The Same Mistake Twice" with Denene Millner.

In 2015, she announced her departure from "The Real Housewives of Atlanta" but continued in a supporting role. She returned as a full-time housewife in the tenth season. However, in 2020, NeNe decided not to be a part of the thirteenth season.

In 2011, she participated in Donald Trump's NBC series, "Celebrity Apprentice," during its eleventh season. An argument with Star Jones led to her departure in the tenth episode.

Net Worth

As of 2023, NeNe Leakes boasts a net worth of $14 million.

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