Perhaps many know Shaunie O’Neal as the ex-wife of former NBA star-turned-analyst Shaquille O’Neal. But the Texas native is an accomplished TV producer, entrepreneur and real estate investor too- the executive producer of the reality series Basketball Wives (2010-21).
Back in 2011, Shaunie ended nearly a decade-long married life with Inside the NBA analyst and remained away from relationships publicly. But now, the mother of five gushes with her new boyfriend-turned-fiance Keion on her Instagram posts.
Shaunie O’Neal Grew Up In Los Angeles- What’s Her Age & Height?
Born on November 27, 1974, in Wichita Falls, Texas, Shaunie O’Neal moved to Los Angeles at 10 years old. Her birth name is Va’Shaundya Nelson but took the surname of her now ex-husband Shaquille O’Neal. An American by nationality, Nelson comes from a black ethnic heritage.
Shaunie is very close with her father and often shares pictures with him on Instagram.
As for her academics, she graduated from the University of Southern California. The 5 feet 7 inches tall TV producer is 47 years old as of 2021.
O’Neal Formerly Was A Film Marketer- Now An Entrepreneur & Producer
Shaunie’s life boomed to media attention shortly after she began dating the NBA center Shaquille, who would become her future (ex-) husband. Before her breakthrough with TV-producing success, she was a film marketer for FOX Entertainment.
By the end of the 2000s, Mrs. O’Neal made her move in showbiz; firstly, she would star in TV shows The Love Shaq, The Wendy Williams Show and 2011 Soul Train Awards.
Then, in 2010, she became the executive producer of the VH1 reality series Basketball Wives (still runs in 2021), which chronicles the lives of women who are NBA stars’ sweethearts. A spree of her entrepreneurship as an executive producer continued with Basketball Wives LA (2011-16) and Shaunie’s Home Court (2016-18), where she self-starred as well.
The Basketball Wives franchise starred many celebrity spouses/girlfriends like Evelyn Lozada, Jackie Christie, Tami Roman, Draya Michele, Brandi Maxiell, Laura Govan, among others.
Some of her noteworthy TV appearances include Hell’s Kitchen, Access Daily, TMZ on TV, The Real and Tamron Hall.
Shaunie O’Neal Is A Millionaire- Net Worth In 2021?
According to Celebrity Net Worth, O’Neal has an estimated net worth of $35 million as of 2021. Her worth is significantly greater in comparison to other ex-wives: Gretchen Hillmer, Vera Steimberg, Birgit Wetzinger & others.
The perks of such a great income came with more than a 10-year long journey as a creator & executive TV producer of the popular VH1 reality series Basketball Wives and Basketball Wives LA. Both the shows averaged 1.5 million views per season.
The salary of an executive TV producer in the United States ranges from $79,368 and $110,123, averaging $93,543 per year.
Moreover, a handsome sum of money comes from her divorce alimony with her multi-millionaire ex-husband Shaquille with a $400 million net worth. Reportedly, Shaunie receives $10K per month in alimony & $100K-a-month in child support until she remarries.
In addition to real estate investment, the American TV producer has a partnership with Chinese Laundry; she launched her collections of footwear, which allegedly saw her a paycheck of millions. In addition to that, her Instagram (@iamshaunie) can sum up $2,794- $4,657 per sponsored post.
Mother Of Five With Ex-Husband- Who Is Shaunie Dating After Divorce With Shaquille?
Shaunie O’Neal (born Va’Shaundya) got instant fame after she married the now-former NBA star, Shaquille O’Neal. As reported, the two exchanged vows on December 26, 2002, at the Beverly Hills Hotel, after dating for 6 years (having met in 1996).
With the NBA figure-turned-sports analyst & entrepreneur, Shaunie is the mother of 5 children: Shareef (b. 2000), Amirah (b. 2001), Shaqir (b. 2003), and Me’arah (b. 2006), including a son named Myles from her previous relationship. And her ex-husband has a daughter named Taahirah O’Neal (b. July 19, 1996) with then-girlfriend Arnetta Yardbourgh.
Their son Shareef is now a college basketball player for LSU.
But their relationship saw a crack following 5 years of marriage, as Mr. O’Neal filed divorce on September 4, 2007.
Although they had reconciled shortly after, it didn’t work out for long; Shaunie cited irreconcilable differences as she filed for divorce on November 10, 2009, which was finalized on May 11, 2011.
Engaged With Pastor Boyfriend Now
On November 16, 2021, the Basketball Wives producer confirmed her engagement with her pastor boyfriend Keion Henderson. Shaunie and Keion both shared the same picture of the latter with one knee down with a diamond ring as they made engagement official via Instagram.
The mother of 5 wrote: “1 Corinthians LOVE NEVER FAILS, 11/11/11” on her Instagram informer her 1.4 million followers that Henderson proposed to her on November 11 at exactly 11:11 PM.
The couple made her relationship official in July 2021 and are regular on each other IG photos & videos since. Reportedly, they were dating for 2 years since February 2020, after they met through mutual friends. Her pastor beau has more than 463K followers on his IG handle @pastorkeion. They live in Los Angeles.
Yet, they are to call upon the date of their upcoming wedding, which would be second for both. Keion Hunder is also a divorcee & has a daughter from his previous marriage.