Steve Harvey Biography: Steve Harvey is an American comedian, famous host of various TV programs, and multiple awardee of NAACP Image Awards Outstanding Actor in a Comedy Series.
Steve has a net worth of a pretty cool $180 Million.
He is best known for his sense of humour and presentation skills in hosting his TV series and also Miss Universe, which paved his way to international fame.
This is a cool story, from his humble beginnings sweeping a local barbershop floor to a successful multi-millionaire.
This man fought his way to get to what we see as the outstanding pinnacle of his working life.
So you want to learn everything there is to know about this famous comedian?
Keep reading and you’ll find out about..
- His Childhood, Early years and Education;
- His Family and Relationships
- Insider Gossip;
- His career, some cool trivia;
And much more…
My favorite part?
He never forgot to look back to where he started and chose to help others along the way.
Sit back and relax.
‘Cause I am taking you for a ride…
Who Is Steve Harvey?
Broderick Stephen Harvey was born in Welch, West Virginia on January 17, 1957.
His father was a coal miner named Jesse Harvey and his mother is Eloise Vera.
Harvey was named after the actor Broderick Crawford in the TV series Highway Patrol hence, sporting the first name “Broderick”.
Harvey’s family moved to live on East 112th Street, which was renamed Steve Harvey Way in 2015.
It’s in Cleveland, Ohio.
He is a member of the Omega Psi Phi fraternity.
He hosts Family Feud, Celebrity Family Feud, Little Big Shots, Little Big Shots Forever Young, and Steve Harvey’s Funderdome.
He is also a comedian, author, and businessman.
But before we look at all of that…
Steve has been a mailman, a carpet cleaner, a boxer, an insurance salesman, and an autoworker.
He first performed stand-up comedy at the Hilarities Comedy Club in Cleveland, Ohio on October 8, 1985.
Unlucky for him…
…He suffered financial difficulty in the late ’80s.
He was homeless for three years and slept in his 1976 Ford when not performing gigs that provided a hotel.
And in case you didn’t know…
He showered at gas stations or swimming pool showers.
It was during this time that Rich and Becky Liss helped Harvey with a carpet cleaning contract and a job in credit control at a travel agency.
One Line Biography Summary
Steve Harvey is an American comedian, actor, entertainer, television host, businessman, and author.
|Expert On: TV Hosting and comedy|
|Martial Status: Single|
|Date of Birth: 17.01.57|
|Current Occupation: Businessman, radio and television host, and comedian|
|Religion: Born Again Christian|
|Height: 6 ft. and 1 inch/1.85 m|
|Weight: 104 kg or 229 pounds|
|Eye Colour: Dark Brown|
|Zodiac Sign: Capricorn|
|Steve Harvey Net Worth: $180 Million|
|Place Of Birth: Welch, West Virginia, U.S|
|Favorite Color: Blue|
|Favorite Food: German Chocolate Cake|
|Smoking/ Drinking: No vices|
|Friends: Dave Chappelle, Chris Tucker, Ellen Degeneres, and Phil Mcgraw|
The Young Steve Harvey
Steve Harvey was born in West Virginia and – together with his parents and siblings – moved to Ohio when he was four years old.
However, he only achieved his fame when he was a little bit older.
But more about that later…
…because I’m about to leak out some of Steve’s photographs from when he was younger.
You better check these out!
Steve Harvey Family & Relationships
Marjorie Elaine Harvey
Marjorie Harvey is the current wife of Steve Harvey.
Marjorie is an American TV personality, fashion designer, blogger, and social media personality.
She was born on October 10, 1964, in Chicago, Illinois, United States of America.
Marjorie co-founded The Steve & Marjorie Harvey Foundation. This foundation aims to create and improve programs that encourage excellence amongst the youth in certain areas. Steve and Marjorie’s relationship began in 1990 (when he first met her, he apparently said to her ‘I don’t know who you are, but I’m going to marry you’, 17 years later, the two married in 2007.
Look at them – they’re a match-made in heaven.
Steve Harvey Kids
Brandi Harvey is the daughter of Steve and his first wife Marcia Harvey and has a twin sister – Karli.
They were born on August 20, 1982, in the US and spent their childhood in Atlanta, Georgia.
Brandi is an activist and an American executive director in The Steve and Marjorie Harvey Foundation. Aside from that, Harvey is also an author, a public speaker, and a wellness coach. She earned her bachelor’s degree in African American and African Studies at The Ohio State University.
Karli is the younger twin sister of Brandi Harvey, born on August 20, 1982.
Her parents, Steve and Marcia, were divorced in 1994 when she and her twin were 12 years old.
Karli Harvey married Benjamin Raymond in the fall of 2015. They have a son together named Benjamin Raymond II.
Who’d have guessed?
Karli is a public speaker and does mentoring in The Harvey and Marjorie Foundation. She is also empowering women at the Disney Dreamers Academy and talks about business and weddings at the Coterie Retreat.
Broderick Harvey Jr. is the youngest child of Harvey with Marcia Harvey.
Broderick was born on April 29, 1991. He has a younger half brother named Wynton Harvey. He lives in Los Angeles with his father.
Broderick is an entrepreneur and has a clothing site named Need Money Not Friends where he sells accessories and clothes.
Broderick and his father are often seen travelling and working together on their joint projects.
Steve Harvey’s Mum
Eloise Vera Harvey was the mother of Steve Harvey.
She was born in 1914 and died at the age of 83 in the year of 1997.
Eloise was the wife of Jesse Harvey.
They had Steve when she was 42 years old. It’s rumored that Steve was actually a surprise baby to the couple.
Eloise Vera Harvey was a very loving mother. She is also a Christian – she brought her children up in the Christian faith.
What a lovely mother he had!
Steve Harvey’s Dad
Jesse Harvey was the father of the African-American Icon, Steve Harvey.
Jesse Harvey was born in 1914 and died at the age of 86 on the 7th of April, 2000.
Jesse Harvey was a coal miner in Welch, West Virginia.
When his youngest son Harvey, turned four, the family moved to Cleveland where Jesse switched his job to the construction industry.
Jesse’s wages were not enough for their daily expenses and they barely had enough money to survive.
A good reason to teach his son a great work ethic.
No wonder Steve Harvey is so successful.
Terry Harvey is the younger brother of Steve Harvey. He was born in 1959 in the United States. Terry is now 61 years old.
He finished high school in Glenville High School and went to Kent State University for his Bachelor’s Degree.
Terry Harvey lives in Ohio, USA and is believed to be unmarried.
Pauline Harvey is one of the sisters of the famous comedian Steve Harvey.
Mona Harvey is also a sister of Steve Harvey.
Steve Harvey’s sisters and brother live a calm and quiet life. They only have a limited number of appearances in the media.
Steve Harvey Marital Status, Children
Steve Harvey has been married to Marjorie Harvey since 2007. Marjorie has three children from her former marriages. When Steve Harvey and Marjorie were married, Steve adopted Marjorie’s children and treated them as his own.
Steve Harvey Partners
In case you might be asking yourself…
…who were Steve’s previous wives?
Well, the answer might surprise you!
Keep reading and you’ll find out…
Marcia Harvey is the first wife of an American comedian, Steve Harvey.
Marcia is an author and businesswoman in her own right.
She was born on January 22 1955, in the United States of America. She completed her education as a Bachelor of Science in Clinical Research and Forensic Science.
Steve Harvey married Marcia in 1980 and they have three children together namely; Karli Harvey, Brandi Harvey, and Broderick Harvey.
Their relationship lasted 14 years…
…and they were divorced in 1994.
A few years after the divorce, she married Larry Green. She’s now living a healthy life with her family.
Mary Lee Shackelford
Mary Lee Shackelford was Steve Harvey’s second wife.
She was born in the late 1960s in Texas, United States of America.
She was married to Steve Harvey in 1996 and they had a son together named Wynton Harvey. Their relationship only lasted nine years and they divorced in 2005.
Their divorce brought chaos as it was followed by a couple of lawsuits.
To make matters worse…
Mary was jailed for violating a court order.
Currently, Steve holds legal custody of their son.
Now hang on… Let’s dig a little deeper.
More About Steve Harvey’s Past Relationships
Marcia Harvey, Steve Harvey’s first wife, was said to be the comedian’s first true love.
They dated for a few years before having an intimate wedding where their closest friends and family were present.
Marcia was around well before the whole world knew about Steve.
Marcia was the only ex-wife of Steve who shared little of her life and didn’t spill any ill will towards Harvey after their failed marriage.
Mary Lee, Steve’s second wife, however, was not like Marcia.
Mary Lee and Steve were married for 9 years before their divorce in 2005. They had a son together named Wynston.
But wait, let me tell you something…
When Steve’s career was about to hit the pinnacle, Mary Lee came out and exposed her hatred towards Steve and his family. She said that Steve cheated on her and left her financially incapable after the divorce.
She also claims that Steve turned their son against her.
Steve Harvey Education
Before hitting the limelight, Steve completed school in 1974 at Glenville High School in Cleveland.
Afterwards, he attended Kent State University in Ohio.
He left college two years later to sell life insurance and work different factory jobs.
Steve Harvey Career
Vault – 2019
Steve Harvey announced the launch of Vault, a learning hub.
Steve Harvey Global – 2017
Steve put all of his businesses in Steve Harvey Global. He also started hosting the New Year’s Eve Special in Times Square.
Miss Universe – 2015
Harvey began hosting the infamous Miss Universe pageant.
Last Performance – 2012
After 27 years, Steve performed his last stand-up act at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas. A sad day for his millions of fans.
Family Feud – 2010
Steve Harvey began hosting Family Feud.
First Book – 2009
Steve Harvey released his book, “Act Like A Lady, Think Like A Man”.
Wait, there’s more…
First Films 2003 – 2006
Steve started to appear in films and even had his own special – Steve Harvey: Don’t Trip… He Ain’t Through with Me Yet.
Radio Program – 2000
Steve Harvey hosted a weekday morning radio program named The Steve Harvey Morning Show
Comedy Show 1996 – 2002
Harvey had his own situation comedy named the Steve Harvey Show on the WB Network.
First TV Hosting – 1993 – 2000
Steve Harvey worked as the host of Showtime at the Apollo for 7 years.
Comedy Competition – 1989
Steve reached the finals for the Second Annual Johnnie Walker National Comedy Search.
First Performance – 1985
Steve Harvey started performing stand up comedy in 1985.
Sounds impressive, right?
Below are the highlights of Steve Harvey’s career:
Steve Harvey went on tour in 1997 as one of the Kings of Comedy with Cedric the Entertainer, the late Bernie Mac and D.L. Hughley which earned him huge bucks and he became very successful as a result.
Steve Harvey became a household name – he was a trailblazer in that he was one of the first African-American men to host a television show.
He began his radio career in The Steve Harvey Morning Show that reached 6 million listeners every week.
As if that’s not enough…
In 2009, Harvey started writing books.
Steve started hosting Family Feud in 2010 which led to increased ratings for seven consecutive years.
Harvey also started hosting the Miss Universe pageant in 2015 which extended his popularity internationally.
Kudos to you, Steve!
Awards & Medals
The famous comedian, Steve Harvey, has received several awards throughout his career.
Let’s take a closer look at those:
Four-time winner: NAACP Image Awards Outstanding Actor in a Comedy Series (1999, 2000, 2001, 2002)
2007: Syndicated Personality/ Show of the Year – Radio & Records magazine
2011: BET Humanitarian Award – 2011 BET Awards
2013: Favorite New Talk Show Host – 39th People’s Choice Awards
2013: Star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame
2016: Honorary Degree (Doctorate) Received at Alabama State University in Montgomery, Alabama
2017: Daytime Emmy Award for Outstanding Informative Talk Show Host – Steve Harvey
2017: Daytime Emmy Award for Outstanding Game Show Host – Family Feud
Imagine for a moment… the pride he must have felt in receiving all of these awards – just spectacular!
Steve Harvey Scandals & Controversies
Just like any other TV personality, Steve has had his fair share of controversies, too!…
…and to dig deeper into that, let’s take a look at some of the issues Steve has encountered through the years.
Steve Harvey vs. Cornel West and Tavis Smiley
Steve called Cornel West and Tavis Smiley “Uncle Toms” for criticizing the former President, Barack Obama in 2011. He later apologized for the slurred comment but maintained his criticism of West and Smiley.
Steve Harvey vs. ‘Asian Men’
Steve Harvey made jokes about Asian men, rejecting the idea that any woman would want to date them.“Excuse me, do you like Asian men?” he said, “No, thank you.” He went on to add, “I don’t even like Chinese food.”
The famous comedian then publicly apologized about the incident and said that the humor didn’t imply malice or disrespect.
That’s okay Steve, we all make mistakes.
Steve Harvey vs. Flint, Michigan
Steve Harvey told a caller, who insulted the Cavaliers (after their loss to GSW), to drink some brown water in reference to the city’s water crisis.
The city mayor demanded a public apology regarding this issue and Steve responded by saying that he will devote an hour on his daytime show to raise awareness for the Flint water crisis.
Steve Harvey vs. Mary Lee Harvey
Who wants to know about the controversy between the two?
Sometime after Mary Lee and Steve’s divorce, Mary Lee posted videos on youtube which showed her hatred towards Steve and how he cheated on her. Steve denied all accusations levelled at him from Mary Lee.
Well, a person can’t live without a little misunderstanding, right?
Interesting Facts About Steve Harvey
We’ve given you all the info about Steve but there are more things you might not know … yet.
- Steve grew up on a farm.
- Steve was once homeless.
- Steve almost missed the breakthrough of his career because he had no money to travel to Showtime At The Apollo. And another thing…
- Steve Harvey has his own dating website and a condom factory…
Steve Harvey Movies
He has also been involved in a few movies and has made films of his stand-up comedy routines.
Here are some of his films:
The Original Kings of Comedy
This film was made in the Kings of Comedy tour in 2000. It was shot for two nights at Charlotte Coliseum in Charlotte, North Carolina. Steve Harvey co-stars are D.L. Hughley, Cedric the Entertainer, and Bernie Mac.
Love Don’t Cost a Thing
The movie was made in 2003. It was actually a remake of Can’t Buy Me Love, a 1987 film. Steve Harvey was with Nick Cannon, Christina Milian, Kenan Thompson, and Kal Penn in this movie.
Johnson Family Vacation
The movie was released in 2004. The story is about the Johnson family trip to attend a reunion. Steve Harvey worked alongside Cedric the Entertainer, Vanessa Williams, Bow Wow, Gabby Soleil, Shannon Elizabeth, and Solange Knowles.
Steve Harvey: Don’t Trip… He Ain’t Through with Me Yet
Steve Harvey: Don’t Trip… He Ain’t Through with Me Yet is a film released in 2006. It’s a stand-up comedy filmed at Atlanta Philips’s Arena at T.D. MegaFest.
You Got Served
This movie is a comedy-drama film released in 2004. The movie is about a group of dancers in a dancing competition. Marques Houston and the boy band B2K worked with Steve Harvey in this film.
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Steve Harvey Books
Aside from his movies, He also wrote several books about love, relationships, and the life journey.
Act Like a Lady, Think Like a Man (2009)
A book about Harvey’s concept of what men really think of relationships, intimacy, commitment, and love.
Straight Talk, No Chaser: How to Find, Keep, and Understand a Man (2010)
This book written by Steve Harvey gives advice to women in finding, keeping, and understanding a man.
Act Like a Success (2014)
This book teaches people how to achieve their dreams using the talents and skills they already have.
Want to read his books? Click on the Amazon US links above!
Steve Harvey Business Interests
Steve is not only a comedian and host but also an entrepreneur.
To make use of his cash, Harvey made the right decision to expand his career in the business world.
Steve Harvey Global was launched to unite all Steve Harvey’s businesses under one vision. Steve has a production company named East 112. He also invested in HDNet and Anthem Sports and Entertainment.
…Steve also has a Clothing Line. Harvey also has a latex and condom factory, Ameritex, together with a business partner, Greg Calhoun.
Steve Harvey Lifetime Achievements:
Steve has achieved various awards from different organizations but to the famous comedian and host, his best lifetime achievement was the ability to give his family the lifestyle beyond his and their dreams.
Top 3 Quotes From Steve Harvey
“If you want to be successful you have to jump, there’s no way around it. If you’re safe, you’ll never soar”
“Procrastination will delay your change! Today is a very good day to change; don’t let you stop yourself from growing”
“Growth is in a series of mistakes. That’s the only way you learn”
Top 3 Memes – Steve Harvey
Steve Harvey Bio: 5 Lessons
Here are the life lessons we can learn from the life of Steve Harvey:
- Make every minute count.
- Don’t give up on your dreams.
- Don’t do too much chilling.
- Discover your talent.
- Always help other people.
Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ’s)
How much is Steve Harvey worth?
His Net worth is 180 Million US Dollars as of 2020.
Why did the Steve Harvey Show get canceled?
According to Variety, his move angered NBCUniversal executives, as it cost the company its ownership stake in the show, and is the probable reason for its end.
What is Steve’s annual salary?
His annual salary is 44 Million US Dollars.
Is Steve Harvey a billionaire?
Steve is not a billionaire – yet.
Summary: Steve Harvey Bio
There you have it!
I’m sure you all agree Steve went through a lot before he reached some incredible milestones in his life.
From being a boxer and a life insurance salesman to one of the most famous comedians and hosts of all time.
What I really like is that He strived hard to get where he is now and that he really likes to spend every minute doing something productive.
Despite being a comedian who makes fun all the time, I’m sure there’s a lot we can learn from his life’s mistakes and successes.
And that is all for Harvey’s Bio. You might want to check out his Bounce Mojo Net Worth and his Memes.