A prominent personality in The Real Housewives of Atlanta and several of its spinoffs, Kandi Burruss is an actress, entrepreneur and singer. Before becoming a television star, she gained popularity with the female music group Xscale. As of 2022, Kandi Burruss has a net worth of $30 million.
Hailing from College Park, Georgia, Kandi Lenice Burruss was born on May 17, 1976. She is the only daughter of Joyce Jones and a reverend named Titus Burruss Jr. She had a brother named Patrick Riley who sadly passed away in a car crash.
At age 15, she made her media debut at the BET youth talk show Teen Summit. Around this time, Burruss was honing her entertainment skills at Tri-Cities Performing Arts High School.
There, she met LaTocha Scott, Tameka “Tiny” Cottle, Tamika Scott, and Tamera Coggins-Wynn to form Xscape in 1991. Kandi graduated from the institution in 1994.
At first, Xscape was only made up of Burruss, LaTocha Scott, and her sister Tamika. They invited Tamera Coggins to join, but her stint with the group was brief. Tameka Cottle soon took her place in the group.
The female quartet was discovered by rapper Jermaine Dupri who signed them up to his So So Def Recordings label. In 1993, they released their debut studio album Hummin’ Comin’ at ‘Cha. In just one year, it became a certified platinum record.
After making two more albums, the girls went on a hiatus in 2002. They tried to make a comeback in 2005, but it didn’t work out. Because of this, Kandi centered her efforts on production and songwriting.
In 2009, Kandi Burruss joined The Real Housewives of Atlanta in its second season. She developed into a fan favorite, and she’s currently the longest-serving cast member on the show.
This helped her star in six Bravo spinoff series. This includes The Kandi Factory, Kandi’s Wedding, and Kandi’s Ski Trip. When her music group held a reunion in 2017, it was documented in Xscape: Still Kickin’ It.
Apart from reality television, she’s also made cameos on numerous series. Furthermore, the reality actress launched an adult toy enterprise called Bedroom Kandi.
Net Worth and Earnings
Burruss has made a lot of money as a musician. Her debut album with Xscape alone sold over 7 million records internationally. When she went solo, she also earned decently. She even got a Grammy for helping write TLC’s No Scrubs. Her current main income source is reality TV.
According to Reality Blurb, she earns $2.3 million per season on RHOA. Kandi earns extra income from other media and business endeavors. This is why her wealth is valued at $30 million, making her the richest Housewife on her show.
Kandi Burruss was once in a relationship with business magnate Russell “Block” Spencer. They have a child named Riley. In 2008, she got engaged to Ashley “AJ” Jewell, who sadly passed away a year later.
In 2011, the TV personality dated former RHOA line producer Todd Tucker, whom she married in 2014. They have a son named Ace and a daughter named Blaze. Their family resides in a mansion in Atlanta, Georgia.