Jim Skrip Biography: Vanessa Williams husband, career, net worth

Vanessa Williams husband, Jim Skrip, is an American businessman, real estate agent, and accountant born on 1 January 1960. He is mostly known for his marriage to the famous actress, singer, and model. On his own part, Skrip is only a successful accountant and a well established real-estate businessman.

The couple first met in 2012 and dated for three years before taking their relationship to the next level. The pair got married in 2015 and went on to have a second wedding, a Catholic ceremony, in 2016.

Williams is the first African-American to be crowned Miss America. Beauty is not all Vanessa has going on for her; she is multitalented. She is an accomplished singer with a record of 6 million sales and multiple Grammy nominations. Additionally, she has seen success as an actor and earned an Emmy nomination.

Jim and Vanessa, who are both New Yorkers, met on a cruise to Egypt. Before marrying Jim, Vanessa had been in two marriages that produced four children. However, she doesn’t have any biological child with her current husband. 

As is the usual pattern, association with a famous person draws attention and public interest to you. Jim’s case is no different, as people began to search for information about him in relation to his wife’s career and achievements. In the next few lines, we will share more about the life of Jim Skrip, his businesses, and of course, his relationship with Vanessa. Firstly, below are ten facts about him.

10 interesting Jim Skrip facts

  1. Jim is particularly a private person. Not only is he not active on social media, but he also does not entertain interviews with the media.
  2. Vanessa announced her engagement to Jim on The Queen Latifah Show, on which she appeared to promote her next Broadway show, The Trip Bountiful.
  3. Jim started out as an accountant, a profession he practised till his retirement. He is currently a real-estate businessman.
  4. Jim Skrip stands at 5 feet 10 inches (178 cm) height and weighs 70 kg or 154 lbs.
  5. About how they met, Vanessa said that his buffalo Sabre t-shirt grabbed her attention and led to a conversation; she approached Skrip and asked if he was from her mother’s hometown, Buffalo.
  6. Because of the circumstance surrounding their first meeting, Jim and Vanessa had an Egyptian-themed wedding ceremony.
  7. As earlier mentioned, the couple had their wedding done twice. The reason is that at the time of their first wedding, Jim’s marriage to his ex-wife hadn’t been completely annulled.
  8. His wife, Vanessa, won the 1984 edition of the Miss America beauty contest, and she became the first Afro-American to win the pageantry.
  9. It is unclear if Skrip has any children of his own, but he has none with Vanessa. Meanwhile, she has four children from her previous marriages.
  10. Jim Skrip currently has a net worth of $10 million. His sources of income are his career in accounting and his current real-estate business.

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As Vanessa Williams husband

Although they both lived in New York, Vanessa Williams and Jim Skrip encountered each other for the first time, miles away, on a cruise in Egypt. Vanessa was on vacation with her daughter from her previous marriage, Sasha Gabriella Fox, while Skrip was by himself. Interestingly, Skrip’s outfit was what prompted their conversation. His buffalo Sabre t-shirt caught Vanessa’s eyes, and she approached him to ask if he was from her mom’s place, Buffalo. 

Vanessa eventually asked Skrip to dinner that same night, and they both hit it off. According to them, after many hours of conversing, it was clear they had quite a lot in common. Vanessa and Jim frequently met after their vacation and eventually started dating after a couple of months.


Vanessa Williams and Jim Skrip agreed to keep their affairs private, and they did exactly that, keeping it away from the media. They only went public with their relationship after they got engaged. The bride-to-be announced her engagement on The Queen Latifah Show while promoting her upcoming Broadway show at the time. She showed her cushion-cut diamond placed at the centre of a platinum halo, flanked by two half-moon shaped stones on either side. A Buffalo-based jewellery maker, Bomi, exclusively designed the ring.

Vanessa shared more about their relationship after their engagement became public knowledge. In her interviews with many notable tabloids, she talked about Jim’s charming nature. How he has accepted her the way she was, especially considering the fact that she had been married twice.

Wedding ceremony

On 4 July 2015, Vanessa and Jim said their vows in a lavish wedding ceremony at the St. Stanislaus Church, Buffalo. Of course, it was a private event, open only to friends and families of the couple. As earlier hinted, the ceremony was done with an Egyptian culture theme and planned by the New York-based wedding designer, Carla Measer-Costamagna. A video custom-made for the couple was released later, which featured the making of their wedding invitation card, customised by an Australian company, Giant Invitations.

Vanessa Williams wedding to her spouse, Skrip
Vanessa Williams wedding to Jim Skrip

The wedding was followed by a reception at The Statler City banquet hall. In line with the ceremony’s Egyptian theme, the banquet too was decorated with gold and ivory tents, beautiful Moroccan lanterns and colourful orchids.

Their second marriage took place the following year, on May 30, because Jim had not annulled his previous one at the time of the first. It took place in Vanessa’s hometown, Chappaqua, New York, where the couple had a proper catholic ceremony.

Vanessa Williams (Wiki)

Vanessa Lynn Williams is an American singer, actress, and fashion designer. She initially gained recognition as the first African-American woman to receive the Miss America title when she won the contest in 1983. She was also a subject of a scandal when Williams learned that Penthouse magazine would be publishing unauthorized nude photographs of her in an upcoming issue a few weeks before the end of her reign in 1984.

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Eventually, Williams resigned as Miss America in July 1984 (under pressure from the Miss America Organization) and was replaced by the first runner-up, Miss New Jersey Suzette Charles. Thirty-two years later, Miss America CEO Sam Haskell offered her a public apology (during the Miss America 2016 pageant) for the events of 1984.

Vanessa Williams as Miss America 1984
Vanessa Williams as Miss America 1984

Despite all of that, Vanessa went on to have a successful career as an actor and singer. In 1988, she released her debut studio album The Right Stuff. With her second and third studio albums, The Comfort Zone (1991) and The Sweetest Days (1994), she saw continued commercial success and received multiple Grammy Award nominations. As an actress, Williams enjoyed success, both on stage and screen. She received an NAACP Image Award for Outstanding Actress in a Motion Picture for her role in Soul Food (1997).

Vanessa has also tried her hands at fashion, and in March 2016, she launched her clothing line, V. by Vanessa Williams.

Vanessa Williams ex-husband

Williams married her first husband, Ramon Hervey II, at St. Francis Xavier Catholic Church in 1987. They met after her time as a beauty queen. Hervey was a public relations specialist, hired to resuscitate her career after her resignation as Miss America in July 1984. The marriage ended in 1997. They had three children together (Melanie, Jillian Hervey, and Devin).

Two years after her separation from Hervey, Vanessa married NBA basketball player Rick Fox in 1999. The union lasted only five years. They have one daughter, Sasha Gabriella Fox.

Vanessa Williams and ex-husband, Rick Fox
Williams and ex-husband, Rick Fox

Vanessa Williams net worth

Vanessa Williams is a very successful singer and actor and has enjoyed commercial success in both careers. Her albums have sold more than two million copies in the US alone. According to some reports, she used to get a salary of $100K per episode at some point in for her TV roles.

As of September 2021, the estimated net worth of Vanessa Williams is approximately $30 million.

Jim Skrip net worth

Jim had a successful career as an accountant in his years of practice. His business in real estate is also, by all indications, thriving. He is estimated to have a net worth of $10 million.


People find love in strange ways. For Jim and Vanessa, all it took was a t-shirt bearing the sign of a particular place. Nine years later, they are still together, and Jim Skrip currently resides in Depew, Buffalo, New York, with his wife and her daughter from her last marriage.

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