Iyanla Vanzant

United States

Iyanla Vanzant Bio

Who is Iyanla Vanzant

Iyanla Vanzant is an American inspirational speaker, lawyer, New Thought spiritual teacher, author, life coach and television personality. She is known primarily for her books, talk show, and frequent appearances on The Oprah Winfrey Show.

Early Life (Childhood)

Born in Brooklyn, New York in the back of a taxi cab to an alcoholic mother. She attended Medgar Evers College in Brooklyn. She graduated from Summa Cum Laude and entered the University of New York Law School at Queens College.

Interesting Facts

Iyanla Vanzant is an American motivational speaker who has a net worth of $400 thousand dollars. She was the Founder and Director of Inner Visions Institute of Spiritual Development.

Personal Life

Iyanla has married three times. In 1971 she married Kirk and has one child. In 1973 she married Charles Vanzant and has one child together. Again in 1997 she married Adeyemi Bandele and has three children together.


Iyanla won The Daytime Emmy Awards in 2005. She was named as one of the “100 most influential Black Americans” in the year 2000, by Ebony magazine.