Billy Porter Net Worth

Net Worth $ 6,000,000
Real name William Ellis Porter II
Source of Wealth Acting, singing, writing, directing, voice coaching
Profession Actor, singer, performer, writer, director & voice coach
Spouse/Partner Adam Smith
Date of Birth Sep 21, 1969
Zodiac Virgo
Age 53
Gender Male
Pronoun He/Him
Height 178 cm / 5 ft 10 inch
Nationality American
Siblings Marry Martha

Billy Porter’s net worth is estimated at $6 million as of 2023 💵

Biography and early life

The multitalented boy, Billy Porter, was born in Pittsburg, Pennsylvania, USA.

His parents were William Ellis Porter and Cloerinda Jean Johnson Porter Ford, and they were very religious. Billy's sister, Marry Martha, was very close to him.

As reported, Billy was sexually abused by his stepfather for four years[1] , aged 7 to 12. Sadly, while growing up, his performing talents were not appreciated much by his family, so he had to find a way to prove his true inner passion for life.

He went to the Reizenstein Middle school, the Allderdice high school, and the Pittsburgh Creative and Performing Arts school. It inspired him to continue his education in arts, so he attended and graduated from the College of Fine Arts.

Further, his path on the big screen was already carved, and it was just a matter of time before he was about to bloom.

Career beginnings in the theater

Unofficially, Billy’s first steps careerwise were when he performed at the Kennywood amusement park area in his hometown, Pittsburgh.

However, things shifted a bit when he showed up on the American Talent Show ‘Star Search’ in 1992 and won a prize of $100.000.

From then on, he was lucky enough to appear on other prominent shows at the time and played Teen Angel in the Broadway show ‘Grease.’

Also, he was featured in theater shows like, ‘Miss Saigon’, ’City Theatre’, ‘Jesus Christ Superstar,’ ‘Dreamgirls,’ ‘Topdog/Underdog,’ etc.

A career in movies, directing, and music

  • Twisted - 1996
  • The First Wives Club - 1996
  • Anastasia - 1997
  • The Intern - 1997
  • The Broken Hearts Club: A Romantic Comedy - 2000
  • Noel - 2004
  • The Humbling - 2014
  • Like a Boss - 2020
  • Cinderella - 2021
  • Anything’s Possible - 2022

Billy started a career as a director in 2005 when he wrote and performed in his autobiographical show ‘Ghetto Superstar’[2]

On a different note, Billy also discovered that he could be very good at music, so he shared that passion with the world and several albums that prove that. Starting from 1997, when he released his single ‘Show Me”/What Iz Time', he never stopped with music.

Some of his other singles are ‘Awaiting You/Time,’ Edelweiss,’ ‘Love Yourself,’ “Children,” ‘Love is on the way,’ etc.

He also performed at concerts in New York, Lincoln Center, and London for their ‘London Pride.’

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Awards and acclamations

  • Audience Choice Awards for the category ‘Favorite
  • Leading Actor' in a Broadway Musical (2013)
  • Drama Desk Awards for the category ‘Outstanding Leading Actor in a Musical’ (2013)
  • Outer Critics Circle Award for the category ‘Outstanding Lead Actor in a Musical’ (2013)
  • Tony Awards for the category ‘Best Leading Actor in a Musical’ (2013)
  • Grammy Awards for the category ‘Best Musical Theater Album’ (2014)
  • GLAAD Media Awards for the category ‘Vito Russo Award’ (2017)
  • Dorian Awards for the category ‘TV Performance of the Year - Actor’ (2019)
  • Primetime Emmy Awards for the category ‘Outstanding Lead Actor in a Drama Series' (2019)
  • Queerties for ‘Badass of the Year’ (2020)
  • A Hollywood Walk of Fame Star with his name[3]

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Porter’s big love for fashion

Billy loved fashion even as a kid, and his style has undergone some dramatic changes, as is evident in the photos he shares on his Instagram profile.

In an interview, he mentioned that when he was growing up and went to the church regularly, he perceived the church as a ‘fashion show’.[4]

Now, he believes that fashion can be a great weapon to set out political opinions, and many notable artists agreed with his idea, wanting him to be included in their designs and styling.

In 2019, he became an Ambassador for the Official Council of Fashion Designers of America for New York Fashion Week. In 2020, at the AFI Awards and the Golden Globes, he appeared in a pink poncho-style gown that he designed from scratch.

His inspiration for this look was a character from ‘Handmaid’s Tale,’ but he gave it a more modern vibe.

Most famous for

Billy Porter is a man who is famous for his numerous talents as an actor, singer, theatrical performer, writer, fashion icon, activist, and the list goes on.

However, the projects that marked his career so far, for which he is most famous, are his performances on Broadway in productions like ‘Miss Saigon,’ 'Grease,' etc.

In addition, he is also famous for the TV series ‘Pose’.

Personal life

Billy Porter is gay, and he came out when he was 16. In 2009 he met Adam Smit, and after eight years of dating, the couple got engaged in 2017 and are now married.

Unfortunately, in an interview for The Hollywood Reporter in 2021, Porter announced that he has HIV and was diagnosed with the virus in June 2007, a secret he kept for 14 years.[5]In addition to that, he was also diagnosed with diabetes.

Moneywise, that same year, he filed for bankruptcy and went to multiple psychotherapy sessions to maintain his mental health.

Apart from that, he is also famous for his activism for the LBGTQ+ and is a member of the Broadway Cares/Equity Fights AIDS.[6]

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  1. Cooper, A. (2021, October 08). Billy Porter reveals how childhood sexual abuse impacts his marriage. Retrieved February 9, 2023, from

  2. Billy Porter's Ghetto Superstar musical to play public. (n.d.). Retrieved February 9, 2023, from

  3. Weiner, L. (2022, December 01). Billy Porter. Retrieved February 9, 2023, from

  4. Billy Porter, A. (2021, December 20). Billy Porter breaks a 14-year silence: "this is what HIV-positive looks like now". Retrieved February 9, 2023, from

  5. Https:// (n.d.). Retrieved February 9, 2023, from