Donna Richardson Biography
Donna Richardson is an American fitness and aerobics instructor, author and ESPN television sports commentator. She is widely known for her series of fitness videos. She was appointed in 2006 by President George W. Bush to serve on the President’s Council on Physical Fitness and Sports. She also produces and hosts Donna Richardson: Mind, Body, & Spirit, which airs on TV One and Sweating In The Spirit, which airs on The Word Network.
She has served on the Women’s Sports Foundation Board of Trustees. Moreover, she is an Advisory Board Member for the Boys and Girls Clubs of America.
Donna Richardson Age
She was born on November 3, 1962, in Silver Spring, Maryland, United States of America. She was born as Donna Richardson Joyner
Donna Richardson Early Life
Richardson is a native of Silver Spring, Maryland where she graduated from Montgomery Blair High School. She was Blair’s first African-American homecoming queen. Richardson cites Saundra Woods of Montgomery County Public Schools as the teacher who most influenced her to excel and attain success. She graduated from Hollins College with a degree in Health Education and Dance.
Donna Richardson Marriage
Richardson met popular syndicated radio personality Tom Joyner in 1997, after being a guest on his radio show. They became engaged one year later in August 1998, while in Philadelphia en route to the airport. On July 29, 2000, Richardson married Joyner in Montego Bay, Jamaica and had a week-long honeymoon in Venice Italy. A report in December 2012 announced that Richardson and Tom Joyner had separated, in May 2012, in order to divorce. The New York Daily News stated that the separation is “mutual but not exactly amicable.”
Though the couple went through the ugly separation, they peacefully went through child custody issues. This was because they did not have any children from their twelve years long married life.
She resides in Dallas, Texas. Despite this, she is a staunch Washington Redskins supporter.
Donna Richardson Fitness career
She was Certified by AFAA and ACE as an International Fitness Expert. Donna began her fitness career as an aerobics instructor, after responding to a challenge to take an aerobics class. She eventually moved on to teach other instructors. Afterward, she began to compete nationally and internationally in aerobics competitions.
In 1992 she was hired as a co-host of the ESPN Fitness Pros Show. She also co-starred in her first commercial fitness tape, Platinum Buns of Steel. Richardson was selected by The Oprah Winfrey Show as one of the “Top 5 Fitness Video Instructors”. She was selected by Fitness magazine as one of their “Top 10 Movers and Shakers” and was inducted into the Fitness Hall of Fame.
Richardson Joyner not only was the star of Sweating in the Spirit, but she was also the executive producer.
Richardson Joyner has lectured in 40 countries and has been a featured motivational speaker with several national tours including God’s Leading Ladies, Sisters In The Spirit and the Pantene Total You.
Donna was named by Essence magazine for being “one out of 25 most inspiring women in America” in 2006.
Richardson Joyner is in the Guinness Book of World Records for creating and leading the world’s largest line dance, with over 50,000 participants at Megafest hosted by Bishop T. D. Jakes in Atlanta, Georgia.
Donna Richardson Net Worth
Being such a renowned personality, Donna Richardson earns an astonishing amount of money from her multiple careers. Richardson gives a motivational speech as well as lectures in different places and further tours in several countries.
As of now, Richardson has an estimated net worth of $3 million. She has maintained a lavish and standard life.