Cornel West Biography, Age, Family, Wife, House, Salary, Net Worth, Books

American Political Activist Cornel West

Cornel West Biography

Cornel West is a philosopher, political activist, social critic, author, and public intellectual from the United States of America.


West was strongly influenced by Richard Rorty’s neopragmatism at Princeton and the two remained to be close friends and colleagues of West’s for several years after West’s graduation. The title of West’s dissertation was Ethics, Historicism, and the Marxist Tradition, which was later revised and published under the title The Ethical Aspects of Marxist Thought.

Cornel West Age| How old is Cornel West?

West was born as Cornel Ronald West in 1953 in Tulsa, Oklahoma, U.S. He is 67 years old as of June 2 2020.

Cornel West Family

He was born to Irene Rayshell, an EGUSD teacher and principal, and Clifton Louis West Jr., a former general contractor for the Department of Defense. He has a brother by the name Clifton West. He is the grandson of the former pastor of the Tulsa Metropolitan Baptist Church Clifton L. West Sr.

In Elk Grove, California, there is an elementary school “Irene B. West,” named after Cornel’s mother.

Philosopher and Harvard professor, Cornel West
Philosopher and Harvard professor, Cornel West

Cornel West Wives

He has been married four times. His first wife was Hilda Holloman whom he married in 1977, Ramona Santiago was West’s second wife. The two were married from 1981 to 1986. In 1992, Cornel married his third wife, Elleni Gebre Amlak and began his life with his fourth wife, Leslie Kotkin from 2016 until 2018 when they parted ways.

Cornel West Children

West is a father of two: Dilan Zeytun West and Clifton West.

Cornel West Net Worth

West has an estimated net worth of $500 thousand, which he has accrued from his career as a philosopher, political activist, social critic, author, and public intellectual.

Cornel West Education

He finished high school at John F. Kennedy High School. He enrolled at Harvard College in 1970, after graduating from high school, and took lessons from the philosophers Robert Nozick and Stanley Cavell. In 1973, West earned a degree in Near Eastern languages and culture from Harvard magna cum laude. West enrolled at Princeton University after completing his undergraduate studies at Harvard, where he earned a PhD degree in 1980, becoming the first African American to graduate from Princeton with a PhD degree in philosophy.

Cornel West House

His house is located in Princeton, New Jersey (NJ), in the United States of America. His home’s photos are not available due to privacy,

Cornel West Barack Obama

West has also spoken about the lack of sufficient black leadership and how it causes black communities to question their political ability to ensure change. Cornel West openly endorsed Senator Barack Obama, the Democratic presidential nominee, in 2008. In an April 2011 interview, West further reversed his support for Obama, saying that Obama is a black mascot of Wall Street oligarchs and a black muppet of corporate plutocrats. And now he has become and is proud of the American killing machine. In an interview in November 2012, West stated that he considered Obama a Rockefeller Republican in blackface.

In 2011, with Tavis Smiley, his co-host on the Public Radio International program Smiley & West, West participated in a ‘Poverty Tour’. The stated goal of the tour was to highlight the plight before the 2012 presidential election of the deprived population of the United States, whose candidates West and Smiley said had neglected the plight of the poor. In 2013, at the 50th anniversary celebration of Martin Luther King Jr.’s I Have a Dream address, West referred to Obama’s speech as contradictory and as pretty words that conceal ugly deeds.

Cornel West Book

♦ 1979 Black Theology and Marxist Thought
♦ 1982 Prophesy Deliverance! An Afro-American Revolutionary Christianity
♦ 1988 Post-Analytic Philosophy, edited with John Rajchman
♦ 1989 The American Evasion of Philosophy: A Genealogy of Pragmatism
♦ 1991 Breaking Bread: Insurgent Black Intellectual Life
♦ 1991 The Ethical Dimensions of Marxist Thought
♦ 1993 Prophetic Thought in Postmodern Times: Beyond Eurocentrism and Multiculturalism
♦ 1993 Race Matters
♦ 1994 Keeping Faith: Philosophy and Race in America
♦ 1995 Jews and Blacks: A Dialogue on Race, Religion, and Culture in America
♦ 1997 The Future of the Race
♦ 1997 Restoring Hope: Conversations on the Future of Black America
♦ 1998 The War Against Parents: What We Can Do for America’s Beleaguered Moms and Dads
♦ 1998 The Future of American Progressivism
♦ 2000 The African-American Century: How Black Americans Have Shaped Our Century
♦ 2004 Democracy Matters: Winning the Fight Against Imperialism
♦ 2004 Commentary on The Matrix, The Matrix Reloaded and The Matrix Revolutions; see The Ultimate Matrix Collection
♦ 2008 Hope on a Tightrope: Words & Wisdom
♦ 2009 Brother West: Living & Loving Out Loud
♦ 2012 The Rich and the Rest of Us: A Poverty Manifesto
♦ 2012 Pro+Agonist: The Art of Opposition
♦ 2014 Black Prophetic Fire