Basketball Wives: Shaunie O'Neal's Net Worth, Ex-Husband, And Kids

VH1's Basketball Wives debuted its ninth season on Feb. 9, 2021 and promised to be unlike any other. According to longtime cast member Shaunie O'Neal, the show will dive into the Black Lives Matter movement, which she said brought everyone together. 

"A lot happened within the group's dynamic in the past year and I think that instead of tearing us apart, it may have brought us closer together," she told E! News. The global coronavirus pandemic also put a lot of things into perspective for the group, who "had that light bulb come up to do better and be better as women and women of color." Shaunie added, "I think this season you'll see a different side of a lot of the ladies, a lot of growth. It's a major change especially for those who have been watching us for years."

This season sees the return of Basketball Wives cast members Evelyn Lozada, Jackie Christie, Malaysia Pargo, and Jennifer Williams. As always, we expect there will be plenty of drama along the way, but as fans prepare for the latest episodes of the show, they might want to brush up on these famous basketball wives' personal lives, including how they got on the show in the first place and where its taken them after 10 seasons. Keep scrolling to find out who Shaunie's legendary ex-husband is, how many kids she has, and how many millions she has to her name.

Shaunie O'Neal's ex-husband is a basketball legend

Shaunie O'Neal was married to one of the NBA's greatest players — Shaquille O'Neal. The two wed in December 2002, in Beverly Hills, Calif., but broke up in 2007 (per People). Though they reconciled shortly after, Shaunie filed for divorce in 2009, citing irreconcilable differences. A few years later, the basketball legend revealed in his memoir, Shaq Uncut: My Story, that his infidelity is what ultimately led to their split. According to the Daily Mail, he wrote: "You know as well as I do relationships are about maintaining... It wasn't the big stuff, it was the small stuff, and that's my fault." Shaq also admitted he "just didn't know how" to be a good partner.

Despite the divorce, the pair is still very much on good terms. In fact, Shaunie supports her ex and is even "rooting" for his love life, according to Page Six. In February 2021, she told the outlet she'd love to see Shaq get married again, adding that they've talked about attending his each other's wedding. "When I see Shaq with a new woman I'll be like, 'Oh, is this the one. Please let this be the one. Like, girl, stick in there — you got this'," she said. 

Shaunie and Shaquille O'Neal co-parent a big brood

During Shaunie and Shaquille O'Neal's marriage, the couple had four children together: Shareef, Amirah, Shaqir, and Me'Arah (per People). The retired basketball player also has a daughter named Taahiral with ex-girlfriend Arnetta Yardbourgh, and the Basketball Wives star has a son, Myles, from a previous relationship. Shuanie and Shaq have maintained a healthy blended family, but co-parenting wasn't always easy. According to Cheat Sheet, Shaunie revealed things were "really rough" for the first "five [or] six years" after their split. However, they're "great now."

The kids, who were featured on Shaunie's reality show, Shaunie's Home Court, which aired for two seasons between 2016 and 2018, are also talented athletes. In fact, all four of Shaunie and Shaq's kids play basketball like their famous dad, and we're willing to bet they're picking up some secrets to success from their mom too. She's built a successful career of her own as well, and has the fortune to prove it. 

Shaunie O'Neal is a very busy businesswoman

Basketball Wives star Shaunie O'Neal is worth an estimated $35 million, according to Celebrity Net Worth. Some of that wealth was reportedly earned during her marriage to Shaquille O'Neal, and she's boosted her bottom line through her own entrepreneurial endeavors. 

The site reports that she's earned an impressive salary from her role as both a cast member and executive producer of Basketball Wives – a reality show that follows the lives of the wives, fiancees, and girlfriends of NBA players. Shaunie has been a part of the show's original cast since 2010, and has appeared in more than 100 episodes. She also appeared in the 2014 documentary Dumb It Down and has been featured on TV shows like The Real, Hell's Kitchen, and The Wendy Williams Show, according to IMDb. The reality star's name is also credited to multiple Basketball Wives spin-offs, including VH1's Basketball Wives LA and Baller Wives, as well as her very own show called Shaunie's Home Court. In other words, this woman is busy!

"I'm just having a ball at everything that I'm doing," she told Black Enterprise. "And I look forward to each day and each challenge and at the same time I'm learning."