Virginia Donald Biography

Biography by Published on Updated on 27 Mar, 2021
Facts of Virginia Donald
Date of Birth: 1966
Birth Nation: United States of America
Height: 5 feet 5 inch
Name Virgina Donald
Nationality American
Birth Place/City Mississippi
Net Worth $100 Thousand
Eye Color Brown
Hair Color Salt & Pepper
Face Color Fair
Famous for Ex-wife of Shepard Smith
Married Once
Children No
Divorce Shepard Smith (m.1987- div. 1993)
Education University of Mississippi’s Meek School of Journalism and Acting
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Virginia Donald, an American actress & socialite, is widely popular as the ex-wife of broadcast journalist Shepard Smith, who currently works for NBC News and CNBC after quitting the 23-year long career at Fox News Channel in 2019.

They were in a marital relationship for 6 years before their divorce in 1993. While the actual reason for their split never came up, Smith's new love interest did answer it all unanimously after he confirmed being gay & a blissful relationship boyfriend in the late 2010s.

Virginia Donald's Birthday & Age

Born in 1966 in Mississippi, the USA, Donald is an American by nationality. Her parents worked as teachers in high school, though further detail on her family, early life, or birthday is yet to be out.

As of March 2021, Virginia is 55 years old and has a height of 5 feet 5 inches.

She attended the University of Mississippi’s Meek School of Journalism and Acting and graduated with a Bachelor’s Degree in journalism in 1988, where she met her future husband (now ex) Shepard Smith.

Divorced With Shepard Smith- When Did They Marry? Any Children?

Virginia's love story with Shepard Smith bloomed after they met at the University of Mississippi and were classmates. After dating for a couple of years, the duo married in 1987As reported, Smith dropped out from the University with only two credits shy of graduating with a journalism degree in order to marry Donald.

But after 6 years of marriage, they divorced in 1993 without any clarification on the reason for the split. Despite being together all those years, the now-former duo didn't share any children.

CAPTION: Virginia Donald and her ex-husband Shep Smith; they were classmates at the University of Mississippi SOURCE: Legit

Ever since their divorce, Donald has remained low-key about her personal life. No update on her relationship status or whereabouts is out at the moment. She is not active on social media platforms either.

On the other, Shep made a confirmation of a new relationship & even more, gave an answer to the possible reason behind divorce with Virginia Donald, in an interview with Huff Post in 2016. Smith admitted that he is gay during a conversation while denying that his late boss Roger Ailes was a homophobe. Possibly, Smith's interest in men led to the breakdown of his marriage with then-wife Donald.

CAPTION: Shepard Smith and his boyfriend Giovanni Graziano; he came out as gay officially in 2017 SOURCE: Daily Mail

Later in May 2017, Shep Smith came out as gay officially and confirmed his relatioship with his boyfriend Giovanni Graziano, a former Fox News producer. They are dating since 2013.

Career & Net Worth Of Virginia Donald

Not much is known of Donald's career, except she did commercials & had brief  TV roles. Without a doubt, she failed relationship with now ex-husband Shep Smith grabbed her media attention. Even though the exact figure of her fortune is not disclosed, Virginia Donald has an estimated $100,000 net worth in 2021.

Not to mention that Virginia's spousal support as a result of divorce with Smith earned her a considerable sum of money.

Throughout their marriage, Shep was yet to gain prominence as a broadcast journalist, otherwise, Donald could have snatched away a chunk of Smith's million dollars fortune in alimony. According to Celebrity Net Worth, Shepard Smith, 57 years old, has a $25 million net worth as of March 2021.

CAPTION: Virginia Donald's ex-husband Shepard Smith is a millionaire & has $25 million net worth in 2021 SOURCE: Variety

With early stints at WBBH-TV & WKMG-TV, the Mississippi native journalist joined Fox News Channel in 1996 and worked there for 23 years before departure in 2019. Since he works for NBC News and CNBC; he is the network's chief general news anchor and hosts The News with Shepard Smith.

Stating the reason for leaving Fox News, Smith told Christiane Amanpour in 2021 that 'his presence on Fox had become "untenable" due to the "falsehoods" and "lies" intentionally spread on the network's opinion shows.'