Read to find out what the wildly popular broadcaster's net worth is.
Maya Jama has recently added to her long list of achievements after it was announced that the TV and radio presenter will be hosting ITV2's wildly popular show Love Island, replacing Laura Whitmore. Fans of Jama are thrilled to hear this news, and the presenter expressed her happiness in taking up the position as well.
With a diverse history in multiple mediums, how much does the Jama earn and what is her net worth?
Rise to fame
Born in August 1994, Maya Indea Jama is of Swedish and Somali descent. When Jama's mother was pregnant with her, she read the poem I know Why The Caged Bird Sings by the civil-rights activist, Maya Angelou, and that is how she got the inspiration to name her daughter, reports The Sun.
At the age of 16, she made the move to London from Bristol in order to make an attempt at kickstarting her broadcasting career, and at this time she began her own YouTube channel as well. She subsequently bagged the position of a presenter at JumpOff TV.
From that point onward, she has been on an upward trajectory with heading MTV's The Wrap Up, MTV News, and MTV Essentials. In 2014, she hosted Copa 90's Maya's Fifa World Cup Cities, which was a travelogue based on the Fifa World Cup.
After the exit of Stacey Dooley from BBC Three's Glow Up, Jama took up the mantle in 2019. On BBC Radio 1, she also hosted the Friday and Saturday 10 am-1 pm shows. She has also appeared as a host alongside Alice Levine on Channel 4's The Circle.
A new direction
The winter edition of Love Island is set to begin this month on ITV, and this will be the first time the popular reality series will be hosted by Jama. Not much is known in terms of the contestants, but it is known that the show is heading to South Africa this month.
Speaking about the opportunity, Jama said:
I've always been such a massive Love Island fan and I'm so excited to be hosting one of the nation's favourite shows! I can't wait to get into the villa to meet all of the islanders.
Paul Mortimer, the director of reality programming and acquisitions at ITV said:
[Finding a replacement for Laura Whitmore] was never going to be easy. In Maya Jama though, we have another high-profile fan of the show who'll be a great addition to the Love Island family.
Cool, charming and charismatic, I speak for us all when I say Maya will also bring a unique presenting style to the show, as did Laura and, of course, the very much missed Caroline Flack. We're very pleased to have her on board.
What is her net worth?
With such a track record in broadcasting, it is no surprise that the presenter has an estimated net worth of £1.5 million. According to The Sun, Jama had previously revealed that she became a millionaire at the age of 24.
Jama's upcoming stint with Love Island will certainly be adding to those numbers, considering her own popularity as well as the show's popularity. It is reported that the previous host, Whitmore, was earning £600,000 for presenting the show. The Sun further reported in 2021 that she bagged £206,000 in pay and has also made a profit of £434,000 through her private firm, MIJ Entertainment & Co.