• Samantha Lee Gibson is an educated and highly accomplished social worker, social advocate and philanthropist, best known as Tyrese Gibson's wife
• She holds American nationality and is of African-American ethnicity
• She attended the University of Georgia and obtained a bachelor's degree in Psychology in 2012 and later earned a master's degree in social work
• She is currently working with Project Safe, a non-profit organization that aims to end domestic violence
• Her estimated net worth is around $1 million

Known for movies

Short Info

Net Worth$25 million, $25 million
Date Of BirthDecember 30, 1978
SpouseNorma Gibson, Samantha Lee Gibson, Norma Gibson
FactWas good friends with actor Paul Walker.
PaymentsEarned $750,000 from 2 Fast 2 Furious (2003)

Who is Samantha Lee Gibson?

Samantha Lee Scwalenberg came into the public spotlight when her name was associated for the first time with famous actor, Tyrese Gibson in 2016. Before she won the heart of this famous actor, singer, and songwriter, she built her life path and career beyond the world of fame and celebrities. Although she is best known as Tyrese Gibson’s wife, being an educated and highly accomplished social worker, social advocate and philanthropist, she is far more than his better half.  Born on 15 July 1989, in Dayton, New Jersey USA,  under the star sign Cancer, Samantha seems to value her privacy, given that she has managed to stay out of the spotlight even after marrying the famous actor.

Samantha’s Family, Nationality, Siblings

Not much information is known about her and her family before she became Mrs Gibson; what is known so far is that she holds American nationality and is of African-American ethnicity. It’s reported that she has two brothers, Tomas Schwalenberg and Mike Spencer. On a visit to Pastor Creflo Dollar’s Web series, ”Your World with Creflo,” she shared scarce information about her background, hinting that her family had a lot of challenges, and in her own words, it was ”pretty dysfunctional”. She continued: ”My whole life was not peaceful. There were fights; my father left, just a lot of things I was dealing with.”

Samantha’s Early Life and Education

She attended the University of Georgia and obtained a bachelor’s degree in Psychology in 2012, graduating with a Cum Laude recognition. Later she earned a master’s degree in social work, which enabled her to fulfill her long-awaited dream to help those in trouble, focusing mainly on domestic abuse victims. In 2015 she completed a Marriage and Family Therapy Certification from UGA.

However, it seems that all these accomplishments were not enough for Samantha, who is a versatile individual, who on top of all these accomplishments received a Certificate from the Bartending School of Atlanta.

She is currently working with Project Safe, a non-profit organization that aims to end domestic violence through crisis interventions, supportive services, prevention, and education. Samantha usually manages the shelter operations, interventions, cases and documentation.  Her previous employment includes working as a social services case manager for the Department of Family and Community Services. Domestic violence is one of the reoccurring issues in America, which Samantha has recognized and has been advocating against it for many years now. She is also engaged in fighting human and sex trafficking.

Her marriage to  Tyrese Gibson

It is reported that the pair has been dating since 2015, even though they were spotted for the first time in public at a charity event in Atlanta in December 2016.

They finally tied the knot one year later, on Valentine’s Day 14 February 2017, in a secret ceremony at their Georgia home. Even though they had married, they again married officially on July 14 in the same year. They had their first baby, Soraya Lee Gibson, on 1 October 2018, when she couldn’t hide her excitement, and wrote on her own Instagram page: “Blessed beyond measure. That is all. I love you, my bubby. Thank you for pushing me out of my comfort zone & bringing out a woman I never knew existed within me.”

Also, proud father Tyrese took to his Instagram to announce their new addition to the family with captions: ”Father God we love you for delivering on your promise princess Soraya Lee Gibson is here………..8 pounds 6 oz our lives just changed forever.”

Samantha Lee Gibson and Tyrese Gibson

For Samantha, the role of a mother was not that foreign, considering that Tyrese already had a child named Shayla from his previous marriage with Norma Gibson. Samantha has managed to create a loving relationship with her step-daughter, which is most evident from the photos they post on their Instagram accounts.

Would you like to know Samantha’s net worth?

It is reported that as of late 2020, her estimated net worth is around $1 million. Working as an active and dedicated social worker, it is said that she had a hefty salary before meeting and later marrying Tyrese Gibson. They live in a 25,000-square-foot, six stories home in Georgia.

Briefly about Tyrese Gibson

Tyrese Gibson is a famous American singer, actor, author and businessman, best known for his role in the popular franchise, ”The Fate of the Furious“ (also known as  Fast and Furious). He initially stepped into the world of fame by releasing several albums, but soon transitioned to acting, with lead roles in various Hollywood releases. Regarding his music career,  he sold 3.7 million albums in the US, and even earned a Grammy nomination for the Best R&B Male Vocal Performance for the song ”Sweet Lady.”

His debut film was ”Baby Boy“, in which he played Joseph ”Jody” Summers.  Later he landed a recurring role in one of the most popular and prolific film series: ”Transformers“, and having done these major roles in high-grossing movies, it doesn’t come as a surprise that his estimated worth is over $3 million.

More about Samanta Lee Gibson

Unlike her husband, Tyreese, Samantha is not active on social media; she occasionally uses Facebook and Twitter. Instagram seems to be the only social network on which she is active, where she has 964,000 followers. Judging by the photos Tyrese posts on Instagram, she has a fit figure and seems to have a specific fashion style, for which she is often praised – her choices are minimalistic and usually on-trend. She is one of the lucky ones to be blessed with a perfect complexion and light eyes.

Even though she goes now by the name Samantha Lee Gibson, her maiden name is Swalenberg. She used her old name in her LinkedIn profile, and it can also be found in a 2011 article from a University of Georgia school paper.

This article mentions that she participated in the Schools’ Ms. Latin UGA pageant, which doesn’t come as a surprise given her looks, fit physique, and fashion style.

Has she ever been involved in a scandal?

Another testament to her impeccable personality is the fact that she has never been tied to any scandal, affair, or criminal activity. However, her husband Tyrese faced a severe b,acklash for posting a tweet as an announcement of his marriage to Samantha and calling her his ‘Black Queen’. The public deemed this comment as racist, and soon after he deleted his tweet , but the waves he caused continued to swirl for a while.

The role of religion

Religion is a significant component in the life of this couple. They are both dedicated Christians who permeate their worldview and approach to life by following the Christian doctrine of sincerity and an open heart. That Christian dedication and life view cemented their bond and affected the nature of their relationship. In their wish to follow the traditional Christian attitude, they went through pre-marital counseling sessions with the hope that their marriage will be blessed and successful.

Samantha also shows her dedication and commitment by posting testimonies, bible verses, and reflections on faith. Since she has altruistic tendencies, she is open to help and hear other people’s experiences, especially those with a religious background.

General Info

Full NameTyrese Gibson
Net Worth$25 million, $25 million
Salary$25 million
Date Of BirthDecember 30, 1978
Height1.8 m, 1.8 m
Weight172 lbs172 lbs
ProfessionScreenwriter, Television producer, Film producer, Author, Rapper, VJ, Actor, Model, Singer, Songwriter, Screenwriter, Television producer, Film producer, Author, Rapper, VJ, Actor, Model, Singer, Songwriter
EducationFlorida A&M University, Locke High School, Florida A&M University, Locke High School
NationalityAmerican, American


SpouseNorma Gibson, Samantha Lee Gibson, Norma Gibson
ChildrenShayla Somer Gibson, Shayla Somer Gibson
ParentsPriscilla Murray Gibson, Tyrone Gibson, Priscilla Murray Gibson, Tyrone Gibson


AwardsSoul Train Music Centric Certified Award, NAACP Image Award for Outstanding Music Video, Soul Train Music Award for Song of the Year, American Music Award for Favorite Soul/R&B New Artist, Soul Train Music Centric Certified Award, NAACP Image Award for Outstanding Music Video, Soul Train Music Award...
Music GroupsTGT, TGT
NominationsGrammy Award for Best R&B Album, Grammy Award for Best R&B Song, BET Award for Best Male R&B/Pop Artist, BET Centric Award, Grammy Award for Best Traditional R&B Performance, Billboard Music Award for Top R&B Album, Grammy Award for Best Male R&B Vocal Performance, Soul Train Music Award for Best R&...
MoviesFurious 7, 2 Fast 2 Furious, Fast Five, The Fate of the Furious, Baby Boy, Waist Deep, Four Brothers, Death Race, Fast & Furious 6, Transformers: The Last Knight, Flight of the Phoenix, Transformers, Transformers: Dark of the Moon, Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen, Black Nativity, The Take, Legio...
TV ShowsIt's Not You, It's Men, It's Not You, It's Men

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2 Fast 2 Furious (2003)$750,000


1Honestly, I would rather get a Grammy than an Oscar.


1Friends with Joseph Simmons.
2Was good friends with actor Paul Walker.
3Bears a striking resemblance to St. Louis Cardinals Hall of Fame pitcher, Bob Gibson.
4Daughter Shayla Somer Gibson was born on July 11th 2007.
5Created HQ Pictures, his TV and film production company.
6Actually has a background in the underground rap scene, rapping on numerous mixtapes with an alias of Black Ty (or sometimes Chocolate Ty).
7Revealed on The New Tom Green Show (2003) that he has such a fear of owls that looking at a picture would make him freak out. Tom Green proceeded to draw a picture of an owl anyway.
8Former VJ for "MTV Jams Countdown."
9One of People Magazine's Sexiest Men of the Year. [2000]
10Is an exclusive model for GUESS?
11Debut album, "TYRESE" went platinum.
12Childhood friend is Brandy.
13Is host for MTV Jams Countdown.
14Raised over $300,000.00 to build the first Boys and Girls Youth
15Has 9 tattoos.
16Modeled for Tommy Hilfiger.
17At 14 got into music and won his first talent show.
18At 16 purchased his first home.
19At 17 started modeling.
20Bears a strong resemblance for male model Tyson Beckford.
212000 Watts is an organization he founded to help inner city children.
22The name of his sophomore album is 2000 Watts.




Fast & Furious 92019pre-productionRoman
Transformers: The Last Knight2017post-productionSergeant Epps
The Fate of the Furious2017post-productionRoman Pearce
Star2017TV SeriesPastor Harris
American Dad!2016TV SeriesTyrese Gibson
Ride Along 22016Mayfield
Tyrese Gibson: Shame2015Video short
Hollywood Adventures2015House Guest (uncredited)
Fast & Furious: Supercharged2015ShortRoman Pearce
Furious 72015Roman
Black Nativity2013Loot Tyson
Furious 62013Roman
Transformers: Dark of the Moon2011Epps
Fast Five2011Roman
Lady Gaga: Telephone2010Video shortBoyfriend
Legion2010Kyle Williams
Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen2009USAF Chief Master Sergeant Epps
Death Race2008Machine Gun Joe
The Take2007Adell Baldwin
Transformers2007USAF Tech Sergeant Epps
Waist Deep2006O2
Four Brothers2005Angel Mercer
Flight of the Phoenix2004A.J.
2 Fast 2 Furious2003Roman Pearce (as Tyrese)
Baby Boy2001Joseph Summers
Moesha2000TV SeriesTroy
Love Song2000TV MovieMad Rage / Skip (as Tyrese)
The Parent 'Hood1998TV SeriesCoop
Martin1997TV SeriesDante
Hangin' with Mr. Cooper1996TV SeriesDarrell
MTV Beach House1993TV Series 1999


Roll Models2013TV Series executive producer - 8 episodes
K-Town2012-2013TV Series executive producer - 18 episodes
First In2009TV Series documentary executive producer - 8 episodes


Star2017TV Series performer - 1 episode
Black Nativity2013performer: "Sweet Little Jesus Boy"
More Than a Game2008Documentary performer: "If You Dream" - as Tyrese
Waist Deep2006performer: "Ayy" - as Tyrese / writer: "Ayy"
Coach Carter2005"Lately" / performer: "Lately" - as Tyrese
2 Fast 2 Furious2003performer: "Pick Up the Phone" - as Tyrese
Baby Boy2001performer: "Just a Baby Boy" / writer: "Just a Baby Boy"
Boys and Girls2000performer: "Lately" / writer: "Lately"


The 29th Annual American Music Awards2002TV SpecialHimself - Presenter
2001 Lady of Soul Awards2001TV SpecialHimself - Performer (as Tyrese)
Showtime at the Apollo2001TV SeriesHimself
MTV 20: Live & Almost Legal2001TV Movie documentaryHimself
Who Wants to Be a Millionaire2001TV SeriesHimself
Naked Truth2001TV Series documentaryHimself (as Tyrese)
The Late Late Show with Craig Kilborn2001TV SeriesHimself
1st Annual BET Awards2001TV SpecialHimself (as Tyrese)
The 15th Annual Soul Train Music Awards2001TV SpecialHimself
The Andy Dick Show2001TV SeriesHimself
The 28th Annual American Music Awards2001TV SpecialHimself (as Tyrese)
Hollywood Squares2000TV SeriesHimself
31st NAACP Image Awards2000TV SpecialHimself
Nickelodeon Kids' Choice Awards 20002000TV SpecialHimself
Making the Video2000TV Series documentaryHimself
14th Annual Soul Train Music Awards2000TV SpecialHimself - Performer (as Tyrese)
The 27th Annual American Music Awards2000TV SpecialHimself - Presenter
Blue's Clues1999TV SeriesHimself
The Teen Choice Awards 19991999TV SpecialHimself
Flava1999TV SeriesHimself
Sister, Sister1998TV SeriesHimself
MTV Jams1996TV SeriesHimself - Host (as Tyrese)
Access Hollywood Live2016-2017TV SeriesHimself
Game4Paul2016TV MovieHimself - Guest
2016 Billboard Music Awards2016TV MovieHimself - Presenter (as Tyrese)
K.Michelle: My Life2016TV SeriesHimself
Larry King Now2016TV SeriesHimself - Guest
It's Not You, It's Men2016TV SeriesHimself / Himself - Co-Host
All Def Movie Awards2016TV MovieHimself
The Doctors2016TV SeriesHimself
BNow!2016TV SeriesHimself - Artist
The 58th Annual Grammy Awards2016TV MovieHimself - Performer
The Talk2015-2016TV SeriesHimself / Himself - Guest
Hollywood Today Live2016TV SeriesHimself
Access Hollywood2016TV SeriesHimself
Entertainment Tonight2008-2016TV SeriesHimself
Rachael Ray2013-2016TV SeriesHimself
The Chew2013-2016TV SeriesHimself - Guest
The View2015-2016TV SeriesHimself
Today2009-2016TV SeriesHimself / Himself - Guest
Coked Up!2016DocumentaryHimself
The 3rd Annual Noble Awards2015TV MovieHimself - Presenter
American Music Awards 20152015TV SpecialHimself
E! Live from the Red Carpet2015TV SeriesHimself
2015 Soul Train Awards2015TV MovieHimself - Performer (as Tyrese)
Lip Sync Battle2015TV SeriesHimself
Furious 7: Talking Fast2015Video documentary shortHimself
Making of Fast & Furious Supercharged Ride2015Video shortHimself
Community Impact Awards2015TV MovieHimself
BET Awards 20152015TV MovieHimself
Being2015TV Mini-SeriesHimself
Road to the BETX: Dine, Shop and Party2015TV SeriesHimself
FansTang Live from the Red Carpet2015TV SeriesHimself
Extra2015TV SeriesHimself
Unsung Hollywood2015TV Series documentaryHimself
Fast and Furious: Cast Favorites2015Video documentary shortHimself
CNN Newsroom2014TV SeriesHimself
BET Awards 20142014TV SpecialHimself
BET Awards 2014 Postshow: The Afterparty Live!2014TV SpecialHimself
The Arsenio Hall Show2014TV SeriesHimself - Guest / Himself - Musical Guest
The Insider2014TV SeriesHimself
45th NAACP Image Awards2014TV Movie documentaryHimself
The Queen Latifah Show2014TV SeriesHimself
E! News2014TV SeriesHimself - Guest
Hand to Hand Fury2013Video documentary shortHimself
It's All About the Cars2013Video documentary short
Planes, Tanks and Automobiles2013Video documentary shortHimself
The Making of Fast & Furious 62013Video documentary shortHimself
One Christmas2013TV SpecialHimself
Made in Hollywood2010-2013TV SeriesHimself
2013 Soul Train Awards2013TV SpecialHimself (as Tyrese)
Fatherhood 1012013DocumentaryHimself
Janela Indiscreta2013TV SeriesHimself
Vivir de cine2013TV SeriesHimself
Chelsea Lately2011-2013TV SeriesHimself - Guest
The Jeff Probst Show2013TV SeriesHimself
HBO First Look2007-2013TV Series documentaryHimself
Good Day L.A.2013TV SeriesHimself
Steve Harvey2013TV SeriesHimself
Big Morning Buzz Live2011-2013TV SeriesHimself
Praise the Lord2012TV SeriesHimself
2012 Soul Train Awards2012TV SpecialHimself (as Tyrese)
BET Awards 20122012TV SpecialHimself
It Has Begun: Bananapocalypse2012ShortHimself
20th Annual Trumpet Awards2012TV SpecialHimself
The Soup2012TV SeriesHimself
Above and Beyond: Exploring Dark of the Moon2012Video documentaryHimself
Andrew Young Presents2012TV Series documentary
The Wendy Williams Show2011TV SeriesHimself - Guest / Himself
Watch What Happens: Live2011TV SeriesHimself - Guest
2011 BET Hip Hop Awards2011TV SpecialHimself - Performer
Fast Five: Dom's Journey2011Video documentary shortHimself
Fast Five: Reuniting the Team2011Video documentary shortHimself
Fast Five: Tyrese TV2011Video shortHimself
33-y Moskovskiy mezhdunarodnyy kinofestival2011TV SpecialHimself
Transformers: Dark of the Moon - 35mm Special2011TV Short documentaryHimself
The Mo'Nique Show2011TV SeriesHimself
Attack of the Show!2011TV SeriesHimself
Fast & Furious Five Special2011TV MovieHimself
CQC: Custe o Que Custar2011TV SeriesHimself
Legendários2011TV SeriesHimself
Pânico na TV2011TV SeriesHimself
The Con2011Documentary
Mic Check Live: Ms. Lauryn Hill & Tyrese Gibson2011TV MovieHimself
La La's Full Court Wedding2010TV SeriesHimself
Unsung2010TV Series documentaryHimself
BET Awards 20102010TV SpecialHimself
The Untouchables of Kentucky2010Himself (voice)
Up Close with Carrie Keagan2007-2010TV SeriesHimself
MMA H.E.A.T.2010TV SeriesHimself
Mark at the Movies2010TV SeriesHimself
A Day with Bay: Tokyo2009Video documentary shortHimself
The Human Factor: Exacting Revenge of the Fallen2009Video documentaryHimself
MTV Video Music Awards 20092009TV SpecialHimself
A Comicbook Orange2009TV SeriesHimself - Interviewee
Secrets of Life2009DocumentaryHimself
BET Awards 20092009TV SpecialHimself
Xposé2009TV SeriesHimself
T.I. Farewell Party Interview with MC Serch2009TV Movie documentaryHimself
2 Fast 2 Furious: Hollywood Impact2009Video shortHimself
Death Race: Start Your Engines - Making a Death Race2008Video documentary shortHimself
Jimmy Kimmel Live!2003-2008TV SeriesHimself / Himself - Guest
Our World2007Video documentaryHimself
Their War2007Video documentaryHimself
Late Night with Conan O'Brien2006-2007TV SeriesHimself
Live with Kelly and Michael2005-2007TV SeriesHimself
O Access2007TV SeriesHimself
The Tonight Show with Jay Leno2001-2007TV SeriesHimself
BET Awards 20062006TV SpecialHimself
The Megan Mullally Show2006TV SeriesHimself
The Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson2006TV SeriesHimself - Interviewee / Musical Guest / Himself
2006 American Music Awards2006TV SpecialHimself - Presenter (as Tyrese)
106 & Park Top 10 Live2006TV SeriesHimself
Made in Hollywood: Teen Edition2006TV SeriesHimself
MTV Video Music Awards 20062006TV SpecialHimself - Audience (uncredited)
Trina: Live & Uncut2006VideoHimself
In the Cutz2006TV SeriesHimself
The 20th Annual Soul Train Music Awards2006TV SpecialHimself - Host
ESPY Awards2005TV SpecialHimself (as Tyrese)
Punk'd2005TV SeriesHimself
Phoenix Diaries2005Video documentary shortHimself (as Tyrese)
Spike TV's 52 Favorite Cars2004TV Movie documentaryHost
Essence Awards2003TV Movie documentaryHimself (as Tyrese)
MTV Presents Teen People Magazine's 25 Hottest Stars Under 252003TV SpecialHimself
Trina: The Making of a Diamond Princess2003TV Movie documentaryHimself (as Tyrese)
2 Fast 2 Furious: Actor Driving School2003Video documentary shortHimself
2 Fast 2 Furious: Actor Spotlights2003Video shortHimself
2 Fast 2 Furious: Car Spotlights2003Video documentary shortHimself
2 Fast 2 Furious: Supercharged Stunts2003Video shortHimself
Inside '2 Fast 2 Furious'2003Video documentary shortHimself
Making Music with Ludacris2003Video documentary shortHimself
Tinseltown TV2003TV SeriesHimself
9th Annual Soul Train Lady of Soul Awards2003TV SpecialHimself (as Tyrese)
The Teen Choice Awards 20032003TV SpecialHimself (as Tyrese)
The Making of '2 Fast 2 Furious'2003TV Movie documentaryHimself
The New Tom Green Show2003TV SeriesHimself
3rd Annual BET Awards2003TV Special documentaryHimself (as Tyrese)
Soul Train2001-2003TV Series documentaryHimself
Shifting Gears: The Making of '2 Fast 2 Furious'2003TV Short documentaryHimself
The Jazzspel with Eric J2003TV SeriesHimself
2003 MTV Movie Awards2003TV SpecialHimself (as Tyrese)
The Daily Show2003TV SeriesHimself
Summer Music Mania 20032003TV SpecialHimself - Performer (as Tyrese)
Half & Half2003TV SeriesHimself
The 17th Annual Soul Train Music Awards2003TV SpecialHimself (as Tyrese)
Star Search2003TV SeriesHimself - Guest Judge
The 30th Annual American Music Awards2003TV SpecialHimself (as Tyrese)
Hip Hop Babylon2003TV MovieHimself (as Tyrese)
Miss Universe Pageant2002TV SpecialHimself (as Tyrese)
All That2002TV SeriesHimself - Musical Guest
33rd NAACP Image Awards2002TV SpecialHimself

Archive Footage

Entertainment Tonight2014-2015TV SeriesHimself
Chelsea Lately2013TV SeriesHimself
Movie Guide2013TV SeriesRoman Pearce
Big Morning Buzz Live2013TV SeriesHimself
106 & Park Top 10 Live2007TV SeriesHimself - 'One Girl' Video


Won Awards

2016Image AwardImage AwardsOutstanding Music VideoTyrese Gibson: Shame (2015)
2001Special MentionLocarno International Film FestivalBaby Boy (2001)

Nominated Awards

2016GrammyGrammy AwardsBest Traditional R&B PerformanceFor the song "Shame."
2016GrammyGrammy AwardsBest R&B Song
2016Image AwardImage AwardsOutstanding Male Artist
2015Teen Choice AwardTeen Choice AwardsChoice Movie: ChemistryFurious Seven (2015)
2014Hollywood AwardAcapulco Black Film FestivalBest Ensemble CastFurious 6 (2013)
2014Hollywood AwardAcapulco Black Film FestivalBest Ensemble CastBlack Nativity (2013)
2014GrammyGrammy AwardsBest R&B Album
2013GrammyGrammy AwardsBest R&B AlbumFor the album "Open Invitation."
2006Black Movie AwardBlack Movie AwardsOutstanding Performance by an Actor in a Leading RoleWaist Deep (2006)
2004GrammyGrammy AwardsBest R&B Vocal Performance - MaleFor the song "How You Gonna Act Like That."
2003Teen Choice AwardTeen Choice AwardsChoice Crossover Artist (Music/Acting)
2002Black ReelBlack Reel AwardsTheatrical - Best ActorBaby Boy (2001)
2002Black ReelBlack Reel AwardsBest SongBaby Boy (2001)
2002Image AwardImage AwardsOutstanding Actor in a Motion PictureBaby Boy (2001)
2002Image AwardImage AwardsOutstanding Performance in a Variety Series/SpecialThe Tonight Show with Jay Leno (1992)

Source: IMDb, Wikipedia

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