Yo-Yo Ma Net Worth, Bio, Age, Height, Religion, Education, Family

Yo-Yo Ma Net Worth, Bio, Age, Height, Religion, Education, Family

Yo-Yo Ma Net Worth and Salary

Yo-Yo Ma net worth is estimated to be $27 million and he earns over $8 million as salary annually and his net worth accumulated due to the success in his career as a musician, composer, humanitarian, professional Cellist and educator.

Who is Yo-Yo Ma?

Yo-Yo Ma is a Chinese-American Cellist, Composer, Musician, educator and humanitarian, he was born in Paris and was raised in New York City and he is famously known for performing as a Soloist with different Orchestras around the World, he began his career at the young age of four and also attended the Julliard School and Harvard University, he has recorded over 90 albums and have won over 19 Grammy Awards.

Biography and Education

Yo-Yo Ma was born on the 7th of October, 1955 in Paris, France, he was born to Chinese parents, his mother was named Marina Lu, a singer and his father was named Hiao-Tsuin Ma, a Violinist and Professor of Music at Nanjing National Central University, he also grew up with a sister named Yeou-Cheng Ma, who played Violin before becoming a Pediatrician, Ma and his family relocated to New York when he was seven years of age.

Ma began to play Cello at the young age of four, by the time he was seven years old, he had already performed for famous personalities such as Dwight D. Eisenhower and John F. Kennedy, by the time he was eight years old, he appeared on The Tonight Show starring Johnny Carson and he also performed in front of the Audience.

Ma attended Trinity School which is located in New York but he later transferred to the Professional Children’s School, from where he graduated at the age of 15, he enrolled at the Julliard School at the age of 19, he attended the Columbia University but later dropped out and later enrolled at Harvard College, he graduated with a bachelor’s degree from Harvard in 1976 and in 1991, he received a honorary doctorate from Harvard.

Career and Movies

Yo-Yo Ma appeared on John William’s soundtrack to the Hollywood film Seven Years in Tibet in 1997, in 2000, he also got featured on the Soundtrack of Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon, in 2003, he appeared on Master and Commander: The Far Side of the World, he went on to collaborate with Williams for the 2005 film soundtrack Memoirs of a Geisha.

In January, 2006, Ma was named a Peace Ambassador by then UN Secretary-General Kofi Annan, that same year, he co-founded the Chinese-American Committee of 100 which is responsible for addressing the problems of Chinese Heritage , in November, 2009, President Obama appointed him to serve on the President’s Committee on the Arts and Humanities, In 2010, he was named Judson and Joyce Green Creative Consultant of the Chicago Symphony Orchestra, he also partnered with music director Riccardo Muti to launch the Citizen Musician Initiative.

In 2010, he appeared on a solo album by guitarist Carlos Santana titled Guitar Heaven: The Greatest Guitar Classic of All Time, in 2015, Ma performed alongside songwriter and guitarist James Taylor, in 2019, he directed the 2019 Youth Music Culture Guangdog, on July 5, 1986, Ma performed on the New York Philharmonic’s tribute to the 100th anniversary of the Statue of Liberty, on May 3, 2009, Ma performed the World premiere of Bruce Adolphe’s Self Comes to Mind, on August 29, 2009, Ma performed at the Funeral mass for Senator Edward M. Kennedy, in 2011, Ma performed with American dancer Charles Riley and he has also performed in various other events.

Awards and Nomination

In 1978, Ma won the Avery Fisher Prize, he has also won 19 Grammy Awards, in 2004, he won the Latin Grammy for best instrumental album, in 2006, he won the Dan David Prize, in 2011, he won the Kenny Center Honor Award, in 2014, he won the Midwest Young Artiste Golden Baton Award, in 2014, he won the Fred Rogers Legacy Award, in 2016, he won the Commander of the Order of Arts and Letters, in 2013, he won the Vilcek Prize in Contemporary Music and over the years he has won many more awards.


Yo-Yo Ma is a married man and he is to a woman named Jill Hornor and they got married in 1978, Hornor is an Arts consultant.


Yo-Yo Ma was born to both Chinese parents named Hiano-Tsuin Ma and a mother named Marina Lu, he also grew up with a sister named Yeou-Cheng Lu and he has two children named Emily Ma, a daughter and a son named Nicholas Ma.


Yo-Yo Ma is a self proclaimed Atheist and therefore has no religion.

Real Name

Yo-Yo Ma’s real name is Yo-Yo Ma.

Nationality and Ethnicity

Yo-Yo Ma is of American nationality and Chinese by descent and ethnicity.


Yo-Yo Ma and his family currently reside in New York, United States of America.

Height, Weight and Personal Looks

Yo-Yo Ma stands at a height of 5 ft 9 inches, he weighs 71kg, he is light skinned colored, and he has brown hair color and brown eye color.

Social Media Presence

Ma has been active in his career since the 1960’s and ever since then, he has recorded a lot of success and have also accumulated a fan base for himself, as of recent, Ma has over 100,000 Twitter followers, over 200,000 Facebook followers and he is also active on a host of other social media networks.

Controversies, rumors and legal issues

Since rising to fame in the 1960’s, Ma hasn’t been linked to any known controversy, rumors and legal issues.

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