Jim Skrip | Biography 2021

Jim Skrip | Biography 2021

American Businessman, a real estate agent, and an ex-accountant Jim Skrip is famously known through his wife Vanessa Williams.

Jim Skrip is an American Businessman, a real estate agent, ex-accountant, and the husband of  American actress and singer Vanessa Williams, who is the first African American woman to be crowned as 'Miss America.'

Who is Jim Skrip?

He is an American Businessman who has been married to former 'Missa America' Vanessa Williams. She is an actor who has acted in television series such as Desperate Housewives (2010-2012), and Ugly Betty (2006-2010).

They met on a trip to Egypt and Willaims asked him out. Eventually, they got married in 2015 after three years of courtship.


Jim was born on 6 November 1962 in Depew, Buffalo, New York. He graduated from St. Bonaventure University, Allegany New York, and majored in accounting. After graduation, he worked for a couple of accounting firms and started his own real-estate business in San-Francisco and Dallas.

He then moved back to his home-town Depew. He would meet his current wife Vanessa Williams eventually on a trip.

Meeting With Vanessa Willaims

In 2012, he was about to go to Kenya for a trip. On his way, he visited Egypt and met Vanessa Williams on the Nile Cruise. He was traveling alone, and Williams was touring with her daughter Sasha.

Jim was wearing a Buffalo saber t-shirt and William’s mom was from Buffalo, New York. She struck up a conversation about the NFL's Buffalo Bills and sports of which her brother was a fan.

Succeeding to that event, Vanessa’s tour guide dared her to ask Jim out for dinner as it was her last night in Egypt. She, at first, was reluctant but eventually asked him out for dinner at her hotel.

“…So, my tour guide kind of dared me, she said ‘well ask him out tonight’ it was my last night, but she said ‘No no no.’ I said ‘he's already on his bus how am I going to get in contact with him? She said, ‘hold on second’, so she calls his tour guide and the tour guy says ‘Here! The phone is for you’ and on the phone, I said, ‘You know it’s my last night and I know I just met but can you have dinner with me in my hotel’ and he said sure and it came to my help we had beautiful three-hour dinner…,” she remarks.

Reminiscing on their fateful meet Vanessa connotes, “There’s always hope. You never know what you’ll find and where you’ll find it,” she told the mag. “I was on vacation with my daughter going to Egypt, cruising on the Nile. I wasn’t looking for anything…He accepted me for who I was after a wonderful first three-hour date of talking about ourselves. We found out we had a lot of things in common. Three years later we’re getting married.”

Engagement & Marriage

And after their dinner in Egypt, they ultimately dated for three years. They announced their engagement in September of 2014 when Vanessa appeared on The Queen Latifah Show and had gotten married in 2015.

They got married twice, first in Buffalo, New York on 4th July 2015 and second at the Catholic Church in Chappaqua, because of Jim’s delayed annulment.

She describes Jim as a romantic and someone who has a solid foundation, “My friends just look at him and say ‘God, he’s solid’. He’s a real man. You want somebody in your life who has integrity, who is solid, who knows who he is, who is romantic…I realized he was someone who could be a solid role model for my daughter, who could support me and my career and be a part of running my household and my businesses.”

She has said that her marriage with Jim going to be the third and final marriage of her life.

 “Now that I'm on my third marriage, I’ve realized it's key to not expect one person to be able to fulfill every need in your life. I’ve got my friend who I go to the theater with, the friend I want to play tennis with. It puts tremendous pressure on your mate to have to fulfill every desire you’ve ever had…My happy place…is being at home,” she shares.

Vanessa and Jim currently reside in Depew, Buffalo, New York. They have been living wither her youngest daughter Vanessa. Prior to Jim, she was married twice before: first to public relations specialist Ramon Hervey II and second to Rick Fox. She remained married to Hervey from 1987 to 1997 and has three children with him. She and Fox remained in a marital relationship from 1987 to 1997. 

Previous Marriage 

Jim was married before Willaims but does not have children from his previous marriage. During her appearance on The Wendy Williams Show in 2016, Williams revealed that Jim didn't want to have children. 

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