All the details on Monja Willis, James Harden’s mother

All the details on Monja Willis, James Harden’s mother

Sospeter Itolondo
updated at May 10, 2023 at 5:04 AM

Monja Willis is known for her philanthropic heart and for helping other single moms in society as she raised James Harden alone. The star's mom is instrumental in his basketball career growth and success. Read on for more on Jarden's mother.

Monja Willis
Monja Willis onstage at "Imma Be a Star" Block Party at Audubon Middle School on June 24, 2018, in Los Angeles, California. Photo: Phillip Faraone
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James Harden is one of the highest-paid athletes in the NBA, and his mother has had an enormous role in this. Who is James Harden's mother? Here is more about the star's mother.

Profile summary

Full name

Monja Willis

Birth date

13th November 1961


61 years old( as of May 2023)




Belflower, California, United States



Current residence




Height in feet


Height in centimetres

172 cm

Weight in kilograms

75 kg

Weight in pounds

165 lbs

Hair colour


Marital status



James Harden Sr.


Akili Roberson(Son), Arnique Jelks( Daughter) and James Harden(Son)





Monja Willis' age

The star was born on 13th November 1961 in Bellflower, California, United States. Therefore, she is 61 years old as of May 2023.

Monja Willis' height

Monja is 5’8” or 172 cm tall. The star also weighs 75kg or 165 lbs.

Monja Willis’ Instagram

Harden's mother's Instagram handle is @mvee59. Her account is private but has 3514 followers and follows only 166 people as of May 2023. The star's mother once admonished his critics when he appeared to want a way out of the Houston Rockets. In a post replying to @wastedmanadam, she said,

"Now as far as his job you clear don't understand what's really going on... His decisions in life, because this is his life and legacy has nothing to do with you. He is doing the best for his career. Please pay attention and understand. He has worked hard every time he suited up for his job giving 210%. He ask for a chance to get a ring that's it. Anyone in there right mind in this busy would want that. So if he lost you as a fan. You weren't the right fan from the start. Blessing to you son. "
Monja Willis’ age
Monja Willis, James Harden's mother, reacts to a play during the game against the Miami Heat on November 12, 2012, at the Toyota Center in Houston, Texas. Photo: Bill Baptist
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She has yet to get a Twitter account as of May 2023.

Monja Willis' family

The star has three children, two sons and a daughter. James Harden is Monja Willis' last-born son and is ten years younger than his older half-brother, Akili Roberson, and 14 years younger than his older sister, Arnique Jelks.

Who is James Harden's father?

Monja Willis is married to James Harden's father, and her husband, James Harden Sr. Harden's father, was a former Navy Seaman, but his life went on a downward spiral due to drug addiction. This led to a constrained relationship with his star son as he was unavailable, spending most of Harden's childhood in prison.

Monja Willis' net worth

Her net worth has yet to be revealed as of May 2023. However, her son is estimated to be worth around $165 million. The mother once worked at AT&T as a service dispatcher and represents her son as an agent as of May 2023.

Monja Willis on James Harden story

Harden once shared an affectionate story about his mother when he was in the ninth grade. Speaking to Time Magazine, the star revealed his mother's input in his success, especially when he left her a note in the ninth grade. In the letter, the basketballer predicted his stardom.

Monja Willis’ height
James Harden poses with his mother, Monja Willis, after his New Era Cap presentation featuring a James Harden Q&A and interactive design session on February 11, 2016, in Toronto, Canada. Photo: Tom Szczerbowski
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In the note, he said,

"Could u leave me a couple of dollars? P.S. Keep this paper. Imma be a star."

His mother is his agent and helped sign him one of the most significant contracts in his career. Monja Willis and James Harden have many photos together, showing their affection and appreciation for each other.

How much is James Harden's salary?

At the Philadelphia 76ers, Harden earns $34.3 million per year. His contract will last two years, ending in 2024.

How much did Brooklyn pay James Harden?

At the Brooklyn Nets, the star was compensated an average of $29.3 million annually.

How much is James Harden’s salary?
James Harden of the Brooklyn Nets looks on during the game against the Sacramento Kings on February 2, 2022, at Golden 1 Center in Sacramento, California. Photo: Rocky Widner
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Monja Willis raised Harden and his siblings as a single mother, as his father was in and out of prison. This struggle inspired her to help more single mothers in society. She is proud of her son, one of the best shooting guards in the NBA.

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