American composer, lyricist, playwright and actor Lin Manuel Miranda is known for creating phenomenal Broadway musicals which have equally fetched him a number of accolades including 2 Grammy Awards, 3 Tony Awards, an Emmy Award and a Pulitzer Prize.

Some of his most notable works are the Broadway musicals In the Heights and Hamilton. The former was Miranda’s first Broadway musical and it received 4 Tony awards in 2008, one of which went to him for Best Original Score. He was the sole creator and also played the title role in the Broadway smash hit Hamilton, which earned him 2 Tony Awards for Best Book and Best Score in 2016.

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Biography, Ethnicity

Lin Manuel Miranda was born on January 16, 1980, in Upper Manhattan, New York City. His mother Luz Towns was a clinical psychologist while his father Luis A. Miranda, Jr served as a political adviser to the Mayor of New York. Both his parents are Puerto Rican. He was raised in a Hispanic neighbourhood of Inwood and growing up, the young Miranda was always sent on a 1 month holiday with his grandparents in Peurto Rica each year.

In terms of his ethnicity, the award-winning theatre genius describes himself as quarter Mexican. He also has remote Black and Caucasian ancestry as there is a notable interracial couple in his mother’s lineage.

His early education was at Hunter College Elementary School after which he proceeded to Hunter College High School. Miranda graduated from Wesleyan University in 2002 having majored in Theatre studies. As a student, he wrote and performed in several musicals, the initial drafts for his highly successful Broadway musical In the Heights were written in his sophomore year in college.


Miranda’s interest in theatre was sparked after he saw his first Broadway musical, Les Misérables, at the age of 7. Being of Latino origin, the young Miranda was also exposed to several musical genres especially Salsa tunes. This equally sparked an interest in music and he was soon scribbling song lyrics. He formed a hip-hop group known as “Freestyle Love Supreme” when he was in college. One of his earlier scribblings was used as a jingle for the 2006 gubernatorial campaign for Eliot Spitzer, the 54th Governor of New York.
The inspiration for his highly successful musical Hamilton came after Miranda read Alexander Hamilton’s biography written by Ron Chernow. By 2009, he presented a song from the yet-to-be-completed Hamilton at the first-ever White House Evening of Poetry & Spoken Word.

It took Miranda 6 years to eventually complete Hamilton but all that hard work paid off when it hit the public theatres. When it debuted in 2015, it was met with immense commercial success and critical acclaim. For the multitalented composer Lin Manuel Miranda, it has been one accolade after another including a Pulitzer Prize and Tony Award in 2016. Hamilton won 11 Tony Awards out of a record 16 nominations.

Miranda got a Grammy, Golden Globe and Academy Award nomination for his song How Far I’ll Gowritten by him for the 2016 Disney Animated film Moana. While he won the Grammy for Best Song Written for Visual Media, the other 2 awards were lost to City of Stars from the film La La Land.

Beyond Broadway, Miranda has made guest appearances on the TV series The SopranosModern Family and in the 9th season of How I Met Your Mother. He also appeared in the films The Odd Life of Timothy Green (2012) and 200 Cartas (2013).

On February 2018, Lin Manuel Miranda participated in a panel discussion at his alma mater Hunter College New York City, alongside Bill Gates and his wife Melinda.

Lin Manuel Miranda’s Wife, Son

Lin Manuel Miranda and Wife
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Lin Manuel Miranda is currently married to Vanessa Nadal, the two had been friends in their high school days. Vanessa has a bachelor’s degree in chemical engineering from MIT. She also studied law at the Fordham University School of Law. She currently practices as a lawyer at one of the biggest international legal outfits in the world, Jones Day.

Lin Manuel Miranda Weddding
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True to his character as a theatre genius, Miranda performed the Fiddler on the Roof song at their fairy-tale wedding in 2010.

The couple welcomed their first child, a son Sebastian in November 2014. On February 2, 2018, they welcomed a second son named Francisco.

Lin Manuel Miranda Welcomes Second Son

Net Worth, House

Lin Manuel Miranda’s net worth is currently estimated at $10 million. A big chunk of the fortune must have come from his highly successful Broadway hits In the Heights and Hamilton.

His combined role as creator and lead actor in Hamilton earned him $6.4 million in 2016. Being the sole creator of Hamilton, Miranda gets a 7% cut of all royalties that accrue to the production. This percentage had him earn as much as $105,000 per week in royalties in 2016.

However, even if Miranda decides to leave the cast of the play, his royalties will keep coming to him as the brain that birthed the idea, therefore, his current net worth is sure to increase in the near future.

After winning a Tony for his 2008 Broadway hit In the Heights, Miranda jointly purchased a 1,125 square feet duplex penthouse with his father Luiz A. Miranda. However, he didn’t reside in the apartment with his parents, rather, he moved with his wife to the Castle Village apartment complex in Washington Heights.

The former family home of the Mirandas located in the Inwood section of New York City has now been put up for sale at $949,000.

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Height and Other Body Measurements 

Height: 5ft 9 inches

Weight: 161 lbs

Biceps: 15.5 inches

Waist Size: 35 inches

Chest Size: 41 inches

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