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Who is Iva Colter?

Iva Popovica was born on 25 April 1975, in New Jersey, USA, and is a consultant as well as a talent acquisition specialist, but probably best recognised for being the wife of actor Mike Colter, who is known for playing the titular character in the Netflix television series “Luke Cage”.

The Riches of Iva Colter

How rich is Iva Colter? As of late-2018, sources estimate a net worth that is over $1 million, earned through success in her various endeavors. Her wealth has also been elevated thanks to the success of her husband, who has an estimated net worth of over $2 million. As she continues her career, it is expected that her wealth will also continue to increase.

Early Life, Education, and Career

While little is known about Iva’s childhood, after matriculating from high school she enrolled at the State University of New Jersey, where she completed a bachelor’s degree, and afterwards enrolled at Central European University, where she completed a master’s degree in Arts, Gender, and Culture.

She then furthered her studies by enrolling at Rutgers University, to take up a doctorate in Comparative Literature, and it was during this time that she met Mike Colter, who at the time was pursuing a master’s degree in acting. After completing her education, she initially worked as a senior executive consultant, serving in that position for six years from 2006 to 201, then moved to the company Ares Management as the Vice-President of Recruitment for the company. She stayed in that position for two years before eventually finding an opportunity to work with the company Netflix, who her husband would also start working for.

image source, Mike Colter in “The Good Wife”

Mike Colter

Mike initially found popularity through the television series “The Good Wife”, in which he played the character Lemond Bishop. The legal and political show focuses on the wife of Cook County State Attorney Alicia Florrick, who returns to her career after a large scandal involving her husband. In the show, his character is a drug kingpin. He also had a role in the short lived series “Ringer”, which starred Sarah Michelle Gellar, playing a supporting role in the show as a recovering addict who knows about the main character’s double life. The show received mixed reviews, despite praise for Gellar’s performance.

In 2015, Mike appeared as a supporting character in the Netflix series “Jessica Jones” in which he played the comic book character Luke Cage, so becoming a part of the Marvel Cinematic Universe, sharing a continuity with the films of the franchise. He appeared alongside Krysten Ritter, who played the titular character trying to rebuild her life as a private investigator after numerous traumatic incidents in her past. This eventually led him to have his own show entitled “Luke Cage”, focusing on his character with unbreakable skin and superhuman strength. The two also reprised their roles in the miniseries “The Defenders”, which featured other superheroes Daredevil and Iron Fist played by Charlie Cox and Finn Jones respectively.


In 2014, Iva joined Netflix Inc. as a Manager of Talent Acquisition, and after just 18 months she was promoted to become the Director of Talent Acquisition, a role which requires her to oversee the execution and design of recruitment strategies. She also monitors recruitment procedures and identifies high potential targets for the company. While working with Netflix, she also returned to Rutgers University to work as an English professor.

Many sources believe that her position with Netflix is one of the reasons that Mike was able to find work with the Netflix Marvel television shows. She served with the company for several years before her husband was cast in his role, though he had already found popularity in numerous other shows and films before his move. His role as Luke Cage has certainly helped increase his popularity significantly, thanks to the numerous followers of Marvel franchises and the popularity of the character itself.

Marriage and Controversy

For her personal life, it is known that Iva and Mike Colter have been married since 2016, and they have a child together. Controversy erupted when Mike was a guest on “The Wendy Williams Show”, which showcased a picture of the family leading the once cheering audience to an awkward silence. He later expressed disappointment at the audience of the show, and fired back at those who view interracial relationships negatively, stating that no one should be judged according to their race but through the values they stand for. He then added that his wife has been with him since the beginning when he was still struggling with his career, and didn’t have much to offer. She has stuck with him through the tough years.

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