Net Worth: $250'000'000
Wayne Gretzky is a Canadian-born professional hockey player and entrepreneur whose net worth is slightly over $250’000’000. Often considered one of the greatest hockey players of all time. He played for 20 seasons in the NHL from 1979 to 1999. During that period, he earned a total of 46’000’000 in NHL salary. During his playing career, he earned an additional 50’000’000 from endorsements. When combined, he earned around the same as $150’000’000 after adjusting for inflation. He has invested his money very wisely, building an empire that today includes sports team ownership, a vineyard, real estate ventures, and more. Table of Contentedly Life And Career Beginnings Professional Hockey Career Post-Retirement Engagements Business Ventures And Endorsements Personal Life Real Estate Early Life And Career Beginnings Wayne Douglas Gretzky was born in Brantford, Ontario, on January 26, 1961. He has three brothers and one sister. His father, Walter, taught him. His siblings and their friends taught him how to play hockey in the backyard of the family house; Gretzky showed a natural talent from an early age. By age six, he was already playing in a team otherwise composed of 10-year-olds, and as he grew, he continued to garner attention. His playing on the ice often earned him negative attention from other players and jealous parents, so it was not unusual for him to get booed at games. In part to help him advance his career, but also In part to help him escape the negative atmosphere of his hometown, his parents helped him move to Toronto to play hockey there. At the time, players were not allowed to play in different areas, but his parents challenged the Canadian Amateur Hockey Association and won, so he was allowed to play Junior B Hockey with the Toronto Nationals, eventually earning Rookie of the Year for the 1975-76 Metro Junior B Hockey League. He was later selected in the Ontario Major Junior Hockey League in 1977 to play for the Salt Ste. Marie Greyhounds when he was 16. At age 17, Gretzky signed a $1.The Indianapolis Racers signed a $7-year personal services contract for 75’000’000 with the World Hockey Association WHA. The NHL initially did not allow players under 20 to sign for the WHA. He played for the Racers briefly before being traded to Edmonton Oilers. When his team joined the NHL in 1979 after the WHA folded, he was instrumental in leading them to four Stanley Cup victories. He earned the Hart Memorial Trophy in what was only his first NHL season as the NHL’s Most Valuable Player With the Oilers. His star continued to rise, and he became the first player in NHL history to break the 200-point mark. He was traded twice after that, playing for the Los Angeles Kings (1988, 1996) and the St. Louis Blues (1996). In 1996, he was signed as a free agent with the New York Rangers on a two-year 8-million USD contract. He retired in 1999 while playing for the New York Rangers. During his career, Gretzky earned nine Hart Trophies for the most valuable player and ten Art Ross Trophies for most points in a season five Lester B Trophies. Pearson awards, and two Conn Smythe Trophies as playoff MVP. The following retirement, he was inducted immediately into the NHL Hall of Fame. When he retired from the NHL, he held 61 incredible records. His #99 jersey was also retired league-wide, and he was the only person to receive this honor at the time. After Gretzky’s playing career was over, he moved into a management role and became the executive director of the Canadian National men’s Hockey Team for the Winter Olympics 2002. He later became a part-owner of the NHL team the Phoenix Coyotes in May 2’000 with an agreement with majority owner Steven Hellman. From October 2005 to September 2009, he became the manager of the team. In 2016, he became vice-president and a partner of the Oilers Entertainment Group. Business Ventures And Endorsements Gretzky has invested heavily In the ownership of sports teams In addition to being a professional athlete. In 1985 He bought the Hull Olympics team of the Quebec Major Junior Hockey League for 175’000 CAD and sold them for 550’000 CAD in 1992. Gretzky was a minority owner along with John Candy. In 1991 when Bruce McCall purchased the Toronto Argonauts of the Canadian Football League and later sold the team too. He once again partnered with McCall to buy a rare Bonus Wagner T206 cigarette card for 451’000 USD. He eventually sold it. Gretzky is also a partner of the Sports equipment manufacturer First Team Sports as well as the operator of the Roller Hockey arena Worldwide Roller Hockey Inc. Additionally, during his professional hockey career, Gretzky received many lucrative endorsements deals. By 1995 he was ranked one of the highest-paid athlete’s endorsers in North America, thanks to his deals with major global brands like Pizza Hut Corporation and coca-cola. Gretzky teamed up with Andrew Seller Ltd. In 2017 Wayne Gretzky Estates opened a winery and a distillery in Niagara-on-the-lake, Ontario. He also has restaurants such as No. 99 Gretzky’s Wine & Whiskey in Edmonton International Airport, which opened in 2016, and Studio 99 at Rogers Place in Edmonton, Canada, which opened in 2018. Personal Life Gretzky met the actress Janet Jones while on the TV show Dance Fever as a judge. They began dating in 1987. He proposed in January 1988, and the couple married the same month. The Wedding ceremony that was reported to have cost him over 1’000’000 USD was dubbed The Royal Wedding in The Canadian media. The couple had five children Together three sons and two daughters. Since 2013 One of their daughters Paulina Gretzky a singer and model has been in a relationship with golfer Dustin Johnson. They have two kids. Real Estate Wayne purchased a large property In the late 1980s, shortly after moving to the LA Kings In the exclusive Beverly Hills gated community of Beverly Park. He sold his house a few years later to a billionaire named Eric Said (not the Google billionaire Eric Schmidt). Said bought the next-door vacant lot for 3’000’000 and sold the combined estate in 2014 for 40’000’000. In 2007 Wayne and his wife custom-built a mansion In Thousand Oaks, California, In a gated country club. The property is 6 acres. Five acres and has a 13’000 square-foot mansion. The Gretzky sold The house in 2014 to former baseball player Lenny Dijkstra who dubbed himself a financial guru for an 18-year-old. 5’000’000. A year later, the real estate market collapsed, as did Lenny’s status as A guru. Lenny tried to sell the house for 18 dollars. 5’000’000 in what is perhaps the worst time in history to sell a house. After declaring bankruptcy, he was arrested on fraud charges and declared bankruptcy. In 2018 Wayne and Janet Gretzky re-acquired the house for 13 months To complete it all. 5’000’000. In October 2020, Wayne and Janet listed the coveted property for sale for $22.9’000’000.
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