Charles Barkley, born Charles Wade Barkley on 20 February 1963, is an American basketball player who retired from the field in December 1999 after rupturing the quadriceps tendon on his left knee. This was sadly a career-ending injury.
Charles played professional basketball for 16 years and during that time he made a name for himself as one of NBA’s most leading power forwards. He is an Olympic gold medal winner whose other streams of income include his endorsements.
After his forced retirement, Charles has made a name for himself as a basketball analyst on the Emmy Award-winning TV program Inside the NBA.
Charles Barkley Net Worth
Charles has an estimated net worth of $40 million and his sources of wealth all revolve around basketball. While an active basketball player, he took part in the 1992 and 1996 Olympic Games and at both events, he won himself gold medals.
While he was at the peak of his career, Charles was approached by Nike and he appeared in one of their famous commercials.
After that commercial, Charles was greatly sought after by several companies, leading to his signing endorsement contracts with companies such as T-Mobile, McDonald’s and Weight Watchers.
Charles has also worked as a sports commentator with CBC and TNT. According to Total Sportek, these analyst positions rake in an estimated $1.5 million each year.
Charles’s highest paying season was his final one in 1999 when he was paid $9 million. To add to this, he has a mansion in Arizona that cost him $2 million, and he is the proud owner of a some high-end vehicles including a Lincoln Navigator and a Bentley.
Charles Barkley Basketball Career
Charles started playing basketball in school and even though he was just average, he pushed on. It was not until high school that his talent started shining through. It was while playing in the state high school semi-finals that Charles was spotted by the Auburn University assistant coach.
This “sighting” was the beginning of Charles’s successful career. Charles was offered a sports scholarship to Auburn University where he played basketball for the University while he studied business management.
Because of his strength, agility, and passion for the game, Charles was able to outwit his opponents even though he was much shorter than them.
Charles earned numerous awards including the 1984 Player of the Year award. It was during this period that the Birmingham Post-Herald named him the 1980s SEC Player of the Decade.
Even though Charles never got round to winning an NBA championship, he achieved remarkably impressive results namely, 23,000 points, 12,000 rebounds, and 4,000 assists.
Charles Barkley and Gambling
Charles’s biggest vice is gambling. He has been heard saying that from the time he started gambling, he has lost about $10 million. This amount includes $2.5 million that he lost in just one sitting of 6 hours.
Charles Barkley Early Life and Family
Charles was born in Leeds, Alabama, and has managed to keep his private life out of the public eye and so the information out there is limited. His parents are Honest Barkley and mother, Charcey Glen, and he has 2 brothers John Glen and Darryl Barkley.
Charles Barkley Marriage, Children and Divorce
Charles and Maureen Blumhardt got married in February 1989 and enjoy a happy marriage. They have one daughter, Christiana.
Charles Barkley Awards and Achievements
Apart from being a member of the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame, Chris has enjoyed the title SEC Player of the Year which was conferred on him in 1984. In 1991, he was declared the NBA All-Star Game MVP, while on 5 different occasions, he was selected into the All-NBA First Team. This is in addition to also being selected 5 times to the All-NBA Second Team.
Charles had the privilege of leading the NBA in rebounding in 1987, and his greatest moments were when he won gold medals in both the 1992 and 1996 Olympic Games for being the leading scorer.
Charles Barkley and Social Media
To his credit, Charles is a person of integrityand remains true to his values and principles.He is not comfortable endorsing tweets and so has turned down endorsement requests, some of which, it is rumoured, were offering as much as $3 million.
Charles Barkley Nationality and Ethnicity
Charles Barkley is an American citizen and holds a US nationality. He is of African American origin.
Biography & Facts
Born: 20 February 1963
Ethnicity: African American
Profession: Professional Basketball Player
Net Worth: $40 million
Salary: $9 million
Hair Color: Black
Eye Color: Dark Brown
Height: 6ft 5in or 1.96 m
Weight: 250lbs or 113Kg
Married to: Maureen Blumhardt
Affair with: N/A
Children: 1 (Christiana)
Birth Sign: Pisces
Education: Auburn University