Olympic gold medal gymnast Mary Lou Retton has a net worth of $5.8 million. And it's a sure bet she's more proud of her Olympic gold medal than her net worth. As is typical for gymnasts, Retton began her career in the sport at a very young age. It was even during her sophomore year of high school that she participated in the summer Olympic games! As a child, Retton moved to Houston, TX to train in gymnastics under the famous Romanian coaches Béla and Márta Károlyi who had defected from the Soviet Union to the United States. Retton went on to achieve much success in the field of gymnastics, participating in several American and Japanese Cups before earning fame and fortune in the 1994 Summer Olympic Games.
Since then, Retton has stayed in the public eye in a variety of ways, notably as a supporter of the Regan administration, appearing in televised political advertisements supporting the president's campaign. She also went back to school at the University of Texas Austin campus and appeared in a TV commercial for the fast food establishment Dairy Queen. She also made an "appearance" albeit in name only, on the hit TV show Glee.