Fran Tarkenton Net Worth
Fran Tarkenton Net Worth: Fran Tarkenton is a former NFL quarterback, television personality, and computer software executive who has a net worth of $300 million. He is best known for playing with the Minnesota Vikings and New York Giants and for his time working as a commentator on "Monday Night Football" and a co-host of "That's Incredible!".
Early Life and College: Fran Tarkenton was born on February 3, 1940 in Richmond, Virginia and grew up in Athens, Georgia where he went to Athens High School. He attended the University of Georgia, where he was the quarterback on the Bulldog football team. He led Georgia to the 1959 Southeastern Conference championship. He is a member of Sigma Alpha Epsilon fraternity.
NFL: Fran played 18 seasons in the NFL between 1961 and 1978. At the time of his NFL retirement he owned every major quarterback record. He was inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame in 1986. In his 18 NFL seasons, Tarkenton completed 3,686 of 6,467 passes for 47,003 yards and 342 touchdowns, with 266 interceptions. Tarkenton's 47,003 career passing yards rank him 6th all time, while his 342 career passing touchdowns is 4th all time in NFL history.
Career Earnings: When Fran was named starting quarterback for the Minnesota Vikings in the early 1960s, his annual salary was $12,500. After adjusting for inflation that's the same as around $111,000 today. Early in his career, Fran actually took on part-time jobs in the off-season to supplement his income. For example, he worked as a salesman for a trucking company in Idaho to earn $600 per month. He also worked for a printing company in Minnesota and for the advertising firm BBD&O. His peak single-season salary was $250,000.
In total, during his NFL career Fran Tarkenton earned $1.2 million. That's the same as around $8 million today.
Outside of his NFL salaries, Fran earned significant sums from endorsements with companies like Johnson & Johnson.
Fran Tarkenton Business Career: Tarkenton has also had an extremely success business career. He founded Tarkenton Software, a computer-program generator company, and he toured the U.S. promoting CASE (computer-aided software engineering) with Albert F. Case, J. of Nastec Corporation. Tarkenton Software later merged with KnowledgeWare. When KnowledgeWare went public in 1989, Fran made several million dollars. By 1991 his shares were worth $50 million on paper. The share price dwindled over the next few years but Fran still managed to sell around $4 million worth of his shares between 1992 and 1993. The company was sold to Sterling Software in 1994 for $73 million. Fran earned $6 million off this sale AND received a 5-year seat on the company's board plus a $300,000 annual consulting salary.
Today Fran owns Tarkenton Financial, GoSmallBiz and Tarkenton Teleconferencing.
He also reportedly owns more than $100 million worth of Apple stock and $15 million worth of real estate.
|Net Worth:||$300 Million|
|Date of Birth:||Feb 3, 1940 (81 years old)|
|Height:||6 ft (1.83 m)|
|Profession:||American football player|
|Nationality:||United States of America|