Last Updated: April 12, 2024
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Category:
Richest AthletesOlympians
Net Worth:
$90 Million
Birthdate:
Aug 21, 1986 (37 years old)
Birthplace:
Sherwood Content
Gender:
Male
Height:
6 ft 4 in (1.95 m)
Profession:
Track and field athlete
Nationality:
Jamaica
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What Is Usain Bolt's Net Worth and Salary?

Usain Bolt is a Jamaican sprinter who has a net worth of $90 million. At his peak, Usain Bolt was the fastest human on the planet and one of the highest-paid athletes in the world, especially during Olympic years. Usain earned $20-30 million per year in the years leading up to the Olympics. He is, by far, the highest-paid track and field athlete of all time. As you might assume, the vast majority of his earnings came from endorsements rather than on-track competition prizes. His biggest paycheck came from the German shoe company Puma, which paid Usain $9 million a year to wear their shoes at all times, on and off the track. Usain brought home additional millions from deals with Visa, Nissan, and Gatorade. In 2010, Bolt released a best-selling autobiography that came with a multi-million dollar advance from publisher Harper Collins. Usain also commands appearance fees ranging from $250,000 to as much as $500,000 to compete at track and field events throughout the world. During his Olympic career, Usain won eight gold medals. He holds a number of world records, including the 100 meter (9.58 seconds) and 200 meter (19.19).

Key Facts
  • Earned $31 million between June 2017 and June 2018
  • Out of $31 million, $30 million came from endorsements
  • His Puma deal pays $9 million per year
  • Charges $250-300k for a single track appearance
  • Co-founder of Bolt Mobility electric vehical company
  • Bolt Mobility raised $30m in funding in 2020

Early Life

Usain Bolt was born Usain St. Leo Bolt on August 21, 1986, in Sherwood Content, Jamaica. He is the son of Wellesley and Jennifer Bolt, who ran a local grocery store together. He has two siblings, brother Sadiki and sister Sherine, and he often played football and cricket in the street with Sadiki.

His parents ran a local grocery store in the rural town. Usain went to Waldensia Primary school, and by the age of 12, he had already become the school's fastest runner. He focused on other sports when he first attended William Knibb Memorial High School, but the cricket coach noticed his fast running speed and encouraged him to try out for track and field. Dwayne Jarrett and Pablo McNeil, a former Olympic sprinter, coached Bolt throughout high school, and Usain began winning medals in championship high school games.

Early Competitions

In 2001, Bolt made his first appearance on the world stage at the IAAF World Youth Championships in Hungary. He didn't qualify for the finals, but he set a new personal best of 21.73 seconds in the 200 m event. Bolt went on to the CARIFTA Games, where he set championship records in the 200m and 400m races. He participated in the Central American and Caribbean Junior Championships, where he continued to set records and personal bests. Usain is one of only nine other athletes to win world championships at the youth, junior, and senior levels of an event. For his performance, the Prime Minister of Jamaica arranged for Bolt to move to Kingston to begin training with the Jamaica Amateur Athletic Association.

Rise to Fame

At the age of 15, Bolt became the youngest world junior gold medalist ever when he won the 200-meter race at the 2002 World Junior Championships in Kingston, Jamaica. He also participated in the Jamaican sprint relay team and took home two silver medals. He went on to win four gold medals at the 2003 CARIFTA Games, won another gold medal, and set another world record at the 2003 World Youth Championships. During his senior year of high school, Bolt broke his own records at his last Jamaican High School Championships. By then, Usain was becoming more well-known and popular around his hometown and all of Jamaica. Bolt continued to compete and break records but decided to then turn his focus to nabbing a spot on the Jamaican Olympic Team.

Usain Bolt Net Worth

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Olympics

With the help of his new coach, Fitz Coleman, Bolt became a professional runner in 2004 and began his new career at the CARIFTA Games in Bermuda, where he continued to smash records and was awarded the Austin Sealy Trophy for most outstanding athlete at the Games. Despite a hamstring injury, Bolt was chosen in May 2004 for the Jamaican Olympic Squad. Bolt headed to his first-ever Olympics in Athens but the hamstring injury came back to haunt him, and he was eliminated in the first round of the 200 meters. American colleges began to offer Usain scholarships to train in the U.S. while continuing to represent his home country, but he refused them out of loyalty to Jamaica. He went on to study, train, and compete at the University of Technology of Jamaica. Bolt continued to race, medal, and set records until his next Olympics.

Usain won three gold medals at the 2008 Beijing Olympics. He won five gold medals and two silver medals at World Championship competitions after the Beijing Olympics. Amazingly, Bolt's net worth continued to explode even more thanks to his performance at the 2012 London Olympics. He defended his Beijing title and won the 100-meter gold medal with an astonishing time of 9.63 seconds, beating his own Olympic record. By that time, Bolt was already considered by many around the world to be the greatest sprinter of all time. His gold medal victory in London came hours before Jamaica celebrated the 50th anniversary of its independence from the United Kingdom. Bolt became popular during the London Olympics for his dramatic and often humorous mannerisms at the finish line. He coined the "lightning bolt" pose, consisting of extending a raised left arm to the side with the right arm folded across the chest, and it caught on quickly around the world (even President Obama partook in the stance).

He won gold medals in the 100 meters, 200 meters, and 4 x 100 m relay at both the 2012 Olympic Games in London and the 2016 Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro. Bolt retired from competition in 2017 after his performance slipped at the World Championships. Bolt often discussed wanting to pursue a football career after his retirement from running and even got a few serious offers from major clubs around the world, but he announced in January 2019 that he was retiring from sports altogether.

Personal Life

Insiders describe Bolt's personality as relaxed, laid-back, and fun-loving. The eight-time gold medalist announced in January 2020 that he was expecting his first child, a daughter, with girlfriend Kasi Bennett. They have been together since 2016. In June 2021, the couple welcomed twin boys.

Bolt is a fan of reggae music and the video games "Call of Duty," "Mario Kart," and "Mortal Kombat." He started working as a dancehall music producer in July 2019. He has revealed that he suffered from scoliosis as a child.

Usain Bolt Endorsements

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Endorsements and Other Income

At his peak, Usain Bolt was one of the highest-paid athletes in the world. He typically earned around $20 million per year, most of which came from endorsements. Usain has had endorsement deals with brands like Gatorade, Nissan, Visa, Hublot, Virgin Media and Puma. Out of $20 million in earnings, $9 million comes from Puma alone for him to wear their brand of shoes. Bolt also makes money through appearance fees and prize money. He charges $250-300,000 for a track meet appearance. At the 2010 Penn Relay, nearly 55,000 fans came out to watch Usain run, smashing previous track and field attendance records. Between June 2017 and June 2018, Bolt earned $31 million. Only $1 million of his income was from on-track earnings. The rest came from endorsements.

Car Collection

Perhaps not surprisingly for someone who loves to go fast, Usain owns a very impressive car collection. He owns a number of Ferraris, including an F430, 458, and a California. He owns a BMW M3 and previously totaled a BMW back in 2009. He owns a highly customized Jeep Wrangler, an Audi SUV, several Nissan GT-Rs, and a Chevy Camaro.

Bolt Mobility

Usain is a co-founder of a Miami-based electric vehicle company called Bolt Mobility. The company operates 5,000 scooters in several US cities and Paris, France. In May 2019, Bolt launched a two-seater electric car called the B-Nano that will eventually have a starting price of just $999. In March 2020, the company raised $30 million in venture capital funding. In July 2022, Bolt Mobility ceased operations.

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