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Net Worth:
$80 Million
Date of Birth:
Jun 6, 1956 (67 years old)
Place of Birth:
5 ft 10 in (1.8 m)
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What is Bjorn Borg's net worth?

Bjorn Borg is a Swedish tennis player who has a net worth is $80 million. Bjorn Borg is the first man to win 11 Grand Slam singles tennis titles – six at the French Open and five consecutive title at Wimbledon. Bjorn won his fifth Wimbledon in 1980 in a memorable five-set match against John McEnroe. The match and the events leading up to it were made into the 2017 HBO movie "Borg vs. McEnroe." Bjorn shocked the world when he retired in 1983 at the age of 26, when he was arguably still at a very competitive point in his career. In retirement Bjorn launched a highly successful fashion brand.

Career Earnings and Endorsements

Bjorn was incredibly popular worldwide, but especially in his native Sweden, at the peak of his career in the 1970s and 1980s. Bjorn was the fist professional tennis player to earn more than $1 million in tournament money in a single year. He accomplished that feat in 1979. Earning $1 million in 1979 is the same as earning around $4 million in today's dollars. In total he earned $3,655,751 during his career. After adjusting for inflation, that's the same as around $20 million in today's dollars.

In addition to tournament earnings, Bjorn earned millions from endorsements during his professional career. For example, in 1977 Bjorn earned $425,000 from the following companies:

  • FILA – $200k
  • Bancroft rackets – $100k
  • Tretorn shoes – $50k
  • Scandinavian air – $25k
  • Tuborg beer – $50k

Early Life

Björn Rune Borg was born on June 6, 1956 in Stockholm, Sweden. He was the only child of parents Rune and Margaretha Borg, who raised their son in Södertälje. His father had won a tennis racket at a table-tennis tournament, which Borg was fascinated with as a child. He father gave Borg the racket when he was only a child, starting his tennis career.

Even as a young player, Borg's skill was evident. He was very athletic and moved quickly, while also being muscular. He developed a strong two-handed backhand and was beating the best of Sweden's under-18 players by the time he was 13.

Professional Career

When Borg was 15, he represented Sweden in the 1972 Davis Cup and won his debut singles match. The same year, he also won the Wimbledon junior singles title followed by the Orange Bowl Junior Championship. The following year, in 1973, Borg joined the professional circuit. At his first French Open, he reached the fourth round and he reached the quarterfinal at his first Wimbledon Championship the same year. He finished the year ranked number 18 among professional men's singles players.

In 1974, he won his first career singles title at the New Zealand Open, followed quickly by titles in London and Sāo Paulo. In June of 1974, he became the youngest winner of the Italian Open, his first top-level singles title. He then won the French Open two weeks later, his first Grand Slam tournament title. At the time, Berg was only 18 and the youngest-ever male French Open champion. The following year, he retained his French Open title by defeating Guillermo Vilas in straight sets.

The same year, in 1975, Borg won two singles and one doubles match at the Davis Cup final, leading the Swedes to beat Czechoslovakia. This began a winning streak at the Davis Cup that extended throughout Borg's career. By the end of his professional career, he had built a 33 singles match winning streak.

Bjorn Borg

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In 1976, Borg won the World Championship Tennis competition, though he lost the French Open that year to Adriano Panatta. However, Borg did win at Wimbledon in 1976, becoming the youngest male champion in the modern era at the time. He won at Wimbledon again in 1977, propelling Borg to earn the number 1 ranking in the ATP point system. He only officially held onto the top spot for a week though, as a shoulder injury forced him to drop out of the playing circuit to recover.

In 1978, Borg's shoulder had healed and he again won the French Open, not dropping a set during the tournament. He also won at Wimbledon that year, beating Jimmy Connors in straight sets. The following year, he again won both at the French Open and at Wimbledon, ending the year at number one in the ATP point rankings. 1980 was another strong year for Borg, as he won his fifth French Open title and his fifth consecutive Wimbledon singles title, defeating John McEnroe in a final that is widely considered to be the best Wimbledon final ever played. McEnroe did beat Borg the same year in the final at the U.S. Open.

In 1981, Borg won his last Grand Slam title at the French Open. Having won six French Open titles, Borg's record at the tournament has only been better by Rafael Nadal. However, he lost to McEnroe at Wimbledon the same year and later remarked that this loss signaled a shift in his desire to continue playing the game. In 1982, Borg only played in one tournament, Monte Carlo, which he lost to Yannick Noah.

Borg officially announced his retirement in 1983 at the age of 26. The news shocked the tennis world, with McEnroe specifically attempting to persuade Borg to keep playing in order to continue their rivalry. Borg was not convinced however, though he did attempt a comeback from 1991 to 1993 that was largely unsuccessful.

Borg is still considered to be one of the greatest tennis players of all time. He had a very distinctive playing style and unparalleled fitness. He could outlast most of his opponents and generally played in a more dominant and aggressive style. He is credited with helping develop the style of play that dominates tennis today. In addition to his physical prowess, Borg also had a reputation for being extremely calm under pressure, inspiring the nicknames of "Ice Man" or "Ice-Borg."

In his career, Borg won a total of 77 top-level singles titles and four doubles titles. He was inducted into the International Tennis Hall of Fame in 1987 and was elected Sweden's top sportsperson of all time by the Swedish newspaper, Dagens Nyheter.

Fashion Brand

In 1989 he launched the "Björn Borg" fashion brand. The brand is especially popular in Sweden, particularly in the undergarment category. In 2006 Bjorn sold the lifetime full rights to his name trademark to the company's umbrella owner World Brand Management for $18 million.

Personal Life

Borg began dating professional Romanian tennis player, Mariana Simionescu, in 1976. They married in Bucharest, Romania on July 24, 1980. They remained together for four years until divorcing in 1984. In 1985, he had a child, Robin, with Swedish model Jannike Björling. He later began a relationship with Italian singer Loredana Bertè and the two married in 1989. They then divorced in 1993. In June of 2002, Borg married his third wife, Patricia Ostfeld. They had a son together, Leo, in 2003.

Real Estate

In the 1980s Bjorn owned an oceanfront estate in Sands Point, New York.

For much of the last several decades Bjorn has split his time between a penthouse apartment in Monaco and a large waterfront country estate in Värmdö, Sweden.

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