Usain Bolt Net Worth $30 Million
Dubbed “The fastest man on Earth”, Usain St. Leo Bolt has rightfully earned that title. The Jamaican sprinter has impressed the world by setting records and shattering them. He is most noted for being the first man to hold world records in both 100 metres and 200 metres dashes since the inception of fully automatic timing in athletic events.
He also has a world record in the 4 x 100 metres relay race along with his teammates. He is currently the reigning Olympic champion in these three races. Along with this, Bolt is also recognized as being the first sprinter to win six Olympic gold medals in consecutive events.
Bolt was born to Wellesley and Jennifer Bolt in 1986 in Sherwood Content, Jamaica. He grew up playing football and cricket with his siblings. He later claimed that at that time, all his focus was on sports more than anything else. His sprinting skill came to the fore during his time at Waldensia Primary where he ran in annual national schools meets. He soon became the school’s fastest sprinter when it came to the 100 metres race.
In high school, Bolt still played in a diverse range of sports but his cricket coach took note of his speed and encouraged him to try his hand at track events. Bolt heeded the advice and went under the tutelage of former Olympic sprinter, Pablo McNeil and Dwayne Jarrett. He went ahead to win his first High School Championships medal in 2001 taking second place in the 200 metres dash.
Bolt was introduced to the world during the IAAF World Youth Championships held in Hungary in 2001. Although he failed to make it to the finals, he still set a personal best time. His skill caught Former Prime Minister P.J Patterson’s eye and he moved him to Kingston in order to train with the Jamaica Athletic Association.
He became a professional athlete in 2004 under Coach Fitz Coleman. His first professional event was the 2004 CARIFTA Games where he set the world junior record in the 200 metres sprint. Throughout his early career, he had never taken sprinting seriously but under new coach, Glenn Mills in 2005 began to have a more professional approach to the sport.
He gained worldwide prominence during the 2008 Summer Olympics in Beijing where he set records in the 100 metres, 200 metres and 4 x 100 metres events. He also won gold medals in those events setting blistering times. He replicated the same feat in the 2012 Summer Olympics in London solidifying his place in history as the fastest man in the world.
“Lightning Bolt” as he is known to his fans and the media is often described as being quite laid back. His star power has seen him sign endorsement and advertising deals with large firms such as Puma, Virgin Media, Gatorade, Nissan and Visa. He has also published an autobiography My Story: 9.58: Being the World's Fastest Man which was released in 2010. His sponsorships, prize money, as well as appearance fees, have seen the Jamaican superstar net a reported $30 million.