Usain Bolt Net Worth 2017
Usain Bolt is one of the biggest sportsmen of our generation and perhaps the greatest track athlete ever. He has been the top sprinter for since 2008 and his dominant reign is expected to continue into the Brazil Olympics 2016. Usain Bolt Net Worth 2017 is US $30 million which makes him one of the wealthiest sportsmen on the planet. Usain Bolt Net Worth 2016 increased tremendously after his historic triumph at Beijing 2008 Olympics when he set World Records in every event he participated.
Usain Bolt Net Worth 2016
Regarded as the fastest man alive, Usain Bolt is also the first man ever to hold world records for both 100m and 200m since automatic time measurements began compulsory. Apart from that, he has also set the world record for 4*100m relay race with his Jamaican teammates.
He is the current Olympics champion in 100m, 200m and 4*100m events, the first sprinter ever to claim six gold medals at Olympics and also to become world champion a record 11 times. He is also the first to achieve “double double” i.e., to win both 100m and 200m in consecutive Olympics (2008, 2012).
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Usain Bolt in 2008 broke the World Record for the fastest time in 100m when he clock in at 9.69 seconds, which he further improved when he broke his own record in 2009 by clocking in at an unbelievable 9.58 seconds. Apart from his mind-boggling achievements, his colorful personality has been often been credited in making him a global phenomenon which has increased Usain Bolt Net Worth 2016 making him the highest paid athlete in the history of track and field.
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He has been given the nickname “Lightening bolt” owing to his numerous achievements and records. He has also been awarded the IAAF World Athlete of the Year, Track and Field Athlete of the Year and Laureus World Sportsman of the Year (three times). His popularity has made him one of the most marketable athletes in the world.
Though Bolt has become such an accomplished sprinter, it’s pretty surprising that he wanted to be a cricketer initially. He was an athletic kid in school who was good at every sport but was inclined towards cricket. Bolt has later confessed in many interviews that if he wasn’t a sprinted he would have definitely been a cricketer.
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Much of Usain Bolt Net Worth 2016 is due to his sponsorships and advertisement deals with various companies and being one of the most marketable athletes in the world means he has a queue of companies behind him to let them be his sponsor. After his 200m title glory in World Junior Championships, Puma became his sponsors. Puma promoted Bolt’s record breaking chase for Olympics Glory in 2008 Summer Olympics in Beijing by releasing a set of videos which featured his then record setting run and also his preparation videos.
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Then when he further improved his own record in New York City, a lightning storm followed thus media dubbing him the name “Lightning bolt” He also wore special Golden Puma Complete Theseus spikes that had “Beijing 100m Gold” written on it when he ran the final 100m final.
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The Associated Press said this about Bolt’s impact on Track and Field,” Almost single-handedly, Bolt has helped track transform itself from a dying sport to a one with a singular, smiling, worldwide star”. In 2010 September, Bolt’s sponsor, Gatorade held a special event in Australia called “Gatorade Bolt” to find Australia’s fastest footballer which featured players from rugby league, rugby union, Australia rules football and soccer.
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He was also the face for the advertising campaign of Virgin Media in 2012 when he impersonated Richard Branson. He was also part of an advert for VISA and 2012 Summer Olympics. Apart from his endorsement deals, a game based on his exploits Bolt! Was released for Apple iOs and it soon became the top app in Jamaica and second in iTunes’s list of free games. He has also released an autobiography titled “My Story: 9:58: Being the World’s Fastest Man”. Thus his earnings from salary, book revenue, endorsements and advertisements have made Usain Bolt Net Worth 2016 highest among all track athletes of all time. Hublot and Nissan also have endorsement deals with Bolt.
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Bolt had earned a record US $23.2 million back in 2014, the highest for a track and field athlete. He also has a knack for fast and expensive sports cars with his personal collection boasting the likes of Ferrari F430 Spider (US $217,000), BMW M3 (US $64,500) and Nissan GT-R (US $96,000). Bolt has announced his retirement after the World Championships in 2017.
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If Bolt keeps up his performances and further improves his gold tally at 2016 Olympics and 2017 World Championship then it’s estimated that Usain Bolt Net Worth 2016 will amount to around US $100 making him one of the most commercially successful and wealthiest sportsman ever.