- Full Name: Jeffrey Michael Gordon
- Born: August 4, 1971
- Place of Birth: Vallejo, California
- Occupation: Racer, actor, TV personality
- Marital Status: Married
Jeff Gordon’s Net Worth History
Jeff Gordon reportedly earns about $20 million per year just for endorsements. The four-time NASCAR Cup champion was the first NASCAR driver to earn over $100 million in stock car race prizes; if his record hasn’t been as spectacular as Richard Petty’s or Dale Earnhardt’s, he’s played to a bigger audience. Chosen partly for his youthful look, he’s been featured in documentaries and serious TV shows about stock car racing, parodied in satirical shows about racing, and paid for voice-overs in cartoons about racing. In 2015, he has moved from driving in races to providing “sports analysis” of races for TV. He has made profitable business investments and receives about 20% of the profits from licensed souvenir products.
About Jeff Gordon
Jeff Gordon started “driving” a BMX bike when he was four years old and racing “quarter midgets” when he was five. He won 51 quarter midget races in 1979 and several “sprint” and “midget car” races in the 1980s. His stated ambition was to race at Indianapolis, but he found an opportunity to race with NASCAR first.
Gordon’s first chance to drive in a Busch Grand National race came in October 1990. He came in second during the qualifying run for the AC-Delco 200 and started on the outside of the first row. Then he wrecked and finished in 39th position. In 1991, nevertheless, he found a sponsor to race full-time and won the Rookie of the Year award. In 1992 Rick Hendrick, watching Gordon compete in the Atlanta race, signed him on for the higher-stakes Sprint Cup (then called the Winston Cup) race series. Gordon drove in the final Winston Cup race of 1992, also in Atlanta, and finished in 31st place after another crash. In 1993, once again, he was Rookie of the Year even though Darrell Waltrip wisecracked that his rainbow-colored #24 DuPont Chevrolet had hit everything but the pace car.
Gordon finished the 1994 race season in eighth place, with Dale Earnhardt winning his seventh and last Cup that year. In 1995, Gordon won the Cup. He finished second in 1996, then won the Cup again in 1997 and 1998, and for the fourth time in 2001.
During these years, Gordon was married to Brooke Sealey, a former “Miss Winston.” In 2002, she filed for divorce, alleging adultery, and relieved Gordon of $15 million, a $9 million house, and other assets. Some estimate that the total amount Jeff Gordon has paid his first wife amounts to $100 million, although they had no children. In 2006, Gordon married Ingrid Vandebosch. They have two children, Ella and Leo.
Between 2002 and 2015, although Gordon remained popular with fans, won several individual races, and finished each season high in point standings (and pay), he did not win the Sprint Cup. Gordon broke several statistical records set by NASCAR legends like Earnhardt, Cale Yarborough, Richard Petty, and even Darrell Waltrip. In 2007, after Earnhardt had died, Gordon broke one of Earnhardt’s statistical records at Talladega, and unhappy fans (who, Gordon recognized, had hoped to see Dale Earnhardt Jr. win the race) pelted Gordon’s car with beer cans. “I certainly didn’t want to start a riot,” Gordon told the crowd. A change in NASCAR’s points system kept Gordon from officially winning the Cup for 2004, 2007, and 2014, and thus kept him safely behind Earnhardt’s and Petty’s record of seven Cups each.
Jeff Gordon has good reasons to respect Dale Earnhardt; when not competing in races, they were business partners, co-owning a real estate company and a line of clothing, and a good share of NASCAR’s official die-cast manufacturer. Gordon also owns a Chevrolet dealership and a line of wines.
With his income, Gordon can afford to be a bit of a philanthropist. His Children’s Foundation raises money for children with serious illnesses; there is a Jeff Gordon Children’s Hospital in North Carolina. Gordon was one of a dozen superstar athletes credited with founding Athletes for Hope. He’s also a member of the Clinton Global Initiative. He has identified himself as a “born-again Christian,” but later said he found it difficult to focus “on any one faith.”