- Full Name: Cassius Marcellus Clay Jr. (born); Muhammad Ali
- Born: January 17, 1942
- Place of Birth: Louisville, Kentucky
- Occupation: Boxer
- Marital Status: Married
Muhammad Ali Net Worth History
An estimated fortune in the region of $50m may not seem quite as much as one would have expected one of – if not the – greatest heavyweight boxer of all time to have accrued, but this figure needs to be taken into context. Muhammad Ali made the majority of his wealth through winning heavily promoted large purse bouts over a career spanning three decades. While many of his fights will be remembered as classics, this was before the era of pay-per-view TV and similar money-spinning opportunities, boxers if Ali’s day really depended almost entirely on their winnings. Having been retired for over thirty years and suffering from Parkinson’s that prevents him making most of his legendary status his earning potential has been limited.
About Muhammad Ali
One of the favorite debates among boxing fans is the timeless comparison between fighters from different eras. Comparing how greats from separate decades would compare in the ring is of course sheer contention, yet there’s few fighters who would be able to compare with Ali. In his peak Ali was sharing the highest echelon of the sport with other great names – Liston, Frazier, Foreman to name just three – yet he was always the real star attraction. A peerless elegance in the ring admired even by those who disliked the sport, the way he moved around the ring and the speed and timing of his attacks rose him to the top.
It’d be all to easy to see Ali as merely a legendary boxer who rightfully made the peak of the sport, yet to do so would be to overlook the cultural significance of Ali as a man. He was the first top-profile boxer who saw the opportunity to express his own sentiments and opinions to an ever wider TV watching public. Ali and his opinions on social and political issues would be beamed into homes across the world, his indefatigable confidence and manner being quite unlike anything anyone had seen before.
Possibly the most quotable sportsman in history, Ali was more than happy to use the TV crews that followed his daily movements to make impromptu throwaway soundbites or comments that would be remembered decades later. Much of what he said vocalized wide sections of popular discontent that was often overlooked by the mainstream media. Most famously his refusal to be drafted to fight in Vietnam went all the way to the Supreme Court, occurring just at the time when the public mood had turned against fighting a futile and toxic war. Often phrasing the conflict as a ‘white mans war’ he opened up a broad and at times vitriolic social introspection between race, poverty and exploitation in the USA.
Ali was ostracized by the boxing establishment and it took a few years before he could make a formal comeback. Following his eventual retirement Ali was content with occasional media appearances and sponsorship endorsements to maintain an income, yet was diagnosed with Parkinson’s disease in 1984, just a couple of years following his final fight. Like all challenges presented to him over his life Ali has fought the condition ever since, becoming an inspirational figure for millions around the world.