NET WORTH: $40 MILLION
Born: September 3, 1986
Country of Origin: United States of America
Source of Wealth: Professional Snowboarder/Skateboarder
Last Updated: 2018
Shaun White is an American professional snowboarder and skateboarder. White has won three gold medals within the Olympics during his career. He also holds the records for the most X-Games and Olympics gold medals by a snowboarder.
You’ve probably even played one of the many video games he’s released over the years.
As of February 2018, Shaun White’s net worth is roughly $40 million, which makes him by far the richest snowboarder in the world.
Shaun Roger White was born on the 3rd September, 1986, in San Diego, California. White was born with a congenital heart defect, which results in him having to undergo two open-heart surgeries before he was even one year old.
He spent a lot of his early snowboarding days as a teenager in small ski resorts based around Ludlow, Vermont, and the San Bernardino Mountains. This was where White first built the foundation of his snowboarding skills.
White has had the longstanding nickname “The Flying Tomato”, due to his shock of red hair. In 2006, Rolling Stone wrote about the nickname, saying, “he used to embrace it, even wearing headbands with a flying-tomato logo, but he has grown tired of it.” He has also been nicknamed “animal”, a reference to a character from The Muppet Show.
In February 2009, Red Bull built White a halfpipe completely out of natural snow in the back country of Colorado on the backside of Silverton Mountain, coordinates (37.838801,-107.710299).
On September 17, 2012, White was arrested near a hotel in Nashville for public intoxication and vandalism after attending the wedding party of the drummer of The Black Keys, Patrick Carney.
His girlfriend is Sarah Barthel of the band Phantogram. White has been dating Barthel since 2013.
In 2016, Bad Things drummer Lena Zawaideh brought a lawsuit against White, claiming sexual harassment and breach of contract. White and Zawaideh reached an out-of-court settlement in May 2017; the terms of the settlement were not disclosed. At a press conference following White’s win at the 2018 Winter Olympics, he was asked if he was concerned that the lawsuit and settlement would tarnish his image. In replying, he referred to the incident as gossip, a response that created widespread condemnation of White for minimizing sexual harassment. White later apologized for his choice of words.
Aside from his snowboarding career, Shaun White had gained a lot of attention in skateboarding. That included attention from the likes of Tony Hawk, who then mentored White, and helped him to become a pro league skater. White went on to win various medals in skateboarding, but his main passion took over…
Shaun had been sponsored in snowboarding since he was only 6 years old. So far, he’s participated in four Winter Olympics, as well as the Winter X Games. He has 18 medals to his name, 13 of which are gold, and he’s not even done yet.
White has even released a video game series, which at one point in time was one of the best selling games in the US.
It’s safe to say, this guy is a born champion.
In 2018, Shaun White’s net worth is $40 million.
Awards Won – Highlights
Here are some of the best highlights of Shaun White’s career:
- First to win a medal in both the Summer and Winter X Games.
- First snowboarder ever to land back to back double corks, at the Red Bull Super-pipe.
- Only skater to land the front-side heel-flip 540 body varial.
- First to land a Cab 7 Melon Grab in vert skateboarding.
- First snowboarder to win back-to-back gold medals in the Winter X-Games Super-pipe.
- The only person to win both a Summer and Winter Dew Cup.
- First athlete ever to win gold medals four years in a row in the Winter X-Games Super-pipe.
Favorite Quotes from Shaun White
“I’ve had dreams about tricks.” – Shaun White
“Surfers have the most attitude.” – Shaun White
“My friends ask me why I still live with my family, but I feel comfortable there. We’ve all been through so much together.” – Shaun White
“I’ve always been a guy who wants to play sports, not watch them.” – Shaun White
“I always tell people that our sports aren’t that dangerous.” – Shaun White
“I’m proud of the U.S.A. We’ve done some amazing things. To wear our flag in the Olympics is an honor.” – Shaun White
“My mom was a waitress, and my dad was a plumber who worked for the City of San Clemente fixing mains breaks, so not too glamorous.” – Shaun White
2018 Winter Olympics
While in New Zealand, training for the 2018 Winter Olympics, White crashed into the edge of a superpipe; the resulting injuries to his face required 62 stitches. Despite the accident, White qualified for the 2018 US Olympic Team. On February 14, he won his third Olympic gold medal for the Men’s Halfpipe event with a score of 97.75, with Ayumu Hirano of Japan taking the silver medal and Scott James of Australia taking the bronze. White was trailing Hirano by one full point coming into his last run with a score of 94.25. Despite this, White dramatically won the gold medal with back-to-back 1440s. His gold medal was also the 100th for the United States at the Winter Olympic Games.