Wayne Gretzky is a retired hockey player who is now working as an entrepreneur. He is one of the top hockey players of all time. Wayne has played in NHL for 20 seasons from 1979-1999. During his peak days, he was earning $46 million as his salary. You will be surprised to know that he has invested his money wisely and has built up an empire for him. He is the owner of a sports team, a vineyard, real estate, and other such ventures. In this post, we will discuss all his personal and professional life.
Early Life and beginning of the career
Wayne was born on January 26th, 1961 in Ontario. He has got three brothers and one sister and grew up in a good environment. Thanks to his father Walter who used to teach all the siblings a lot of sports. Wayne was keenly taking interest in hockey and learned all the skills in a short time. When he was six he was already playing with a team where all the 10-year-old players were taking apart. He later moved to Toronto and paid more attention to the game. Fortunately, luck was always by his side and he was drafted by the Ontario Major Junior Hockey League draft. He started playing for Sault Ste. Marie Greyhounds when he was 16 and since then there is no turning back. Wayne is 59 years old currently while his height is five feet and eleven inches.
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Professional Hockey Career
At the age of 17, Wayne was officially a part of hockey and his professional career kicked off in style. He was drafted for Indianapolis Racers in the World Hockey Association (WHA). It all helped him play for some of the major hockey tournaments and became one of the most valuable players in the NHL. He started scoring over 200 points in one season and it was a historical moment. Once he gained success there were many teams that wanted him to be a part of them. Luckily Wayne played with Los Angeles Kings (1988 – 1996) and the St. Louis Blues (1996). In 1996, he signed as a free agent with the New York Rangers that was worth $8 million. Fans were disappointed when he announced his retirement in 1999. Even after his retirement, people talk about him when it comes to having the best skills.
Personal Life and Net Worth
Wayne met actress Janet Jones who was judging the television show named Dance Fever with him. They began dating and later got married too and according to the reports, their wedding was one of the most expensive ones. It is known as the Royal Wedding as he spent around $1million on this grand affair. The couple is blessed with five children together and one of their daughters Paulina is a famous model and singer. Paulina has been in a strong relationship with Dustin Johnson and they have two kids together. Wayne being the richest hockey player has a huge mansion in Beverly Hills. His total net worth is $250 million while his yearly salary during his prime day has been $46 million.