Nicknamed ‘Ultraman’ and ‘Toughest Man Alive,’ David Goggins is a symbol of resilience and determination. An esteemed retired Navy SEAL, endurance athlete, motivational speaker, and author, Goggins has an estimated net worth of $4 million. His incredible feats in different fields have made him an inspiration to many.
Born in upstate New York on February 17, 1975, to parents Trunnis and Jackie Goggins, David had a rocky childhood. He and his brother, Trunnis Jr., experienced bullying and hardship, often being ridiculed for working at their father’s skating rink to support their family.
Compounding their struggles, their father was an alcoholic who regularly subjected David, his sibling, and his mother to physical abuse. To escape this toxic environment, the three found solace in leaving.
After high school, Goggins joined the military at the age of 19. Starting in the Air Force, he eventually transferred to the Navy where he underwent pararescue training.
It took Goggins three attempts to graduate from BUDs training in 2001, after which he was assigned to SEAL Team 5. Notably, he is the only member of the US Armed Forces to have completed SEAL training, Air Force Tactical Air Controller Training, and US Army Ranger School.
Throughout his 20-year military career, Goggins served in Iraq and Afghanistan. However, after the tragic loss of his comrades in a helicopter crash, Goggins decided to change his career path.
Nowadays, most people know David Goggins for his extraordinary athletic prowess. He began long-distance running to raise funds for the Special Operations Warrior Foundation.
His endurance was first recognized during a 24-hour ultramarathon in San Diego, where he covered an impressive 101 miles in just 19 hours and 6 minutes.
Goggins has completed over sixty triathlons, ultra-triathlons, and ultramarathons, consistently finishing in the top five and setting new records. Additionally, he once held the Guinness World Record for the most pull-ups completed in a day, at a staggering 4,030.
Though Goggins’ career began in the military, his primary income source is the fitness industry. His earnings come from a variety of avenues, including sponsorships, media appearances, and brand promotions.
As a highly-paid public speaker, Goggins shares motivational clips on Instagram during his intense workouts, encouraging his millions of followers to “Stay hard!” According to speaking.com, David charges $150,000 for a speech which includes all of his expenses.
His best-selling book, Can’t Hurt Me, which chronicles his life’s challenges and achievements, continues to generate significant sales, contributing to his increasing net worth. Although he doesn’t make much from royalties, it plays a huge role in building his profile.
Before achieving his current status, Goggins grappled with weight issues, tipping the scales at 300 pounds. Through rigorous training and a low-carbohydrate, moderate-fat diet rich in vegetables, he transformed his physique.
Now 48, Goggins is now based in Buffalo, New York. In 2005, he married Aleeza Goggins, a Japanese nurse, but sadly they divorced two years later. Currently, David is now engaged to Jennifer Kish who helps manage his business.