The great Tony Hawk is the all-time most decorated and highest-paid professional skateboarder. Also known as Birdman, he is a legend famous for dominating the skateboarding world in the 80s and 90s. Now, he is also spending time on business and investment pursuits. As of 2022, Tony Hawk has a net worth of $140 million.
Anthony Frank Hawk is from San Diego, California, and he was born on May 12, 1968. His parents are named Nancy and Frank and he is the youngest sibling of Pat, Lenore, and Steve Hawk.
Tony was described as a hyperactive child growing up. His older brother gave him a used skateboard at the age of eight, and he instantly got hooked on it.
Hawk attended Jean Farb Middle School and was recognized as a professional skateboarder at 14 years old. In 1986, he graduated from Torrey Pines High School after attending three high schools.
The California-born skater first joined Powell Peralta and later appeared in the Bones Brigade videos. He went on to reign as the National Skateboard Association world champion for 12 straight years.
Many of the tricks that are currently common in the sport were invented by him. In 1999, he successfully performed the first documented 900 skateboarding maneuver after ten failed tries.
He was also a household name in the annual extreme sports event X Games. In his years of participating in the skateboarding competition, he has clinched 16 medals, and ten of them are gold. He retired from competitive skating in 2003, but he still does it for fun.
Anthony continued to prosper by manufacturing boards and accessories under the brand Birdhouse Skateboarding. He also launched the distribution company, Blitz.
In 1998, he started an apparel company called Hawk Clothing. This year was also the start of his Tony Hawk Pro Skater video game series, which turned into his biggest business project.
Hawk founded Boom Boom HuckJam in 2002, a touring sports spectacle. In 2012, he joined the cryptocurrency craze by buying his first Bitcoin. More recently, he created an NFT collection called Last Trick which was released in 2021 to cash in on the hype.
Net Worth and Earnings
Tony made his money through winning over 70 skateboarding competitions and in the process built up a strong personal brand that he monetized. Most of his current wealth is from various business ventures he pursued.
The Tony Hawk Pro Skater games alone has done over $1.4 billion in sales as of 2019. and Tony received a percentage. In the early 2000s, the first editions of the video game earned him over $6 million in royalties per year. The game’s sales have slowed down quite a bit but it remains a classic among hardcore fans.
He has also invested in many startups that became major businesses. There are also his undisclosed profits from his NFT collection. With this, his net worth is estimated to be $140 million.
The iconic skater married his high school sweetheart, Cindy Dunbar, in 1990. They had a son named Riley, but they divorced in 1993. In 1996, he made his vows with Erin Lee. They had two children, Spencer and Keegan. In 2004, they split up.
Hawk had his third marriage with Lhotse Merriam. They were together from 2006 to 2011. His current partner is Cathy Goodman, whom he married in 2015. They have several homes in San Diego, California, where Tony drives his Jeep SRT8.