Dwyane Wade Net Worth
Dwyane Wade also known as D-Wade is an American basketball player and a leading player in Miami Heat of NBA. He was born on January 17, 1982, in Chicago. He is known for getting Miami Heat to its first NBA final championship in 2006. Dwyane led the American basketball team in the Summer Olympics of 2008 and the team bagged the gold medal. Wade was on the Miami team when it won the NBA finals in 2012 and 2013 and was a finalist from 2011-2014. He plays for the team till the date giving a better performance every year. He is 12-time NBA All-Star and has been on the top of the leader board of basketball players.
The basketball player was born on 17th January in 1982. His parents JoLinda and Dwyane Wade Sr got separated when he was just 4 months. From then he lived with his mother JoLinda along with his elder sisters Tragil and Deanna and grandmother in Illinois. The family suffered financially and hence Wade’s mother starting dealing with drugs. She was a drug addict and had disturbing habits which tainted the player’s childhood.
To distract himself from such events he found solace in sports. He turned to basketball and football. During his school years, his talent for football was immediately recognized. Though initially, he struggled to get on the varsity of basketball team he managed to pave his way to a bright career in the field. Dwyane’s major inspiration was Micheal Jordan who was the star player on the Chicago Bulls at that time.
He attended college at Marquette University. His college career at Marquette started in 2001 when he achieved the eligibility to play on the team. The career lasted till 2003 i.e. for two seasons. Then in 2003 he was signed for Miami Heat team and hence his professional career had a kick start. He was immediately found worthy on the team. He was young and new and escalated quickly to be on the list of prominent players of NBA. Heat team performed extremely well when Wade brought the team its first finals. The 2006 playoffs was huge step in his career.
Despite being injured and missing some games he remained active in the sport. He is still playing for the Miami team after being transferred to Chicago Bulls and Cleveland Cavaliers in the period 2016 to 2018.
Dwyane Wade was married to Siohvaughn Funches in 2002 and had two sons. The couple got divorced in 2011 and he got the custody of both his sons. The basketball player is a guardian to his nephew as well. In 2013 he got engaged to Gabrielle Union, the same year he had a third son. His second marriage with the actress was in 2014.
Media and Political Affairs
The sportsperson has spoken against gunfire violence. His nephew and cousin were shot in a gunfire incidence, taking the life of the later. This tragedy raged Dwyane and he openly criticised about such mishaps. He supports non-violence campaigns and has his own life experiences help him understand the misery of people who suffer unnecessary violence.
He founded the Wade Foundations in 2003 which helps to provide education and health services to the needy children. He partnered with Alonzo Mourning for organizing a charitable event called ZO’s Groove which happens every year. He encourages youth to conduct a talent hunt at the Chicago Theatre. Wade has made many donations for the development of childhood education and their health facilities.
He has quite an influence on the media as well. He has been featured in famous shows such as ‘Late Show with David Letterman’ and ‘Live with Regis and Kelly’. He was on The People’s list of the Top 50 most beautiful people in 2006. GQ magazine and Esquire has titled him among the best-dressed men in 2006 and 2007 respectively.
Until 2017 Dwayne Wade’s net worth comes around $95 Million dollars. He has made a lot of money and there is more to come. His salary comes up to $20 Million from winning and playing for the Miami Heat. A lot comes from his sponsorships. He endorses companies such as Gatorade, Lincoln, Staples, Sean John, T-Mobile. Converse named a sneakers series after him, it’s called The Wade. In 2009 Nike’s Jordan brand did the same and he chose Nike. Later he joined ventures with Li-Chang brand which is a Chinese sports brand. This partnership was an expensive one as he suffered a huge loss. He has a brand of his own which makes suits and tuxedos. When he signed a deal with Chicago Bulls for 2 years he got a stash of cash. The contract alone got him over $47 Million dollars.
Standing tall with whopping 6’4 feet, this tall man has built his own life with pure hard work and determination. Having suffered from injustice to discrimination Wade has got himself a luxurious life with all his dreams being fulfilled.