How can physical strength pay off? Professional bodybuilders can tell you that being physically strong can add up to big bucks. We found the top 20 wealthiest bodybuilders in the world of 2018, and we’ve listed them from the lowest to the highest in net worth.
Read through this list of famous and rich bodybuilders and find out what helped them create their wealth while training and strengthening their muscles. They come from different walks of life, but they all started pretty early in life training and planning for competitions. Like a future Olympics star, there was hardly a day that they were not in preparation for what they planned to do with their skills to generate their income and wealth.
1. Jeff Said – $1.5 million
Jeff Said has a net worth of $1.5 million. He is an American professional bodybuilder and the youngest on the richest bodybuilders list. At only 23, he is one of the richest bodybuilders in the world. He has made a career out of training his body to do what he wants it to do. The discipline of the mind and body is important, and Jeff seems to have discovered how to do this well.
2. Kai Greene – $1.6 million
Kai Greene is a former Mr. Olympia champion and IFBB professional bodybuilder. He won the Arnold Classic competition many times, and he has a net worth of $1.6 million. The Mr. Olympia championship is considered one of the most important bodybuilding contests in the world and Kai Greene has learned to use this contest to his advantage.
3. Steve Cook – $1.9 million
Steve Cook‘s net worth is around $1.9 million. He has racked up quite a list of IFBB championships and NPC competitions over the past 7 years. He has won several NPC competitions, as well. His nickname with his fans is “Steve ‘Cookie’ Cook.” He is considered one of the better-looking bodybuilders by the ladies, too.
4. Mike Change – $2 Million
Mike Change created the Six Pack Shortcuts YouTube channel that focuses on bodybuilding as a serious profession. He has several followers, likes, and views and releases workout videos regularly through that channel. But life has not been all roses for the famous bodybuilder. He seems to have a lot of critics who don’t like his style or want to pick a fight with him. Still, he’s the one banking the result of his hard work, and it’s not a measly amount, either! His net worth currently stands at $2 million.
5. Lazar Aneglov – $2 million
Lazar Aneglov has a net worth of $2 million. He is a fitness professional, Bulgarian bodybuilder, and personal trainer for other athletes. He has also mastered the art of making the scene through social media, and he has millions of followers on Facebook, as well as other social media outlets and platforms. Bodybuilders tend to focus on their physical skills rather than mental ones. But they know how to get the help them need to use social media and promotional platforms to make their name in the world.
6. Calum von Moger – $2 million
Calum von Moger is a bodybuilder from Australia. He played the part of Arnold Schwarzenegger, the highest paid bodybuilder of all times, in a recent film entitled, “Bigger.” The movie tells the story of the Mr. Olympia contest and how it came from its humble beginnings to today. His net worth is $2 million. Some of his net worth comes from his movie appearance while the rest comes from his actual bodybuilding competitions and career.
7. Christian Guzman – $2 million
Christian Guzman calls himself an amateur bodybuilder. But he has a net worth that tops $2 million. Not bad for an amateur endeavor. He promotes himself a lot via social media platforms such as YouTube and other channels. He is also the founder of Alphalete Athletics company, the Alphalete Gym in Texas, and the chain of UP energy drinks for athletes and sports heroes. One of the reasons Guzman calls himself an “amateur” is because he does not compete with others who consider themselves professionals. Still, his net worth makes it all worthwhile, and he’s considered a big success in the professional bodybuilders’ world. In this way, perhaps the idea that he is an amateur is all in his head.
8. Mike Rashid – $2.1 million
Mike Rashid is an American professional bodybuilder, as well as a professional boxer and entrepreneur. He does a lot of promotion on YouTube, and he owns the “Iron Addicts Gym” in Miami. His net worth is around $2.1 million. He receives millions of views on his YouTube channel which pays off regarding his popularity. He makes quite a bit of his bank roll from his business ventures with the Iron Addicts Gym in Miami, Florida. He enjoys helping train other aspiring athletes to reach their goals almost as much as he likes doing it himself.
9. Mike O’Hearn – $2.5 million
Mike O’Hearn is an American bodybuilder, as well as an actor, trainer, and model. He is one of the wealthiest bodybuilders in the world with a current net worth of $2.5 million. He is the founder of Power Bodybuilding, a company dedicated to the promotion and training of bodybuilding athletes, and professional strength training. O’Hearn has appeared in over 500 different magazine covers. He was also awarded Fitness Model of the Year seven different times. He won the title of “Mr. Natural Universe” four different times. With credentials such as this, it’s no wonder that his fans and his critics alike herald him as one of the best bodybuilders of all times.
10. The Hodge Twins – $3.7 million
Climbing the scale to the next level is The Hodge Twins. They made a name for themselves as comedians who have created their routine mostly around the bodybuilding profession. They receive regular emails on topics such as strength training, workouts and nutrition, and dietary supplements. They use their videos to answer these questions that they often get from their fans. The Hodge Twins’ net worth is estimated to be around $3.7 million. That’s quite a bit of cash for someone who makes bodybuilding their career. But he also does a lot of other things that bring in the dough.
11. Dorian Yates – $4 million
Dorian Yates is a former professional bodybuilder and former winner of the Mr. Olympia competition for six years in a row. He has the 5th highest number of Mr. Olympia wins of all time. Her net worth is around $4 million, which qualifies him for being one of the richest bodybuilders of all times. He is another many times winner for several national and international bodybuilding competitions, which has won him the loyalty and the attention of many people all across the globe.
12. Phil Heath – $5 million
Phil Heath is an American bodybuilder who tied with the all-time great Arnold Schwarzenegger for the Mr. Olympia. Heath has won his 7th Mr. Olympia competition with this honor, and his net worth is around $5 million, making him one of the top 20 richest bodybuilders in the entire world. It seems that someone like Heath who once tied with the highest paid bodybuilder of all, Arnold Schwarzenegger, would have a higher net worth than $5 million. But the amount of net worth someone has depends on a lot of factors. Most of Schwarzenegger’s wealth comes from other things while Heath is a dedicated bodybuilder.
13. Lee Haney – $5.5 million
Lee Haney is an American former professional bodybuilder with a net worth of $5.5 million. He shares this honor with Ronnie Coleman, another successful and very wealthy bodybuilder who made it to the Bodybuilder Hall of Fame. It seems that training for bodybuilder competitions is not easy, but it seems to pay off time and time again for Lee Haney.
14. Lou Ferrigno – $6 million
Lou Ferrigno has a net worth of $6 million. He is an American bodybuilder, as well as a professional actor, strength and agility trainer, and actor. Some of his awards and accolades include 3 IFBB title for professional bodybuilding as well as the Mr. America and 2 Mr. Universe Competitions. Perhaps winning these two big contests made the difference for this bodybuilder or perhaps his persistence in the art of training is what took him over the mark.
15. Dexter Jackson – $7 million
Dexter Jackson has a net worth of $7 million. While he is not the wealthiest bodybuilder in the world, he has won more bodybuilding contests than anyone else in history. He competed in 8 contests in the year, 2002 and over 85 professional contests throughout his career. Jackson proves once again that hard work does pay off.
16. Gary Strydom – $8 Million
Gary Strydom is worth $8 million for his repeated wins during famous bodybuilding contests in the professional bodybuilding circles. He was a fierce competitor in the 1980s and early 90s. When the WBF disbanded, he deserted the pro bodybuilding arena for awhile, but he always felt connected to the industry in some way. He competed in his final bodybuilding competition in 2006, ten years after the previous competition.
17. Ronnie Coleman – $10 million
Ronnie Coleman has a net worth of $10 million. He is a retired American bodybuilder in the professional arena who is considered one of the most infamous. How did he win this notorious title? Partly by winning national contests for eight years in a row, which likely intensified the feelings of envy among his worst competitors. Regardless of his notorious status, Coleman remains one of the most successful bodybuilders of all times, and his net worth backs up this idea.
18. Jay Cutler – $30 million
Jay Cutler moves our list of net worth amounts way up the scale. His net worth is calculated at around $30 million. He got this status by being a member of the IFBB professional organization, and he won the Mr. Olympia contest four times. He is considered the third richest bodybuilder in the world, and he has a net worth that surpasses at least 90% of the others. Cutler is certainly not worried about his bank account, and he has plenty to spare.
19. Rich Gaspari – $90 million
Rich Gaspari is a retired but wealthy professional American bodybuilder with an estimated net worth of $90 million. He is currently featured in the IFBB Hall of Fame. He’s been involved in the fitness industry for over three decades, and he’s the 2nd richest bodybuilder in the world. With a net worth of $90 million, it’s hard to beat.
20. Arnold Schwarzenegger – $300 million
When it comes to the richest bodybuilder in the world, one has to think about “The Hulk,” Arnold Schwarzenegger. His homeland is Russia and the old Soviet Union, but he is considered one of the most admired professional bodybuilders, stuntmen, and Hollywood personalities of the current time. He is also an actor, which has helped him expand his wealth to other areas. He starred in the popular, “Incredible Hulk” series for years in which he played the oversized “monster” side of Bill Bixby’s character when he got upset. He has a string of film credits, as well including “The Terminator,” “Predator,” and “True Lies,” to name a few.
He has had some drops in ratings of late, however, due to his negative stance against President Donald Trump and many fans have boycotted his events due to this. To date, he still has a net worth that provides him with the lifestyle he wants as a celebrity and professional athlete. Arnold’s net worth is currently estimated at $300 million, more than enough to fund a few months of vacation.
The Future for Rich Bodybuilders
As we were scouring the web for the richest bodybuilders of all times, the thought occurred to us that these men work so hard at strength building and training when they are young perhaps because they realize that they cannot do this as they get older.
Perhaps that is also why the most wealthy of this list of both famous and infamous bodybuilding gurus, Arnold Schwartzenegger, has kept his eyes roaming other lands for opportunities while he continued to train and work his body.
These men all know that eventually, they will have to slow down and do something that does not require such stark physical agility, endurance, and ability. When you make your living with your body in the way that these 20 do, it’s smart to look forward and plan.
With the amount of wealth these men have accumulated though while they were in their prime, it doesn’t seem like any of them have much to worry about!