The name Peyton Manning must ring a bell, after all, he is one of the greatest players in the history of the National Football League (NFL). One name that might not share a similar national recognition but shares a profile as a public personality is his wife, Ashley Thompson Manning, whom he has been married to since 2001.
Ashley Thompson Manning may not have thousands of Americans on their feet cheering with the throw of a pass but not only has she been of formidable support to her husband through the highs and lows of a professional sports career; she is also an accomplished real estate developer with presence in multiple American cities.
In this article, we take a closer look at the woman who has been the rock behind one of the best quarterbacks in NFL history. Read on to learn more.
Ashley Thompson Manning Biography
Ashley Thompson Manning joined the world on the 2nd of December 1980 as the daughter of an investment banker and a real estate developer – Bill Thompson and a homemaker, Marsha Thompson. She was born as the second of four children born to her parents; she has an older sister named Allison and two younger siblings named Will and Leigh.
Following the completion of her high school education, she proceeded to the University of Virginia where she earned herself a degree in finance and marketing, graduating in 1997. Her decision to study marketing was a natural response to an innate skill she had possessed since she was a child; she, among other things, sold cookies during her time as a Girl Scout.
Having been born to a father who worked as a real estate developer, and spending some time in high school working on programs like Service Over Self, which was focused at renovating and repairing homes in Memphis, taking up a career in real estate was an easy option for Ashley Thompson.
While she built her career in real estate, building multiple residential homes in Tennessee and Indianapolis, she has also worked for multiple charity campaigns, lending the marketing skills that defined her Girl Scout years to help raise money for various social issues.
As part of her philanthropic endeavors, she is a member of the Ascensus Society and most prominently, one of the owners of PeyBack Foundation, a charity organization she owns along with her husband, which is focused on breast awareness programs and creating leadership and growth opportunities for young men and women.
Facts About Peyton Manning’s Wife
1. Her Net Worth
Real Estate is a lucrative business when done right and so far, that is what Ashley Thompson Manning has done as a real estate developer. This has guaranteed that she is not only a millionaire because of her relationship with her superstar husband but out of the work of her hands. She is believed to be worth an estimated $20 million.
Her husband, on the other hand, is believed to be worth $200 million having earned over $400 million as a player in the NFL.
2. Relationship with Peyton Manning
The marriage between Peyton Manning and Ashley Thompson Manning is an all too rare relationship in sports. At the suggestion of a friend who was a neighbor to Ashley Thompson, Ashley was introduced to Peyton while they were both college students, although they both attended different colleges.
The introduction and belief that they were a good fit turned out to be the right call when they declared their commitment to being husband and wife in front of their friends and family on the 17th of March 2001 in Memphis.
About ten years after they got married, on the 31st of March 2011, Ashley Thompson and her husband welcomed their twins – Marshall Williams Manning and Mosley Thompson Manning, a boy and a girl respectively.
Together, particularly following the retirement of Peyton Manning from the NFL, they have raised their children and live in Denver.
3. As someone with a strong attachment to her home city, Memphis, she is one of the minority owners of the city’s basketball team, the Memphis Grizzlies.
4. She and her husband, Peyton Manning, have been accused of the possession of performance-enhancing drugs.
5. Due to her husband’s recurrent health issues, Ashley convinced the man to retire from the sport, which he did officially in 2016.