The name Peyton Manning isn’t one you shouldn’t know, 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 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.
Over the years, other aspects of her life have been overshadowed by her relationship with the famous American footballer. While that earned her a lot of attention, it has also left many asking questions about her life before she met the NFL star, what she does for a living, and what have you.
She Has a Degree in Finance and Marketing
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 named Marsha Thompson. Records have it that she is 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 on renovating and repairing homes in Memphis, taking up a career in real estate was an easy option for Ashley Thompson Manning.
Ashley Is a Minority Owner of Memphis Grizzlies
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.
With all the philanthropic causes she has been a part of, people often wonder how she has so much to donate to charity with many assuming it’s her husband’s wealth.
Well, Ashley is very enterprising. Beyond her career in real estate, she has been a part of various profitable ventures. 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. This has been a major source of income for her.
Comparing Her Net Worth to Peyton’s $200 Million
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.
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. From what we learned, Peyton and Ashley Thompson Manning established the Foundation in 1999 with the prime objective of aiding the future success of disadvantaged youth. They do this by offering assisting programs that provide leadership and growth opportunities for children at risk.
How Ashley Thompson Manning Met Her Husband
The marriage between Peyton and Ashley Thompson Manning is a 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 set to become college students. Although they both attended different colleges, the two found a way to make things work for them.
While she was a student at the University of Virginia, Peyton was attending the University of Tennessee. Ashley was introduced to the man who would later become an NFL star during the summer before they left for college.
Ideally, one would have thought that the long distance between them would extinguish the passion, but it continued to burn and eventually led to them becoming life partners.
They Have Been Married Since 2001
The belief that Ashley and Peyton were a good fit turned out to be valid 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.
Their marriage has endured many years and Ashley has proved to be a very useful partner for the NFL legend; supporting him through the ups and downs of his illustrious career.
As one would expect, their marriage has weathered several storms including rumors of infidelity from Peyton. It circulated that he cheated on Ashley and that their marriage is headed for a collapse. Time wasted no time in proving that this is false as they continued being a genuinely loving couple in public.
Another instance was when Peyton Manning was accused of possession and dealing with performance-enhancing drugs. It was claimed that he used his wife’s name to go about the illegal business but being a supportive wife, Ashley Thompson Manning provided evidence that suggests the drug was prescribed to her husband. This went a long way to put the scandal to rest.
Ashley Thompson Manning Is a Mother of Two
About ten years after they got married, precisely on the 31st of March 2011, Ashley Thompson and her husband welcomed their twin named Marshall Williams Manning and Mosley Thompson Manning, a boy and a girl respectively.
Due to her husband’s recurrent health issues, Ashley convinced the man to retire from his NFL career, which he did officially in 2016. Together, particularly following the retirement of Peyton Manning from the NFL, they have raised their children and live in Denver.