Hulk Hogan is an American professional wrestler, actor, TV personality, and entrepreneur with a net worth of $25 million.
Hulk Hogan Net Worth: Career Beginnings
Hogan was born Terry Gene Bollea on August 11, 1953 in Augusta, Georgia but grew up in Port Tampa, Florida. In his early years, Bollea played baseball as a pitcher. He attracted interest from MLB teams but an injury ended his baseball career. He then ventured into music and began playing the bass guitar for several rock bans in Florida. Bollea dropped out of college and formed a band named Ruckus in 1976 which enjoyed success around the Tampa Bay region. During performances at a bar where wrestlers visited often, one of them impressed by Bolloea’s muscular build introduced him to wrestling. Bollea made his debut on August 10, 1977, in Championship Wrestling from Florida (CWF).
Hulk Hogan Net Worth: Fame And Professional Wrestling Career
After CWF, Hogan wrestled under several other wrestling promotions including CWA, NWA, WWF (Now WWE), Japan’s NJPW, AWA, WCW and TNA Impact. Hogan toggled back and forth between these various promotions, increasing his popularity by making anticipated comebacks after he quit each one. Perhaps his most successful years were with Vince McMahon‘s WWF between the mid 1980s and early 90s. Hogan made the 4th return to WWE after almost 5 years in 2015 but was ousted after he openly made racists comments of which he later apologized.
A 12-time world champion, Hogan has won 6 WWF/E World Heavyweight Championship, and 6 WCW World Heavyweight Championship titles. He is also the first wrestler to win back to back Royal Rumbles in 1990 and 1991.
Hulk Hogan Net Worth: Acting, Other Show Biz And Business Ventures
As his popularity surged, Hogan began receiving movie roles. He made his debut feature in 1982 action film Rocky III. He also starred in “No Holds Barred” (1989), Suburban Commando (1991), Mr. Nanny (1993), and Santa with Muscles (1996). In recent years, Hogan has been more active voicing animated characters. Hogan’s reality show “Hogan Knows Best” which centered around his family premiered on VH1 in 2005 and ended in 2007, around the time his then wife and mother of his two children (Brooke and Nick), Linda Claridge filled for divorce.
Like other celebrities, Hogan makes money from the sale of his own merchandise which include his own energy drink Hogan Energy, and Hulkster Burgers, a brand of microwaveable hamburgers sold in Wal-Mart. He opened a Tampa beachfront restaurant called “Hogan’s Beach” in 2012 but following the racists scandal, his name was dropped from the restaurant in 2015.
Hulk Hogan Net Worth: Financial Problems And Gawker Lawsuit
Hulk have had his fair share of problems with the law. His 2007 divorce from his wife as a result of his infidelity put him on the verge of bankruptcy, he was ordered to pay Linda $30 million in cash and properties. Hogan was at the time said to be worth around $40 million. While Hogan recovered financially, he doesn’t seem to be done with scandals. In 2012, Gawker released a sex tape involving Hogan and his best friend’s wife Heather Clem. Hogan filled a lawsuit against the media company for invading his privacy, seeking $100 million in damages. In 2016, a Florida court awarded Hogan $140 million in damages, but Gawker is set to appeal the judgement. Should they lose, Hogan will have an extra zero to his net worth. However, the case seems to be far from over.
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