It is time to pump some iron. Though most people have to psych themselves up for days before finding the motivation to go to the gym, the people on this list have made a living out of it and done very well in bodybuilding. Greeks and Romans were few of the ancient civilisations who considered the development of the male musculature admirable; this was why they came up with the Olympic Games in the first place.
Bodybuilding is a larger industry which in recent years has seen major fan following. People love watching bodybuilders because they are proof that hard work and sweating off can achieve greatness. Following is the list of world’s top 10 richest bodybuilders in 2018.
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- 10. Mike O’Hearn (Net worth $2.5 Million)
- 9. Dorian Yates (Net worth $4 Million)
- 8. Phil Heath (Net worth $5 Million)
- 7. Dexter Jackson (Net worth $7 Million)
- 6. Gary Strydom (Net worth $8 Million)
- 5. Ronnie Coleman (Net worth $10 Million)
- 4. Paul Michael Levesque (Net worth $25 Million)
- 3. Jay Cutler (Net worth $30 Million)
- 2. Rich Gaspari (Net worth $90 Million)
- 1. Arnold Schwarzenegger (Net worth $300 Million)
10. Mike O’Hearn (Net worth $2.5 Million)
According to Greek mythology, Titans were enormous creatures who gave birth to the gods. It does not come as a shock that Mike O’Hearn’s nickname is ‘Titan’. This American bodybuilder, model, and actor has been featured on over 500 magazines covers and was named the Fitness Model of the Year 7 times. This four-time Mr. ‘Natural’ Universe titleholder found his beginnings when he was 14 years old and now has his own workout program called Power Building.
9. Dorian Yates (Net worth $4 Million)
The greatness of Dorian Yates could be grasped from the fact that in his 1997 Mr. Olympia appearance, he participated with torn biceps and triceps and still won the title. This English 5 ft 11 inch hunk was nicknamed the shadow and was most active from 1990 to 1997 within which he won 6 Mr. Olympia titles. This puts him fourth in line of most Mr. Olympia titles. He owns temple gyms the United Kingdom and also is the co-founder of the supplement company CNP professional.
8. Phil Heath (Net worth $5 Million)
This current Mr. Olympia title holder has been given the nickname ‘the next big thing’ for obvious reasons. He has been defending this title for seven years from 2011 to 2017, tieng him with Arnold Schwarzenegger for the most title wins. Despite having a successful bodybuilding career he wanted to put his business degree to good use and so he started the Gift Athletics franchise which did pretty well. After the success of his fitness apparel line, he partnered with Joey Firestone to start his supplement line, Gift Nutrition.
7. Dexter Jackson (Net worth $7 Million)
Dexter Jackson, also known as ‘the blade’ in the bodybuilding community, is known for having won 28 IFBB professional titles which is a world record. He has been active since 1992 and was recognised after his win in 1999 Arnold Classic. After his 3rd placement in Mr. Olympia 2007, critics said he would never place any higher. He proved the critics wrong by placing first in the 2008 Mr. Olympia.
6. Gary Strydom (Net worth $8 Million)
The only winner of the now defunct World Bodybuilding Federation, Gary Strydom has had a great career. He made his debut on the Night of Champions championship in 1987, which is called as one of his greatest wins. After taking a break from bodybuilding in 1990, he came back to win his 2 WBF championship titles in 1991 and 1992.
5. Ronnie Coleman (Net worth $10 Million)
This now retired professional bodybuilder has had a record-breaking 26 IFBB professional titles under his belt. He has also won Mr. Olympia eight years in a row, from 1998 to 2006. He is the standard to which most of the today’s bodybuilders look up to and has been called one of the greatest bodybuilders who ever lived. After graduating cum laude from his college where he played American football, Coleman served as a police officer in Arlington, Texas where he first caught the iron pumping bug.
4. Paul Michael Levesque (Net worth $25 Million)
Known famously for his wrestling career, Paul Michael Levesque or Triple H, started his career in professional bodybuilding in 1988 when he won the Mr. Teenage New Hampshire. He is one of the most successful WWE wrestlers of all time, having won a total of 14 world championships. He married Stephanie McMahon of the McMahon family who has majority ownership of WWE. After having a successful wrestling career he took to the administration work in WWE AS Executive Vice President, Talent and Live events. He also started ‘Connor’s Cure’ which is a cancer fund in the name of a wrestling fan who died at the age of eight due to cancer.
3. Jay Cutler (Net worth $30 Million)
Jason Isaac Cutler was a four-time Mr. Olympia in the years of 2006, 20007, 2009 and 2010. Cutler started at the age of 18 when he was in high school and after graduating from community college with a degree in criminal law, he was motivated by a friend to take bodybuilding seriously. He has many endorsements, sponsorships, and home DVD training programs under his name.
2. Rich Gaspari (Net worth $90 Million)
With nicknames like ‘the itch’ and ‘the dragon slayer,’ this retired bodybuilder has built a great career for himself. Rich Gaspari made his pro debut in 1985s IFBB Night of Champions and showed no sign of slowing down. His best win is considered his IFBB Mr.Olympia Runner-up in 1986, 1987 and 1988. He started his own line of supplements called Gaspari Nutrition. He was given the Muscle Beach Hall of Fame award in 2011 and was featured on the cover of Iron Man magazines, October. To top off all his achievements, he was also given the Arnold Classic Lifetime Achievement Award in 2013.
1. Arnold Schwarzenegger (Net worth $300 Million)
We know him best as the Terminator but he was known in his bodybuilding community as ‘the Austrian Oak’. He served in the Austrian army before seriously considering bodybuilding, after which he has now become the most important figure in bodybuilding. His importance to the sport has been commemorated in the Arnold Classic annual bodybuilding competition. He won the Mr. Olympia title seven times from 1970 to 1975 and then in 1980. He also has many powerlifting championship titles under his belt while representing Austria. He has also had a good acting career, winning him a star on the Hollywood Boulevard. He was also the governor of California and sat on the presidential council on physical fitness and sports during the Bush administration.
These individuals are a motivation to the people who want to enter this industry and also to the average joe who strives to be in better shape. Bodybuilding is a multi-million dollar enterprise which has only seen more growth in the recent years.