Facts of Israel Folau
|Full Name||Israel Folau|
|Birth Name||Israel Folau|
|Profession||Former Rugby Player|
|Birth City||Minto, New South Wales|
|Date of Birth||April 3,1989|
How Much Is Israel Folau's Net Worth?
Israel Folau, a former Australian rugby player used to play for New South Wales Waratahs in Super Rugby (2013-2019). He was one of the highest-paid rugby players until the controversial statements on same-sex marriage got his contract terminated.
Professional since 2007, Folau has played Melbourne Storm in the National Rugby League (2007-2008), Brisbane Broncos (2009-2010) and Australia national rugby union team nicknamed Wallabies.
As of 2019, Folau is estimated to own net worth of around $7 million.
Net Worth Details: Income Sources & Earnings
Following his high school career, Israel Folau made his debut in the 2007 NRL season at the age of 2017. He played for Melbourne Storm (2007-2008) and then for Brisbane Broncos (2009-2010).
At the end of 2010 season, Israel signed with AFL team Greater Western Sydney on a 4-year deal worth $6 million.
Later, he joined New South Wales Waratahs (2013-2019), an Australian rugby union team for the 2013 Super Rugby season.
Even though he had signed with NTT DoCoMo Red Hurricanes in the Japanese Top League, he didn't play for the team, instead, stick tight with Waratahs.
According to various online sources, Israel Folau owns the net worth of around $7 million as of July 2019.
The main source of his income was rugby career until his contract with New South Wales Waratahs was terminated. Back in 2018 Season, Folau became the highest-paid rugby player with the salary of £1.14 million per season.
Currently, the highest-paid is Kobelco Steelers' Dan Carter (£1.15 million per season) followed by Matt Giteau of Suntory Sungoliath (£1.1 million per season) and Charles Piutau of Bristol Bears ( £1 million per season).
Fight Against Unrightful Contract Termination
After Israel Folau's contract with Waratahs was terminated by Rugby Australia in early 2019, he is seeking justice for wrongful contract termination citing Section772 of the Fair Work Act.
As per Folau's lawyers, he is seeking for the $7 million (Aud $10 million) in damages. The further report is yet to be out.
Well, the contract termination issue came up following Israel's bad comments on the legalization of same-sex marriage and provocative posts.
And later in May 2019, Rugby Australia terminated his deal with rugby union's New South Wales Waratahs citing breach of the code of conduct of Rugby Australia.
Dispute On GoFundMe Campaign
Despite a property empire of $7 million, Israel launched GoFundMe campaign in mid-June 2019 with an aim to raise $3 million for a legal battle but was later stopped citing the violation of GoFundMe's terms of service and massive criticisms.
Later, in its response, the Australian Christian Lobby reportedly made a donation announcement of $100,000 on June 25, 2019, and even more, raised $2 million in the campaign to support Israel unless were stopped by ACL with Folau's consent.
Endorsements, Instagram Earnings & Charity Works
As a famous rugby figure, Israel Folau has got approaches with many endorsements; he was offered deals by Adidas and Powerade in 2009 and also signed with Goodman Fielder in 2013.
Even though the value of the sponsorship deal is not out, it allegedly earned him hundreds of thousand dollars.
However, after he got in controversy with provocative statements over same-sex marriage, he lost many of his endorsement deals including sponsorship with ASICS.
Sources report that if he signs sponsorship via Instagram, he can sum up to $675 - $1,157 per sponsored post.
Meanwhile, Folau's Instagram followers are over 336K while Twitter followers count 136K.
Well, the former Australian rugby player is also active in charity works. Along with Pain Away and other non-profit organization, he involves in fundraising events and donations.
Assets, House, Cars, Lifestyle & Expenses
As reported, Israel Folau lives in Sydney, Australia where he owns 2 houses: in Stanhope Gardens, Sydney estimated to be worth over $1 million and in Kenthurst, Sydney worth over $2 million.
No doubt that the Australia rugby player with massive million dollars property empire lives a lavish lifestyle.
Sources report Israel owns a collection of luxurious cars including Audi, Mercedes, Range Rover and many more. In early 2019, he sold his Lamborghini worth $500,000.
Surely, with such a luxury, the expenses of Israel Folau is quite big. Alongside expenses on costly clothes, travels, and accommodations, he also ensures bills on tax payments.
The rugby player cited that during his ongoing-legal battle with Australian Rugby union for terminating his contract, he paid $100,000 on legal fees.
Tax Expenses & Insurance
Well, Israel Folau's properties in Australia makes him liable to the property tax; mostly applied as stamp duty. An individual on the trade of any property has to pay 5% of the purchase price as stamp duty on average.
Also, house insurance costs $2,197 per year.
On the other hand, the effective income tax comes in the bracket of:
- $1- $18,200: 0%
- $18,201- $37,000: 19c for each $1 over $18,200 (0- 9.65%)
- $37,001- $90,000: $3,572 plus 32.5c for each $1 over $37,000 (9.65- 23.11%)
- $90,001- $180,000: $20,797 plus 37c for each $1 over $90,000 (23.11 – 30.05%)
- Above $180,001: $54,097 plus 45c for each $1 over $180,000 (30.05- 45%)
Israel Folau's Personal Details: Age, Height, Family, Education, Wife, Children & Controversy
Born on April 3, 1989, in Minto, New South Wales, Australia, Israel Folau parents are Eni and Amelia. Before his family moved to Brisbane, Queensland in 2004, Folau attended Lurnea Public School and Westfields Sports High School.
Later, he went to Marsden State High School and in 2006, was selected for Australian Schoolboys team.
Well, Israel has 5 siblings: 4 brothers and a sister; his elder brother John Folau also plays for rugby union.
After being discovered by Melbourne Storm scout, Folau's rugby career took a stand and made his debut in the 2007 NRL season at the age of 17.
Israel Folau holds Australian nationality and is of mixed ethnicity. As of July 2019, Folau's age is 30 and has a height of 6 ft. 4 inches (194 cm).
Happily Married: Wife & Children
Well, Folau is a happily married and enjoys a blissful relationship with his wife Maria Tuta'ia, a New Zealander netball player. After some time of dating, he announced engagement with girlfriend-turned-fiance Maria on October 23, 2016.
Later, on November 15, 2017, Israel Folau and Maria Tuta'ia got married in a private estate in Kangaroo Valley, New South Wales.
The rugby player often shares adorable posts with his wife on social media platforms like Instagram and Twitter.
Well, the couple is yet to share children of their own.
Controversial Statement Terminated His Contract
Raised a Mormon, Israel is nontrinitarian and also became a member of the Assemblies of God Christian fellowship in 2011.
Over the years, Israel Folau has been in controversies with unsupportive statements on same-sex marriage. After he made a Tweet in 2017 stating no support for gay marriage, Folau soon became a viral subject.
Moreover, in April 2019, after a series of his internet troll, the rugby player made a provocative post on Instagram which wrote "WARNING: HELL AWAITS YOU. REPENT. ONLY JESUS SAVES".
Well, it resulted in Israel's breach of the code of conduct with Rugby Australia and his 4-year contract with Rugby Australia was terminated on May 17, 2019; the end of his career with the Waratahs and the Wallabies.