Facts of Wayne Gretzky
|Full Name||Wayne Douglas Gretzky|
|Birth Name||Wayne Douglas Gretzky|
|Other Name||The Great One,The White Tornado|
|Profession||Ice Hockey Player (retired) & Businessman|
|Birth City||Brantford, Ontario|
|Father Name||Walter Gretzky|
|Mother Name||Phyllis Leone|
|No Of Children||5|
|Date of Birth||26,1961|
|Married Date||July 17,1988|
Wayne Gretzky, a Canadian-born former ice-hockey player is the only NHL player to total over 200 points in one season (made the record 4 times). Turned professional in 1979, Gretzky played in 20 NHL seasons (for 4 teams) until his retirement in 1999, lastly playing for New York Rangers.
Inducted in Hockey Hall of Fame, Wayne, after his retirement engaged in coaching briefly & now is busy with business endeavors- is vice-president & partner at Oilers Entertainment Group.
How Much Is Wayne Gretzky's Net Worth In 2020?
According to Celebrity Net Worth, Wayne has a net worth of $250 million as of February 2020. Indeed through his 20 seasons -long career in ice hockey (at WHA & then at NHL), the 6 ft. tall got hands in hefty sum with estimated NHL career earnings at $42 million.
Moreover, nicknamed The Great One, 59-year-old Gretzky's endorsement & business venture proved a milestone to his fortune assists over the years. Reportedly, he made $93.8 million from hockey and endorsements between 1990 to 1998.
Wayne started his career with now-deceased World Hockey Association (WHA) team Indianapolis Racers & signed a 7-year personal services contract worth $1.7 million on June 12, 1978, at the age of 17.
Thereafter, he moved to the NHL team Edmonton Oilers in 1979 on his 18th birthday; was the World Hockey Association team until the league folded.
Then Wayne Gretzky went on trades & played for NHL teams: Los Angeles Kings (1988- 1996), St. Louis Blues (1996) & New York Rangers (1996- 1999).
During the 90s, Gretzky among the five highest-paid athlete endorsers in North America, with deals with endorsement deals with Domino's Pizza, Sharp Corporation, Upper Deck and The Coca-Cola Company.
As per The Richest, in 1995, solely from endorsements, Wayne made $8.5 million.
Contracts Signed & Salary Earned
Despite being on a 7-year contract with Indianapolis Racers of now-folded WHA League, Wayne, after only 8 games with Racers was traded to Edmonton Oilers, stating the prior mentioned team were at $40,000 loss per game.
On January 26, 1979, the Oilers owner Peter Pocklington signed Wayne on a 10-year personal service contract worth (CA)$3 million.
As the WHA folded in 1979, Edmonton Oilers joined National Hockey League (NHL), keeping Gretzky engaged with the team & paid him $300,000 per season until 1986. After Wayne's personal service contract was replaced with standard NHL contract in 1987, he earned $717,250 that year.
After winning the 4th Stanley Cup with Oilers in 1988, the Ontario-born Canadian ice-hockey star along with Marty McSorley, and Mike Krushelnyski was traded to Los Angeles Kings on August 9.
With the trade-clause Oilers acquired Carson, Martin Gélinas, $15 million in cash & three first-round draft picks (1989, 1991, and 1993).
During 9 season with Los Angeles Kings (1988- 1996), his salary rose from $1 million (first year) to $6 million (last year), totaling $24 million.
Even though Wayne was to receive $15 million for a 3-year deal with St. Louis Blues (played for the team after the trade from Kings), he declined & stayed free agent, ultimately signing a 1-year $4 million contracts with New York Rangers on July 21, 1996.
Later, on October 2, 1997, the Canadian ice-hockey figure signed a contract extension with the Rangers for 2 years worth $13 million, before retiring on July 1, 1999.
Salary From Hockey Career Over The Years:
|1979- 1986||Edmonton Oilers||$300,000 per year|
Los Angeles Kings
|1990- 1993||$3 million|
New York Rangers
Business Ventures: Ownership Of Sports Teams & Restaurants
While Wayne's had his NHL career on-going, the ice-hockey star didn't stand behind trying his hands in business endeavors- in 2014, his annual revenue from business ventures was $14 million.
In 1985, he paid (CAD) $175,000 to buy a partnership stake of Hull Olympiques of the Quebec Major Junior Hockey League, which he sold in 1992 for (CAD) $550,000.
Moreover, from 1991 to 1994, Wayne (in minority ownership) along with Bruce McNall (majority), the Thoroughbred racehorse owner, had a partnership on Toronto Argonauts of the Canadian Football League (CFL).
Briefly in 1992, Gretzky & McNall had ownership of rare Honus Wagner T206 cigarette card, bought for USD $451,000 (the card exchanged hands in 2007 for $2.8 million).
After retirement from NHL, the Phoenix Coyotes approached Wayne with a partnership offer & he bought a 10% stake in May 2000. In addition, he served as head coach for the team until 2009, when the team's holding company Dewey Ranch Hockey LLC filed for bankruptcy.
Later, the Canadian ice-hockey star cut off ties with Coyotes, stepping down from duty as the head coach & the teams' operations in September 2009.
Since October 2016, Gretzky serves as partner and vice-chairman of his former team Edmonton Oilers' parent company Oilers Entertainment Group.
Has A Winery & 3 Restaurants In Canada
The part-owner with Andrew Peller Ltd, Wayne, in 2017, opened a winery and distillery Wayne Gretzky Estates in Ontario, Canada.
Along with his business partner, the retired NHL player owns 3 restaurants across Canada:
- Wayne Gretzky's restaurant in Rogers Centre downtown of Toronto since 1993
- Another restaurant No. 99 Gretzky's Wine & Whisky at Edmonton International Airport (opened in 2016)
- Restaurant named Studio 99 at Rogers Place in Edmonton, Alberta (opened in 2018)
Did you know? Already the author of Gretzky: An Autobiography (1990) and 99: My Life in Pictures (1999), Wayne Gretzky's 2016 book 99: Stories of the Game (2016) was best-selling in Canada.
Lives In Thousand Oaks, California: Houses & Cars
Currently, the 4-time Stanley Cup champ & father of 5 lives with his wife Janet Jones in their 2-story house in Thousand Oaks, California.
Wayne bought the 6 bedrooms and 8 bathrooms property with a fenced tennis court, rose garden & 2 guesthouses, for $13.5 million in April 2018.
As for a fact, it's the second time, he has the ownership of the estate; in 2007, Gretzky sold the house to former baseball star Lenny Dykstra for a whopping $18.5 million.
However, Dykstra's financial troubles got the property on foreclosure; & was sold in an auction in 2010 for $760,000. A year before, Wayne again reclaimed the Thousand Oaks estate, it already had exchanged hands in 2017.
As per Virtual Globetrotting, the retired Canadian ice-hockey flare owns another house in Scottsdale, Arizona, where he lives part-time & also has a house in Harrison, Idaho.
His childhood house is in Brantford, Canada.
In January 2017, Wayne unloaded his Westlake Village house in Los Angeles County for $6 million, slashing $3.5 million of the initial asking price of $10.5 million.
With the sales of his other house in the Sherwood Country Club area of Westlake Village, Gretzky made $500,000 in profit.
The Italianate-vibe two-story property featuring 4 bedrooms & 4.5 bathrooms was sold in April 2018 for $4.2 million- had bought it in 2017 for $3.6 million.
Drives Luxurious Cars
No doubt that with such a hefty fortune, Wayne's lives a lavish lifestyle & rides luxurious wheelies. Reportedly, his collection of cars includes Chevy, Ford GT, Porsche 930, Rolls Royce, BMW- G30, Ford- 15 & Pontiac Firebird.
The worth of his collection is estimated to be around $1 million.
Spent $1 Million In Wedding: His Wife, Children & Family
Wayne is a happily married man & is the father of 5 children: 2 daughters & 3 sons, with wife Janet Jones, an American actress.
They married on July 17, 1988, at St. Joseph's Basilica in Canada & the wedding was broadcast live throughout Canada.
Reportedly, the total expenses in the wedding billed $1 million including the cost of Janet's dress worth around $40,000.
As for a fact, all of Wayne's 5 children were born in Los Angele's Ceders-Sinai Hospital: Paulina (December 19, 1988), Ty Gretzky (July 9, 1990), Trevor (September 14, 1992), Tristan (August 2, 2000) & Emma (March 28, 2003).
Wayne Douglas Gretzky is the eldest son of Walter Gretzky & Phyllis Leone. He was born on January 26, 1961, in Brantford, Ontario, Canada & has 4 younger siblings: Keith, Glenn, Brent, and Kim