When it comes to the adrenaline-pumping and dangerous world of snowboarding, no one yet has been able to be on par with the G.O.A.T. of that winter sport, Shaun White.
Through bagging countless medals at the Olympics and X Games, he carved a name for himself in the history of winter sports. On par with Usain Bolt, he is also one of the fiercest athletes when it comes to bringing home the gold.
With that triumph that Shaun acquired, it is certain that he also piled up a decent amount of wealth. Thus, what is his actual net worth?
This article will take a look at the staggering amount of his wealth and the life background of the G.O.A.T. of snowboarding.
Shaun White was brought into this world by Cathy and Roger White in San Diego, California. His father, who was a surfer, worked for the San Clemente, California, water department. while his mother worked as a waitress when he was a young boy. Shaun is the youngest of four children, and he is the fourth in order. He also has both Irish and Italian origins.
Tetralogy of Fallot, a congenital cardiac disorder for which he underwent two open-heart surgeries before turning one, was present at birth. White rode motorcycles with his family throughout his childhood in the Southern Californian San Bernardino Mountains. They would spend the night in a van in the parking lots of resorts.
A Career in Sports
White's abilities attracted fans from an early age. At the YMCA skate park in Encinitas, California, professional skateboarder Tony Hawk made friends with the nine-year-old White and mentored him, enabling White to go pro at the age of 16. Tony White has received many titles with his skateboard, such as the honorable title of 'Action Sports Tour Champion.' He was the very first person to ever compete and win a medal in both the Winter and Summer X Games in two different types of sports. White has said that Tony was his hero, and he was too terrified to talk to him. So every time that he saw him at the skatepark, he would try to impress him with his skateboarding skills in the hopes that one day he would say something to praise White.
Following in the footsteps of Shawn's older brother Jessy, White changed his passion from skiing to snowboarding at the age of merely six years old, and by the time he reached seven, he had already been offered a sponsorship. White has competed in five Winter Olympics throughout his career. At the Winter Olympics in 2006, 2010, and 2018, White won the snowboard halfpipe competition. White also joined the Winter X Games and was able to bring home medals straight away every year since 2002. His 18 total medals (13 gold, 3 silver, and 2 bronze), which encompass all winter X Games competitions through 2013, include the first male athlete's quadruple win streak in one category, snowboard slopestyle.
White in The Olympics
2006 Winter Olympics
White won a gold medal in the half-pipe at the 2006 Winter Olympics. White was almost out of the running after his first run in the qualifying rounds after scoring only 37.7. He earned a 45.3 on his second attempt, and he won the competition with a score of 46.8 (the highest possible score is 50). With a score of 44.0, fellow American Danny Kass took home the silver medal.
2008 Winter Olympics
At the 2008 U.S. snowboard halfpipe championships, White executed a nearly flawless second run to win for the third time in a row. Along with his third US Open slopestyle competition, he also competed in the Open Snowboarding Championships. This came after White's victory at the 25th Burton US Open in 2007, where he finished first in the halfpipe and third in slopestyle. White was also named the inaugural 'Burton Global Open Champion' in the 2007 Open. He earned $100,000 for winning the competition (Global Open Champ), $20,000 for first place in the halfpipe, $90,000 for third place in the slopestyle, and a new Corvette.
2009 Winter Olympics
In 2009, White joined Tanner Hall as the only competitor to win the Superpipe gold medal at the Winter X Games twice. In slopestyle, he also took home a gold medal, his first after two straight years of bronze.
In Vancouver on February 14, 2009, Shaun stood first at the FIS World Cup Men's Halfpipe competition held on Cypress Mountain. He qualified right away in his first qualifying run with the top score of the day of 45.5. With his skills, he won the competition with the first of his two runs in the finals despite suffering a thumb sprain on an over-rotated backside 1080 in the second qualifying run. His first final run received the highest FIS halfpipe score ever—47.3.
2010 Winter Olympics
White won gold in the halfpipe once more at the 2010 Winter Olympics in Vancouver. He won the gold medal without needing to make a second run in the finals after recording a score of 46.8 on his first run. Even so, he completed his second run as a victory lap, capping it off with the eagerly anticipated Double McTwist 1260 he dubbed The Tomahawk. His victory margin increased after his second run, which produced a record score of 48.4 (50 is the highest score that can be achieved). With a score of 45.0, his closest rival took home the silver medal, trailing White by 3.4 points.
2012 Winter Olympics
In the men's snowboard superpipe event at Winter X, White became the first competitor in Winter X history to receive a perfect score of 100.
2013 Winter Olympics
The day before, SnoCross racer Tucker Hibbert won his sixth straight race, making him the first competitor to ever accomplish this feat. White won his sixth straight SuperPipe victory.
He took third place in the Pipe and Slope competition at the 2013 FIS Snowboard World Cup in Copper Mountain, Colorado, in December 2013.
2014 Winter Olympics
In the halfpipe competition at the 2014 Winter Olympics, White came in fourth.
He was the most discussed Olympian on Facebook throughout the winter games.
2018 Winter Olympics
White faced tough opposition from some of the younger competitors during the PyeongChang Games in his quest to become the first snowboarder to win three Olympic gold medals. In the halfpipe final, Japan's Ayumu Hirano landed back-to-back double cork 1440s to claim the top spot with a 95.25 score, posing a serious challenge for him. White fought back on his final run, landing his own pair of the 1440s and earning a score of 97.75 to take the victory and secure Team USA's 100th gold medal overall in the Winter Olympics competition.
2022 Winter Olympics
White participated in the Beijing Olympics in 2022, where he came in fourth. He officially declared that this would be his final competition as an athlete.
He began dating 'Phantogram' singer Sarah Barthel in 2013, and as of 2020, he has been seeing actress and model Nina Dobrev. But in 2016, the drummer for Shaun's own band, 'Bad Things,' Lena Zawaideh, accused him of sexual harassment. They later settled out of court.
Shaun White Net Worth
Shaun is one of the highest-paid Olympic athletes. From winning three Olympic gold medals, 11 ESPY Awards, and numerous X Games gold medals, White has surely accumulated massive wealth from those prizes and medals. But not just that, Shaun also agreed to a multimillion-dollar, 10-year endorsement agreement with Burton Snowboards in 2009 and the energy drink Red Bull and has a tight working partnership with him. Additionally, companies such as Oakley, Target, Hewlett-Packard, and Ubisoft offered him endorsements. Without even strapping on a snowboard, Shaun is able to make an estimated $10 million annually thanks to these partnerships.
Moreover, Shaun is also a part of the band, and they released their albums in 2014 and had a deal with Warner Bros. He also became a part of some Hollywood films; thus, it is safe to say that he is a big shot. With a net worth of an astonishing $65 million, it is easy for Shaun to own a number of opulent homes across the country. Prior to selling his Malibu ranch home for $11.8 million in 2020, he had a three-bedroom home there. He placed his New York City penthouse for sale in 2019 for $2.95 million after selling his Hollywood Hills residence for $6.7 million in 2017.