Charles Barkley Net worth, Money and More

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NET WORTH: 30 million

“You got to believe in yourself. Hell, I believe I’m the best looking guy in the world and I might be right.”

–          Charles Barkley


“…A fat guy who can play like a wind”, he didn’t have sufficient height and his weight was an issue; he was not able to make it to the college’s basketball team and hence kept in reserves. It was his hard work, determination and belief in him that helped him to pave the way towards success; Charles Barkley, today is among the 50 greatest players in NBA history. He has spent almost 16 years of his life playing for NBA and has also been induced in NBA’s Hall of Fame. The famous basketball player Bill Walton once quoted, “He plays everything; He plays basketball. There is nobody who does what Barkley does. He’s a dominant re bounder, a dominant defensive player, a three point shooter, a dribbler, a play maker.” Let us have a look at his life, assets and find out the justification for his net worth of $30 million of this great player even after retirement from his professional career.


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Charles Wade Barkley popularly known as “Chuck” or, “The round mound of rebound” was born on 20th February, 1963. He is a retired American professional basketball player and is now an analyst in a television program Inside the NBA. His parents got divorced when he was very young. He was raised in Alabama and started playing basketball from college level. He has been married to Maureen Blumhardt since 1999 and they have a daughter named Christiana.



Talking about his early career, he started playing at the college level. He initially was only 5 ft 10 in and weighed 99.8 kg and hence didn’t make it to the college team. However later on he grew up to 6’4″ and secured a starting position in the college team. He did not draw much attention initially but it was during the state’s semifinals that his exceptionally well performance against the state’s most established player got him recruitment with Sonny Smith who was the then head coach in Auburn University. He simultaneously majored in management at the Auburn University. During his college game, he played at center position. He left the college basketball in the final year started preparing for NBA draft.

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He was selected by Philadelphia 76ers and joined the team that included great and already established players like Moses Malone, Maurice Cheeks etc and under the guardianship of Malone he learnt to control his body weight and adapt his body according to the game which initially was a great issue with him. During his second year he became team’s leading re bounder and number two scorer. When Moses Malone left the team, he emerged as the team leader and after Julius Erving took retirement he became Sixers’ franchise player. He helped Philadelphia win 53 regular season games and his exceptional play continued with the average of 27.6 point. The 1991-92 seasons was Barkley’s final year in Philadelphia in which he wore jersey number 32 instead of 34 in the honor of Magic Johnson who was HIV positive. In his final season with the Sixers his average was 23.1 points on .552 shooting and 11.1 rebounds per game and this earned him sixth straight All-Star appearance and was named to the All-NBA Second Team. He ended his 76ers career ranked fourth in team history in total points (14,184), third in scoring average (23.3), third in rebounds (7,079), eighth in assists (2,276) and second in field-goal percentage (.576).


The 992-93 season he played with Phoenix Suns and he led the suns to their first NBA finals since 1976, though they were defeated in the finals. The 1995-96 season was his last season with Phoenix Suns. During his career with the Suns, Barkley excelled as a player, earning All-NBA and All-Star honors in each of his four seasons. The 1996-97, he joined Houston Rockets which was his last chance to grab NBA title. Sadly, this season was full of injuries.

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Barkley was also a part of the United States’ National Team in Olympics in the 1992 and 1996 and won two gold medals as a member of the team. International rules previously prevented NBA players from playing in the Olympics but those rules underwent a change in 1992, allowing Barkley and fellow NBA players to compete in the Olympics for the first time. The result was the “Dream Team”, which went 6–0 in the Olympic qualifying tournament and 8–0 against Olympic opponents. In the 1996 Atlanta Summer Olympic Games, Barkley led the team in scoring, rebounds, and field goal percentage and under Barkley’s leadership; the team once again gained a perfect 8–0 record and captured a gold medal. The 1999-2000 season was the final season of his NBA career and he concluded his sixteen year hall of fame career.



Each and every celebrity falls prey to controversy at least once in his/her lifetime and so did he. His rather aggressive attitude was the reason of his getting tangled in the web of controversies which did cost him a lot of bucks in terms of fine. Once he got involved in tussle with one of the opponent players Bill Lambeer which cost him a fine of $ 162,500. Another scandal was the spitting incident which he spitted on a fan that was passing racial slurs on him and his spit accidentally hit a girl instead. He was suspended; his pay was suspended and was charged with a fine of $10,000. He was vituperated nationwide but later on he did make up for it by apologizing to the girl and her family and by providing free tickets to the future games. Later on, he was also involved in a controversy in which his statement infuriated the people in which he stated referring to all the parents that players can never be role models for their kids as they are not paid to be the role models for their children. Not only this but also, when he started his career with the Houston Rockets, he was suspended and charged with a fine of $5000 for fighting with Charles Oakley. He was also included among the most controversial NBA players due to his candidness.


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After retiring from basketball, he joined television as a sport analyst in a show named Inside the NBA and has been serving them since 2000.  In 2011 and 2012, Barkley was a studio analyst for the coverage of the NCAA Men’s Division I Basketball Tournament between Turner Sports and CBS. He also worked as a guest commentator for NBC’s coverage of the NFL Wild Card playoffs. He worked in television in 2012 after serving them for 13 long years. Barkley is also famous for his determined gambling and has claimed to lose approximately $10 million in gambling. Though he does claim to win at a few instances one of them being a win of $700,000 in Vegas. There was news of Barkley standing up in the election for the post of governor of Alabama but later on he changed his mind.

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Apart from this, Barkley has also written the foreword for Sports Illustrated columnist Rick Reilly’s book The Life of Reilly. Barkley also released the book I May Be Wrong, But I Doubt It, which included editing and commentary by close friend Michael Wilbon. Later, Barkley also released Who’s Afraid of a Large Black Man?, which is a collection of interviews with leading figures in entertainment, business, sports, and government. His autobiography is titled as “Outrageous“. In 2011, Barkley became a spokesman for Weight Watchers, promoting their “Lose like a Man” program and appearing in both television and online ads. He is also featured in one of the video games named Barkley Shut Up and JAM.



He is among the 50 best players in history of NBA and has won many awards and honors throughout his life. He was adjudged as NBA’s most valuable player in the year 1993 and he has also won a couple of gold medals in the Olympics. He is also induced in the Basketball Hall of Fame. He has also been named as the player of the year by Basketball Weekly and the Sporting News. He has also had his own signature line with Nike.


In a SLAM magazine issue ranking NBA greats, Barkley was ranked among the top 20 players of All-Time. Not only has he excelled in sports but has also shown his exceptional performance in television as well. He won a Sports Emmy Award for “Outstanding Studio Analyst” for his work on TNT.


While he was in NBA, his salary fluctuated between $440,000 from 1985-86 to $9,000,000. His worth includes the $40 million that he made as a player, his endorsements with various giants like Nike, his income from his retirement activities. In fact his contract with TNT alone pays him about 1.5 million but his addiction to gambling has lost him a lot.

Talking about his assets, there are a couple of them worth mentioning.


1. SCOTTSDALE HOUSE: This lavish mansion is situated in Arizona and costs about $379,000.

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2. LINCOLN NAVIGATOR: Charles loves to drive around his black Lincoln Navigator which cost him around $17,777.


Apart from this a few of the brands that he likes to flaunt are Glycine watch, Nike Air Max Super CB and Sean John. Glycine is a Swiss brand and their watch starts from $1663. Nike Air Max Super CB was signature line sneakers by Charles

The charity and the causes supported by him are as follows:

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1. Stand Up for Cancer: It is an organization that aims to provide help to all the cancer patients and also supports research in the field of cancer. Not only Charles but many celebrities like Samuel Jackson is also involved with this organization.

2. United Service Organization: This is another non-profit organization that aims at morale, welfare and recreational type of development of people in uniform.

3. Live Strong: This is an organization that was started by Lance Armstrong to fight against cancer and Charles is an active participant in this organization.

4. Not on our Watch: The organization focuses attention on ending mass barbarity around the world.

5. Enough Project: This is the center of American Progress which aims at putting an end to the genocide crimes against humans. Enough’s paper aims at providing strategy to end atrocities, providing civilian protection and promoting humanitarian values among the masses.

6. Ante Up for Africa: This is actually a golf tournament which raises funds for crisis in Darfur. Charles supports this organization actively.

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Apart from these, each year Charles Barkley chairs the black-tie event “Centre Court with Sir Charles” to benefit the UAB Minority Health & Health Disparities Research Centre. He also helped raising $72500 for the First Tee Of Lake land youth golf facility’s budget. He also donated a sum of $25000 and additionally a cheque of $ 100,000 to the fire victims that took place near Angora Lakes in California in the year 2008. Recently in 2013, he also participated in the 24th American Century Celebrity Championship Tournament that took place in Lake Tahoe, Nevada. This aimed at screening of De Sean Jackson’s documentary to benefit charity. So this player is all in all an amalgamation of each and every quality a great human being with a tinge of notorious behavior.




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