The bodybuilding is regarded as an art by many people. Either a professional body building or any pro bodybuilding, both are sports that can earn a bodybuilder a great wealth year after years. These industries can sometimes seem to be secretive and mystical society. Bodybuilding has gone out of control with the popular notion “bigger is better”.
However, many carve to win the bodybuilding contests around the world. But only a few and selected can reach to that point and makes themselves the highest paid bodybuilders. Here is the list of top 10 richest bodybuilders in the world in 2018.
10. Mike O’Hearn- $2.5 million
Mike O’Hearn, the founder of the ‘Power Building’ training program is known in the ring by the name as “Titan”. He is a body builder, an actor, as well as a model by profession and with a total net worth of 2.5 million dollars, he is considered as the 10th richest bodybuilder in the world. He came to prominence from the time he has been featured on more than 500 covers of the world class magazines. Mike O’Hearn has acquired the award of the fitness model of the year for 7 times in total. And in addition to this, he has also won the Mr. Natural universe title for 4 times. Barbarian, Celebrity Family Feud, Keeper of Time, Battle Dome, Death Becomes Her, and world’s finest were some of the films in which he appeared. He has also made a guest appearance as Titan on NBC’s Celebrity Family Feud with Gladiators Wolf, Jet and Venom, and Jet on July 8, 2008.
9. Dorian Yates- $4 million
Dorian Yates is a famous professional bodybuilder and an entrepreneur as well. He is well known for his wins of the title of ‘Mr. Olympia’ for six times. He is best known by people as the “shadow”. In his career, Dorian has won a total of seventeen number of competitions. Unfortunately, his ring career was ended due to his sufferings from acute injuries like torn biceps and triceps. After then, he continued his career as an entrepreneur. His entrepreneurship involves selling workout supplements, a number of books and DVDs as well as his latest investment of DY Nutrition that deals with the addition of whey protein and pre and post workout supplements. With a net worth of $4 million, Dorian Yates is regarded as the ninth richest bodybuilders of the world.
8. Phil Heath- $5 million
Phil Heath is holding the title of Mr. Olympia since the year 2011. He is commonly known by the name of “Gift”. He is considered as the first active and professional bodybuilder who has established a sports nutrition company. His nutrition company is known as ‘Gift Nutrition’. With a net worth of an impressive 5 million dollars, Phil Heath has earned his name as the world’s eighth-richest bodybuilder. He has been featured in more than 200 fitness magazines and has also released a wide range of CDs and DVDs such as ‘ The Gift Unwrapped’, ‘The Gift’, ‘Operation Sandow’, ‘Journey to the Olympia’, and ‘Becoming the Number 13’.
7. Dexter Jackson- $7 million
Dexter Jackson is an American body builder. Most people know him as ‘Blade’. He has made the record for winning 9 times the title of ‘Arnold Schwarzenegger Classic’. Out Of 78 bodybuilding contest, Dexter has won 25. In the year 2008, he has also won the title of ‘Mr. Olympia’. He has also featured in numerous fitness magazines including the Muscle Development and the popular Flex. He earns a total net worth of 7 million dollars and is one among the richest bodybuilders of the world.
6. Gary Strydom- $8 million
Gary Strydom is an American IFBB bodybuilder. He was born in 1960 in Durban, South Africa. He has participated in many bodybuilding contests including the NPC Florida Championships, Junior – Heavyweight, NPC USA Championships, HeavyWeight, Night of Champions, Chicago Pro Invitational, Mr. Olympia, Arnold Classic, World Pro Championships, Houston Pro Invitational, Ironman Pro Invitational, Colorado Pro Championships and much more. His total net worth is 8 million dollars that make him the fifth richest bodybuilder across the globe.
5. Ronnie Coleman- $10 million
Ronnie Coleman was born on May 13, 1964, in Monroe, Louisiana, U.S.A. He is one of the most famous, successful and professional bodybuilders across the geographies. Though retired, he is still regarded as the 5th richest bodybuilder in the world with an impressive net worth of 10 million dollars. Ronnie Coleman remained the winner of the prestigious title ‘Mr. Olympia’ for consecutive eight years. Beside his bodybuilding career, he has also made money from his sports nutrition company’s nutrition and wellness products. The name of his company is ‘Ronnie Coleman Nutrition’. With the same, Coleman has also released many videos such as Ronnie Coleman: The Unbelievable, Ronnie Coleman: The First Training Video, Ronnie Coleman: The Cost of Redemption etc.
4. Triple H- $25 million
Paul Michael Levesque aka Triple H is amongst the top 10 richest bodybuilders in the world. He is regarded as one of the greatest wrestlers of all time. He was born on July 27, 1969. Before choosing wrestling as his professional career, Triple H was a well-known bodybuilder. He is also the Executive Vice President of Talent, and Creative for the world popular show, WWE. With the same, he is also the senior producer and founder of NXT and also the creator of the television series of NXT. He earns a total net worth of 25 million dollars. Triple H has won the World heavyweight champion of WWE, five times and a total of 25 championships
3. Jay Cutler- $30 million
Jay Cutler was born on August 3, 1973, in Sterling, Massachusetts, United States. He is considered as one of the best IFBB bodybuilders of 2017 and is amongst the top 3 richest bodybuilders in recent times with a net worth of 30 million dollars. He has won the title of ‘Mr. Olympia’ for four years i.e., in 2006, 2007, 2009 and 2010. Cutler has also a vast business venture called the ‘Cutler Nutrition’, which is specialised in bodybuilding nutritional supplements. Cutler uses top social media platforms to entertain and educate his fans and followers. Some of the videos released by Jay Cutler are ‘Living Large’ of 2013, ‘Jay Cutler – The Ultimate Beef’, and ‘Jay Cutler – My House’.
2. Rich Gaspari- $90 million
Rich Gaspari is better known by the name of The Itch or The Dragon Slayer. He was one of the best professional bodybuilders of 1980s and 1990s. In the year 20014, Rich was also inducted into the IFBB Hall of Fame. He is the second richest bodybuilder in the world. Apart from earning from his bodybuilding profession, he adds to his fortune through his company called the ‘Gaspari Nutrition’ the popular manufacturer of the nutrition supplements like the SuperPump 250, Myofusion, Intrapro, SizeOn and much more.
1. Arnold Schwarzenegger- $300 million
Arnold Schwarzenegger, the world’s richest bodybuilder has begun his bodybuilding career at a very tender age of just 15. Besides from being a professional bodybuilder, he is also an actor, investor, producer, author, businessman, politician, philanthropist, and an activist. He was the 38th governor of California since 2003 to 2011. He earned a net worth of $300 million. At the age of just 20 years, Arnold has won the title of ‘Mr. Universe’. He was featured in numerous magazines. He was also the winner of ‘Mr. Olympia’ for a total of seven times. Arnold is also known for writing articles related to building body and has also produced several DVDs and videos for training workouts. Some of his movies include Total recall, Sabotage 2014, The Terminator, Conan the Barbarian in 1982, The Expendables, Terminator Genisys etc.
Thus, this is the list of top ten bodybuilders who had made a huge amount of money through their professional bodybuilding career. These are the well known and richest shredded guy on this planet who has made money through their impressive physique and strength.