Many people excel in a particular field and this leads them to become both professionally and financially successful. However, very few people become a millionaire because they are talented in several different fields. One person who can make this claim is Ronda Rousey who is an Olympian, professional wrestler, martial artist, actress, and author. As she has succeeded in so many different fields, she now has an estimated personal net worth of $12 million. Here is how this talented woman became so rich.
Ronda Rousey was born in Riverside, California, on February 1, 1987. She began judo training at the age of 11 with her mother who was a decorated Judoka. She began competing successfully in this martial art. She went on to become the first American woman to win a medal in this sport when she won a bronze medal at the 2008 Olympic Games in Beijing, China.
Following the Olympics, Rousey retired from Judo and began training in mixed martial arts (MMA). She made her amateur competitive debut in this field in 2010 and defeated her opponent in just 23 seconds. The following year, she made her professional debut and again was instantly successful as she took her first opponent down in only 25 seconds.
In 2012, Ronda Rousey was the first female fighter to sign up to the United Fighting Championship. She became the UFC Women’s Bantamweight Champion in the same year. She defended her title the following year and won despite having her jaw dislocated during the match.
Rousey joined WWE as a professional wrestler in 2014 and joined three other wrestlers in a group that was dubbed the Four Horsewomen. She made sporadic appearances with them between 2014 and 2018. In 2018, she landed a full-time contract with WWE.
It is her earnings for competing in events as a martial artist and wrestler that have accrued a significant proportion of the money earned by Ronda Rousey. However, this is not the only way that she has made money as she has been involved in many other ventures throughout her career that have contributed to her net worth.
Her first venture outside of the field of competitive fighting was posing nude in on the 2012 Body Issue of ESPN The Magazine and also posing nude in a pictorial within the same issue. Following her magazine work, she was ranked in 29th position in the Maxim Hot 100 and appeared on the cover and in a pictorial in the September 2013 issue of Maxim magazine.
Ronda Rousey has also worked as an actress and made her major motion picture debut in ‘The Expendables 3’ in 2014. She went on to play a role in ‘Furious 7’ in 2015 and then played herself in ‘Entourage’ in the same year. Other films in which she has appeared include ‘The Athena Project’, ‘Mile 22’, ‘Road House’, and ‘Your Fight/ My FIght. The latter is based on Rousey’s autobiography. Rousey has also made several television appearances, including appearing on ‘Saturday Night Live’ in the same episode as Selena Gomez.
Later in 2015, Rousey became the first female athlete to appear as a guest host on ESPN’s ‘SportsCenter’. At the end of this year, she appeared on the cover of The Ring magazine’s January issue. This meant that she was the first mixed martial artist to appear on the cover of this magazine as it is a boxing magazine. Furthermore, she was only the second woman to have appeared on the cover of this magazine as only Cathy Davis had done this before her in 1978.
One of her most recent appearances on the cover of a magazine was in January 2016 for Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Issue. She appeared alongside two other female athletes, nude except that they were all decorated with body paint.
Another way in which Ronda Rousey has made money is through a range of commercial partnerships. Some of these deals include partnerships with the insurance agency Insureon, the mobile network operator MetroPCS, Carl’s Jr, and Reebok. Each of these deals has been financially rewarding for Ronda Rousey.
In her personal life, Ronda Rousey is married to UFC fighter Travis Browne. The couple began dating in 2015 while Browne was still married to Jenna Renee Webb. Rousey and Browne got married in 2017 in Hawaii. The couple now live in Venice, California.