|Estimated value:||€5 million|
|Country of origin:||Germany|
|Source of Wealth:||tennis player|
Boris Becker is a former German professional tennis player. During his career he won 49 tournaments, including 6 Grand Slam titles.
After his career as a tennis player, Becker worked as an investor and businessman in various industries. He also worked as an advertising medium for large German companies and as a sports commentator. He was also the coach of tennis pro Novak Dokovic from 2013-2016. In addition, Becker participates in professional poker tournaments, where he has won more than $100,000 in prize money.
In 2017, Becker hit the headlines because of insolvency proceedings after a former business partner sued him for 36.5 million euros. A little later he was declared bankrupt by a London court. However, Becker emphasized that the declaration of insolvency only relates to his private assets and not to his companies Becker Private Office and BB SARL. The outcome of the proceedings is uncertain.
Boris Becker was born the son of Elvira and Karl-Heinz Becker in the small town of Leimen in Baden-Württemberg. His father Karl-Heinz was a keen tennis player who founded a tennis center in Leimen. In this way, Becker came into contact with the sport very early on. In 1974 he became a member of the tennis club Blau-Weiß Leimen.
Three years later, Becker was already part of the youth squad of the Baden Tennis Association. This was followed by the Southern German Championship and a victory at the junior tennis tournament. In 1978 Becker was included in the top youth squad of the German Tennis Association, which was associated with special support.
In order to be able to concentrate fully on playing tennis, he left high school after high school.
In 1981 Becker played for the first time in the men’s selection of the German Tennis Association. In 1984, Becker reached the third round in his first Wimbledon participation, where he retired due to injury. At the Australian Open in the same year he reached the quarterfinals.
In 1985 he became Junior World Champion and won his first tennis Grand Prix at Queen’s Club in London. The breakthrough as a tennis pro followed in the same year with his surprise win at Wimbledon. The following year Becker was able to repeat the victories at the Junior World Championships and Wimbledon. There were also tournament victories in Toronto, Sydney, Tokyo and Paris.
In 1988 Becker won seven Grand Prix tournaments. In addition, under his leadership it was possible for the first time to win the Davis Cup with a German team. In Wimbledon, on the other hand, Becker had to be content with taking part in the final, in which he lost to Stefan Edberg.
In 1989 he won the next Grand Slam title against Ivan Lendl at the US Open. Becker is the only German player to date to have won this title. In addition, he was able to take revenge on Stefan Edberg in the Wimbledon final. With the German team he was able to defend the Davis Cup. In 1990 and 1991, Becker failed in the finals at Wimbledon. He won the Australian Open in Melbourne in 1991. He also ranked first in the world rankings for the first time.
In 1992 he won the gold medal in doubles at the Olympic Games in Barcelona together with Michael Stich. He also won the ATP World Championship in Frankfurt. 1994 followed another final participation in Wimbledon. However, Becker could not prevail against Pete Sampras. For this he won the ATP tournament in Milan. Another win at the ATP World Championships followed in 1995. In 1996 Becker won the Australian Open again. Participation in the Grand Slam Cup in Munich was also victorious. In 1999 Becker ended his career.
The highlight of Boris Becker’s career was his first victory at the Grand Slam tournament in Wimbledon. At just 17, he became the first unseeded player and first German to win the final with 3-1 sets against Kevin Curren. This also made Becker the youngest player to ever win Wimbledon or a Grand Slam tournament.
The victory not only meant a breakthrough for Becker’s career. Tennis also gained popularity as a result. After football, tennis became the most popular spectator sport on TV.
“Even my closest advisors, parents and friends were in more of a state of shock than I was. I was about to live a life that not many human beings have ever known. People recognize you in places you didn’t even know existed. On the smallest islands, without electricity, I found people who knew who I was. I’m one of the most famous people on earth, yes.”
“When I looked into the eyes of my fans, I thought I was looking at monsters. When I was this kind of blind, more emotional
When I saw the dedication, I could understand what happened to us in Nuremberg.”
“I honestly have no idea what makes me so sexy. I’m neither an Adonis, nor is my Schniedel oversized.”
tips for success
“Always give 100% to be above average”
“One often learns more from defeats than from successes.”
“Always look ahead”
|Estimated value:||€5 million|