|Estimated value:||€630 million|
|Country of origin:||United States|
|Source of Wealth:||golfer|
Eldrick “Tiger” Woods is one of the most successful golfers of all time. At the age of two he appeared on television for the first time as a golfing prodigy. During his career he broke numerous records and proved that golf is not only the sport of white elites. He helped the sport of golf gain new popularity beyond the borders of the USA.
Tiger Woods was born in Cypress, California to Kultida and Earl Woods. His father – whom Woods still calls his only idol today – was a Vietnam veteran and a lieutenant colonel in the US Army. He was also so enthusiastic about golf that Woods was introduced to the sport at a very early age.
Woods won his first amateur tournament, the Junior World Golf Championship, in 1984 at the age of eight. By 1991 he was able to win the title six more times. From 1991 to 1993 he was a three-time US junior amateur champion. From 1993 to 1996 he broke another record by winning the men’s amateur title three times in a row.
From 1994 he was part of the Stanford University golf team, with which he won the NCAA title. Before turning professional, he studied economics for two years.
Given his exceptionally successful development as an amateur, Woods began his professional career with high expectations. As a result, major sporting goods manufacturers such as Nike offered him advertising contracts for a hitherto unprecedented amount even before he won his first tournament.
However, it did not take long for Woods to deliver the sporting successes. After three months he could already celebrate two tournament wins on the US PGA Tour, which earned him the title “Rookie of the Year”.
In April 1997, Woods had his big break with his first major win at the US Masters, with which he set a number of records. For example, Woods was the youngest winner with the lowest score to date and the largest lead over the chasing field.
Because Woods often seemed head and shoulders above the competition at a young age, he was soon compared to golf legend Jack Nicklaus, who had 18 major victories over the course of his career. As a result, Woods was primarily measured by winning major titles.
Woods made his second major win in 1999 at the PGA Championship. Record-breaking victories at the US Open and the British Open followed in 2000. At the age of 24, Woods had already won each of the four major tournaments. Ten more major victories were to follow as the noughties progressed.
In 2009, shadows fell over Woods’ career for the first time. During the so-called “Tigergate,” the media reported on Woods’ extramarital affairs. The allegation that he had maintained contacts with a number of high-class prostitutes caused the tiger to largely retire from golf.
In the years to come, Woods only occasionally took part in tournaments. However, his comeback has picked up speed in recent years, as he proved at the 2019 US Masters, where he achieved his fifteenth major win.
Although Tiger Woods’ career is full of highlights, from today’s perspective his comeback victory at the US Masters 2019 is a must.
After it was revealed that Woods had developed an opioid addiction during his career, it seemed questionable for a long time whether he would dare to return to the professional tour in the event of a successful recovery. In doing so, the Masters victory became a victory over addiction, with which he inspired many people beyond the borders of golf.
“I have truly been blessed by a higher power. I don’t know why God chose me of all people. Everything I dreamed of as a boy is coming true!”
“I don’t measure success by wins, but by whether I get better every year.”
“I try to stay calm in every situation on the golf course. Only those who have inner peace win.”
“Golf isn’t everything and never will be. The most important mission of my life is to become a better person.”
Woods received the nickname “Tiger” at a young age from a Vietnamese named Vuong Dang Phong
whose side Woods’ father fought as a soldier in the US Army in Vietnam
In addition to his African-American roots, Woods also has Native American, Chinese, Thai, and Dutch ancestry
Woods is a devout Buddhist
|Estimated value:||€630 million|