Cricketer Shane Warne amassed an estimated $50 million thanks to his legendary status on and off the field.
While his sporting talents will see him go down as one of the greatest spin bowlers in the game, his showman attitude and off-field antics allowed Warne to parlay that into lucrative product endorsements and a healthy career in commentating once he retired as an athlete in 2007.
While Warne’s cricket career began in 1992, by 1994 he had begun commentating for the Nine Network. According to The Age, by 2004, the cricket legend’s high profile meant his appearances were earning him $300,000 a year.
At the time of his death, Warne worked as a commentator for Sky Sports and Fox Cricket. In 2018 it was reported he was the top-paid member of Fox Sport’s cricket commentary team.
While his exact pay was undisclosed, it’s believed he was getting paid above the $7000 per day rate he earned at Channel 9.
He was born in Melbourne, Australia, on September 13, 1969, in the neighborhood of Upper Ferntree Gully. Keith and Brigitte are his parents.
From seventh to ninth grade, Warne went to Hampton High School; he was subsequently offered a sports scholarship to Mentone Grammar, where he completed his primary education.
In 1983–1984, Warne competed in the Under-16 Dowling Shield tournament for the Victorian Cricket Association, representing the University of Melbourne Cricket Club.
The following season, he joined the St. Kilda Cricket Club, with which he also played Australian football.
After training at the Australian Cricket Academy, Warne joined the Lancashire League’s Accrington Cricket Club in 1991. The same year, he made his first-class cricket debut.
Start of International Career
Following a mere seven first-class matches, Warne made his debut for Australia at the Test level. Although he began poorly, he went on to take the last three Sri Lankan wickets to help Australia notch a 16-run win in 1992.
The following year, Warne was chosen for Australia’s Ashes tour of England. He took the most wickets (34) in the six-match Test series. Warne set a new mark for most Test wickets taken by a spin bowler in a calendar year with 71 in 1993.
During New Zealand’s tour of Australia later in the year, Warne took 18 more wickets and was named the player of the series.
The Financial Success of Shane Warne
Surely, Shane Warne amassed the vast majority of his $52 million fortune from cricket. The same can be said for his participation in other arenas.
The Australian bowler was a marketing powerhouse, attracting the attention of a number of different brands. In 2005, Warne had a $300,000 annual contract with Channel Nine for his commentating services.
When Warne came out of retirement in 2008 to play for the Rajasthan Royals, the team offered him a salary of $657,000. The Herald Sun likewise reports that he was granted 0.75 percent team ownership.
There is a current $200 million valuation on the Rajasthan Royals. They forecast a doubling of value within the next few years.
In other words, by 2021, he stands to make $12 million from the IPL team alone. In addition to his $450,000 investment in Advanced Hair Studio, Warne has business partnerships with William Hill and Victoria Bitter.
The Daily Telegraph reports that Shane has a $750,000 contract with bookmakers William Hill. He also has a million-dollar sponsorship deal with 888 Poker.
One’s Own Life and Death
Warne wed Simone Callahan in 1995, and the couple eventually welcomed children named Brooke, Summer, and Jackson. Once married, the couple split up in 2005 but reconciled two years later.
After Callahan discovered that Warne had sent her a text message meant for another woman, she ended their relationship five months after they reconciled. In 2011, Warne became engaged to actress Elizabeth Hurley. Nonetheless, they broke off their engagement in 2013.
In the month of August 2021, Warne was diagnosed with COVID-19. His health deteriorated to the point that he needed to be placed on a ventilator. He died in March of the following year on the Thai island of Koh Samui. He was 52 years old.