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Anthony Vincent Rizzo was born on 8 August 1989, in Fort Lauderdale, Florida USA, to Laurie and John Rizzo, of Italian descent. He is a professional baseball player, best known as first baseman for the Chicago Cubs in Major League Baseball (MLB).
So just how loaded is Anthony Rizzo? According to sources, Rizzo has collected a net worth of over $27 million, as of mid-2017, acquired during his baseball career which began in 2011.
Anthony Rizzo Net Worth $27 million
Rizzo attended Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida, where he began his baseball career. He intended to enroll at Florida Atlantic University, but instead turned professional right after matriculating, being selected in the sixth round as the 204th overall pick by the Boston Red Sox in the 2007 MLB Draft. The team signed him with a $325,000 signing bonus, so establishing his net worth. He went on to play in the minor league for the Gulf Coast League Red Sox, Salem Red Sox, Greenville Drive and Portland Sea Dogs, earning a considerable net worth.
Later that year Rizzo was traded to the San Diego Padres, starting the 2011 season in Triple-A with the Tucson Padres. He made his major league debut in mid-2011, in a game against the Washington Nationals, helping his team to win. Later that year he was sent back to Triple-A, but after several impressive performances, he returned to the major league. His wealth grew larger.
In early 2012, Rizzo was traded to the Chicago Cubs, further increasing his fortune. After starting the season with the Triple-A Iowa Cubs, he joined the Cubs shortly afterwards, and.in his first five games with the team, he accumulated three game-winning RBIs, becoming the first player in the team’s history to achieve so. He went on to hit seven homers in the month of July, which was the most by a Cubs rookie in a calendar month since 1983, leading the National League rookies in homers, hits, RBIs and total bases that July, earning Rookie of the Month honors. His popularity was certainly boosted.
The following year the team signed Rizzo to a seven-year contract worth $41 million, including a $2 million signing bonus, as well as two club options that could extend the contract to nine years and $73 million. His net worth considerably improved.
2014 saw the player participating in the All-Star game and earning the Branch Rickey Award as ‘a strong role model for young people’, being the youngest player to receive that award. He made his second All-Star game appearance in 2015, and competed in the Major League Baseball Home Run Derby, but in a losing effort. He then started as the first baseman in the 2016 All-Star game after collecting the highest number of fan votes in the National League. That season saw him achieving truly impressive results, hitting over 40 doubles and 30 home runs, a feat achieved by only a few Cubs players. He led the team to the 2016 World series, their first since 1945, which the Cubs won by defeating the Cleveland Indians, their first World Series title in over 100 years.
Rizzo also played for Italy in the 2013 World Baseball Classic, prior to the MLB 2013 season, which additionally improved his net worth.
His baseball career has enabled him to achieve a worldwide popularity as a proficient first baseman, and to amass a significant fortune.
Speaking about his personal life, Rizzo hasn’t married yet; he currently dates Chelzea Smith.
In 2008 the player was diagnosed with Hodgkin’s lymphoma and underwent chemotherapy, after which his doctor confirmed a remission. Afterwards, he and his family launched The Anthony Rizzo Family Foundation, a non-profit organization providing help for cancer research and people suffering from the disease.