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Benjamin Sinclair Johnson was born on 30 December 1961, in Falmouth, Trelawney Parish, Jamaica. He is a sprinter, best known for winning Olympic medals during his career, but also for being disqualified for doping. He also set two consecutive 100 meter world records during the 1987 World Championships in Athletics and the 1988 Summer Olympics. All of his endeavors have helped put his net worth to where it is today.
How rich is Ben Johnson? As of late-2016, sources estimate a net worth that is at $2 million, mostly earned through his career as a sprinter. Of his medals and records, the gold won in the Seoul Olympics 100 metres in 1988 was rescinded due to the discovery that he was doping. Despite that his net worth still remains at a high position.
Ben Johnson Net Worth $2 million
In 1976, Ben immigrated to Canada with his family, and then met Coach Charlie Francis. He joined the Scarborough Optimists track and field club, starting to train for competitions. His first international success came during the 1982 Commonwealth Games atvwhich he won two silver medals. He then competed at the 1983 World Championships but was eliminated during the semi-finals. He competed at the 1983 Pan American Games and was fifth in the 100 meter final.
In the 1984 Summer Olympics, he would win the bronze medal in both the 100 meters and the 4 x 100 m relay with the Canadian team. During this time, Johnson was considered the top sprinter in Canada and his net worth started to rise. In 1986, he started to break records, with the first being the 60 meter record. He also won the 100 metre gold medal at the Commonwealth Games in 1986. The following year, he became a Member of the Order of Canada, along with gaining several more awards. He started to become world famous and his net worth continued to grow. He won gold at the 1987 World Championships and was named Associated Press Athlete of the Year. His win there sparked a rivalry against Carl Lewis and was the first mention of an issue of performance enhancing drugs.
In 1988, Johnson won at the Summer Olympics in Seoul, however the Olympic Doping Control Center found that he had stanozolol in his blood which led to disqualification. Johnson later admitted to have used steroids, and six other finalists were also tested positive for drugs, so the gold medal was then given to Carl Lewis. Charlie Francis would also later release a book called “Speed Trap” and mentions that a lot of athletes during that time were taking steroids. Canada celebrated the victory, however, later on the government would initiate an investigation on drugs which revealed how use of performance enhancing drugs were widespread during that period. Three years later, after Johnson’s suspension ended, he attempted a comeback and many fans came to watch his return. He failed to qualify for the 1991 World Championships and two years later, he again tested positive for drugs, which led to a lifetime ban, moderated on appeal, but from then no other athlete would compete against him.
In 1999, Ben went to Libya to become a football coach for the son of Muammar Gaddafi. He also appeared in charity races and acted as a trainer for football player Diego Maradona. In 2005, he launched a sports supplement line called the “Ben Johnson Collection” which also had a clothing line, but it proved unpopular. He also had several television spots, promoting the energy drink Cheetah Power Surge. He released an autobiography in 2010 entitled “Seoul to Soul”. He continues to coach today
For his personal life, it is known that Ben spends a lot of time with his family in Markham, Ontario where he currently resides. There is no information on any relationships.