Hakeem Olajuwon Net Worth 2017: Short Bio & Wiki

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Hakeem Olajuwon was born on 21 January 1963, in Lagos, Nigeria into a middle-class Yaruba family, and is a popular former basketball player. During his career, Hakeem has played for the Houston Rockets and Toronto Raptors. In both teams Olajuwon was considered to be one of the star  players, and helped the teams to achieve success, including winning many tournaments. He was even included in the list of 50 Greatest Players in NBA History.

So just how rich is Hakeem Olajuwon? Hakeem’s net worth is estimated by sources to be $200 million, his wealth having been accumulated largely through his basketball career.  When Hakeem’s career in the NBA ended, he began investing in real estate and gained a lot of money from that too. There is a high possibility that due to the investments in real estate Hakeem Olajuwon’s net worth will grow.

Hakeem Olajuwon Net Worth $200 Million

Hakeem started to play basketball when he was 15 years old; before that he was a soccer goalkeeper. Hakeem soon realized that basketball was the right sport for him. The desire to play basketball made him emmigrate to the United States, where he played in the team of the University of Houston. During this period Olajuwon improved his game and gained useful experience. Hakeem’s improved skills  persuaded him to drop out of university, and he was fortunate that the Houston Rockets were able to draft him first in the 1984 NBA draft. Consequently, Hakeem’s net worth started to grow quickly.

Olajuwon and Ralph Sampson quickly became  known as the Twin Towers in the NBA. While playing in the Houston Rockets, Hakeem was considered to be one of the leaders and added a lot to the team’s performance. Hakeem became even more popular when the Houston Rockets won NBA finals in 1994, and then again the following year, and Olajuwon himself won the Defensive Player of the Year award, season MVP and Finals MVP. The success of the team had a huge impact on the growth of Hakeem Olajuwon’s net worth.

In 2001, Hakeem left the Houston Rockets and became a part of the Toronto Raptors form one season. Although the experience in this team was short, it still added to Olajuwon’s net worth. What is more, Hakeem was the face for Spalding and L.A. Gear. He also opened Big Man Camp, where he shared the secrets of his game with young players.

Internationally, Olajuwon became a US citizen is 1993, which enabled hm to play for the US at the 1996 Atlanta Olympics, where the US won the gold medal.

During Hakeem’s career as a professional basketball player he had an opportunity to work with Yao Ming, Emeka Okafor, Kobe Bryant, Dwight Howard, Carmelo Anthony, Kenneth Faried and many others. His acheivements are really oustanding, apart from those already mentioned, he was 12 times selected to the All-Star team, five times the NBA All-Defensive team, and is the all-time leading scorer for the Houston Rockets. In 2008 Hakeem became a part of Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame, and what is more, the Houston Rockets commisioned  a sculpture  of him to honour his achievements.

In his personal life, Hakeem Olajuwon imarried  Dalia Asafi in1996 in Houston. – they have two daughters, Hakeem is not only a good basketball player but he is also a very generous person, who wants to help children to achieve their dreams through charitable donations, as he knows how important that is.

Quick Facts

Birth date: January 21, 1963
Birth place: Lagos, Nigeria
Height:6 ft 9 in (2.08 m)
Weight:256 lbs (116 kg)
Profession:Basketball player
Education:University of Houston
Nationality:United States of America
Spouse:Dalia Asafi (m. 1996)
Children:Abi Olajuwon, Aisha Olajuwon, Rahmah Olajuwon
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Interesting Facts

#Fact
1He did not start playing Basketball until he was age 15.
2Drives a black AMG Mercedes Benz CL65 with vanity Texas license plates "HAK".
3Inducted into the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame in 2008 (first year eligible).
4Prior to coming to the U.S. to attend the University of Houston, he had never played basketball and actually came to Houston to play soccer. Houston coach Guy Lewis saw his potential and placed him in a summer league in 1981, where he was tutored by then-NBA player Moses Malone.
5Shortly after beating the Orlando Magic for the championship in 95, he was challenged by Shaquille O'Neal to a one on one match in which he accepted. The match was going to televised on pay per view. Later after receiving an injury to his hand he respectfully canceled the match.
6He is frequently listed as standing 7' 0" tall, but in reality he is 6' 10".
7His wife was 18 years old when they were married by arrangement. He was 33.
8"Olajuwon" is a Yoruban word, meaning "always being on top"
9Speaks French and the Nigerian dialects Yoruba, Ebo, and Ekiti.
10Does not own his NBA championship rings because his Muslim faith forbids it. He allowed them to be auctioned off.
11Added the "H" to his first name (9 March 1991)
12When Olajuwon won his NBA championships in 1994 and 1995, he defeated the other 3 celebrated centers of the time. Hakeem outplayed Patrick Ewing, David Robinson, and Shaquille O'Neal in the NBA Finals and Western Conference Finals to win his two titles.
13Won an Olympic gold medal in 1996 with Dream Team II. Olajuwon did not play with his peers on the original Dream Team in the 1992 Barcelona games, because at the time he was not an American citizen.
14His jersey, #34, was retired by the Rockets in 2002.
15Did not finish his career with Houston, but instead played 1 season (2001-2002) with the Toronto Raptors.
16Is the NBA's all time leading shot blocker.
17Was a teammate of Clyde Drexler with both the Houston Cougars and the Houston Rockets.
18Lead the Houston Rockets to the NBA Finals in 1986, but lost to the Boston Celtics in 6 games.
19Lead the Houston Cougars to the NCAA championship game in 1983 and 1984, but unfortunately came up short both times.
20Named of one of the 50 Greatest NBA Players of All Time in 1997.
21Was known as "Akeem Olajuwon" up until 1991 when he added the letter "H" to his name.
22Only player in NBA history to win a Defensive Player of the Year award, regular season MVP, and NBA Finals MVP in the same year. (1994)
23Was the 1st pick in the 1984 NBA draft, selected before Michael Jordan.
24Lead the Houston Rockets to 2 NBA championships.
25Basketball player.
26Became a U.S. citizen.


Trademarks

#Trademark
1Short hair and thin mustache
2Perfected the unstoppable "Dream Shake" spin move like no one else
3Nearly always wore knee and elbow pads


Filmography

Actor

Actor

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Heaven Is a Playground1991Luther Hakim

Self

Self

TitleYearStatusCharacter
A Football Life2015TV SeriesHimself
Clutch City2015TV Movie documentary
Arvydas Sabonis 112014DocumentaryHimself
The84Draft2014TV Movie documentaryHimself
1997 NBA All-Star Game1997TV SpecialHimself
1996 NBA All-Star Game1996TV SpecialHimself
Sports Greats: One on One with David Hartman1995TV MovieHimself
Late Show with David Letterman1994-1995TV SeriesHimself
1995 NBA All-Star Game1995TV SpecialHimself
1994 NBA All-Star Game1994TV SpecialHimself
The Arsenio Hall Show1993TV SeriesHimself
1993 NBA All-Star Game1993TV SpecialHimself
1992 NBA All-Star Game1992TV SpecialHimself
Ebony/Jet Showcase1990TV SeriesHimself
1990 NBA All-Star Game1990TV SpecialHimself
NBA Superstars1990Video documentaryHimself
1989 NBA All-Star Game1989TV SpecialHimself
1988 NBA All-Star Game1988TV SpecialHimself
1987 NBA All-Star Game1987TV SpecialHimself
1986 NBA All-Star Game1986TV SpecialHimself
1985 NBA All-Star Game1985TV SpecialHimself
1984 NBA Draft1984TV MovieHimself - 1st Overall Pick

Archive Footage

Archive Footage

TitleYearStatusCharacter
30 for 302010TV Series documentaryHimself
Never Give Up: The Jimmy V Story1996TV MovieHimself - Houston Player (uncredited)

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