Blog Title: The Net Worth of Professional Wrestler Andre the Giant at Death
Blog Introduction: Andre the Giant was a professional wrestler, actor, and legendary figure in the wrestling world. He was 7 feet 4 inches tall and weighed over 500 pounds. Despite his size, he had a gentle personality and an impressive career that spanned decades. But what was Andre the Giant’s net worth at death? Let’s take a look.
Andre the Giant’s Early Career and Earnings
Andre the Giant (real name André René Roussimoff) began wrestling professionally in 1959, when he was just 17 years old. During this period, it is estimated that he earned around $20 per show. It wasn’t until 1972 that he gained worldwide fame after he won the WWWF World Heavyweight Championship in Tokyo. He went on to join Vince McMahon’s World Wrestling Federation (WWF) in 1973, where it is estimated that he earned between $400-500 per match during his peak years of 1975 – 1985. Even though his salary diminished as his career progressed due to injuries as well as alcohol abuse, by 1989 his salary had risen to an estimated $2 million annually from endorsements alone.
Andre the Giant’s Acting Career and Earnings
In addition to being a professional wrestler, Andre also had an acting career with roles such as Fezzik in The Princess Bride or Bigfoot in The Six Million Dollar Man and its spinoff series The Bionic Woman. His total earnings from these appearances are unknown; however, given how popular these shows were at the time it can be assumed that they helped increase his overall net worth significantly.
At the time of his death in 1993, Andre the Giant’s net worth was estimated at around $3 million—a considerable amount considering his humble beginnings as a professional wrestler earning only $20 per show just a few decades earlier. Although this sum may not seem large compared to today’s wrestlers—many of whom earn millions per year—it served as a testament to how far he came throughout his career and how beloved he remained by fans all around the world for nearly four decades before finally succumbing to health complications related to gigantism in 1993 at age 46.