One of China’s best-known athletes, Yao Ming is a retired Chinese basketball player who currently works as Chinese basketball executive. Before that, he used to play for Chinese Basketball Association (CBA) and the National Basketball Association (NBA). Add to this, Ming was named an NBA All-Star during all eight of his seasons in the NBA with the Houston Rockets. Here's All you need to know about him.
Yao Ming was born on September 12, 1980, in Shanghai, China to parents Yao Zhiyuan (father) and Fang Fengdi (mother). He holds a Chinese nationality and belongs to a Asian ethnicity.
Both his parents were players; his father played basketball for a local Shanghai team and his mother played for the Chinese national team in the 1970s.
He attended from the local sports officials who guided him to join a sports school in Shanghai.
Yao is happily married to a basketball player Ye Li. When Ming was 17 years old, he met Ye Li and eventually, they started dating. She is the only woman Yao has ever dated.
Finally, after dating for so many years, they tied a knot on August 6, 2007, attended by close friends and family and closed to the media. They shared a daughter Yao Qinlei on May 21, 2010.
According to Celebrity Net Worth, Yao Ming's net worth is estimated to be $120 million, as of May 2019.
As reported, before he retired in 2011, Ming's salary was around $17.68 million as a result of 5-year contract extension worth $75 million with Rockets.
Talking about the earnings of NBA players, it depends on their works. Recently, maximum players right now make between $26 million- $30+ million annually.
Ming owns a house in Huston which cost $3.99 million with 12,000 sq. ft. the house features six bedrooms and nine bathrooms with a swimming pool. Also, he drives a Range Rover which worth $89,000- $177,000.
In addition, he made a total career salary of $93.39 million. Here are some record of her annual earnings so have a look at the table below:
For 4 years, Ming played for the Shanghai Sharks junior team of the CBA. After that, he entered the senior team of the Sharks and has played in several games.
In 2002, he decided to join the NBA draft and later a group of advisers was formed called Team Yao. Well, he was picked by Huston Rockets, making him the first international player to be selected without having played in the US college basketball.
Later, he decided to retire from basketball in July 2011, after a series of his injuries.
Ming won FIBA World Championship, in 2002. He was the gold medal winner with Team China (2001, 2003 and 2005) FIBA Asian Championship. Also, he won NBA All-Star credit eight times.
Additionally, he has supported many foundations including, Africa Wildlife Foundation, Chi Heng Foundation, China Youth Development Foundation, Project Hope, Red Cross, Save the Elephants, Shark Savers, UNEP, WildAid.
Even, he hosted a telethon, which raised $300,000 to help the spread of SARS.
Moreover, the richest NBA player has donated $2 million to created the Yao Ming Foundation to help rebuild schools destroyed in the earthquake.
Yao Ming is a retired Chinese basketball player.
7 feet 6 inches or 229 cm.
Ye Li (m. 2007).