By Andres Pachon
A. Pachon, a journalist and skateboard addict, is a full-time writer for SHIT® Magazine.
5. Rodney Mullen – $30 Million Net Worth
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Born in August 1966 in Gainsville Florida, Rodney started skating at 8 years old and being a natural, he developed skills so fast in fact that he was competing by 1977 only 3 years after starting skating.
Considered one of the most influential skaters of all time as he has invented many tricks, so important that we could not talk about street skateboarding without him! The flatground Ollie, 540 shove-it, double heelflips, Ollie nose bones, casper slides, and the kickflip! So yeah, this guy is a huge deal! He currently lives in California and has accrued his wealth by being an engineer and skate brand owner.
4. Bam Margera – $45 Million Net Worth
Brandon Cole Margera (now legally Bam) was born on September 1979. He was not very given to school or authority figures as a young teen and one of the few reasons Bam was going to school was to meet up with his friends and skate, he eventually graduated by getting a GED following his parents advice, but ended up following his dream which was skateboarding, partying and recording stupid SHIT® with his friends.
Eventually, Bam made it big with these “stupid tapes” that became the millennium sensation alongside MTV making Bam and his friends incredibly famous and rich with the TV series Jackass in which Margera was one of the lead members.
Most of his wealth comes from the TV shows and movies released for Jackass but he is also known as an avid entrepreneur as he has opened a bar and theater known as The Note, he has a satellite radio program called Bam Radio and even his very own record label called Filthy Note Records. Way to go Jackass!
3. Rick Howard – $45 Million Net Worth
Born on August 31, 1972, he became very popular in the 1990s due to his undoubted skills and skating style and it was also attributed the invention of the “Rick Flip” also called the “Howard Heel” which he rejects and publicly states that he does not think he is the one that invented it, humble guy huh?
His wealth comes from producing skateboarding videos, he even won an award for a video released in 2007 called Fully Flared. It was dubbed best video of the year by Transworld Skateboarding.
As an entrepreneur, Howard formed a company in 1993 with Spike Jonze, Carroll and Megan Baltimore called Girl Skateboards. He also created a shoe company you might have heard of known as Lakai Limited Footwear.
2. Rob Dyrdek – $50 Million Net Worth
Born in Kettering Ohio in the USA, Robert Stanley Dyrdek is a multimillionaire professional skateboarder, he is also an actor, reality TV star, producer, entrepreneur and the founder of the Street League Skateboarding (SLS), a skateboarding league that contains international professional skateboarders.
He began his pro skating career at the age of 12 and is now recognized for the insane amount of records he was able to set which include 46 consecutive front side ollies (2007), 15 heelflips in 1 minute (2007), 22 Nollie kick-flips in 1 minute (2007) and longest stationary manual (2007).
Rob has many business ventures such as a skating shop, a body spray line, a toy company, and a record label, but most of his income comes from his TV shows for the roles he played in Rob Dyrdek’s Fantasy Factory, Rob & Big and Ridiculousness. Just from one episode, he was able to earn more than $30,000!! a SHIT® load of money!
1. Tony Hawk – $120 Million Net Worth
Born in San Diego California on May 12, 1968. He was only 9 years old when he first grabbed a skateboard, not knowing he was going to become the most famous skateboarder to cruise the world. Most known for his amazing success in Vert skateboarding being the Vertical Skating’s World Champion for 12 years in a row.
He also has his own skateboarding company called Birdhouse and is famous for his groundbreaking development and investment in the videogame industry, having a total of 17 video games with his name on it, starting out with the initial Tony Hawk's Pro Skater in 1999, the series proved to be one of the most popular and best-selling video game franchises of the early 2000s.
Tony still skates, but it is mostly for demonstration, personal satisfaction or to invent new tricks as he is currently retired and has been so for a while.
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