Ken Block is very far off from being considered the most successful rally driver in the world, or even in America, however, the California-native has been able to forge a career that makes him arguably the most influential person in the sport. This is thanks to his overall attraction to adrenaline that has led him to create the Gymkhana video series on YouTube and compete in other sports like Skateboarding, Snowboarding, and Motocross. Read on to find out more about his business endeavors, net worth, and family.
Ken Block was born Kenneth Block on the 21st of November, 1967, in Long Beach, California. Very little is known about his childhood as the names of his parents and details about his life before becoming a rally driver are not known. A few publications have however written that he attended Orange Glen High School and then Palomar College.
In 2005, Block joined Vermont SportsCar team to begin his national rallying career. He was given a 2005 Subaru WRX STi which he used to compete in his first-ever rallying event, the Sno*Drift in Michigan. In this race, he managed a seventh-place overall finish and a fifth-place finish in the Group N class. Block went on to secure five top-five finishes in the 2005 rally season and placed an overall third place in the Group A class and fourth overall in the Rally America National Championship, which earned him the Rally America Rookie of the Year award.
The following year, Block competed in his first-ever X Games rally event at X Games XII where he won Bronze by finishing third. At the 2006 Rally America National Championship, he finished second overall, as the wider public began to take notice of his outstanding driving ability. Block kept up his performances in 2007, managing 19 podium finishes and 8 overall victories in rally events across the globe.
Ken Block Net Worth
Ken Block has an estimated net worth of $200 million. The adrenaline chaser was able to amass his wealth through his career as a professional rally driver. His winning of various racing tournaments guaranteed him a good payday and also brought along endorsement deals from companies like Subaru, the Ford Company, and Monster Energy, among others.
But while Block has his career as a rally driver to thank for his wealth, he made a significant portion from other endeavors, most notably his involvement with action sports footwear company, D.C. Shoes, which he co-founded and served as Chief Brand Officer before later selling his ownership. Ken Block has since moved on to Hoonigan Industries, an apparel brand for auto enthusiasts which he co-founded and co-owns.
His Wife and Family Life
There is very little information that is available in regards to the wife and family life of Ken Block. What is known, is that he is married to Lucy Block and that the couple celebrated their 13th wedding anniversary in 2017, suggesting that they got married in 2005. Mrs. Block is further known to be a rally racing enthusiast, as she has reportedly participated in more than 7 different races. Because of this, her husband gifted her with a fully restored and modified 1974 Ford Bronco and a Ford Fiesta R2 rally car, pictured above. The number and identity of Block’s children are not known, although he has publicly spoken about them being in love with the outdoors, as the whole family enjoys snowboarding, skiing, and riding bikes together.
Other Facts You Need To Know
Ken Block has received numerous awards and recognition from his professional rally racing career, starting with the Rally America Rookie of the Year award he won after his first year in the sport. He has since won other awards, such as a 40 Under 40 Award from Fortune Magazine, multiple Golden Pencil awards for his Gymkhana series of viral videos, and Automotive Inspiration Award from The Petersen Museum, Los Angeles for his contributions to car culture, and two Most Thrilling Driver awards which were given to him during his appearances at the Goodwood Festival of Speed, U.K.
He has an impressive height of 6 feet 0 inches or 1.83 m and weighs about 84 kg or 185 lbs. His other body measurements are not known.
- Appearance in Video Games and Movies
Ken Block and his cars are featured in the video game, Colin McRae: Dirt 2, as well as in Dirt 3, and Dirt: Showdown. He also appears in the 2015 Need for Speed video game as the style icon.