As far as the game of golf is concerned, Greg Norman is a name that can’t be forgotten in hurry. The multi-talented golfer has continued to dominate the sports since the inception of his professional career in 1976. He now transcends the game, having over a dozen companies across the world. Interestingly, Greg isn’t just a golfer, he is also a real estate baron, an architect/designer, and a business tycoon. Learn more about him below.
Who is Greg Norman?
Greg Norman is an Australian businessman, architect, real estate developer, and a golfer; best known for his numerous stints in the game of golf during the ’80s and the ’90s. The talented golfer featured in various Tours and recorded several awards in his name. He is equally the owner of the international brand known as Great White Shark and a host of other companies. Norman is also a philanthropist and has raised money to help fund different charity groups including the CureSearch for children’s cancer, among others.
The multi-talented golfer was born Gregory John Norman in Mount Isa, Queensland, Australia on the 10th day of February 1955. He was born to Toini Norman and her husband Mervin Norman who worked as an electrical engineer. While he was growing up, Greg developed an interest in various sports including rugby, cricket, and he also wanted to be a surfer when he grows up. He completed his basic education at Townsville Grammar School and Aspley State High School, Brisbane.
When he was fifteen, the young Greg started playing golf. He became a caddy for his mother who played golf at the Virginia Golf Club in Brisbane at the time. He went on to serve as an assistant golfer under Billy McWilliam in 1975. The following year, he started working as a trainee in the Royal Queensland Golf Club where he eventually kicked off his golf career.
Becoming a professional golf player, Greg recorded his first victory in the game at the West Lakes Classic tournament held at the Grange Golf Club in Adelaide, South Australia. Shortly after that, he participated in the European Tour held in 1977. His big break came in 1980 when he won the French Open and the Scandinavian Enterprise Open as well as the Australian Open and Suntory World Match Play Championship.
Greg started competing in the PGA Tour in 1983 and he quickly rose to prominence; hence becoming one of the dominant golfers during the ’80s and ’90s. He had over 91 professional victories and was rated as World No 1 for over 331 weeks. Greg equally became one of the top PGA Tour earners and he won the Golfer of the year in 1995.
In the late ’90s, Greg’s level of play had a downturn following a shoulder injury that he sustained at the time. During the 2000s, he got inducted into the World Golf Hall of Fame following his remarkable contributions and achievements in sports. Amazingly, Greg is a three-time winner of the Vardon Trophy, a five-time winner of the Bryon Nelson Award, and a three-time recipient of the Arnold Palmer Award. Notably, he is the first golfer in Tour history to record over $10 million in career earnings.
Net Worth: How Much is Greg Norman Worth?
The veteran golfer has acquired huge wealth for himself; thanks to his business acumen and athletic skills. Greg Norman currently has a staggering net worth of $300 million. He earns his net worth from his golf career as well as other business ventures. Interestingly, he has a Golf Course Design Company which he established in 1987 and Great White Shark Enterprises he founded in 1993, among others. His companies generate millions of dollars in revenue every year.
His Wife and Daughter
While the multi-millionaire has recorded tremendous success in his career and business ventures; he is also successful in his love life. He has been married three times and he is a proud father of two children. Greg’s first marriage was with Laura Andrassy who is an American flight attendant. The duo met each other during the late ’70s and in July 1981, they tied the knot. With Andrassy, Greg has two children, a son named Greg Norman Jr. and a daughter named Morgan-Leigh Norman. However, after twenty-five years of marriage, Greg’s relationship with Andrassy began to deteriorate and they eventually separated. Their divorce process was finalized in 2006 and Andrassy got a whooping sum of $105 million in alimony.
Soon after their divorce, Greg fell in love with Christine Evert who was a former tennis player. The duo got hitched two years later in the Bahamas and their wedding took place on Paradise Island. Sadly, after one year and a few months, the duo went their separate ways due to irreconcilable differences.
He briefly dated Kirsten Kutner who eventually became his wife. Kirsten is an American interior designer. The duo exchanged marital vows in November 2010. Their wedding took place in the British Virgin Islands. During their wedding, Greg Jr. served as his father’s best man. Meanwhile, Kirsten has two daughters from her previous relationship and Greg became their stepfather after their marriage.
Additionally, his oldest daughter Morgan is happily married to a man named Chris Dillavou. The pair met each other while at Boston College and after a few years of a successful relationship, they sealed their love with a nuptial bond in 2012. Together they have three children – Harrison, Hendrix, and Poppy; thus making Greg Norman Sr. a grandfather. Norman currently resides in Hobe Sound situated in Florida.