Ken Griffey Jr Net Worth is $65 million
Quick facts about Ken Griffey, Jr.
Date of birth: November 21, 1969
Place of birth: Donora, Pennsylvania
Occupation: retired baseball outfielder, currently consultant for Mariners
Unlike some other star athletes Ken Griffey Junior or Ken Griffey, Jr. didn’t have to figure out how to make his way to the top of professional sports. Being a son of American professional baseball outfielder Ken Griffey, Sr. Ken Griffey, Jr. was instilled the love of baseball and pride of accomplishment from his early childhood. Needless to say, having your parents involved in professional sports, having all necessary connections and knowing all ropes helps but it doesn’t necessarily mean that everything was easy.
Apparently his father could be quite demanding and young Ken Griffey, Jr. was prone to depression and suicidal thoughts. He made a suicide attempt at the age of 18 by swallowing 277 aspiring pills but was fortunately saved. When he was asked why he did this, he simply said, “It seemed like everyone was yelling at me at baseball, then I came home and everyone was yelling at me there…I got depressed. I got angry. I didn’t want to live.” After this incident the relationship between the father and son improved and Ken became a baseball star just like his father always hoped.
During his professional career he endorsed a number of products and brands. He was featured on the Wheaties cereal box and his signature sneaker line from Nike. Like many other professional athletes, movie stars and singers, endorsing commercial brands and selling branded merchandise was an important source of income that contributed to Ken Griffey, Jr. net worth.
Ken is retired from professional baseball at the moment but is hired by Mariners, American professional baseball team based in Seattle, as a consultant. In addition, Ken is active as philanthropist supporting causes like Girls and Boys clubs and several children’s hospitals in the U.S.