Contrary to what many people may think, skateboarders aren’t all slackers and troublemakers. Skateboarding requires lots of skill and dedication, and those who put in the effort can make really, really good money. The world’s wealthiest skateboarders, according to the estimated net worth details (in USD) on Celebrity Net Worth, have made their fortunes through a combination of being great at their sport, getting sponsorships and having good business sense.
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20. Bob Burnquist (Net worth: $8 million)
Bob Burnquist is a Brazilian-American skateboarder who has been a professional skateboarder since he was a teenager. A master of switch stance skateboarding and vert tricks, Burnquist created a private skate park called “Dreamland” at his California home.
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19. Stacy Peralta (Net worth: $10 million)
Stacy Peralta is a former pro skateboarder turned business-person and filmmaker. Peralta was part of the skateboarding group the Z-boys; he wrote the screenplay for the 2005 skateboarding film Lords of Dogtown.
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18. Mike Vallely (Net worth: $10 million)
Also known s Mike V, Mike Vallely turned pro in 1987. He’s worth $10 million and in addition to his skateboarding career, he’s also the lead singer for the band Black Flag, a professional wrestler, FHL hockey player, actor and host of his own podcast, The Mike V Show.
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17. Mike McGill (Net worth: $10 million)
Known for his inverted 540-degree mute grab arial, since affectionately dubbed the McTwist and somewhat of an skateboarding OG; he first performed in Sweden in 1984 and was part of the legendary skateboarding troupe known as the Bones Brigade (since documented as Bones Brigade: An Autobiography). He started a skateboard company called Chapter 7, owns a skate shop and has since created a line of ramps, safety equipment and even skate shoes, and other skateboarding paraphernalia.
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16. Mark Gonzales (Net worth: $10 million)
Skateboarder and artist hailing from California, named the Most Influential Skateboarder of All Time by Transworld Skateboarding mag. Among appearing in videos and magazine covers, he’s also launched his own skateboards and has been sponsored by Adidas, Supreme and more. He is also a poet and a published author - proof you need not be stellar at only one thing.
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15. Lance Mountain (Net worth: $10 million)
Lance Mountain was one of skateboarding’s stars of the 1980s and still skates professionally. He’s also an artist and inventor and is worth $10 million.
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14. Ed Templeton (Net worth: $10 million)
Ed Templeton became a professional skateboarder in 1990. Three years later he started the skateboarding company Toy Machine. He’s also a painter, photographer and graphic designer and is worth $10 million.
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13. Andrew Reynolds (Net worth: $10 million)
Andrew Reynolds was Thrasher Magazine’s Skater of the Year in 1998. He owns Baker Skateboards, has stakes in Brigada Eyewear and Bakerboys Distribution and is Altamont Apparel’s head designer.
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12. Nyjah Huston (Net worth: $12 million)
Nyjah Huston has won multiple skateboarding titles, among them the Street League Skateboarding competition series, which he won six times. He’s worth $12 million and his sponsors include Nike, Mountain Dew, Monster Energy and Doritos.
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11. Danny Way (Net worth: $12 million)
Danny Way has won gold five times at the X Games and was Thrasher Magazine’s Skater of the Year twice. He set several skateboarding world records and was the first skateboarder to jump over the Great Wall of China, which he did with a broken foot. He’s worth $12 million.
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10. Tony Alva (Net worth: $15 million)
Tony Alva turned pro nearly fifty years ago, is worth $15 million and is one of the skateboarding world's true pioneers and legends. He was the first skateboarder to own and run a skateboard company and Alva Skates was the first to make their boards of layered Canadian maple plywood.
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9. Eric Koston (Net worth: $15 million)
Eric Koston’s sponsors include Nike, Oakley and Spitfire Wheels and he was one of the first professional skaters to advertise for McDonald’s. He co-owns the clothing brand Fourstar, co-owns an indoor skate park and has stakes in a microbrewery, among other ventures. He’s worth $15 million.
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8. Chad Muska (Net worth: $16 million)
Chad Muska is considered one of the most marketable professional skateboarders. He’s also a hip hop musician and producer, started the skateboard wheel brand Ghetto Child and co-owns Factory413 in Los Angeles. He’s worth $16 million.
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7. Steve Rocco (Net worth: $20 million)
Steve Rocco is a legendary skateboarder and business partner to Rodney Mullen - another top-tenner on this list. The two founded World Industries, which grew to be one of the most influential skateboard companies worldwide. While he’s since sold the company and retired, he helped make skateboarding in the ‘90s what it is today In 2007, he was also featured in the doc The Man Who Souled The World.
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6. Stefan Janoski (Net worth: $20 million)
Stefan Janoski’s sponsors include Nike and Habitat Skateboards. He’s also a painter, sculptor and photographer and is worth $20 million.
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5. Rodney Mullen (Net worth: $30 million)
Rodney Mullen started skateboarding in the late 1970s, invented numerous tricks and is considered the most influential street skater in history. He’s a sought-after public speaker and has acted as skating stunt double in movies such as The Secret Life of Walter Mitty. He’s worth $30 million.
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4. Jamie Thomas (Net worth: $50 million)
Jamie Thomas started skateboarding professionally in 1992 and also owns Zero Skateboards and Fallen Footwear. He is worth $50 million.
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3. Stavros Niarchos III (Net worth: $100 million)
To be fair, Niarchos III didn’t amass his $100 million fortune through skateboarding alone. In fact, he’s also a pro-kiteboarder too, but more importantly, he’s heir to the Niarcho shopping fortune. Though he was born in New York City, he grew up mostly in Paris, France and later finished a prestigious prep school in Maui, Hawaii. He’s also caught the public’s attention through his high-profile relationships with Lindsay Lohan, Mary-Kate Olsen and Paris Hilton.
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2. Rob Dyrdek (Net worth: $100 million)
Rob Dyrdek’s skateboarding career kicked off when he was 12 years old. He has set 21 skateboarding Guinness World Records. He’s partnered with several companies, created the Street League Skateboarding contest and stars in several reality TV shows.
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1. Tony Hawk (Net worth: $140 million)
Tony Hawk is not only the most famous skateboarder but also the wealthiest. He has a host of skateboarding titles to his name, has appeared in many films and TV shows, has his own skateboarding-themed video game series and YouTube channel, lent his name to amusement park rides and is worth $140 million.
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