As far as golf is concerned, Greg Norman is a name that is not easily forgotten. The multi-talented golfer has dominated the sport since the beginning of his professional career in 1976 and has since outgrown the game to include more than a dozen companies around the world. Interestingly, Greg is not only a golfer but 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 golfer; best known for his numerous engagements in golf during the 1980s and 1990s. The talented golfer has toured extensively and received several awards on his behalf. He is also the owner of the international Great White Shark brand and a number of other companies. Norman is also a philanthropist and has raised money to support various charities, including CureSearch for childhood cancer.
The multi-talented golfer was born on February 10, 1955, as Gregory John Norman in Mount Isa, Queensland, Australia. He was born as the son of Toini Norman and her husband Mervin Norman, who was an electrical engineer. As he grew up, Greg developed an interest in various sports, including rugby and cricket, and he wanted to become a surfer when he grew up. He completed his basic education at Townsville Grammar School and Aspley State High School in Brisbane.
When he was fifteen years old, young Greg started playing golf. He became the caddy for his mother, who was playing golf at the Virginia Golf Club in Brisbane at the time. In 1975 he was appointed golf assistant under Billy McWilliam. The following year he began working as a trainee at the Royal Queensland Golf Club, where he eventually launched his golf career.
As a professional golfer, Greg scored his first game win at the West Lakes Classic tournament held at the Grange Golf Club in Adelaide, South Australia. Shortly thereafter, he participated in the European Tour, which took place 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 the Suntory World Match Play Championship.
In 1983, Greg began playing on the PGA Tour and he quickly rose to the forefront and became one of the dominant golfers of the ’80s and ’90s. He celebrated over 91 professional victories and was ranked as the world’s number one for over 331 weeks. Greg also became one of the top earners on the PGA Tour and won the 1995 Golf Player of the Year title.
In the late ’90s, Greg’s playing level went downhill after a shoulder injury he sustained at the time. In the 2000s, he was inducted into the World Golf Hall of Fame for his remarkable contributions and achievements in the sport. Amazingly, Greg is a three-time Vardon Trophy winner, five-time Bryon Nelson Award winner, and three-time recipient of the Arnold Palmer Award. Remarkably, he is the first golfer in the history of the Tour to have earned over $10 million in career earnings.
Net Worth: How Much is Greg Norman Worth?
The golfing veteran has amassed an enormous fortune thanks to his business acumen and athletic skills. Greg Norman currently has an astonishing net worth of $300 million. He earns his net worth both through his golf career and other business ventures. Interestingly, he has a golf course design firm, which he founded in 1987, and Great White Shark Enterprises, which he founded in 1993. His companies generate millions of dollars in revenue each year.
His Wife and Daughter
While the multimillionaire has had tremendous success in his career and business ventures, he is also successful in his love life. He has been married three times and is a proud father of two children. Greg’s first marriage was to Laura Andrassy, an American flight attendant. The duo met in the late 1970s and in July 1981 they entered into marriage. 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 proceedings were completed in 2006, and Andrassy received a colossal $105 million in alimony payments.
Soon after their divorce, Greg fell in love with Christine Evert, a former tennis player. The duo married two years later in the Bahamas, and their wedding took place on Paradise Island. Unfortunately, the duo separated after a year and a few months due to irreconcilable differences.
He went out briefly with Kirsten Kutner, who eventually became his wife. Kirsten is an American interior designer. The duo exchanged their marriage vows in November 2010. Their wedding took place on the British Virgin Islands. During their wedding, Greg Jr. acted as best man for his father. Kirsten now has two daughters from their previous relationship, and Greg became her stepfather after their marriage.
His eldest daughter Morgan is also happily married to a man named Chris Dillavou. The couple met at Boston College and after several years of a successful relationship, they sealed their love in 2012 with a marriage bond. Together they have three children – Harrison, Hendrix, and Poppy; Greg Norman Sr. becomes a grandfather. Norman currently resides in Hobe Sound, Florida.