David Beckham is one of the most famous people on the planet.
The former soccer star has an estimated net worth of $450 million.
Here's how he makes and spends his money.
David Beckham has an estimated net worth of $450 million.
He earned $800 million during his time as a soccer player.
Beckham is one of the most famous soccer players of all time.
After beginning his career at Manchester United, where he spent more than two decades, the English midfielder went on to enjoy spells with Real Madrid, LA Galaxy, AC Milan, and Paris Saint-Germain before retiring in 2013.
According to The Mirror, by the time he retired, Beckham had earned $800 million on and off the field, making him the seventh highest paid athlete ever at the time.
On top of his wages, Beckham also boasted lucrative endorsement deals with Armani, Gillette, PepsiCo, and Adidas during his playing days.
His portfolio has only grown since retirement.
In 2014, Beckham launched his own company, DB Ventures.
The business handles most of Beckham's post-soccer career activities, including his endorsements with Adidas, the Tudor watch brand, and his own whiskey brand, Haig Club.
Documents filed at Companies House showed that Beckham was paid a dividends of $12.1 million in 2016, $22.2 million in 2017, $13.2 million in 2018, and $17.2 million in 2019.
According to The Times of London, in January, Beckham agreed to sell 55% of DB Ventures to American branding company Authentic Brands Group, which owns Reebok, Juicy Couture, and the branding rights to Elvis Presley (more on him later), among others.
Beckham could receive upwards of $230 million from the sale, reported The Times.
In 2018, Beckham launched the MLS expansion team Inter Miami.
Beckham's Inter Miami project was a long time in the making.
When the Englishman first signed for Major League Soccer's LA Galaxy as a player in 2007, he received an option to purchase an expansion team at a price of $25 million.
In 2014, a year after he retired, the MLS announced that Beckham had exercised that option and that he and a group of other investors would start a franchise in Miami.
The team joined the MLS in 2020, but despite signing a number of high-profile players, including Argentine striker Gonzalo Higuain, has failed to finish above 19th.
According to Kona Equity, Inter Miami boasts an annual revenue of $22.4 million.
Last year, he agreed to become the face of the 2022 World Cup in Qatar.
According to the Evening Standard, the 10-year deal will pocket Beckham $177 million.
He came under heavy scrutiny for the partnership due to Qatar's record of human rights violations.
Homosexual acts between consenting men are illegal in Qatar and subject to up to five years in prison, while there is also significant restrictions on free expression, reports of forced labor, and discrimination against women.
The Guardian's Catherine Bennett called the deal "gag-inducing."
Beckham likes to spend his money on art.
Beckham and his wife, one-time Spice Girl Victoria, boast an impressive art collection worth almost $44 million, according to Luxuo.
The entire collection is "love-themed" and includes paintings, portraits, and sculptures by Damien Hirst, Tracey Emin, and Banksy, according to The Mirror.
Artnet reported that in 2014, Beckham paid $780,000 for a commissioned painting titled "Daddy's Girl" as a birthday present for his daughter, Harper.
He also likes buying various collectibles, including Elvis Presley memorabilia.
Star reported, per Men's Health, last year, that Beckham spends a huge sum — $46,000 per day — on his "hobbies," which include buying Elvis memorabilia.
"David secretly collects Elvis memorabilia," a source told Star. "He has a whole room devoted to Elvis trinkets and costumes, but he doesn't like to talk about it because he is afraid people will discover it's him bidding on the item and then hike up the price."
According to Star, Beckham also collects rare jewelry and sometimes has "pieces custom-made for hundreds of thousands of dollars," which he gives to friends.
His tattoos have cost him a pretty penny, too.
According to Men's Health, Beckham has more than 67 tattoos.
He's completely covered both his arms, and he also has ink on his neck, back, chest, ribs, and even his hand.
In total, his collection has cost him upwards of $65,000, according to The Mirror.
Like many super-rich sportspeople, Beckham has an impressive car collection.
Beckham has spent around $3 million on car over the years, according to The Sun.
A Lamborghini Gallardo, a Rolls-Royce Phantom Drophead, a Bentley Bentayga, and Aston Martin V8 Vantage X-Pack Volante are among the vehicles Beckham has owned, according to GQ.
He's also a fan of bikes, having owned a Super Vintage Knuckle, a Triumph Scrambler, and a Ducati Desmosedici RR among others, reported GQ.
He also owns a host of luxurious properties across the world.
Beckham and his wife's property portfolio is worth an eye-watering $86 million, according to Hello Magazine.
The most expensive of their properties is their $37 million London townhouse. Situated in the exclusive area of Holland Park, the house has seven bedrooms, its own gym, and a huge wine cellar.
Two of his and Victoria's properties are in Dubai.
According to Hello, the Beckhams also own a $5 million apartment in the Burj Khalifa – the world's tallest building.
Their other Dubai property is a villa in Palm Jumeirah, which they reportedly purchased for $1.5 million in 2002, but its now thought to be worth upwards of $9 million.
While they also own a $22 million apartment in Miami.
The couple's Miami penthouse lies in the exclusive One Hundred Museum building, according to Hello.
Beckham and his family visit the property for vacations, while he also stays there for his work with Inter Miami.
The apartment was designed to mirror a seven-star hotel and boasts multiple terraces with stunning ocean views, custom-designed walk-in closets, spa-like bathrooms, and a rooftop pool, according to Hello.
Beckham likes to vacation in France.
Beckham, his family, and a number of friends vacationed in St. Tropez this summer, according to The Metro.
They stayed aboard a luxury yacht for the trip, coming ashore in the evenings to eat and drink.
One night on the trip, the group visited a karaoke bar where Victoria sang a rendition of the Spice Girls' hit "Stop!", which she released with the group in 1998.
He also likes to vacation in Croatia.
As well as in New York City.
Beckham donates a lot of money to charity.
Beckham has worked as an ambassador for UNICEF – the United Nations International Children's Emergency Fund – for more than 17 years.
In March, he and Victoria donated $1.2 million to the organization's Emergency Appeal for Ukraine after Russia began its invasion.
A source told The Sun that Beckham has raised nearly $60 million for UNICEF over the years and that he also "quietly gives about a million a year from his own pocket."
As well as his work for UNICEF, Beckham has also supported charities such as the Red Cross, Help for Heroes, WildAid, and Save the Children among others.
And he of course has his family to raise.
David and Victoria Beckham share four children.
Their eldest, Brooklyn, married American actress Nicola Peltz in April shortly after his 23rd birthday.
The second-eldest Beckham child, 19-year-old Romeo, is already following in his father's footsteps, having signed for Inter Miami II in 2021, while Cruz, 17, is a budding musician.
The couple's only daughter, 10-year-old Harper, is enrolled at London Stage School.
Beckham told Women's Weekly earlier this year that his family is the most important thing in his life.
"Family, that's what motivates me," he said. "I'm dedicated to keep on proving to my children on how hard they have to work to be successful, to have a career, and to believe in themselves."
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