Skateboarding is an extreme sport that involves riding and performing tricks using a skateboard. Many skateboarders have made plenty of money through skateboarding. According to a 2009 statistic, skateboarding has an estimated annual market revenue of $4.8 billion with over 11.08 million active riders worldwide. Some big names like Tony Hawk, Rob Dyrdek and Jamie Thomas have become millionaires and have many fans worldwide. You can skateboard for fun, but these legends have made millions of dollars doing what they love, becoming the Richest Skateboarders in the World. Unfortunately, none of them make enough to be one of the Richest Athletes.
The 20 Richest Skateboarders
=18) Nyjah Huston – Net Worth: $6 Million
This American professional skateboarder has won more prize money than any other skateboarder in history.
=18) Andy Macdonald – Net Worth: $6 Million
This American professional skateboarder holds the record for the most X Games medals in vert skateboarding. In August 2012 he was the overall champion at the Street League Skateboarding (SLS).
=18) Kyle Loza – Net Worth: $6 Million
This FMX rider is also a tattoo artist. He founded Riders 4 Christ, a group of Evangelical Christian freestyle motocross riders.
17) Bob Burnquist – Net Worth: $8 Million
This Brazilian-born American professional skateboarder became the first skateboarder to land a fakie 900.
=13) Anthony Mosley – Net Worth: $10 Million
This American professional skateboarder began skateboarding when he was 13 years old. He decided to make it a career when he was 16.
=13) Stacy Peralta – Net Worth: $10 Million
Born on October 15th 1957, Stacy Douglas Peralta is an American film maker and entrepreneur. He was also previously a professional skateboarder with the Z-Boys, from Venice, California. He was born in Venice, California and is of Mexican and Irish decent.
He is known to have invented the frontside lip to fakie. He became the highest ranked professional skateboarder at the age of nineteen.
In 2012 he directed and produced the documentary “Bones Brigade“
Always having an entrepreneurial side, Stacy joined forces with manufacturer George Powell and formed the extremely successful skateboard brand Powell-Peralta.
Stacy’s height is 5ft 9in (175cm) and he weighs 154 pounds (70kg)
Stacy Peralta’s son, Austin Topper Peralta who was born on October 25th 1990, tragically died on November 21th 2012. The coroner’s report ruled his death was caused by ‘viral pneumonia aggravated by a combination of alcohol and drugs”. Aged only 22, he was a successful jazz pianist and composer.
=13) Lance Mountain – Net Worth: $10 Million
This professional skateboarder is also an artist. He was one of the prominent skateboarders throughout the 1980s due to his involvement with the Bones Brigade.
=13) Ed Templeton – Net Worth: $10 Million
This professional skateboarder is also a skateboard company owner and contemporary artist. He is the founder and owner of skateboard company Toy Machine.
12) Danny Way – Net Worth: $11.5 Million
This American professional skateboarder and company owner has been named Thrasher magazine’s “Skater of the Year” twice. He is known for extreme stunts.
11) Jason ‘Wee Man’ Acuna – Net worth: $12 Million
This professional skateboarder hosts Fox Sports Net’s skateboarding show 54321. He is one of the stars of Jackass on MTV. He is owner of a franchise store of the Chronic Tacos restaurant in Redondo Beach, California.
=9) Eric Koston – Net Worth: $15 Million
This American professional skateboarder and company owner has been featured in the Tony Hawk video game series and the Electronic Arts video games Skate 2 an Skate 3. He co-owns Fourstar Clothing and The Berrics.
=9) Tony Alva – Net worth: $15 Million
This American skateboarder joined the Z-Boys skateboard team along with Jay Adams and Stacy Peralta. They were among the first to bring skating empty pools into the mainstream. Tony formed his own company Alva Skates when he was just 19 years old.
8) Ryan Sheckler – Net Worth: $16 Million
This American professional skateboarder and entrepreneur was placed in FoxWeekly’s “Most influential skateboarders of all time”. He was the star of the MTV-produced reality show Life of Ryan.
7) Chad Muska – Net Worth: $16 Million
This American professional skateboarder and entrepreneur opened the store “Factory413” in Los Angeles with business partner Cabada in 2008. Skin Phillips, editor-in-chief of Transworld SKATEboarding magazine, describes Muska as “one of the most marketable pros skateboarding has ever seen.
6) Stefan Janoski – Net Worth: $20 Million
This American professional skateboarder is also a writer, musician and artist. He is well known for his signature Nike SB shoe model the “Nike Zoom Stefan Janoski.” He is famous for his switch-stance skills and casual style.
5) Rodney Mullen – Net Worth: $30 Million
This professional skateboarder is also an inventor, company owner and public speaker. He practices freestyle and street skateboarding. He is credited with inventing many skateboarding tricks like kickflip, flatground ollie, healflip, impossible and 360-flip. In 2005 Mullen co-wrote the book ‘The Mutt: How to Skateboard and Not Kill Yourself‘
4) Rob Dyrdek – Net Worth: $50 Million
This American professional skateboarder is also an actor, reality TV star, producer and entrepreneur. He was labeled as one of the ‘Most influential skateboarders of all time’ by FoxWeekly. ‘Wild Grinders’, a fictional cartoon skate crew, is Dyrdek’s venture into toys based on him and his group of childhood skateboarding friends.
3) Jamie Thomas – Net Worth: $50 Million
This American professional skateboarder and entrepreneur is the founder and owner of Zero Skateboards and Fallen Footwear. Nicknamed “The Chief”, Jamie Thomas said in an interview that core skateboard brands need to remain authentic to survive in the marketplace.
2) Stavros Niarchos III – Net Worth: $100 Million
This Greek professional kiteboarder is the heir to the Niarchos shipping fortune. He is the grandson of Greek shipping tycoon Stavros Niarchos. He was born in New York and brought up in Paris. Aga Khan IV is his great-uncle.
1) Tony Hawk – Net Worth: $120 Million
This California-born former professional skateboarder is well known for completing the first documented 900. Nicknamed “The Birdman”, Tony Hawk is widely considered to be one of the most successful and influential pioneers of modern vertical skateboarding.
In 2010 Hawk co-wrote the book ‘How Did I Get Here?: The Ascent of an Unlikely CEO‘