When we talk about a star/hero/celebrity, the most obvious thing that strikes our mind is inspiration, right? But have you ever wondered that sometimes the story of a villain could be more interesting? Well, yes, today we will dig into the life of a bizarre personality, who has broken many records in Football, yet is known more for being a murder suspect. Being the first professional soccer player to rush for over 2,000 yards in a season, O. J. Simpson is better known for being acquitted for the murder of his ex-wife, Nicole Brown and her friend Ron Goldman.
O. J. Simpson is an advertising spokesman, broadcaster, former National Football League running back, convicted robber and actor. Let’s throw some light on the life and net worth of O. J. Simpson in 2018.
Early Life & Biography
Orenthal James Simpson was born on 9th July 1947 in San Francisco, California. He is the son of Jimmy Lee Simpson, a chef and Eunice, a hospital administrator. He has one brother, one living sister and one deceased sister.
When O. J. Simpson was a kid, he suffered from rickets and wore braces until the age of five. As a result of rickets, he developed bow-leggedness. He was raised by his mother, as his parents separated in 1952. He had been a kind of a whimsical person ever since his early teens. He joined the Persian Warriors, a street gang of vagabonds, and was briefly incarcerated at the Youth Guidance Center.
He played in the football team of Galileo High School, for his team ‘Galileo Lions.’ He went to City College of San Francisco. He played both ways- defensive back as well as running back, and was selected as running back in the Junior College All-American team. From 1967 to 1968, he attended the University of Southern California after receiving an athletic scholarship.
O. J. Simpson was married twice, but none of his marriages were successful. Firstly, O. J. Simpson married his childhood sweetheart Marguerite L. Whitley in 1967. The couple had three children. In 1977, he cheated on Marguerite by dating a waitress at a nightclub named Nicole Brown. In 1979, their marriage culminated in divorce. After six years in 1985, he married Nicole Brown. Together they have two children. In 1992, Nicole filed a divorce because of irreconcilable differences.
Two years after their divorce, Nicole and Ron Goldman were found stabbed to death outside Nicole’s condominium in Los Angeles. O. J. was a person of interest in their murders, but later he won the case.
Career, Awards, & Nominations
In 1969, O. J. Simpson’s professional career as a soccer player started after he joined the ‘Buffalo Bulls.’ From 1972 to 1976, he topped 1,000 yards rushing. He has owned the rushing title of NFL four times. He made a successful entry in the film industry while continuing his profession as a footballer. In 1979, he retired as a footballer due to his knee injury.
In 1979, he inaugurated his own production house ‘Orenthal Productions.’ His production company mainly created television shows. His acting career continued with films like ‘Capricorn One,’ ‘Back to the Beach,’ and ‘The Naked Gun’ and it’s sequels, etc.
He has won many awards; a few of them are Heisman Trophy, Maxwell Award, Bert Bell Award and AP Athlete of the Year, etc.
Net Worth & Earnings
O. J. Simpson’s net worth is $3.5 million. At the time of his retirement in 1979, he was the highest paid footballer of NFL with a salary of $806,688. In 1992, at the time of his divorce to Nicole, his net worth was estimated to be $10.8 million. It was approximately the same as today’s $18 million.
He bought a house in foreclosure for $4 million and demolished it in 1998. He faced a huge loss in his wealth, after being in the murder case. He had to pay $33.5 million in damages to Ron and Nicole’s families according to an order. He now owes more than $40 million, because of the addition of interest.
OJ was born in quite a wealthy family, and he has a stubborn and recalcitrant attitude since his childhood. Though he was consistent throughout his sports as well as entertainment career, his criminal activities seem like a dark spot over his struggle. And the worst thing about him is that he never feels guilty over his acts.