Derek Jeter is a name that resonates with every American sports fan, including those who are not fans of the New York Yankees, the franchise for which he has played all his career. After 20 years in the Major League Baseball, Jeter ended his career in 2014.
He has been 14 times All-Star Champion and 5 times World Series Champion. Jeter has also won the prestigious Silver Slugger Award five times and was named the most valuable player in the World Series in 2000. As an honorable reward for his selfless dedication to the team, Derek’s number 2 was retired in 2017. Since his retirement, Derek Jeter has remained active in the baseball field and has focused on the commercial side of the sport. He is the CEO of the Miami Marlins.
Derek Jeter Biography
Derek Sanderson Jeter was born on June 26, 1974, in Pequannock Township, New Jersey. He was born into a family passionate about baseball. Whether he was with his parents or grandparents, Derek was taken to the games.
At school, Jeter’s athleticism became immediately apparent. He became a runner and also played on his high school baseball and basketball team. However, all the baseball exposure he got from homemade him lean more towards baseball. One of his childhood idols was Yankees player Dave Winfield.
Following an incredible high school baseball career, Jeter was offered a scholarship to play college football with the University of Michigan. However, after much deliberation, he gave up his scholarship and turned pro after the New York Yankees recruited him for an $800,000 contract in 1992. After three years in the minor league, Jeter made his MLB debut in 1995. Jeter quickly made his mark on the team as he was named AL Rookie of the Year in 1996 and also won his first World Series trophy. The rest, as they say, is baseball history.
Derek Jeter would probably not be the kind of great player he has become if it weren’t for the quality of his education, thanks to his parents Dorothy and Sanderson Charles Jeter. Her mother’s maiden name is Dorothy Connors. She is of English, German and Irish origin. On the other hand, Derek’s father, a Ph.D. graduate and addiction counselor, is an African American, which explains Jeter’s unique skin color. Dorothy worked as an accountant and met Derek’s father while they were both serving in the U.S. military in Germany.
Jeter’s incredible success as an athlete is more due to the fact that athletics is in his genes than to his hard work. His father played baseball at Fisk University in Tennessee as a shortstop. Derek’s parents went the extra mile and instilled a lot of discipline in him as a child by having him sign an annual contract that included behaviors that he should and should not maintain. He was forced to take “nothing is impossible” as a mantra. Young Jeter was never allowed to use the word “can’t” and it was obviously very rewarding.
Derek’s Net Worth
Derek Jeter made a lot of money as a sportsman. His total career earnings (salary only) were $250 million. Many times during his working life, he appeared on the Forbes list of the highest-paid athletes in the world, with annual earnings in 8 digits.
Jeter’s consistency in his game has made him one of the most marketable players of his generation. Some of the major brands that have claimed his ink include Ford, Gatorade, VISA, Fleet Bank, Nike, Discovery Card and more. According to credible calculations, Derek Jeter made more money with endorsement contracts than with his career salary.
Although Derek is now retired, his keen business acumen has kept his wealth afloat. The same year he retired, he launched a sports website ThePlayersTribune.com that aimed to bring professional athletes closer to their fans. Jeter owns a publishing house Jeter Publishing, a brand of CBS subsidiary Simon & Schuster, whose long-term objective is to produce films and television programs. Derek’s biggest livelihood after his career is his 4% stake in the Miami Marlins. Although he is only a minority owner, Jeter is responsible for the day-to-day management of the franchise as CEO.
Much of Jeter’s wealth is related to real estate, as he has several houses scattered throughout the country. Derek Jeter’s net worth is estimated at $185 million.
Who Is His Wife?
Derek Jeter is married to the American model Hannah Davis. They got engaged at the beginning of November 2015 and were married on July 9, 2016, in Napa Valley. On August 17, 2017, they welcomed their first child, a girl they named Bella Raine Jeter.
Jeter’s wife, Hannah Davis, born May 5, 1990, in St. Thomas, U.S. Virgin Islands, is best known for her appearances in the Sports Illustrated Swimsuit issue. Other brands she has represented include Ralph Lauren, Victoria’s Secret, Tommy Hilfiger, American Eagle Outfitters and more. She has been playing tennis since she was 8 years old. On TV, you can see her Runway animation project: Junior on Lifetime. The 6-foot tall, brown-haired model is signed at IMG Models Worldwide.
Immediately after Jeter became a celebrity in 1996 with his Rookie of the Year award, he began to become familiar with Hollywood and began dating its women, making him tabloid fodder. His relationship with singer-songwriter Mariah Carey which lasted about a year from 1997 to 1998, attracted considerable media attention.
He then went out with popular women like model Vida Guerra, former Miss Universe Lara Dutta, television personality Vanessa Minnillo, singer Joy Enriquez, as well as actresses like Jordana Brewster, Jessica Biel, and Minka Kelly.