With a net worth of $20 million, Rick Fox is a multi-talented celebrity. An acclaimed Canadian-Bahamian actor and ex-professional basketball player, Fox is famous for his time in the NBA with teams like the Boston Celtics and the Los Angeles Lakers. He is also known for his transition to acting and his prior ownership of an eSports franchise.Rick Fox Net Worth.
Net Worth: $20 Million
Date of Birth: Jul 24, 1969 (53 years old)
Place of Birth: Toronto
Height: 6 ft 6 in (2 m)
Profession: Actor, Athlete, Basketball player
Rick Fox, born on July 24th, 1969, had quite the start to an athletic career. Coming from Toronto, Canada, Rick was born into a family of sports – his mother Dianne Gerace an Olympic high jumper and pentathlete – before relocating to Nassau, Bahamas.
It was here in high school where he began to excel in basketball, leading the team to the NCAA Final Four in 1991, after graduating and attending the University of North Carolina.
Throughout his NBA career, Rick amassed an impressive salary of $34 million. His peak single-season salary was $4.8 million while playing for the Boston Celtics. Interestingly, he opted for a salary decrease in 1997 when moving from the Celtics to the Lakers, dropping from $1.75 million to $1 million.
This, however, changed when he joined the Lakers and signed a six-year $25 million contract. An interview in 2001 with the New York Times revealed that Rick estimated his net worth at $5 million, during the height of his relationship with Vanessa Williams.
Rick Fox’s NBA career commenced in 1991, when the Boston Celtics selected him as the 24th overall pick in the draft’s first round. He stepped into a starter role straight away and recorded an average of 8 points per game. After a few seasons, he had become a major part of the team, frequently racking up double digits.
In 1997, Fox signed with the Los Angeles Lakers after the Celtics released him. Again, he slotted right into a starting spot and usually produced double figures per game. Nevertheless, once the Lakers signed Glen Rice, Rick became a reserve player for some time.
At the start of the 1999-2000 season, Fox was starting once again, playing all 23 games and aiding the Lakers in their 2000 NBA Finals victory. With Rice’s departure, Rick solidified his place on the team and performed remarkably throughout the following years.
One significant low-point was a six-game suspension that came after a scuffle with Sacramento Kings player Doug Christie. Nevertheless, as Fox’s injuries continued to impact his game, he chose to retire in 2004 rather than rejoining the Celtics.
In 2015, Rick Fox stepped into the esports scene, acquiring Gravity Gaming with his partner, Amit Raizada. He shared that he bought the team to bridge the gap with his children. Following the purchase, the team was rebranded to “Echo Fox.”
All seemed to be going smoothly for a few years, however in 2019 a huge scandal was ignited. Fox declared that his business partner had uttered racial slurs and even menaced his family.
Riot Games, the operator of the League of Legends Championship Series, took note of the controversy surrounding Echo Fox, the team with which Raizada was associated.
In accordance with their policies, they threatened to bar Echo Fox from the Championship if Raizada remained part of its organizational structure. When their ultimatum was ignored, Echo Fox was removed from the Championship.
That same year, it was rumored that Fox was looking to sell his stake in the team, or even the whole team itself, which could earn him as much as $11 million. This gives a sense of how much the team was valued, and the size of Fox’s stake.
Later in 2019, Fox was presented with a lawsuit aiming to have him removed as the General Partner of Echo Fox. He and several of the team’s leading executives and partners signed the letter informing Fox of the lawsuit.
In retaliation, Fox initiated his own legal action against Raizada and another partner, alleging fraud, breach of contract, and conspiracy. In the end, Fox himself stepped away from the eSports team.
After a successful career in basketball, Rick Fox went on to make his mark as an actor. During his basketball days, Fox starred in such films as “Blue Chips,” “Eddie,” “He Got Game,” “Resurrection,” and “Holes.” On the television front, he appeared in “Oz,” “Fairly OddParents,” and other series.
Since retiring, Fox has become a major part of the entertainment industry. He’s featured in such shows as “Kevin Hill,” “One Tree Hill,” “Ugly Betty,” “Dirt,” “The Game,” “Dollhouse,” “The Big Bang Theory,” “iZombie,” and “Shameless.
He also starred in the feature film “Sharknado 3: Oh Hell No!” Fox’s foray into reality TV includes appearances on “Dancing With The Stars,” “Are You Smarter than a Fifth Grader?,” and “RuPaul’s Drag Race.”
In 2013, news broke that Rick Fox had put his luxury LA apartment on the market for a hefty price of $1.399 million. This home, nestled on the Wilshire Corridor, boasted two bedrooms and three bathrooms, totalling 1,800 square feet. After his retirement from the NBA in 2004, Fox had originally purchased the property for $1.15 million.
In 1994, Fox was elated to welcome his newborn with girlfriend Kari Hillsman. After five years, he and actress Vanessa Williams wed and had a baby the following year. Unfortunately, Fox divorced Williams in 2004 and a few years later he began dating Eliza Dushku. This romance sadly ended in 2014.