David Beckham’s Net Worth
He is one of the biggest names in global sports history but do you actually know what David Beckham’s net worth looks like? It’s a mighty £300 million. How did he make such a substantial pot of money? Let’s find out.
The early years
Beckham was born in London and raised in Essex by Manchester United mad parents Ted and Sandra. Both his mother and father were working class with a ‘silver spoon’ nowhere to be seen. His dad spent his working day fitting kitchens whilst his mum cut hair. Beckham though longed for something more. His youth was spent dreaming of nothing but a career in professional football. His tireless practice didn’t take long to pay off. The youngster had trails with local clubs Norwich City and Leyton Orient. They missed the boat though and by age 12 Becks was taken into the Tottenham Hotspur academy; he never donned their colours in a game though and instead played for local teams.
Despite being in the Spurs setup, Beckham’s parents were avid Manchester United fans and that affection rubbed off on their son. After a couple of years at the North London club, Beckham traded the capital for Manchester as he signed a youth deal with United. His most notable contribution to the youth side was a goal in the final of the 1993 youth cup triumph. From there, Beckham wanted to taste men’s football. That saw him go out on loan to Preston North End and whilst he only played five matches he bagged two goals to showcase his quality; one of those was netted direct from a corner. First team appearances for Manchester United didn’t take long to follow; that first team breakthrough saw him become part of the famed ‘Class of 92’.
Master of Manchester
After those series of impressive displays for the youth side and Preston, Beckham made his senior debut from the bench in September 1993. It took another 12 months for the right midfielder to win his first start. By December of the same year he was scoring his first United goal in a Champions League tie. After a loan spell at Preston North End gave Beckham more experience under his belt, he returned to Old Trafford ready to help Sir Alex Ferguson’s team to establish years of domestic domination with some older heads leaving the club.
Beckham, who provided a very different outlet to his predecessor, Andrei Kanchelskis, on the right hand side was instrumental as United won the league and FA cup double. At the start of the 1996/97 season Beckham hit that goal against Wimbledon and then, fast forward a year, and he was donning the iconic number seven shirt. He went on to win nine major trophies with United before a rumoured spat with Ferguson due to his lifestyle outside of football expedited his exit.
Becoming a Galactic one
When Beckham eventually left United, everything in the media suggested a move to Barcelona was on the cards. Instead, he joined their bitter rivals – Real Madrid. The number seven was gone. Number 23 was about to become legendary. The expensively assembled squad struggled to compete with a quite marvellous Barcelona side during Beckham’s four seasons in Spain. Beckham started to take on the role of scapegoat towards the end of his time in Madrid. He penned a deal with LA Galaxy after it was stated he wouldn’t play for Real again. Beckham, the ultimate pro, continued to train hard and worked his way back into Fabio Capello’s squad. Not only that, he inspired Real to the only real silverware he won in Spain, which was the La Liga title. Real desperately fought to keep him. It was too late and Becks was gone.
A farewell tour
Beckham claims his move to Major League Soccer was about playing football and promoting the sport in the US. Others insisted it was an early retirement option with the possibility of a lavish life in Los Angeles. Beckham is the only one who really knows the truth but one thing is for sure. He put the MLS on the map. Beckham helped the Galaxy to back to back MLS cup wins in 2011 and 2012. Despite that his desire to play football at a better level was evident.
Beckham had enjoyed loan spells in Milan between US seasons and called time on his Galaxy career early to join Paris Saint Germain for a final hurrah where he donated all of his wages to a local charity. The five month deal he penned in France’s capital certainly gave him the send off he wanted as he added the Ligue 1 title to his trophy cabinet whilst the PSG squad gave him a fitting tribute too.
England’s most hated to England’s most loved
Beckham’s life with the Three Lions on his chest was far from straight forward. Things started off alright for him. He first helped England to qualify of France 1998 and then made the finals squad with he and United teammate Gary Neville working well together down the right flank. What happened in the tournament though left somewhat of a sour aftertaste for a lot of fans back in England. Glenn Hoddle’s team made it into the last 16 and were in with a decent chance of progressing against Argentina. Then came the incident that resulted in effigies of Beckham being burned. Diego Simeone went in hard on Beckham but dropped to the floor like a sniper had picked him off when the Englishman retaliated with a petulant kick. A red card was shown. England eventually crashed out on penalties.
By the back end of 2000, Sven Goran Eriksson had named Beckham captain. The skipper transformed his fortunes with the fans entirely with what is probably his most memorable moment in an England shirt. The Three Lions were on the brink of failure to qualify for the 2002 World Cup when Beckham delivered a trademark free kick with the last kick of the game to snatch a 2-2 draw with Greece and send England through. By the time he retired from the game, Beckham had won 115 caps (59 as captain) for his country. It made him the most capped outfield player until he was surpassed by Wayne Rooney.
Away from the pitch
A general summary
If you focused on Beckham away from the pitch you could fill thousands upon thousands of internet pages. Ferguson lambasted Beckham in his own autobiography citing a personality shift after he married Victoria aka Posh Spice from the pop group the Spice Girls. It wasn’t just his wife that was turning heads though with brand Beckham gaining serious space with the paparazzi. Beckham was a genius on the field of play but his hair style was hogging front page headlines. Beckham – along with Victoria – have built up arguably the biggest fan base in the world of celebrities with Golden Balls, as he was known in his playing days, raking in modelling deal after advert after goodness knows what.
Everyone wanted a slice of Beckham. He knew it. He loved it too. That all said, Beckham is reportedly one of the most down to earth people you can meet. Nowadays, he owns a share of lower league English club Salford with Gary Neville and a few of the other class of 92 group whilst his Inter Miami side are currently undertaking their first year in the MLS after Beckham capitalised on a clause in his LA Galaxy deal that allowed him to create a club.
David Beckham’s net worth might sit at a staggering £300m but it’s not what is most important to him; that’s his family.
Tying the knot
Beckham first met then Spice Girl Victoria Adams in 1997; the pair started dating very quickly after meeting at an after match event although their early days were kept under wraps as the pair spent time talking in cars rather than going to public places; this was due to both having such a high profile. Of course, as things became more seriously their relationship became news story number one. Unshaken by the paparazzi, Beckham proposed in early 1998 with a £500k wedding taking place 18 months later. The general ‘paps’ were banned but an exclusive deal with OK! Magazine was penned; it was worth £1m.The wedding was, a you’d expect, a star studded event but with details of the full guest list not known. We do know that Gary Neville was Beckham’s best man whilst all of Victoria’s Spice Girl pals attended too.
We’ve just touched on a celeb filled wedding but the star attraction was the four month old ring bearer, Brooklyn; that’s David and Victoria’s first born. Three years later a second son, Romeo, was born before Cruz, another son, came along in 2005. Then, after a six year gap, the Beckham’s welcomed their fourth child; that was their first – and currently last – daughter, Harper. In addition to their famous parents, the children have some pretty well known godparents too in the shape of Liz Hurley and Sir Elton John. Harper is still very much a child at just 10-years-old but Beckham’s sons are all forging careers of their own albeit following in their father’s footsteps in many ways.
All three of the boys have spent time at the Arsenal academy for different periods of time. Romeo remains on the professional football scene and in 2021 made his debut for Fort Lauderdale; that’s the second string of Inter Miami. Brooklyn, 23, has stepped away from football. Instead he has taken on the Beckham modelling path whilst also operating at the other end of the camera as a photographer. Cruz, who is just 17, has dabbled in the modelling game too but his future looks set to be in the music industry; he’s recently spoken of his desire to be a singer.
Becks may well have forged a football career courtesy of his world famous right foot but one thing you might be intrigued to learn about is the sort of car accelerator that foot steps on now he’s rolling around with a £300m net worth. We can assure you that it’s far swankier than his first motor, which was a VW Golf and the £6k Ford Escort he bought from fellow class of 92 graduate Ryan Giggs. In fact, it didn’t take long to upgrade on those ‘everyday’ cars. In 1997, Beckham picked up the first of a series of ‘mega’ cars in the shape of a brand new Porsche 911 Carrera. He clearly enjoyed the thrill of the supercar. Many more high end motors have flooded into the Beckham household over the years; here we look at just a few of his collection.
A Ferrari or two
Is there a car that suited late nineties/early 2000s ‘brand Beckham’ more than the Ferrari? We’re not sure there is. It all started with a 1998 Ferrari 550 Maranello. The silver 5.5 litre, 485bhp was a Christmas gift from his then girlfriend, Posh Spice. Several more Ferraris followed into Beckham’s collection with a 575 Maranello, F430 Scuderia and 360 Spider just a taste of the Ferraris he has owned.
Riding like a G
Alongside Becks’ sporty Italian numbers, he has also picked up other cars over the years. The Cadillac Escalade ESV from 2007 is just one. It hit headlines in 2011 too after the superstar rear ended another driver on the freeway in America. The motor itself was popular among celebrities at the time with global stars such as rapper 50 Cent, basketball legend Shaquille O’Neal and the record holding boxer Floyd Mayweather all boasting them in their garages.
A love of Porsche
We’ve already touched on Beckham’s first supercar being a Porsche 911 Carrera; it wasn’t the last Porsche he picked up. The former England skipper has also taken to the tarmac in a 911 Turbo and, more famously, another 911. This 911 though was a replica of the famous Steve McQueen model; it set Becks back £70k.
Driving in the true elite
We’ve already touched on some pretty special cars but they barely scratch the surface of Beckham’s top end models. Beckham was awarded an OBE in 2003 and arrived to collect his honour in a Bentley Arnage T. 10 years later he picked up a Mulsanne and, more recently, shelled out £160k for the Bentayga before being caught on his mobile in a 600bhp Continental GT. The Bentley fix wasn’t enough for Beckham though. Aston Martin’s feature amongst his collection as well. Becks is well known to have a DB7 but the real brag of his Aston haul is a 1987 Vantage Pack Volante; fewer than 200 were released by the manufacturer.
On top of all those cars we’ve talked about, Beckham is also a big fan of life on two wheels. He’s had a fair few bikes over the years with things like a Triumph Scrambler and Ducati Desmosedici RR featuring. The showpiece of his bikes though is an £80k Confederate Hellcat F131. It was custom built but the rumour mill says two were made; the other went to Tom Cruise with the famous duo known to ride together. In total, Beckham’s car and bike collection features around 30 vehicles and is worth north of £3m.
Beckham’s key business ventures
We’ve already touched on the fact that Beckham has his fingers in a few pies since hanging up his playing boots but what are they? How are they structured? And, most importantly, how much money do they burn through? Well, if that sounds like something you’re interested in then we are about to get under the hood of the man off the pitch.
Footwork Productions Ltd is the company that holds a lot of image rights for David Beckham. Both David and Victoria are the listed directors of this company with the company assets believed to be in the region of £4m. As for Golden Balls himself, the company sees him bank around £35,000 every day.
Beckham Brand Holdings
Beckham Brand Holdings (BBH) is a similar deal to that of Footwork Productions in that it’s predominantly set up to look after image rights for the ex-footballer. It’s not completely known how the different agreements are split between the businesses but with BBH holding around £15m cash and having it’s own net worth of more than twice that, it’s fair to say whatever they’re doing, it’s working.
Kent & Curwen
The brand Kent & Curwen is a British sportswear come fashion company that has gone global with stores around the world. Beckham previously had a long term relationship with Kent & Curwen where he was both a stakeholder and someone that would provide input on both commercial and operational decisions. His interest in the company ended in 2019.
House 99 is very much a David Beckham business with the former footballer the founder of the company. What do they do you ask? Well, the answer to that is all things grooming. Becks worked with L’Oréal Luxe when launching the company and they are now a major name in men’s skincare and personal hygiene. You can pick up anything from deodorants and moisturiser through to razors and on to remedies for problem skin. The men’s grooming industry itself is worth around £20bn per annum so even a small slice of that will make waves – even to Beckham’s bank.
Guild Esports is another business where Beckham is the co-owner. The business, which was the first Esports business to be publicly traded in the UK, is focussed on the growing Esports industry. Rather than just being about gaming though, the business have tapped into Beckham’s vast knowledge of the real sporting world to structure in an academy-like manner to progress and elevate their players to a better level. It’s available for gamers over the age of 11-years-old. Beckham currently earns around £3m from the business each year.
Beckham’s DB Ventures is the business that holds a lot of his advertising endorsements with the likes of Armani, Pepsi, Haig Club and Tudor Watches just a handful of those Beckham marketing machine. Another worth mentioning is the deal that saw Beckham become the face of the Qatar World Cup; that move saw Becks come in for criticism but for £10m we’re not sure he’ll care. The profits of the company obviously vary but 2018 saw them hit north of £23m. More recently, in early 2022, Beckham agreed a deal to sell 55% of DB Ventures to the Authentic Brands Group; the purchase is costing ABG over £200m, which will do little harm for David Beckham’s net worth.
Football Club Investments
We couldn’t write about David Beckham’s net worth and not end where it began – with football. Beckham made his first millions through football. Despite all the other pies he now has his fingers in, there are still a couple of big ones in football in the form of being owner – or part owner – of football clubs.
Salford City or Salford FC as they’re sometimes known is an English lower league club. They’re owned by Project 92 Ltd with Beckham a key stakeholder in that business alongside many of his former Manchester United and ‘class of 92’ teammates. Included in the ownership group are brothers Gary and Phil Neville, Paul Scholes, Nicky Butt and Ryan Giggs.
On the other side of the pond is perhaps Beckham’s biggest known investment; Inter Miami. We’ve touched on the MLS side already in this article but now we’re talking in a tad more detail. Beckham’s contract with LA Galaxy included a clause that allowed him to launch his own franchise in the States and, after much deliberation, he opted for Miami. The project runs much deeper than having a football team though.
Alongside the 11 or so players, Beckham has had to develop a training complex, renovate a stadium and then, despite that, kick on with a larger stadium project. That project will become Freedom Park; this will encompass a brand new 25,000 seater stadium along with retail space, commercial offices and a substantially sized hotel. Throw into the mix all of this and some of the smaller business ventures we’ve not mentioned and it’s easy to see why David Beckham’s net worth is up at £300m. It doesn’t even include the wealth that belongs solely to Victoria Beckham; its fair to say the couple have a staggering net worth!