Full Name: George Edward Foreman
Birthdate: January 10, 1949
Birthplace: Marshall, Texas, United States.
Known For: Former American Professional Boxer; Entrepreneur, Author, and Minister.
Family: Leroy Moorehead (Biological Father), J.D. Foreman (Step Father), Nancy Foreman (Mother), Roy Foreman (Sibling), Adrienne Calhoun ( Wife; M. 1971–1974), Andrea Skeete (Wife; M. 1982–1985), Cynthia Lewis (Wife; M. 1977–1979), Sharon Goodson (Wife; M. 1981–1982), Mary Joan Martelly (Wife; M. 1985 – present).
George Foreman is a familiar name in most places all over the world especially for sports lovers, and boxing fans particularly. George Foreman was an American Professional boxer whose career spanned 28 years across two spells.
As a former superstar, he certainly has a lot that appeals to the ears. Let’s have a look at his biography. Who is George Foreman? Who are his family? And what other significant details should you know about him?
In his autobiography, George admitted that he had a troubled childhood. His biological father was Leroy Moorehead but his mother married J.D. Foreman who raised him since he was a little child.
George’s step father, J.D Foreman was a railroad worker and drunkard who spent all of his money on alcohol. This meant his family had to rely on his mother, Nancy’s stipend to survive.
He was raised in the rough Fifth Ward district in Houston alongside his six siblings. At the tender age of 15, George Foreman dropped out of school and moved with street gangs as a thug and mugger. He had a lot of trouble with law enforcement as an adolescent.
However, a year later at the age of 16, he changed his mind and had his mother register him for the Job Corps. This was the start of something new.
GEORGE FOREMAN AGE
George Forman was born in Marshall, Texas in the United States but grew up in one of the toughest neighbourhoods in Houston.
H was born on January 10, 1949 which means he is 71 years old.
RELATIONSHIPS AND EDUCATION
George Foreman dropped out of school when he was 15. Growing up in a dangerous neighbourhood, he moved with thugs and gangs.
After making his mother register him for the Job Corps when he was 16, he earned his GED and then trained to become a bricklayer and carpenter.
Through the help of a supervisor, George moved to Pleasanton, California where he began to train.
Concerning his marriage, he has been married and divorced four times. He was married to Adrienne Calhoun between 1971 and 1974.
Foreman’s second marriage was with Cynthia Lewis to whom he was married for two years between 1977 and 1979 when they divorced.
His marriage to Sharon Goodson was the shortest of them. They lasted only a year between 1981 and 1982.
He married Andrea Skeete in 1982, but they divorced in 1985. He is presently married to Mary Joan Martelly whom he has been together with since 1985.
He has 12 children; 5 boys and 7 girls. Surprisingly, he named all of his sons ‘George’, after himself.
Their names are George Jr., George III who is referred to as ‘Monk’, George IV, referred to as ‘Big Wheel’, George V, referred to as ‘Red’, and George VI, nicknamed ‘Little Joey.’
Three of his seven daughters, Michi, Freeda, and Georgetta are from a separate relationship while two (Natalia ad Leola) are from his present marriage with Mary Joan Martelly.
George Foreman adopted one of his daughters, Isabella Brandie Lilja in 2009. Courtney Isaac followed suit in 2012.
HEIGHT AND MEASUREMENT
Foreman’s weight is measured at 100kb which is about 220 lb. His height is 193cm which is 6ft4in.
He fought in the heavyweight category during his career as a professional boxer.
SOCIAL MEDIA ACCOUNTS
The former fighter has social media accounts on Twitter, Facebook, and Instagram. Although his Facebook page seems to be his fan page, it is verified.
He uses social media fairly regularly and uses the platform to post links to his sermons as he is now a minister.
Foreman has a respectable number of followers on his pages. He has over 105,000 followers on his Instagram page with username @biggeorgeforeman.
His verified Twitter page @GeorgeForeman has over 192,000 followers while his Facebook page which doubles as a fan page has over 330,000 followers.
NET WORTH AND INCOME
George Foreman, like most present and former athletes is a rich man. His current net worth is estimated to be about $300 million.
However, majority of his wealth does not come from boxing. In fact, after a highly impressive career, Foreman’s net worth in the ‘80s was relatively small, coming in at about $5 million.
Fortunately for him, he has a very popular and successful grill that is named after him which has made him a wealthy man today.
ABOUT GEORGE EDWARD FOREMAN
George Foreman was a very successful American professional boxer who built a highly impressive career of 76 wins in 81 fights.
His record has placed him as one of the greatest fighters the world has ever seen. The International Boxing Research Organisation ranks him in 8th place amongst the greatest heavyweight boxers of all time.
Nicknamed ‘Big George’, Foreman is a two-time world heavyweight champion and also an Olympic Gold medallist among many other awards and achievements built in a terrific career.
His first professional loss came at the hands of fellow boxing great, Muhammad Ali in the Rumble in the Jungle in 1974. This came a year after he knocked out the then undefeated Joe Frazier.
After he lost to Jimmy Young in 1977, Foreman retired and became an ordained Christian minister. However, ten years later, he announced his comeback and went on to win a portion of heavyweight championships at the age of 45 by knocking out a 26-year-old Michael Moorer to win thw unified WBA, IBF, and lineal titles.
He has been inducted into the World Boxing Hall of Fame as well as the International Boxing Hall of Fame. His very successful grill, George Foreman Grill named after him has sold over 100 million units worldwide. He, however, sold the commercial rights to the grill in 1999 for $137 million.
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