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Golf pro Ernie Els doesn’t pull in Tiger Woods' endorsements and purse money, but he does alright for himself with a very comfortable net worth of $162,051,000, made from combined ventures. Along with being a prolific international player who tours the world, in his off-time he runs a golf course design and wine making businesses, writes for Golf Digest magazine and gives back to his community through his charitable organization teaching golf to under-privileged children.
Where does he find the time?
The 42-year-old who hails from Johannesburg, South Africa, has some spectacular accomplishments under his belt by his own accord. Among them are his record setting seven wins in the World Match Play Championship, his 2011 induction into the World Golf Hall of Fame, the 1994 and 1997 U.S. Open wins (both Majors) and his 2003 European Order of Tour merit.
The married father of two started playing golf at the early age of seven and by his fourteenth birthday he had already won the prestigious Junior World Golf Championship. He broke the record, when at 17 he became the youngest to win the coveted South African Amateur Championship title. He was named South African Athlete of the Year in 2011, earning a whopping $19.6 million from May 2010 to May 2011.
Big Easy, as he is affectionately called because of his size and personality, has amassed an impressive 68 wins throughout his golfing career, raking in over $75 million in pro payouts, speaking engagements/ endorsements. That total is sure to rise significantly if his other business ventures are added to his spreadsheets.