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Jonah Tali Lomu net worth:
$2 Million

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Jonah Lomu Net Worth, Biography, Wiki 2017-2016

Jonah Tali Lomu was born on 12 May 1975, in Greenlane, Central Auckland, New Zealand, of Tongan descent. He was a rugby union player, best known for being the youngest rugby player to represent the New Zealand All Blacks internationally.

So just how rich was Jonah Lomu? According to sources, Lomu had earned a net worth of over $2 million, acquired largely during his rugby career which began in the early ‘90s.

Jonah Lomu Net Worth $2 Million

Lomu grew up in a working-class family in Auckland, where he attended Wesley College. He began playing rugby league during his teenage years, but joined the New Zealand national rugby team, the All Blacks, in 1994, on the left wing. He was the youngest person to play for the team, being aged 19, and the first All Black since 1905 to score four tries in a match against France.

Not long after, he was selected to the squad for the 1995 World Cup in South Africa. Although his team lost in the in the World Cup final, Lomu was praised for scoring a remarkable seven tries in five matches, which put him into the international spotlight, boosting his popularity. His wealth started to rise.

In 1996 Lomu led the team to become the winner of Tri Nations, an annual competition between New Zealand, South Africa and Australia, however, later that year, he was diagnosed with nephrotic syndrome, a severe kidney disorder, which caused him to miss the 1997 Tri Nations Series. The following year saw him winning a gold medal in the Rugby Sevens event at the Commonwealth Games in Kuala Lumpur.

In 1999 Lomu’s team won the Tri Nations championship again, and not long after came the 1999 World Cup, during which he scored eight tries, and although his team lost to France, he set the record of most tries in a single World Cup. This reinforced his popularity in the world of rugby, significantly contributing to his net worth.

The following year the player scored a try in the 2000 Tri Nations Series, in the acclaimed ‘match of the century’ against the Australian Wallabies, enabling the All Blacks to win 39-35, but his team finished second in the Series. He also played for the Barbarian F.C. in 2000, and the following year for the New Zealand Sevens, winning the 2001 Sevens World Cup.

Despite his worsening physical condition in 2002, Lomu played 63 tests, scoring 37 tries, He was inactive the following year, due to undergoing dialysis three times a week, followed by a kidney transplant in 2004. Afterward, he was able to play sporadically, however, with limited success. After suffering an injury while playing for the New Zealand first division provincial team North Harbour in the NPC in 2005, he briefly played for Welsh club the Cardiff Blues, then the following year he returned to North Harbour, but failed to sign a Super 14 deal, and thus didn’t make it to the World Cup Squad.

Lomu retired from professional rugby in 2007. Aside from participating in several charity matches in the following years, he also briefly played semi-professional rugby in the French amateur league system, for the Marseille Vitrolles.
Lomu had established an outstanding career in rugby, which enabled him to earn numerous awards and honors, such as being inducted into the International Rugby Hall of Fame as well as in the World Rugby Hall of Fame. It had also enabled him to amass a significant fortune.

In his private life, Lomu married three times; his first marriage was to Tanya Rutter(1996-2000), then to Fiona (2003-08). In 2011 he married Nadene Quirk, with whom he had two children and with whom he had remained until his death in 2015 from a heart attack related to his kidney disease.

Lomu was active in philanthropy. After his retirement, he was involved in several charity matches, and was a member of the Champions for Peace club, a group of celebrity athletes focused on serving peace in the world through sport.

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1 He was awarded the M.N.Z.M. (Member of the Order of New Zealand) in the 2007 Queen's Birthday Honors List for his services to Rugby in Auckland, New Zealand.
2 Has his own Playstation game - "Jonah Lomu's Rugby"
3 Has the number 11 - which is his famous playing number - tattooed on his muscular chest.
4 Jonah has a wax likeness of himself at Madame Tussauds in London.
5 He was offered the role of the villain Gabor in the James Bond movie The World Is Not Enough (1999), however, he declined in order to concentrate fully on his rugby career. The role was then given to former Gladiator John Seru (a.k.a. 'Vulcan').
6 Jonah is a giant New Zealand rugby player regarded as one of the world's best players ever. Bizarrely, Jonah plays as a winger - a position usually occupied by the lightest and smallest players. On his best form, it can take 4 or more players to bring Jonah down.
7 Jonah turned down a multi-million dollar offer to play American football.

1 Looking back, my whole life seems so surreal. I didn't just turn up on the doorstep playing rugby; I had to go through a whole lot of things to get there.
2 Towards the end of 2003 it was hard to get through training - and the darkest point was when a doctor told me there was a possibility I could end up in a wheelchair.
3 When I was playing I felt tired all the time. My recovery period was a lot longer than the other players. They'd be ok after an hour - I'd have to stay in bed till the next session.
4 Until 1998, I worked in marketing at ASB bank. I loved it.
5 I was on dialysis for 18 months before the transplant, so it was important I tried to look ahead to days like my comeback this Saturday. You need those big goals to drive you on.
6 I was this guy who'd been racing around down there, on that field in 1999, running straight over people, scoring tries, winning games, having fun. And I ended up so sick I couldn't even run past a little baby.
7 It was in 2003 that I realised there was no choice but to have dialysis treatment - by the time of the World Cup that year, I could barely walk. A year later, I finally had a kidney transplant.
8 It was like falling off a building and suddenly, bang, you hit the bottom. The first time it happened was on an ordinary day at home. I was taking down some curtains. I took one step, turned around, took another step and then I fell and hit my head hard on the rowing machine.
9 I was diagnosed with the illness right before the 1995 World Cup.
10 I was only operating at about 80% of my capacity.
11 I went to a boarding school with a strong Maori tradition, where we were taught all about the haka.
12 It annoys me when people who don't know what they're talking about boo the referee.
13 It's a really exciting time to be involved in Welsh rugby.
14 I always say to people that you have never seen the best of me, and that's what I mean - I've never been fully fit.
15 I am very excited to be here in Wales and look forward to putting on the Cardiff Blues shirt.
16 I have a stab wound on my left hip and one on my thigh and a slash mark across my right calf. I have a bottle stab wound on my left calf.
17 I have crooked toes from wearing boots that didn't fit me because that's all I could afford as a kid.
18 I thought about dying whenever I got bad news about other people.
19 How do I take a step? How do I lift my foot off the ground, move it through the air a little bit and then bring it down? I had to teach myself to walk again.
20 It's been a long road back to health and fitness for me. I am just glad to have been given the opportunity to do what I love most.
21 The biggest thing for me is just to get out on that field. Just to do that will be incredible.
22 Each haka has its own interpretation, but you have to make sure you are in unison with your team-mates; the haka should be a proper war cry.
23 For me to get through the toughest periods in my life, I had to look within to find the energy to do it. I don't give up. Never have. Never will.

1 Has his playing number (11) shaved into his eye brow

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