Steffi Graf and Andre Agassi. Gabrielle Reece and Laird Hamilton. Kristi Yamaguchi and NHL player Bret Hedican. Several notable athlete power couples have captured the hearts of sports fans throughout history, but one of the most famous is Mia Hamm and Nomar Garciaparra.
Hamm, an Olympic gold medalist soccer player, is widely considered one of the most prolific female athletes of all time. Her counterpart, Garciaparra, had an impressive 14-year MLB career as an infielder, playing for the Red Sox, Cubs, Dodgers, and A’s.
The couple has amassed an eye-popping net worth, thanks to not only succeeding at their respective sports but continuing to work in similar fields long after their official retirements. So how did they meet and how much exactly is this power couple worth?
Mia Hamm, soccer star
At age 15, Hamm became the youngest person ever to play for the U.S. national women’s soccer team. The then-19-year-old superstar became the youngest female player in history to win a World Cup, in 1991. Then, Hamm won another one in 1999.
She won four consecutive NCAA Division I championships with the UNC women’s soccer team, received Olympic gold medals in 1996 and 2004, and earned the FIFA Female World Player of the Year twice. When she retired, Hamm held the record for the most international goals scored at 158. Abby Wambach has since surpassed this, scoring 184 goals in her career.
Hamm’s legacy extends far beyond her talents on the field. In honor of her brother, she founded the Mia Hamm Foundation in 1999 to raise funds and awareness for bone marrow transplants. The nonprofit also seeks to empower females through sports.
Hamm served as a longtime global ambassador for FC Barcelona and became a part-owner of the LAFC soccer team in 2016, along with her husband and several other high-profile athletes and businesspeople. Today, the 48-year-old’s estimated net worth is $10 million.
Nomar Garciaparra’s legacy
In 1996, Garciaparra entered the MLB with the Boston Red Sox. The shortstop was named the 1997 American League Rookie of the Year, setting the bar high for his career. In 14 seasons for the Red Sox, Chicago Cubs, LA Dodgers, and Oakland A’s, Garciaparra won two batting titles and participated in six All-Star teams.
Boston and Garciaparra are synonymous. But the Red Sox traded him to Chicago in July 2004 — just months before Boston won its first World Series title since 1918. fortunately, Garciaparra still received a World Series ring for his participation in much of the season, as ESPN reports.
When it came time for Garciaparra to retire, the Red Sox again played a crucial role. After realizing in his final offseason in 2010 that he simply couldn’t play baseball any longer due to injuries, the star shortstop famously signed a one-day contract with Boston to be able to retire as a Red Sox player.
Baseball runs deep for Garciaparra; he’s been a sports analyst for ESPN and the Little League World Series since retiring. Today, the 46-year-old is a baseball analyst for the Dodgers, a job he’s held consistently since 2014. Alongside his wife, Garciaparra is an investor and part-owner of the Los Angeles Football Club soccer team. He has a net worth of approximately $45 million.
Mia Hamm and Nomar Garciaparra’s net worth
In 1998, Hamm and Garciaparra met at a promotional soccer event in Boston. They married in 2003 and have twin daughters as well as a son. The notoriously philanthropic couple has a combined net worth of about $55 million, thanks entirely to their accumulated fortunes from pro sports. Being an elite athlete certainly comes with its perks.