The legendary Black American basketball player William Felton Russell aka Bill Russell had a $10 million fortune at the time of his passing. From year 1956-1969, Bill represented the famous Boston Celtics in the NBA league, participating in 11 NBA-titles. Bill was the first one in black community as a basketball player to reach the status of superstar in the NBA and was a 12x All-Star and 5x MVP.
Bill Russell Biography and Net Worth
|Net Worth $10 million|
|Full Name William Felton Russell|
|Birth Date February 12, 1934|
|Death July 31, 2022 (88 years)|
|Birthplace Monroe, Louisiana|
|Profession Basketball Player, Coach|
|Wife Jeannine Russell|
Bill Russell Early Life
Katie and Charles welcomed their son after their five children, Bill Russell into the world in year 1934 in Monroe, Louisiana. The whole big family relocated to area of Oakland, where they spent time in different public housing buildings, when he was just 8 eight. As a teenager, Russell brilliantly played basketball at his school, McClymonds High School and also won back-to-back many state championships his junior as well as senior years. Russell earned offer from University of San Francisco as a scholarship and he became the focal point of a group that emerged as a main force in collegiate basketball, taking the NCAA title home in both year 1955 and 1956.
Bill Russell Career
Russell led as a captain the United States basketball squad at the Summer Olympics of 1956 in Melbourne before joining the league, NBA. In December of year 1956, he took the court for his club Boston Celtics first time ever against the St. Louis Hawks. With 59 victories throughout the regular season in 1960, the Celtics once more broke their previous record. The club earned its third championship in four years during that year’s Finals. Russell rose to prominence at this time for his exceptional rebounding, man-to-man defense, and shot blocking.
Among many other achievements, Russell also became the first African head coach in famous NBA history at the time when Red Auerbach, announced his retirement prior to the season of 1966–67. Russell won his eleventh championship by defeating the Lakers in the NBA Finals. In the end, he was able to gather himself, and he led the Celtics to the NBA Finals against the Lakers once more. Russell worked as a coach for the “Sacramento Kings” from 1987-1988 and the popular Seattle Super Sonics from 1973-1977 after his retirement as a player.
Bill Russell Wife
Bill married 4 times and Jeannine Russell was the wife of Bill at the time of his death in 2022.
Bill Russell Net Worth
The estimated net worth of Russell at the time of his death was $10 million and Russell’s rookie contract in 1956 was for $24,000. Russell went to Auerbach and demanded a $100,001 pay, which he soon got when Wilt Chamberlain became the first NBA player to earn $100,000 in salary in 1965. In addition to his player compensation, the Celtics gave Russell a $25,000 yearly bonus for being promoted to coach.
Bill Russell Death
Famous legendary basketball player died on 31 July, 2022 in his apartment at the age of 88 years.