Dexter Jackson Biography and Net Worth
|Net Worth $7 M|
|Nickname The Blade|
|Birth Date 25 November 1969|
|Age 52 years|
|Birthplace Jacksonville, Florida|
|Years Active 1992-2020|
Dexter Jackson, known by his nickname “The Blade”, is a former IFBB pro bodybuilder from the United States, who won the Mr. Olympia bodybuilding competition in 2008. Jackson is second in professional bodybuilding titles behind Ashley Kaltwasser with 29 victories. Dexter holds the distinction of setting a record by winning the Arnold Classic five times. After the 2020 Mr. Olympia, “The Blade” ended his career as a professional bodybuilder.
Dexter Jackson Early Life
Dexter Jackson was raised in Jacksonville, Florida, with his six siblings, where he was born on November 25, 1969. Dexter began playing football as soon as he joined high school, where he excelled as a running back. He also played baseball, ran track, did gymnastics, and practiced martial arts, achieving many degrees of black belt. Jackson had intended to attend college after graduating from high school, but when his girlfriend got pregnant, he decided to care his family for his baby. He allegedly then relocated to an apartment with his girlfriend and began working as a cook.
Dexter Jackson Bodybuilding Discovery
Dexter grew up with an excellent body because of his sports background and some of his friends advised him to think about participating in a local show. Dexter entered the stage for the first time in his life at the age of 20 after only 3 weeks of practice and easily won the competition. Jackson claimed that after winning his first regional competition, he fell in love with bodybuilding and began training more rigorously than ever before in an effort to one day compete on a professional level. Soon after he began to achieve outstanding results in numerous regional competitions, he entered his first National Physique competition, the 1992 NPC Southern States Championship, where he placed third. Jackson took three years off from performing following the competition in order to devote himself totally to dieting and training so that he could eventually perform at his very best and obtain the Pro card.
Dexter Jackson Professional Bodybuilding Career
Dexter returned in 1995, and after three years of rigorous training and self-discipline, he won the Light-Heavyweight division of the 1995 NPC USA Championships. He began by finishing sixth in the Light-Heavyweight division in the 1996 NPC Nationals, surprising everyone by winning both the division and overall at the 1998 North American Championships, where he ultimately received his Pro card. After the 1998 contests, he worked hard and followed a strict diet in preparation for his first professional competition, the 1999 Arnold Classic, where he finished in a respectable seventh place. Jackson competed in four additional events that year, the first of which was the Grand Prix England, where he finished in fourth place. His winning streak continued when he finished third, ninth, and fourth respectively in the 1999 Night of Champions, Mr. Olympia, and World Pro Championships.
Dexter Jackson as Mr. Olympia
He defeated the defending champion Jay Cutler on September 27, 2008, to become the title’s 12th winner and just the second person since Ronnie Coleman to win both the Mr. Olympia and Arnold Classic titles in the same year. Jackson had a fantastic year in 2008, winning Mr. Olympia, Arnold Classic, Australian Pro Grand Prix VIII, New Zealand Grand Prix, and Russian Grand Prix. Jackson finished third in the Mr. Olympia competition in 2009.
Jackson finished fourth in Mr. Olympia in 2012 before shocking everyone by taking first place in the Masters Olympia at the age of 43. In 2013, he won his fourth Arnold Classic championship. When Jackson finished second at Mr. Olympia in 2015, his best finish since winning Mr. Olympia in 2008, he proved that he was still a force to be reckoned with at the age of 45. Jackson, who has been competing professionally since 1999, declared that his final competition would be at the Mr. Olympic in 2020. At that competition, he finished ninth, the same position as his Olympia debut in 1999.
Dexter Jackson Wife
Gale Elie, a professional trainer, health coach, and fitness enthusiast, is Jackson’s second wife. The couple has been together since 2004 based on their Instagram post and blessed with a daughter. Dexter met Carol, his ex-wife when they were both in high school and Carol fell pregnant during their senior year. They exchanged wedding vows after the birth of their daughter and remained married for a while before getting divorced.
Dexter Jackson Net Worth
The estimated net worth of Dexter Jackson is 7 million dollars making him the seventh richest bodybuilder in the world throughout his career, he participated in 85 professional contests, and as well as he has won more professional competitions than any person ever has. Following his victory at the 2008 Mr. Olympia, Dexter Jackson founded The Dexter Classic, his own bodybuilding contest, in 2009. Jackson was highlighted in numerous fitness and bodybuilding publications, as well as appearing on the cover of the magazines Muscular Development and Flex. In Florida and California, he worked with director Alex Ardenti of Ardenti Films to produce the 2009 documentary DVD Dexter Jackson: Unbreakable.
Dexter Jackson Body Measurements
|Weight 107 kg|