Michael Owen had a glittering career as a professional footballer, which has earned him an impressive fortune. After retiring from the field, Owen's net worth continues to rise thanks to his other projects.
Love Island 2022 came to an end a few weeks ago with Davide Sanclimenti and Ekin-Su Culculoglu crowned as the series' winners and bagging home the £50,000 prize. Despite finishing as runner-up, Gemma Owen and her partner Luca Bish were undoubtedly the show's most talked-about couple, largely thanks to Gemma being the daughter of famous ex-footballer Michael Owen.
The former Manchester United star lives with his wife Louise and their four children in a luxury country mansion that they purchased for £4 million back in 2001. The 42-acre property features plenty of room and spreading yards where Louise - a professional horse dresser, can take of her beloved horses. Needless to say, the grandeur of Owen's house is a nod to the incredible wealth he has amassed.
What is Michael Owen's net worth in 2022?
According to OK magazine, the 42-year-old father of four has an estimated net worth of $68 million (£54.4 million) as of 2022.
Most of Owen's wealth comes from his glorious stint as a professional footballer. Beginning his senior career at Liverpool Youth Team, the England star quickly progressed through the ranks thanks to his incredible pace and sharp finishing. On his first-team debut in 1997, a then 18-year-old Owen became The Reds' youngest goalscorer in Premier League.
During the next seven years, Michael Owen established his indispensable role as Liverpool's leading goalscorer, finding the back of the net 158 times in 297 total appearances - one of the only ten players in the league's history to reach the benchmark. In 2001, Owen won the Baloon D’Or after securing Liverpool an honorable triple - League Cup, FA Cup, and UEFA Cup that year.
In 2004, Owen moved to the La Liga giant Real Madrid on an £8-million contract. However, his decision quickly proved wrong as Owen was mostly used as a substitute during his time at the Spanish club and could not unleash his full potential. After suffering from a string of injuries, Owen decided to return to England to play for Newcastle.
His last clubs in the prestigious top-flight league were Manchester United and Stoke City, the former earning Owen his only Premiere League title ever. Totally, the prolific striker scored 222 goals from 482 first-team appearances over a 17-year career that was later marred by injuries.
At international level, Owen was also a prominent striker, scoring 40 goals for England in just 89 appearances.
What does Owen do today?
Fresh from his retirement from the field, Owen is still committing to football but as a commentator and expert sports analyst. He has made several on-screen appearances as a pundit and journalist for BT Sport's football coverage.
Aside from punditry, Owen has also been engaged in ambassadorial work for betting company BetVictor. He's long been known as a fan of gambling and betting and was even fined for promoting an unlicensed gambling platform on Twitter. In 2016, Owen was appointed as Liverpool's first international ambassador and became responsible for representing the Merseyside club at fans meetings and commercial events.
Outside of football-related stuff, Owen is also the founder of an extensive horse racing training yard called Manor House Stables. The ex-footballer and his wife Louise bred the horse named Brown Panther, which became famous after winning a major race at Royal Ascot in 2011 and the 2015 Dubai Gold Cup.
As a celebrity, Owen also takes part in some TV projects. In January this year, he surprised fans with his appearance in the third series of The Masked Singer. Camouflaging himself as 'Doughnuts', the former sports star became the seventh celebrity to be unmasked.