Hakeem Olajuwon Biography

( 1963 - )
December 31, 2019
First published on:December 31, 2019
by Jorge

Facts of Hakeem Olajuwon

Date of Birth: 1963, January 21
Age: 57 years old
Birth Nation: Nigeria
Height: 7 Feet
Birth Name Hakeem Abdul Olajuwon
Birth Place Lagos, Nigeria
Famous Name Hakeem Olajuwon
Horoscope Aquarius
Father Salim Olajuwon
Mother Abike Olajuwon
Net Worth $70 million
Career Earnings $97,356,426
Weight 255 lb (116 kg)
Nationality Nigerian/American
Ethnicity African
Profession Former basketball player
Currently Married yes
Married to Dalia Asafi
Children 2

Hakeem Olajuwon is a former Nigerian-American professional basketball player who played in the NBA from 1984 to 2002, representing the teams, Houston Rockets, and Toronto Raptors. Additionally, Hakeem was drafted by the Houston Rockets as a first overall selection of the 1984 NBA draft.    

The 1996 Summer Olympics gold medalist, Hakeem Olajuwon, was born on January 21, 1963, in Lagos, Nigeria. As per his birth details, Hakeem holds both the nationality of the United States and Nigeria. Also, he belongs to the ethnic group of the African. Moreover, Olajuwon was born under the star sign, Aquarius. 

Net Worth: $70 Million

As of 2019, Hakeem has an estimated net worth over $70 million, which is solely generated from his professional career. Additionally, he has collected $97,356,426 as his entire career earnings, playing 14 seasons in NBA.

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As per Hakeem's last contract, he earned $6,326,923 as an annual average salary. As per the reports, Hakeem earned more than $107 million in salary from his 18 years career in National Basketball Association (NBA). 

Hakeen Olajuwon career contract and earnings:

1985-86 Houston Rockets $882,500
1987-88 Houston Rockets $1,452,666
1988-89 Houston Rockets $1,677,666
1990-91 Houston Rockets $3,175,000
1991-92 Houston Rockets $3,169,900
1991-92 Houston Rockets $3,170,000
1992-93 Houston Rockets $5,305,000
1992-93 Houston Rockets $3,170,000
1993-94 Houston Rockets $3,170,000
1997-98 Houston Rockets $11,156,000
1998-99 Houston Rockets $12,943,000
1999-00 Houston Rockets $14,302,001
2000-01 Houston Rockets $16,700,000
2001-02 Toronto Raptors $5,061,539
2002-03 Toronto Raptors $5,694,231
2003-04 Toronto Raptors $6,326,923

Talking about his endorsement deals, he had a contract with  LA Gear and also endorsed The Dream, a sneaker that had a retail price of $34.99. Additionally, he is among some of the few players to endorse such a budget product, and in one of his interviews, he said:

"How can a poor working mother with three boys buy Nikes or Reeboks that cost $120?"  

Wife: Dalia Asafi

Hakeen belongs to the married club, and as of now, he is enjoying a smooth marital relationship with his wife, Dalia Asafi. Further, the couple tied a knot on August 8, 1996, in Houston.

Additionally, Hakeem tied a knot with his wife when he was just 18 years old. Further, the wedding was conducted traditionally in the presence of his friends and family. Besides, the couple is a proud parent of three daughters, Rahmah and Aisha Olajuwon, Abi Olajuwon.

Besides, Daila is the second wife of Hakeem. Also, he shares a  daughter named Abi from the relationship with his previous wife. Similar to her father, Abi is also into the basketball world. Mainly, she is a former basketball coach and also played for the WNBA team, Chicago Sky.    

Hakeem Olajuwon with his wife SOURCE: twitter

Besides, Hakeem has fluency in many other languages apart from English. Reportedly, he is fluent in French, Arabic, and the Nigerian languages of Yoruba and Ekiti.

Hakeem Olajuwon's wife in an interview SOURCE: hyperactivz.com

Moreover, Olajuwon is also aurthor of the book named, Living the Dream, which is an autobiography about him and was published in 1996. 

Professional Career

Hakeem Olajuwon is a former Nigerian-American professional basketball player who played in the NBA from 1984 to 2002, representing the teams, Houston Rockets, and Toronto Raptors.

Additionally, Hakeem was drafted by the Houston Rockets as a first overall selection of the 1984 NBA draft. In the summer of 1984, Olajuwon was considered the top college prospect over teammates and future NBA players Michael Jordan, Charles Barkley, and John Stockton, and was picked for the first time in the 1984 NBA draft by the Rockets.

In his entire career, he has managed to become an NBA champion two times in 1994 and 1995, respectively. Moreover, he has played for the national team of both Nigeria and the United States. 

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