Lauren Jackson Biography

( 1981 - )

Facts of Lauren Jackson

Date of Birth: 1981, May 11
Age: 37 years old
Birth Nation: Australia
Height: 6 Feet 5 Inch
Birth Sign:: taurus
Birth Name Lauren Elizabeth Jackson,
Famous Name Loz”, “Jacko” and “LJ”
Father Gary Jackson
Mother Maree Bennie
Nationality Australian
Ethnicity mix
Birth Place Albury, New South Wales, Australia
Currently Working For Australian basketball player
Salary 105,500 USD 2012
Net Worth good
Weight in KG 187 lb (85 kg)
Affair with Paul Byrne
Boyfriend Paul Byrne
Girlfriend Not yet
Currently Married yes
Married to Paul Byrne
Children Not yet
Divorce Not yet

Lauren Jackson is a former professional Australian basketball player. She is the 4 times WNBL MVP and WNBA Finals MVP in 2010. Jackson played professionally for 19 seasons for the teams like Seattle Storm, Spartak Moscow Region, Canberra Capitals, until her retirement in 2016. 


Recognized as one of the best female basketball players in the world, Lauren Jackson was named as the Australian International Player of the Year for three times in 1999, 2000 and 2002. Currently, she is attaining her university degree at the Macquarie University, majoring in gender studies.

Lauren Jackson Early Life And Early Career

Born as Lauren Elizabeth Jackson in Albury, New South Wales, Australia, on May 11, 1981, she is famous among her fans as “Loz”, “Jacko” and “LJ”. She is the oldest child of Gary Jackson and Maree Bennie, who both had played in Australia’s National Basketball Team.

She grew up in Albury and attended the Murray High School. She studied psychology at Lomonosov Moscow State University. As a youngster, she was active in sports and used to play tennis and netball besides playing basketball since she was four.

Along with her studies, she continued the journey of her basketball career. Lauren Jackson with a height of 6 ft and 5 inches was drafted in WNBA in 1997 and made her debut from Australian Institute of Sport where she played for 2 seasons.

Lauren Jackson Career Highlights

Having played alongside the teams like Australian Institute of Sport (1997–1999) and Canberra Capitals (1999–2006), Lauren got the limelight after she moved to Seattle Storm in 2002. She played for the team till 2012 where she became 4 times WNBL Grand Final MVP, 3 times WNBA Peak Performer (2203, 2004, 2007). 

While being in the multi-year contract with the Storm, Lauren also played for Canberra Capitals, Spartak Moscow Region, and Ros Cerases Valencia. She also represented Australian National Team in the Olympic games resulting 3 bronze medals in 2000, 2004 and 2008 Olympic games.

Lauren also played in the World Championship ensuring the victory over Gold medal in the 2006 event held in Brazil, along with her contribution for 2 bronze medals in World Championship in Germany and China in 1998 and 2002 respectively.

In total, she is the winner of two gold, three bronze, and four silver medals. Lauren lastly played for Canberra Capitals from 2014 to 2016, before announcing her retirement in March 2016 due to her hamstring injury.

Before that, Lauren had undergone surgery to fix her ankle in 2008, had two stress fractures in her back in 2009, Achilles injury in 2010.

She now heads the women's division of Australian Basketball Alliance, a new trade union for basketballers formed in 2015.

Lauren Jackson Net Worth and Salary

Lauren along with her personal life update also keeps her property details undercover. However, as of 2018, she is estimated to be enjoying the net worth of $1 million.

It is reported that while playing for Seattle Storm in WNBA, her annual salary was about $105,500. 

She had once posed a nudie in an Australian magazine called Black+White that was featured in the Olympic athletes to compete in Athens in the 2004 Summer Olympics. She also has posed for the Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Issue.

She is also working in the domestic violence charities and helping the children from Australia to get involved in sports.

Personal life, Relationship, and Children

Regarding her personal life, she is married to her husband Paul Byrne. He is a broadcast journalist. It is reported that the couple dated for a couple of years before tying the knot in 2014.

After 3 years of her marriage with Paul, Lauren welcomed her first child, a son, Harrison "Harry" Gray Jackson, born on February 2, 2017. She was rumored to be in a relationship with a Chinese man named Yao Ming, though strong proofs of the issue never surfaced.

Lauren Jackson is pretty close to her beautiful friend and former coach Anne Donovan.

She is active on Twitter where she has over 52.6K followers.

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