When he was just four years old, Jimmie “Superman” Johnson started racing motorcycles. Now, at 43 years old, the El Cajon, California native is one of the winningest NASCAR drivers of all time. With a net worth of $120 million, he also happens to be one of the richest. The third richest to be exact, only behind Dale Earnhardt Jr. ($300 million) and Jeff Gordon ($200 million).
By looking at Johnson’s impressive racing achievements and accolades as well as some of his more lucrative off-the-track activities, we’ll give you a brief look at just how the driver of No. 48 Chevrolet Camaro ZL1 for Hendrick Motorsports went about racking up all his impressive wealth over the years.
Starting his full-time NASCAR Cup Series career back in 2002, Jimmie Johnson starting sowing the seeds for his future NASCAR dominance early on, by becoming the first rookie driver to lead the point standings and to win twice at the same track (Dover) during a season. As Johnson’s stock rose as a driver, so did his career earnings, and he went from making just $212,000 in 2005 to $16.2 million in 2015.
With seven Cup Series championships under his belt, Johnson is tied with Richard Petty and Dale Earnhardt for the most championships of all time. Oh, and five of those championships, from 2006 to 2010, were won in a row. FIVE. How many athletes can you name who have had a five-peat?
In 610 Cup Series races run over 18 years, Johnson has 83 career wins, 221 top-five finishes, 342 top-10 finishes, and 35 pole positions.
Johnson also is a two-time Daytona 500 winner, a four-time Coca-Cola 600 winner, and a four-time Brickyard 400 winner. He’s also known for his impressive race track winning streaks, winning 11 times at Dover International Speedway, nine times Martinsville Speedway, eight times, and seven times Charlotte Motor Speedway. Oh, and he also became the first driver to become the Associated Press “Male Athlete of the Year” and has won “Driver of the Year” five times.
Yeah, we’d say Jimmie Johnson isn’t too bad at this whole racing thing.
Endorsements and Other Business Ventures
Jimmie Johnson has also racked up millions from endorsement deals, having worked with such brands as Gatorade, Seiko Watch Corporation, Blue Bunny, and Chevrolet over the course of his career. In 2012, Jimmie earned $7 million from his Gatorade and Chevrolet deals, with a collective deal revenue of $6.7 million in 2013 and $6.5 million in 2014 and 2015.
Currently, Johnson makes around $5 million from sponsorship deals.
Jimmie Johnson doesn’t just like making money. He likes to spend it, too. He owns a home in Charlotte, North Carolina, where he lives with his wife Chandra and his two daughters, Genevieve and Lydia. After he won his seventh NASCAR Sprint Cup championship, he decided to celebrate with a pretty unconventional home decorating session.
Besides the Charlotte house, Johnson also has a 3,234 square foot apartment in New York that he bought in 2013 for $14.25 million. Being a race car driver and all, Johnson has an impressive car collection that is said to be worth hundreds of thousands of dollars. In that collection, he has a Chevy SS, a Ford Fusion, a 1967 Camaro, and a 1971 Chevy Corvette, just to name a few.
Jimmie Johnson isn’t just about making money. He’s also about giving back. In 2006, he and Chandra launched the Jimmie Johnson Foundation, which helps families and communities in need.
Jimmie Johnson’s Victory Lanes, which was founded in 2007, is a four-lane bowling alley that supports Habitat for Humanity, Make-A-Wish Foundation, and other charities. The bowling alley’s yearly golf tournament has raised a total of $8 million for K-12 public education. Clearly, Jimmie is just as good at making money off the track as he is on it.
As one of the oldest NASCAR drivers in the league, retirement for Johnson is likely coming in the next few years, even though he insists that he has no plans to hang it up anytime soon. What will he do after his racing career comes to an end? Will he join Dale Jr. in the broadcaster’s booth for NBC? Will he own his own racing team? Will he pursue a career in entertainment?
Only time will tell. But something tells us that Jimmie Johnson is not done winning championships just yet.