Merlene Ottey Net Worth and Biography

Merlene Ottey is Jamaican-Slovenian former track and field sprinter. Thanks to her sprinting career, her net worth is $2 million. She is currently retired.

Net Worth: $2 million
Birth Date:
May 10, 1960
Track and Field Sprinter
Last Updated:
August 2019
Merlene Ottey Net Wealth

Merlene Ottey Net Worth and Lifestyle

Merlene Ottey has a total net worth of $2 million. Ottey is one of the most successful athletes in the history of athletics, although she never became an Olympic champion. She won a total of 34 medals in major international tournaments of which fourteen in a World Cup. This number is more than that of any other athlete at a World Cup. Her performance earned her the nickname Queen of the Track.

She has an exotic lifestyle as well. Of course as a sprinter, she has a love for fast cars as well. She earned the following titles in big tournaments. Without a doubt this has helped her with her wealth.

World champion 200 m – 1993, 1995
World champion 4 x 100 m relay – 1991
World Induction Champion 60 m – 1995
World Indoor Champion 200 m – 1989, 1991
Commonwealth Champion 100 m – 1990
Commonwealth Champion 200 m – 1982, 1990
American champion 100 m – 1984, 1985
Jamaican champion 100 m – 1988, 1991, 1993, 1995, 1996, 1997
Jamaican champion 200 m – 1992, 1993, 1996
Slovenian champion 100 m – 2006, 2007
Slovenian champion 200 m – 2003
Slovenian indoor champion 60 m – 2003, 2004

Biography and Early Life

Ottey was born as the fourth of seven children of Hubert and Joan Ottey. Her mother inspired her to become an athlete. At a very young age her mother gave her a book on athletics, written by an American sprinter, Charly Green. She graduated from the Ruseas and Vere Technical high schools. There she also regularly competed barefoot.

Her athletics inspiration came after listening to an interview given by Jamaican athlete Don Quarrie during the final at the Montreal Olympics in 1976. Her sports career started when she was offered a scholarship by the University of Nebraska and emigrated to the United States in 1979. “If I could do it all over again, I would play it differently,” she says. ‘I didn’t even know where Nebraska was and was shocked when I had to train on a frozen surface in the winter. What a difference with Jamaica! However, I was so overwhelmed by the offer that it did not even occur to me that there were perhaps other, and probably more interesting, possibilities. “

Ottey studied art and design for four years there. After her studies, she moved to California, where she married Nat Page, a 400 m hurdler in 1984. The marriage failed after a period of three years.

Ottey represented Jamaica at the Pan American Games 1979, where she won a bronze medal in the 200 m.

Merlene Ottey's Husband, Family and Children

Merlene Ottey was married to her husband Nathaniel Page. They are currently divorced. Her mother’s name is Joan Ottey and her father’s name is Hubert Ottey.

She has brothers as well and their names are Desmond Ottey and Ruthven Ottey. She has three sisters and their names are Janet Ottey, Beveryley Ottey and Yvonne Ottey.