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How rich is Dave Batista?

Name: David Michael “Dave” Bautista Jr.

Born: January 18, 1969

Occupation: Professional wrestler, actor, mixed martial artist

Dave Batista, fair use
Dave Batista, fair use

Dave Batista was born on January 18, 1969 in Washington, D.C. He is the son of David Michael Bautista and Donna Raye. Dave had a tough life growing up: his parents later separated and divorced, he lived through extreme poverty and entered into a life of crime. This all changed later on.

In the early 1990s, Dave married a woman named Glenda. The couple had two daughters, Keilani and Athena, but they divorced soon afterwards. Dave later married a woman by the name of Angie, but they divorced in 2006. Since then, Dave had dated World Wrestling Entertainment (WWE) talent Melina Perez, Kelly Kelly and Rosa Mendes. He is currently a grandfather of two grandsons.

Rather than maintaining a life of crime, Dave became a regular bouncer for nightclubs, though he had to stop after injuring two patrons and was subsequently sentenced to one year of probation. He then turned to being a lifeguard. But it turned out that his career path had headed in the direction of bodybuilding, which he says saved his life.

Dave decided to try his hand in professional wrestling. Dave tried out at the then World Championship Wrestling (WCW) Power Plant development center, but was told he would never make it. Not discouraged, Dave went to the WWE and was told to train at Afa Anoa’i’s school in the Wild Samoan Training Center. Dave signed a WWE contract in 2000 and was sent to the then Ohio Valley Wrestling (OVW) developmental system.

It took only two years for Dave to be promoted to the main roster, where he became a facet of the group Evolution, which featured Triple H, Ric Flair and Randy Orton. During his career in WWE, Dave won six world titles, the Royal Rumble (twice), the tag team championship and SuperStar of the Year.

After leaving the company in 2010, he returned to the WWE and was immediately thrusted into the main event picture, much to the despair of the fans. He won the Royal Rumble and main evented WrestleMania XXX. He also rejoined Evolution alongside Orton and Triple H. Dave left the company again due to creative differences.

Dave had looked to expand his horizons. One of these included MMA by fighting for Strikeforce. He was victorious in his one and only match.

Despite having a career in sports, it seems Dave’s true passion is in acting. Dave has starred in numerous films since leaving the wrestling industry. After having a role in a few minor direct-to-DVD pictures, he finally got parts in blockbuster movies, including “The Man With the Iron Fists,” “Riddick,” “Guardians of the Galaxy” and “Spectre.” He currently has four films in production.

We estimate that Dave Batista’s net worth is $13 million (2016).

So how much is $13 million really?

Dave is known for being an avid collector of vintage metal lunch boxes. So $13 million could buy you more than 100,000 Star Wars, Batman & Robin and Dukes of Hazzard lunch boxes. $13 million could also buy you roughly 400,000 copies of the WrestleMania XXX DVD.


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