Who is Maureen Blumhardt?
Maureen Blumhardt was born in 1960, in New York City, USA, and aside from her personal endeavours in business, she is probably best known as the wife of National Basketball Association (NBA) analyst and former professional basketball player Charles Barkley, who gained fame as one of the most dominant power forwards of his time.
The Wealth of Maureen Blumhardt
How rich is Maureen Blumhardt? As of mid-2018, sources estimate a net worth that is at $30 million, earned through her numerous endeavors, and apparently increased significantly thanks to her association to Charles Barkley, who has a net worth that is at $40 million and with whom she shares part of his net worth. As she continues her endeavors, it is expected that her wealth will also continue to increase.
Early Life and Marriage
Very little is known about Maureen’s early life and even her education. It is known that she eventually became an honorary member of the Fresh Women’s Foundation, which is an organization dedicated to the empowerment of women. She participates in numerous programs of the foundation including engagement, training and education. She has also worked as a part-time model, and legal aide consultant during her youth. Later on, she appeared in the advertisements for the machine called the Noblerex K-1. Maureen and Charles Barkley met in 1989 while at the City Avenue Restaurant. She was working as a part-time model around the time they started their relationship. They wanted to keep their association away from the spotlight, as interracial couples were generally frowned upon by the public at that time. They married in the same year, and soon had a daughter together.
Charles earned fame as a basketballer, initially an All-American center at Auburn leading him to join the 1984 NBA draft, in which he was selected as the fifth pick overall by the Philadelphia 76ers. During his time with the NBA he made the All-NBA first team five times and 11 NBA All-Star Game appearances, getting one Most Valuable Player (MVP) title in 1991. He was voted the league’s MVP during the NBA’s 50th anniversary in 1993, and competed in two Olympic Games in 1992 and ’96, and won two gold medals as a part of the United States dream team. He was later inducted into the Basketball Hall of Fame, and is considered one of the greatest players in NBA history.
THE Old Good Times!!
Posted by Charles Barkley on Thursday, February 21, 2013
He was popular with the fans and the media, often stirring controversy being involved in on- and off-court fights. Despite his short size for his position, he became one of the league’s most dominant rebounders due to his aggressiveness and his strength. He retired in 2000 as the fourth player to achieve 20,000 points, 10,000 rebounds, and 4,000 assists. After retiring, he started a career as an NBA analyst and would go on to work with Shaquille O’Neal, Kenny Smith, and Ernie Johnson. He also initially wanted a career in politics but later backed out.
Posted by Charles Barkley on Sunday, April 1, 2012
Blumhardt and Barkley’s wedding proved controversial at the time as interracial couples and marriages weren’t as common as they are today. This was especially because Barkley is African American and Blumhardt is white; even Barkley’s father was nervous about that fact as he admitted during an interview. Barkley initially didn’t want to marry as he was aware of the number of divorces among most popular people. However, he changed his made the more he got to know his future wife. They tried to move away from the media and the spotlight by having a wedding in front of a judge, as they didn’t want a big classic wedding.
Aside from that issue, Maureen’s husband was also known to have a problem with compulsive gambling, losing about $10 million. He was arrested in 2008 for running a stop sign, and was later convicted of Driving Under the Influence. He was co-operative and respectful during the entire incident, however, he had to enter an alcohol treatment program. He also took a two month break from his commentating duties, returning in 2009.
Is Maureen Blumhardt on Social Media?
Maureen is known to be active online through an account on Twitter which is named Maureen Barkley. She posts some of her daily thoughts and endeavors, though not that often; there are even times when there are gaps of a few months before she posts online again. Her husband on the other hand, despite being outspoken in front of the camera, doesn’t have any accounts on social media, such as with Twitter, Facebook and Instagram. Numerous videos of him are available online through YouTube, mainly consisting of his segments as an analyst. Maureen sometimes talks about her husband online, but they still prefer to keep their relationship mostly private.