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Who is Dirk Nowitzki‘s wife Jessica Olsson?
Jessica Olsson was born in Kenya of Swedish as well as Kenyan descent, and is an art director, but probably best known for being the wife of famous National Basketball Association (NBA) player, Dirk Nowitzki, who gained popularity playing with the team, the Dallas Mavericks. She serves as the associate director of the Dallas Goss-Michael Foundation Art Gallery.
What’s the net worth and salary of Jessica Olsson?
As of early-2018, sources inform us of a net worth that is over $1 million, earned through success with her various career endeavors, although her current salary in unknown. It is also likely that her wealth has elevated thanks to the net worth of her husband which is estimated at $120 million. He earns a salary in the range of $22.7 million annually. As she continues her career, it is expected that her wealth will also continue to increase
Not many details are known about Jessica’s parents except for their descent. It is known that the family settled in Sweden for some time and her mother frequently goes back to Kenya. She is very close to her extended family in Kenya, and one of her grandmother’s is nearly at 100. She is also close to her various cousins which later led to her husband also becoming close with her extended family.
Olsson’s twin brothers are both professional soccer players who play for different teams. Marcus Olsson plays as a midfielder and left back for Derby County and previously played for the Blackburn Rovers both in England. He has also played for the Swedish national team and was eligible to play for the Kenyan national team. Her other brother Martin Olsson plays as a left back for the English Premier League club Swansea City, and has also played for the Swedish national team. He played for Norwich City before signing with Swansea, and other teams he’s played with include Blackburn Rovers, and Hogaborgs BK in Sweden.
While the exact date of her birth isn’t known to the public, various sources determine that her age is in the mid-30, and so she is close to the age of her husband Dirk Nowitzki.
Olsson met her future husband in 2010 when both of them were a part of a charity event for the Sports for Education and Economic Development (SEED) held during the NBA All-Star weekend in Dallas, at the art gallery which she was working at. They started dating and then a relationship. as according to Dirk, both of them enjoyed art and sports. They soon found more in common as they played tennis together, and travelled together. They made their first joint appearance as a part of The ESPYS awards the following year. After two years the two became engaged, and eventually had their wedding in 2012, with ceremonies held in both Germany and Kenya. As a part of the wedding in Kenya, they had a Kikuyu wedding which had them engage in various traditional rituals, including covering five or six women in which Dirk had to correctly determine his wife; if wrong, you have to pay the parents a goat.
Their relationship and eventual marriage was a hot topic, especially on social media, but despite the attention, nobody really talked to Nowitzki about their relationship. Instead, the both of them were praised, and many said that they looked good together. Race was never an issue for Dirk as he grew up in sports with teammates from various racial backgrounds. According to reports, they held their honeymoon at the Caribbean.
Dirk Nowitzki was the ninth pick in the 1998 NBA Draft, and is now one of only seven players to play at least 20 seasons with a single franchise. He has led the Dallas Mavericks to 15 NBA play-off appearance, with two Finals appearance and a championship in 2011.
Jessica and Dirk have gone on to have three children together, and the family often spends time in either Germany or Kenya. The parents planned that so that their children can learn more about their heritage. When they are not travelling, they stay together in home in Dallas, Texas. Nowitzki also goes to Africa frequently during summer events to play as a part of the NBA. He missed a Johannesburg event in 2015 due to having another commitment.