Who is Nina Earl?
Nina Ann-Marie Earl was born on 16 January 1989, in Upland, California, USA, and is a former college basketball player, now a boutique owner, but perhaps best known for being the wife of professional basketball player Russell Westbrook. During her playing days, she was a part of the UCLA Bruins women’s basketball team, playing in the Pac-12 Conference.
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The Wealth of Nina Earl
How rich is Nina Earl? As of mid-2019, sources estimate a net worth that is over $500,000, earned through success in her various endeavors. One of the reasons for the large boost in her wealth is thanks to her husband, who has a net worth estimated to be over $125 million.
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As she continues her career, it is expected that her personal wealth will also continue to increase.
Early Life, Education, and Basketball Beginnings
Nina grew up alongside three brothers, raised by their parents in California. She developed a strong interest towards the sport of basketball at a young age, leading her to develop her skills at the sport. She attended Diamond Ranch High School located in Pomona, California; the school has been awarded a California Distinguished School two times since its establishment in 2001.
During her time there, she was a four-year varsity basketball letter winner, leading her to being featured in “Rise Magazine”. She helped her team reach the 2006 CIF 3AA Championship, and again the following year. She has been named a two-time CIF Player of the Year, and a three time league MVP. She was also named a Cal Hi Sports All-State Selection. She also participated in track and field, competing in the 400m race and the 4 x 400m relay.
College Career and Life After College
After matriculating from high school, Earl enrolled at the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA), taking up a degree in psychology with a minor in English. The university is the fourth oldest in the University of California system, being established in 1919. They have over 44,000 students annually, and is the most applied-to of any American University. They have six undergraduate colleges, four professional health science schools, and seven professional schools.
The university has produced numerous Nobel Laureates, Turing Award Winners, Fields Medalists, and two Chief Scientists of the US Air Force. The university is considered to be one of the Public Ivies, having a quality of education comparable with that of the Ivy League.
During her time in UCLA, she played for the Bruins women’s basketball team, becoming the go-to second scorer for the team. While a bench player she recorded a double-double, and was soon a starter on the team.
She continued to make an impact through her sophomore year, then set her shooting career best during her junior year. She started multiple times during this period and during her final year, started a few games, though remained as a bench player. After completing her undergraduate degree, she continued her education, gaining a master’s degree in Clinical Psychology. She then worked briefly as a Marriage and Family Therapist, before starting her own business.
She is the owner of the children’s entertainment center and gift boutique called The Little Ark, located in Oklahoma City.
Husband – Russell Westbrook
Russell Westbrook III is a professional basketball player, best known for playing in the National Basketball Association (NBA), earning most of his accolades during his time with the Oklahoma City Thunder. He is an eight-time All-NBA Team member, and led the league in scoring for two seasons, winning the NBA Most Valuable Player Award during the 2016-17 season.
He is one of only two players in NBA history to average a triple-double for a season, alongside Oscar Robertson. He then set the record for most triple-doubles in a season, continuing his strong average streak for the next two seasons. He is also the first player to lead the league in assists and points in multiple seasons. He has represented the US national team two-times, winning gold medals at the 2010 FIBA World Championship, and the 2012 Olympics. He has recently been in the professional basketball news, following his team’s decision to trade him to the Houston Rockets.
Personal Life and Social Media
For her personal life, it is known that Nina married Russell Westbrook in 2015, after being in a relationship for eight years – the two met in 2007 while both were attending UCLA. They now have three children together, including twins. Since stopping her basketball endeavors, not much has been heard about Nina, as she prefers to remain in the background, supporting her husband while raising a family. In this way, she can keep her privacy intact, and that of her children.
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— Nina Westbrook (@ninaamarie_w) September 2, 2015
She does have a strong presence online, as with many wives of professional basketball players. She has almost 250,000 followers on the website Instagram, on which she promotes her business, The Little Ark, posting a lot of photos with her associates. She often showcases photos of her family too, going out together, including pictures alongside her husband as they travel and go to events. She’s stated through her profile that she is a Christian, though it is not known if her husband shares the same views.