Maintaining fitness and good health is the dream of every individual. However, certain people like Dorian Yates consider this as an obsession and take it to extreme levels. Bodybuilding is more of a passion than a profession to such individuals. Born on 19 April 1962 in Walmley, West Midlands, UK, Dorian Andrew Mientjez Yates is a professional bodybuilder. Winning the Mr. Olympia title is the dream of every budding bodybuilder. Dorian Yates has the distinction of winning this title six consecutive times. The years 1992 to 1997 saw complete domination of the event by Dorian Yates. As far as records are concerned, only three bodybuilders have won more Mr. Olympia titles than Dorian Yates.
Though born in rural settings, his family moved to Birmingham when he was a teenager. Dorian used to get into street side brawls frequently. One such brawl ended in spending six months in a detention center. Dorian Yates realized the futility of crime after his release from detention. He vowed never to end up in prison thereafter in life. This made him concentrate on bodybuilding.
Starting a bit late at the age of 21, Dorian Yates made up for the lost years by indulging in ‘high-intensity training’. Originally popularized by Mike Mentzer, Dorian Yates made it his standard routine. This training routine believes in keeping the workout sessions short.
Dorian Yates had the habit of maintaining a low profile before any event. He used to appear suddenly and end up winning the tournament. This earned him the nickname ‘Shadow’. He was a shy person by nature. This made him refuse many lucrative contracts to promote the sale of health supplements. He loved to remain to himself and avoided giving interviews to TV channels, etc.
Dorian Yates was an injury prone bodybuilder. In fact, he won the 1997 Mr. Olympia title while battling an injury. His intensive workouts have caused many injuries to his biceps and triceps thereby forcing an early retirement. Otherwise, he might have ended as one of the greatest bodybuilders of all time.
On the personal front, Dorian Yates lives in Marbella along with his wife, Glauce “Gal” Ferreira, a Brazilian fitness model. They have a son named Lewis who is also into bodybuilding. He assists his father in running his health supplement business as well.
Education: Not much information is available of his education anywhere. Considering the fact that he was involved in street brawls in his childhood, one can assume that he must not have got a decent education. However, he has channelized his energies into something constructive rather than adopt the crime route.
Dorian Yates Net Worth in year 2017 is approximately $4.2 Million US Dollars
Dorian Yates has estimated net worth of $4.2 million US dollars as of 2017. He might have earned more if he had not suffered the numerous injuries in his life. His introverted nature also came in the way of cashing in on his popularity. He let go of many lucrative endorsement deals during his prime. However, during the years of his domination, he was the highest earning bodybuilder in the world with an annual income close to around $600,000. He used to feature in a couple of muscle magazines and workout videos.
Dorian Yates Business Model
To put it in simple words, Dorian Yates does not know much about any profession other than bodybuilding. Hence, he has chosen the safe route of investing his earnings into the same sport. He has set up his own program named, DY GYM. This gym intends to provide training to people to become gym owners. The first of such business training ventures opened in DY University in China in January 2017.
He has been into this activity since the days of his retirement. He collaborated with people like Mike Mentzer, etc to launch athletic apparel, etc. His collaboration with Kerry Kayes markets bodybuilding supplements aptly named as Dorian Yates Ultimate Formulas. He has another company named DY Nutrition in his name. This company specializes in releasing training DVDs teaching pre-workout formulas to budding bodybuilders.
His latest venture is the setting up of the DY GYM in China. He wants to repay the bodybuilding fraternity because this is what has given him the fame and fortune today.
It is very easy for a young boy to turn up to crime, especially if he did not have the facility of a decent education. It is to the credit of Dorian Yates that he managed to overcome the mental trauma of spending six months in a detention center by concentrating on bodybuilding. He has carved out a niche in life despite the lack of formal education.