John Rodney Mullen is an American Expert free-form and Street Skateboarder who is broadly considered as a standout amongst the most influential skaters ever. Not only is he a skater, but also an entrepreneur, inventor and a public speaker as well. He has been credited with inventing numerous tricks like the flat ground ollie, kickflip, heel flip, impossible, and 360-flip.
Widely known as the “Father of Street Skateboarding”, he has a net worth of $33 million US dollars. He has appeared in over 20 skateboarding videos worldwide and has also co-authored an autobiography in 2003 with writer Sean Mortimer, entitled, The Mutt: How to Skateboard and Not Kill Yourself.
Rodney Mullen was born on August 17, 1966, in Gainesville, Florida. He was introduced to skateboarding at the tender age of ten by his neighbourhood friend in the year 1977. After a serious accident, his father, a dentist, didn’t support him on this venture.
Still then, Mullen practiced in the garage of his family home and also with his sister’s surfer friends on weekdays. This obsession with skateboarding made him practice several hours a day and gradually molded him into a world-class skateboarder.
Only after a year of skateboarding, in 1978, he came fifth in the boy’s Freestyle category at the US Open Championships in Florida. Bruce Walker, a skateboard manufacturer impressed by his performance, sponsored him from 1978 to 1980. In the later years, Mullen was coached by Barry Zaritzky of SiO Safety Shorts. Mullen would recount his time from 1978 to 1980 as the most creative moment in his career.
Mullen went on to win 30 amateur victories in the late 1970s in Florida itself. In 1980, he got a chance to enter the Oasis Pro competition by defeating world champion Steve Rocco, his first major victory. Later he became a professional as a member of the Bones Brigade. He was a voracious competitor in the 1980s and was consistent and progressed rapidly. By the year 1990, Mullen had been victorious in thirty-four out of thirty-five freestyle competitions, which is in itself a record.
Throughout the 1980s, Mullen invented a few major skating ollies and flip tricks such as the flat ground ollie, the kickflip, the heelflip and the 360-flip among others, which are now being considered an essential part of modern-day skateboarding.
In the year 1989, Mullen left Bones Brigade to join as a principal investor in his long-time friend, Rocco’s company, World Industries. The initially struggling company later developed into the distribution company, Dwindle Distributions, the world’s largest skateboard manufacturers of the 21st century.
In the year 1991, when the popularity of freestyle skateboarding was declining, Mullen decided to join the high-profile skateboarding team, Plan B. Mike Ternasky, the owner of Plan B, influenced Mullen to transition from freestyle to the more popular street skating, and showcased his recent skills in the 1992 Plan B video, Questionable, which marked a new era in the history of street skateboarding.
He kept o progressing along with this transition in the following Plan B videos, including the 1993’s Virtual reality, where he showed his recently acquired skill, the dark side. In 1997, following the gradual dissolution of Plan B, Mullen formed a new company, A-Team, with the intent of forming a “super team”. Mullen as an inventor was also responsible for the design of experimental and composite deck constructions for Dwindle’s other brands like Darkstar.
How much is Rodney Mullen Net Worth in 2017
As of 2017 Having a net worth of $33 million US dollars, Mullen is probably one of the richest skateboarders out here. His incomes include advertising and engagements in various skateboarding events worldwide as well as from selling his company, World Industries and his latest venture the A-Team. He also earns from is public speaking appearances, authored books, and his numerous ventures.
Rodney Mullen is a familiar name in the world of skateboarding and is credited as one of the most influencing personalities. He is greatly concerned about the lack of safeguards in the skateboarding universe for the players and tries to improve the arena for the betterment of the game and players.