Yao Ming
Yao Ming

Yao Ming is among the few Chinese professional basketball players. His height must have contributed a lot in this game as he stands out to be the tallest player in NBA. Although he started out as a basketball player in his home area, he has turned out to be the best worldwide.

Quick Biography

Yao Ming was born on 12th September 1980 and hailed from Shanghai, China. He is the only child of Yao Zhiyuan and Fang Fengdi. He is a successful athlete, as well as a professional basketball player. Although both his parents were basketball players, Ming’s prowess exceeded them both.

Quick Summary

Full Name/Real Name: Yao Ming
Age: 41 years old
Birth Date: 12 September 1980
Birth Place: Shanghai, China
Nationality: Chinese
Religion: Non-religious
Parents: Yao Zhiyuan and Fang Fengdi
Spouse: Ye Li (m. 2007)
Children: Yao Qinlei
Height: 2.29 m
Weight: 141 kg
Profession: Basketball player
Net Worth in 2022: $150 million

Age, Height, Weight & Body Measurement

Yao Ming is 41 years old, as he celebrates his birthday on the 12th of September of every year. Yao Ming’s height is unique, and this is what has made him succeed in playing basketball as he is 2.29 m tall. He weighs around 141 kg.

Education, School/College University

Although he was born and brought up in a family of professional basketball players and showed his talent at an early age, his parents pressured him to value education. He, therefore, joined Shanghai No2 secondary school, and after graduating from high school, he joined Shanghai Jiao Tong University.

Parents, Siblings, Nationality, Ethnicity, Religion & Political Views

Yao Ming has no siblings. He is the only child of Yao Zhiyuan and Fang Fengdi. Yao Ming is Chinese with no attachment to a particular religion. Unlike many celebrities, he grew interested in politics and joined the Chinese People’s Political Consultative Conference. He has been involved in a number of environmental-focused charities.

Married, Relationship, Dating, Affair, Girlfriend, Wife, Children

Yao Ming With Wife Ye Li
Yao Ming With Wife Ye Li

Yao Ming is unique in so many ways. One of the most conspicuous characters he has is the fact that he was not involved in many relationships in his youth. He started dating Ye Li in his teenage, and nine years later, she became his wife and has remained to be to this day.

Relationship Statistics

Marital status? (single, married, in relation or divorced): Married
When did he get married? (married date): 3 August 2007
Does he have any relationship affair? No
Wife/Spouse? (name): Ye Li (m. 2007)
Kids: Yes ( Yao Quinley)

Professional Life and Career

Shanghai was born into a family of basketball players. Both of his parents are both successful basketball players. He started playing basketball when he was a teenager after joining Shanghai Sharks junior. After playing in Shanghai Sharks junior for some time, he joined Shanghai Sharks, where he had a chance of sharpening his skills.

He played in Shanghai Sharks senior for five years and helped them win a championship in the Chinese Basketball Association in his final year. After successful negotiation with the Sharks and the CBA, Houston Rockets selected him as the first overall pick (in 2002 NBA draft). He managed to play the NBA Playoffs four times.

In the 2009 postseason, the Rockets managed to win the first-round series. This was their first win since 1997. In July 2011, Yao decided to retire from professional basketball after experiencing recurring ankle and foot injuries. The injuries caused him to miss over 200 games during his last six seasons. Yao has stood out to be the best Chinese athlete, along with Liu Xiang.

Although he was playing for Rocket’s in 2002, he chose to represent his country in the FIBA World Championships. Although many well-known commentators had predicted his failure, he disappointed them all by winning over 20 points.

Awards & Nominations

Yao Ming has managed to win several awards during his career as a professional basketball player. Some of these awards are NBA All-Star from 2003 to 2009 and 2011 too. He also won NBA All-Rookie First Team in 2003, NBA Rookie All-Star Game 2004, 2005 FIBA Asian Cups, among others.

Yao Ming Net Worth, Income & Salary In 2022

Yao Ming Net Worth
Yao Ming Net Worth

Being a successful basketball player and the only Chinese to have joined NBA, Yao Ming is among the richest athletes. Although his salary and income is not revealed to the public, his net worth is estimated to be $150 million as of August 2022.

Rumors and Controversy/Scandal

Yao Ming is among the few celebrities who have managed to maintain a straight lifestyle. So far, there are no reported rumors about his life. Yao is, however, among the few celebrities who have decided to join politics to fight for the rights of the poor and the weak in the society.

Social Media: Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, etc.

His Facebook page has around 1.6 million fan likes, and his Twitter account has around 208 thousand followers. On Instagram account, he has around 486 thousand followers, while on YouTube, Yao Ming has around 1.1 million subscribers.

Yao Ming stands out as the only Chinese basketball player to have joined the NBA. However, this was not enough reason for him to forget his roots. He has founded the Yao Ming Foundation to help educate needy children as a way of giving back to the community.


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