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How Much Is Lee Priest Worth?

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When it comes to bodybuilding, there's no shortcut to being successful. You have to put in the hard work and also be consistent. That's why every bodybuilder, no matter how famous or successful, is always considered a legend in my b ook.

Lee Priest may not be famous in the regular world, but in the bodybuilding industry, he is famous for his hard work and numerous achievements.

Lee Priest, also known as "The Blond Myth", is a professional bodybuilder who became the first to host the bodybuilding event, Lee Priest Classic Australia in 2015.

Lee Priest is famous in the bodybuilding industry because of his good sense of humor and his willingness to encourage and motivate the younger and up-coming bodybuilders.

How much do you think you know about Lee Priest? What do you know about his background, personal life, and net worth? Not to worry, this article will share information on everything you need to know about Lee Priest. Read on.

Lee Priest Young

Lee Priest's Background

Lee Andrew Priest was born in Newcastle on the 6th of July 1972 but he had his childhood in Wallsend with his only sibling, his elder sister.

Lee Priest is the perfect example of the saying "the apple doesn't fall far from the tree". Priest's mother was also a professional bodybuilder and she posed with Lee Priest on stage.

Coming from a family of already established bodybuilders, Lee felt it was only natural that he become one too.

That's why he unquestionably embraced the passion when he discovered that he was interested in lifting weights at the age of 12.

With the help of his grandfather who trained him, Lee won his first bodybuilding event at age 13 and placed first.

He participated in many other competitions which were the build-up to him winning the IFBB Mr. Australia at 16,17,18 and 19. Although he won the Mr. Australia Title, he still couldn't get his Pro card in Australia because he was considered to be too young.

This was only a minor setback because, after this, Lee decided to join an amateur competition, the Niagara Falls Championships.

Although this competition was not so recognized, he participated anyway. While he participated, he was able to get his pro card which means he was qualified as a bodybuilder. This achievement marked Lee Priest as one of the youngest men in history to get a Pro card at age 20.

Priest participated in many bodybuilding competitions within the IFBB for 16 years. While he aced some, there was one event he was struggling with, the Ironman Pro. He tried several times to place first in this event but all to no avail.

However, after 10 years of either placing 2nd or 3rd in the Ironman Pro, he placed first in 2006.

Apart from being a bodybuilder, Priest is also a professional race car driver. He started his car racing journey in 2002 with road racing and circle track. In 2004, he moved on to drag racing.

He continued to win different races and titles in road and circle track. He had his most success with drag races In 2005, he was awarded rookie of the year.

Lee Priest took a seven-year break from competitive bodybuilding. His reason for this break is unknown, however, he returned to the bodybuilding scene in 2013. He won the first bodybuilding event he participated in (NABBA Mr. Universe). After that competition, he retired from competing in bodybuilding competitions.

Lee Priest's Net Worth

Starting his bodybuilding career early in life, Lee has been able to accumulate some wealth over the years. It's also safe to say that he got a large chunk of his wealth through bodybuilding competitions that he won.

Also, Lee Priest has a high fan base on social media so different brands approach him to advertise their products. He does this for a fee and this consequently increases his net worth.

Currently, Lee's net worth is estimated to be somewhere between $1.3 - 1.5 million.

Inside Lee's luxurious mansion, Lee has collections of Superman and Nascar belongings, and his wife Cathy also helps in gathering this collection. The couple is fond of pets so they own a Yorkshire Terrier, German Shepherd, Staffishier Terrier, and four cats.

Lee has enough wealth to take care of his pets and his household. Besides, he has multiple streams of income; his training videos always sell out so his wealth is always increasing.

Lee Priest's Medical condition

Lee Priest was admitted to the hospital in 2017 because he suffered from endocarditis. Endocarditis is an inflammation of the endocardium and heart valves/chambers.

Below are the symptoms of endocarditis:

  • Weight loss for no reason.
  • Flu-like symptoms, like – chills and fever.
  • Petechiae – tiny purple spots on the whites of the eyes, skin, or inside the mouth.
  • Swelling in the legs, feet, or abdomen.
  • Osler’s nodes under the skin of the toes or fingers.
  • Chest pain when the sufferer breathes.
  • Janeway lesions – red spots on the palms of the
hands or the soles of the feet.

  • Shortness of breath.
  • Tenderness in the spleen.
  • Blood in the urine.
  • Night sweats.
  • Aching joints and muscles;Fatigue.
  • A changed heart murmur.

Lee Priest Hobbies and other interests

Lee Priest is indeed an accomplished bodybuilder who devotes his time to working out and building an amazing body. Notwithstanding, Lee has been able to find time for other things and like everyone else, he has hobbies.

Lee is a big fan of animals, and surprisingly, his choice of a pet is somewhat different from regular choices. He owns a pet fox named Carlos.

Also, Lee loves music. His love for music transcends beyond listening to or singing good music. Lee knows how to play the keyboard and sing melodiously at the same time.

Lee loves tattoos. The tattoo is good for weight lifters and bodybuilders because it helps in reducing cortisol. It facilitates the body's healing process and helps the body repair itself faster.

So, Lee took this up a notch by getting almost every part of his body inked, including his head. At this point, he decided to remove his face tattoo and when asked about what prompted the decision, Lee said: "To me, it’s almost like a woman wearing the same lipstick every day. After 13 years you’d be bored of it and need a change."

Also, Lee is quite addicted to coffee; when he's not working out, you'll find him enjoying a cup of coffee with his friends from the gym. He can't almost go a single day without savoring the taste of coffee.

Lee is very interested in wristwatches. It's no surprise that he has a collection of over 100 wristwatches. Also, he is a car lover and that's what brought him into the car racing scene.

Lee Priest

Lee Priest Height

Naturally, everyone thinks that before you can become a bodybuilder, you should attain a certain height of at least 5ft. 10in.

However, Lee Priest proved that speculation wrong because he became a successful bodybuilder with a height of 5ft. 4in. Lee is one of the shortest bodybuilders in the industry but he still has many achievements under his belt.

Talking about his weight, Lee doesn't have a stable weight, maybe because of the break he took from bodybuilding. However, his weight is usually between 225-235 pounds.

The Lee Priest Classic

The NABBA International made known its plans to host a professional bodybuilding event in Sydney, Australia, together with the World Fitness Federation (WFF) International.

This competition would be the first professional NABBA competition held in Australia after the 1990 NABBA World Championships held in Geelong, Victoria.

On the 22nd of March 2015, on a Sunday precisely, the Lee Priest Classic Australia was held at the Bankstown Sports Club in Sydney. The contest was a combination of both professional and amateur classes. Also, in that event, the male and female amateur class winners received a Pro Card from the World Fitness Federation.

Another Lee Priest Classic event took place in the UK in collaboration with Muscle Promotions UK and was approved by WFF International. The Lee Priest Classic UK took place at The Cresset, Peterborough on Sunday, 19 July 2015. The event hosted both amateurs and professionals.

Social media Presence

Lee is not only popular in the bodybuilding industry, but he's also popular on social media. His strong social media presence has earned him many followers.

Lee Priest's Twitter account which he opened in April 2004, he has over 6,300 followers and has tweeted over 5,700 times. Lee Priest's Instagram account has over 400,000 followers and he has uploaded a lot of pictures on his Instagram account.

He also owns a Facebook page where he has over 66,000 fans. His strong social media presence explains why different brands contact him to advertise their products for them.

On a final note;

This article has been able to explore some information about Lee Priest. This is a man that goes against all odds to fulfill his passion and dreams.

Although he has retired from bodybuilding, Lee Priest remains one of the richest bodybuilders in the industry.