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Charles Barkley Net Worth: How Much Is The Chuckster Worth In 2024?

Charles Barkley was a great basketball player, but an even better media personality. His no-filter personality and unapologetic takes make him a legend on the basketball court and TV. This makes the 1993 NBA Most Valuable Player one of the highest-paid basketball analysts on television. Considering these things, what is the estimated Charles Barkley net worth in 2024?

Before answering that question, let’s take a trip down memory lane and reminisce about the legendary career of the man they called “The Round Mound of Rebound.”

Overview of Charles Barkley’s NBA Career

Charles Wade Barkley is from Leeds, Alabama. In his early life, his family was poor. He made the varsity team at Leeds High School as a junior.

Barkley played 16 seasons in the NBA. He was originally drafted fifth overall by the Philadelphia 76ers in the famed 1984 NBA Draft that included Hakeem Olajuwon, Michael Jordan, and John Stockton. Barkley’s mother is Charcey Glenn; his brothers are Darryl Barkley and John Glenn (half).

Barkley is famous enough to go by different nicknames and monikers. Aside from the “Round Mound of Rebound,” he is also referred to as “Sir Charles,” “The Bread Truck,” “The Chuckster,” and simply “Chuck.”

Philly Years

PHILADLEPHIA, PA - MARCH 13: Charles Barkley #34 of the Philadelphia 76ers stretches on the court during warm-ups prior to an NBA game against the New York Knicks on March 13, 1991 at the Spectrum in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. (Photo by Bruce Bennett Studios via Getty Images Studios/Getty Images)
Photo by Bruce Bennett Studios via Getty Images Studios/Getty Images

When Barkley was drafted by the Sixers, the team had Julius Erving, Andrew Toney, Mo Cheeks, and Moses Malone in the fold. Philadelphia won the championship the year before, so the rookie was slotted into the perfect place.

Malone took on a mentor role for Barkley, motivating the six-foot-six power forward to get into shape. The two became so close that Barkley addressed Malone as “dad.” The Leeds, Alabama native never met his real dad and his stepfather died when he was 11 years old.

The Sixers made the playoffs each year of Barkley’s tenure except in 1988 and 1992. He was traded to the Phoenix Suns before the 1992-93 regular season.

Trade to Phoenix

Charles Barkley #34, Power Forward and Small Forward for the Phoenix Suns looks on with hands on hips during the NBA Midwest Division basketball game against the Denver Nuggets on 23rd December 1992 at the McNichols Sports Arena in Denver, Colorado, United States. The Phoenix Suns won the game 111 - 96. (Photo by Tim DeFrisco/Allsport/Getty Images)
Photo by Tim DeFrisco/Allsport/Getty Images

Barkley hit the ground running in Phoenix, winning the MVP award in his first season in Arizona. He also led the Suns to an NBA Finals berth but ultimately lost Jordan and the Chicago Bulls in six games.

The team never replicated this success during the rest of Barkley’s stay. They got bounced in the second round in 1994 and 1995 and in the first round in 1996.

Last Hurrah

HOUSTON, TX - MARCH 2: Charles Barkley of the Houston Rockets during the game against the San Antonio Spurs on March 2, 1999 at Compaq Center in Houston, Texas. (Photo by Sporting News via Getty Images via Getty Images)
Photo by Sporting News via Getty Images via Getty Images

By 1996, Barkley moved on and was traded to the Houston Rockets where he teamed up with Olajuwon and Clyde Drexler. In fact, the Auburn University product grabbed a career-high 33 rebounds in his first game as a Rocket. They went to the 1997 Western Conference Finals but were ousted by a late three-pointer by Stockton in Game 6 of the series.

Barkley retired in 2000. When the smoke cleared, he was an 11-time NBA All-Star and an 11-time All-NBA Team member (First Team five times, Second Team five times, and Third Team once). He also became a part of the NBA’s 50 and 75 greatest players. He was a two-time All-Star game MVP, winning the award in 1991 and 1993.

The Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame inducted Barkley in 2006.

Olympic Stint

BARCELONA, SPAIN - AUGUST 2: Charles Barkley #14 and Magic Johnson #15 of the United States National Team run up court during the 1992 Olympics against Spain in Barcelona, Spain at Palau Municipal d'Esports de Badalona on August 2, 1992. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. Mandatory Copyright Notice: Copyright 1992 NBAE (Photo by Andrew D. Bernstein/NBAE via Getty Images)
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Barkley was selected to represent the United States as a member of  Dream Team I and II, winning gold medals in the 1992 and 1996 Olympics. He is one of the best players in the United States international basketball history. 

In fact, he led both star-studded squads in scoring. He averaged 18 points per game in 1992 with a prime Jordan on the team and 12.4 points in 1996. Barkley was also the leading rebounder of the 1996 team with 6.6 boards a game.

Charles Barkley’s Career Earnings and Endorsements

According to Spotrac, Barkley earned an estimated $40.6 million over his 16-year career. Some other estimates have his estimated career earnings at $44 million. His largest one-season earning was his last– $9 million to play in the 1999-2000 NBA season. 

Nevertheless, most of Barkley’s net worth came because of his deal with TNT Sports. In October 2022, he signed a 10-year contract reportedly worth between $200 million and $317 million to stay on TNT. That alone could spike up the listed Barkley net worth.

Besides his day jobs as a basketball player and a television analyst, Barkley wisely lined himself up with major brands. He had endorsements with Nike, McDonald’s, T-Mobile, Dick’s Sporting Goods, Weight Watchers, Subway, Capitol One, and FanDuel.

In addition, Barkley also wrote at least six books, including Sir Charles: Wit and Wisdom of Sir Charles and I May Be Wrong But I Doubt It.

Charles Barkley Net Worth: How Rich Is He Now?

According to different sources, the 1993 NBA MVP has a net worth of around $60 million to $70 million. Between his NBA earnings, endorsements, and current deal with TNT, that is a reasonable number. 

That said, no one will be surprised if the real amount is way up north. In an interview on the Dan Patrick Show, the 61-year-old revealed he’s at the stage where money is no longer a concern. In typical “Chuck” fashion, he said he’d be “a big idiot” if he didn’t have enough dough after playing 16 years in the NBA and doing TV analyst work for 22 years.

Charles Barkley’s Personal Life

American basketball player Charles Barkley wearing a yellow, black and blue shirt with blue trousers, sitting with his wife, Maureen Blumhardt, in a branch of Planet Hollywood, location unspecified, 1994. (Photo by Vinnie Zuffante/Getty Images)
Photo by Vinnie Zuffante/Getty Images

Barkley has been married to Maureen Blumhardt since 1989. They had a daughter named Christiana. Christiana had a daughter named Charlie Eliza, named after him, and a son named Henry.

Charles Barkley’s Takes and Guarantees

Barkley is an invaluable piece of the NBA on TNT crew because of what he brings. He often dishes out unfiltered takes and everyone and everything is fair game. Along with Ernie Johnson, Shaquille O’Neal, and Kenny Smith, the crew brings a perfect blend of humor and life lessons to the show.

For instance, Barkley couldn’t stop laughing at Derrick White’s hairline during the 2023 NBA playoffs. His one-liners are also on point, as demonstrated by his quip at Draymond Green last February about the Golden State Warriors’ Finals chances. 

Of course, he isn’t always correct. He called the Minnesota Timberwolves “stupid” for trading for Rudy Gobert, reiterating that a two-big pairing with Karl-Anthony Towns won’t work. The Wolves are currently in the running for the No. 1 seed in the West. 

Moreover, he guaranteed that the Sacramento Kings would win in the first round of last year’s playoffs. Barkley added that it wouldn’t matter if the Kings faced the Los Angeles Lakers or Warriors. Ultimately, the Warriors found a way to beat the Kings in seven games to advance to the next round.

This wasn’t the first nor will it be the last that Barkley guaranteed something, but that makes him so well-liked in the NBA circles. He can dish out heavy-hitting roasts but is also man enough to take hits and laugh about them.

Bottom Line: Charles Barkley’s Net Worth Now

WEST PALM BEACH, FLORIDA - FEBRUARY 26: Commentator Charles Barkley looks on during Capital One's The Match IX at The Park West Palm on February 26, 2024 in West Palm Beach, Florida. (Photo by Cliff Hawkins/Getty Images for The Match)

Barkley was one of the most recognizable faces of the league in the 80s and 90s. Twenty-four years into retirement, he managed to remain relevant through his TV work. Coincidentally, his job at the TNT network allowed him to grow his net worth and live a lavish lifestyle.

That said, it’s not like he was “poor” during his playing days. The 11-time All-Star accumulated an estimated $40 million in his 16-year career, not including his endorsements. However, his NBA on TNT gig is worth even more! According to reports, he signed a new 10-year contract worth over $200 million.

So, what is his net worth now? Reports say the estimated Barkley net worth is around $60 million to $70 million. Given his eight-figure salary on TNT, career earnings, and endorsements, it’s a fair number to speculate.