Dirk Nowitzki's net worth: How much is the ex-NBA champion worth right now?

Dirk Nowitzki's net worth: How much is the ex-NBA champion worth right now?

Helix Odhiambo
updated at May 18, 2023 at 11:22 AM

Dirk Nowitzki's net worth has seen a dramatic increase since his Forbes report in 2017. The German-born, former basketball player's career spanned over two decades in the NBA playing for the Dallas Mavericks. Nowitzki was a reliable power forward and one of the best European players in the NBA. He bagged many titles and awards, including the 2011 NBA Finals MVP.

Dirk Nowitzki's career earnings
Dirk Nowitzki speaks during the 2023 Naismith Hall of Fame Press Conference at NRG Stadium on 1 April 2023 in Houston, Texas. Photo: Mike Lawrie
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The German international had incredible skills that set him apart on the court. Dirk played alongside famous figures in the league, like Steve Nash, Jason Terry, and Michael Finley. He retired from basketball in 2019, and as of 2023, Dirk Nowitzki's net worth is still a topic of discussion.

Dirk Nowitzki's profile summary


Dirk Werner Nowitzki

Date of birth

19 June 1978


44 (as of May 2023)

Place of birth

Würzburg, Germany




2.13 m (7' 0")


111 kg (245 lb)


Former basketball player


Joerg and Helen




Jessica Olsson


Malaika, Max, Morris

Net worth

$242 million

Social media

Instagram, Facebook, Twitter

How old is Dirk Nowitzki?

Nowitzki (aged 44 as of May 2023) was born on 19 June 1978. He was raised in Wurzburg by his parents, Joerg and Helen. His father played handball for West Germany, while his mother was a star player for Germany's women's national basketball team. Dirk has an elder sister, Silke, who switched to professional basketball after a successful career in track and field events.

Early career

Dirk Nowitzki's family
The former German basketballer wearing a yellow Nike sweatshirt, against a black backdrop with white Nike swoosh logos, at DJK Wurzburg, in Wurzburg on 14 October 1998. Photo: Peter Schatz
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Dirk Nowitzki, with a height of 2.13 m (7' 0") became a sought-after player. He joined local teams in Würzburg and got mentored by former German international basketball star Holger Geschwindner.

Holger helped him improve his shooting and passing. He joined the German basketball team DJK Würzburg at 16. Two years later, Nowitzki led the team to promotion to Germany's first division two, earning him the German Basketball Player of the Year award.

Dirk Nowitzki's NBA career

How much is Dirk Nowitzki worth right now?
Dirk Nowitzki of the Dallas Mavericks controls the ball during their game against the Seattle Supersonics on 5 February 1999. Photo: Andreas Rentz
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The Milwaukee Bucks selected Nowitzki in the ninth pick of the 1998 NBA draft, then traded him to the Dallas Mavericks. He joined alongside the legendary Steve Nash, who became his close friend. Dirk penned a six-year contract extension with the team worth $90 million ahead of the 2000-2001 season. The deal made him the second-highest-paid German athlete in the world after Michael Schumacher.

Dirk Nowitzki gradually improved by setting records and scoring vital points for the team. He won the NBA MVP in 2007 after losing the 2006 NBA Final to Miami Heat. He is also the first European player to receive the MVP award. The German won his first and only NBA title in 2011 after beating Miami Heat in the final.

Dirk Nowitzki's stats

Dirk Nowitzki's net worth by forbes
Dirk Nowitzki of the Dallas Mavericks reacts after a play against the Brooklyn Nets on 23 December 2015 at Barclays Center in Brooklyn, New York. Photo: Nathaniel S. Butler
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The former Mavericks power forward posted impressive stats during his career, including scoring 31,560 points in the NBA. Nowitzki is the first European to reach 20,000 points in the league. These are his numbers in the 21 years of his career in the NBA, from 1998-2019:



Points Per Game


Total Rebounds




Dirk Nowitzki's awards, titles and achievements

Besides winning the NBA title with the Dallas Mavericks, Dirk bagged numerous awards for his outstanding performances. Some of his great achievements include.

  • Season MVP - 1 (2006-07)
  • Finals MVP - 1 (2010-11)
  • All-NBA First Team - 4 (2004-05, 2005-06, 2006-07, 2008-09)
  • All-NBA Second Team - 5 (2001-02, 2002-03, 2007-08, 2009-10, 2010-11)
  • All-NBA Third Team - 3 (2000-01, 2003-04, 2011-12)
  • All-Star Games - 14 (2002, 2003, 2004, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012, 2014, 2015, 2019)

How much was Dirk Nowitzki's salary?

Dirk Nowitzki a billionaire
The legendary power forward holds the trophy in the "Lifetime Achievement" category at the Laureus Sports Awards ceremony. Photo: Jörg Carstensen
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The NBA legend earned an annual salary of around $25 million in his last season in the NBA. Dirk Nowitzki's career earnings amount to $242 million. He is the 6th-highest paid NBA player of all time.

Is Dirk Nowitzki a billionaire?

There are reports that state he is a billionaire, but this has not been verified. In 2019 Nowitzki, the NBA legend purchased a large mansion once owned by billionaire Charles Wyly.

How much is Dirk Nowitzki worth right now?

In 2017, Dirk Nowitzki's net worth as per Forbes was $26 million. His primary source of wealth is basketball and other investments. Reports reveal his endorsements came to around $1 million. As of May 2023, Nowitzki's worth was revealed to be $242 million.

Dirk Nowitzki's family

Dirk Nowitzki's family
Dirk Nowitzki looks on with his wife, Jessica Olsson, and their children as the Mavericks raise a banner while retiring his #41 jersey on 5 January 2022 at the American Airlines Center in Dallas, Texas. Photo: Glenn James
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The German is married to Jessica Olsson, and they have three kids together. Dirk Nowitzki's wife is the sister to Swedish twin footballers Martin and Marcus Olsson. Jessica was born in 1982. She served as a Swedish Associate Director before meeting the basketball legend. Her father is from Sweden, while her mother, Njeri Waikwa, is a Kenyan from Nanyuki, North West Kenya.

Dirk Nowitzki's kids

Jessica and her famous husband have a daughter and two sons. Their firstborn is Malaika, born in July 2013, followed by Max in 2015. Morris, the last child, was born in November 2016.

How did Dirk Nowitzki meet his wife?

Dirk Nowitzki's wife
The former Mavericks power forward and his wife, Jessica Olsson, attend the 49th International Emmy Awards on 22 November 2021 in New York City: Photo: Kena Betancur
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According to sources, the couple first met during a charity event in February 2010. Dirk and Jessica tied the knot in multiple ceremonies in 2012. Their first wedding occurred on 10 July 2012 in a private event at their Dallas home before travelling to Kenya for a traditional Kikuyu marriage.

Where is Dirk Nowitzki's house?

The father of three purchased a $5.75 million mansion in 2019 after retiring from the court. It is 11,000-square-foot, located in the North Dallas neighbourhood of Preston Hollow.

Dirk Nowitzki's cars

Dirk Nowitzki's cars
The retired NBA All-Star has a custom Mercedes Metris Van worth thousands of dollars. Photo: @theScore, @CarProShow (modified by author)
Source: Twitter

Reports reveal the former athlete has a Mercedes-Benz Metris minivan. As of 2023, it costs around $31,350 - $35,580.

What is Nowitzki doing now?

Dirk rejoined the Mavericks as a special advisor to owner Mark Cuban in the summer of 2021. His role entails assisting in hiring a new general manager and coach. He is also a consultant on other front-office decisions.

The retired power forward also has a non-profit entity, Dirk Nowitzki Foundation, which provides for children's education, health, and well-being. His wife, Jessica, is the president of the charity organisation. She has successfully expanded its operations, coordinated fundraising programs and secured more partnerships, including with UNICEF.

Dirk Nowitzki's net worth in 2023 and his NBA achievements have inspired many talents globally. He paved the way for other Germans and European basketball talents to join the league. He retired as a legend and earned a place in the Hall of Fame Class of 2023.

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Helix Odhiambo is an award-winning Kenyan journalist and content creator with over 6 years of experience. In 2016, he won the Goal Blaze Correspondent Award for young writers.