Discover Kristi Yamaguchi’s net worth and all her personal life details

Discover Kristi Yamaguchi’s net worth and all her personal life details

Grace Waruguru
updated at December 2, 2023 at 7:16 AM

What is Kristi Yamaguchi's net worth? The American-born figure skater is living proof of making lemonade out of lemons. She was born with a foot condition that saw her skate as therapy, birthing her passion for the sport. She went on to be one of the most highly sought-after skaters, thriving in her home country and at the Olympics. Read on and discover what she is worth and other personal life details.

Kristi Yamaguchi
Kristi Yamaguchi attends the 2022 ESPYs at Dolby Theatre on July 20, 2022, in Hollywood, California. Photo: Momodu Mansaray (Modified by author)
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The origin of figure skating dates back to 4000 B.C. The sport required athletes to carve patterns from the number eight on the ice. This basic rule is no longer a requirement today, but it was significant in naming the activity. Kristi is one of the most popular figure skaters worldwide. What is Kristi Yamaguchi's net worth?

Kristi Yamaguchi's profile and bio summary

Full name

Kristine Tsuya Yamaguchi


52 years old (as of 2023)



Date of birth

July 12, 1971

Zodiac sign


Place of birth

Hayward, California, USA

Current residence

Alamo, Northern California


Asian - American






Jim Yamaguchi and Carole Yamaguchi


Brett and Lori Yamaguchi

Marital status



Bret Hedican


Keara Kiyomi and Emma Yoshiko


4 feet, 11.5 inches



Hair colour

Dark brown

Eye colour



University of Alberta


Retired figure skater, author, entrepreneur, philanthropist, TV personality

Net worth

$8 million

Social media presence

How old is Kristi Yamaguchi?

Kristi Yamaguchi age
Kristi Yamaguchi at the San Diego Padres v San Francisco Giants baseball game at Oracle Park on May 21, 2022, in San Francisco, California. Photo: Thearon W. Henderson (Modified by author)
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Kristi Yamaguchi (aged 52 years old as of November 2023) was born on July 12, 1971. The retired Asian figure skater is among the best of her time, boasting several titles and trophies in her career.

What is Kristi Yamaguchi's height?

The Asian-American athlete stands at 4 feet, 11.5 inches, and weighs 45kg. She has long, dark brown hair and brown eyes.

Kristi Yamaguchi's family

Yamaguchi was born in Hayward, California, to Jim Yaguchi, a dentist, and Carole Yamaguchi, a medical secretary. She has a Japanese-American ethnicity. The athlete grew up alongside two siblings, Lori and Brett Yamaguchi.


Kristine attended a local primary school before graduating from Mission San Jose High School in 1989. She spent her freshman and sophomore years being home-schooled. Later, the figure skater joined the University of Alberta to pursue a Psychology course.


Kristi Yamaguchi family
Kristi Yamaguchi attends the Team USA Awards at the Duke Ellington School of the Arts on April 26, 2018, in Washington, DC. Photo: Larry French (Modified by author)
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Kristi Yamaguchi's figure skating passion began when she was four years old after watching Dorothy Hamil win a gold medal at the 1976 Olympics. She started training as a form of physical therapy, which soon evolved into a professional skill.

She was thrust into the spotlight in 1986 after winning the U.S. Championships at 15. Two years later, she won the junior-level championship and a gold medal at the 1992 France Winter Olympics. Kristi Yamaguchi's gold medal was awarded to an Asian American.

The gold medallist is a member of three Halls of Fame: the U.S Figure Skating Hall of Fame (1998), the World Skating Hall of Fame ( 1999), and the U.S. Olympic Hall of Fame (2005). Other Kristi Yamaguchi awards include:

  • Goodwill Games gold medal (1990)
  • World Championship titles (1991 and 1992)
  • World Professional Figure Skating Championships (1992, 1994, 1996, 1997)
  • American Skating World's Skater of the Year (1996)
  • Asian Excellence Inspiration Award (2008)

Who is Kristi Yamaguchi married to?

Kristi Yamaguchi children
Kristi Yamaguchi has an estimated net worth of $8 million. Photo: Phillip Faraone (Modified by author)
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The California native married Bret Hedican on July 8, 2000. Kristi Yamaguchi's husband is a retired ice hockey player and Stanley Cup champion. The couple met at the 1992 Olympic Winter Games, where they both represented the American Olympic team.

Kristi Yamaguchi's children

Kristi Yamaguchi and Bret Hedican are parents of two children, Keara Kiyomi, born in 2003, and Emma Yoshiko, born in 2005. The private details of Kristi Yamaguchi's daughters remain undisclosed.

Kristi Yamaguchi's net worth

The mother of two has earned a fortune from this unique sport. According to several online citations, Kristi Yamaguchi is worth approximately $8 million. She has made her money primarily from her professional career. However, she has also authored several books:

  • Figure Skating for Dummies (1997)
  • Always Dream (1998)
  • Dream Big, Little Pig (2011)
  • It's a Big World, Little Pig (2012)
  • Cara's Kindness (2016)
Kristi Yamaguchi husband
Kristi Yamaguchi attends AOL Build at Build Studio on January 25, 2018, in New York City. Photo: Jenny Anderson (Modified by author)
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Additionally, Kristine has appeared on numerous TV shows, like Dancing With the Stars, Season 6 (2008), where she won alongside partner Mark Ballas. Others include:

  • Everybody Loves Raymond (1997)
  • Fresh Off the Boat (2018)

Brand endorsements

Yamaguchi has partnered with several brands, including General Electric (GE), Kellogg's, P&G, and ''Got Milk?''. Unfortunately, the financial details remain a secret.

Tsu.ya clothing line

Kristi launched her clothing line in 2012. The apparel company focuses on comfort, function, and style for women, encouraging them to look and feel good.

Kristi Yamaguchi's house

who is Kristi Yamaguchi married to
Kristi Yamaguchi attends the 7th Annual Gold Meets Golden at Virginia Robinson Gardens and Estate on January 4, 2020, in Los Angeles, California. Photo: Axelle/Bauer (Modified by author)
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Kristi and Bret Hedican live in Alamo, Northern California, per The couple also has a home on Gull Lake in Northern Minnesota. The property details have not been shared online, but it likely cost them a fortune.

Why did Kristi Yamaguchi retire?

The renowned figure skater retired in 1992 after a short but prosperous career. Her decision was received with mixed reactions, with many wondering why. According to online reports, the multi-talented athlete and entrepreneur's move was prompted by the need to spend more time with her family.

Kristi Yamaguchi's net worth and achievements have seen her listed as one of the unforgettable figure skaters. Her 1992 gold medal marked the end of a 16-year drought for the United States. Even though she is no longer active, her legacy lives on to teach and inspire upcoming skaters so they can become the best of their time.

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Sonja Henie is ranked the best figure skater in the whole world. She is a three-time Olympic gold medallist and a six-time European champion. German athlete Katarina Witt is the second-best player, known for her creativity and graceful moves. Check out the above article for the complete list of top figure skaters.

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Grace has over 4 years of experience in article writing and digital media content creation for various local and global brands. She holds a Bachelor's degree in Communication (Public Relations) from Daystar University, Kenya.