Karl Malone

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Karl Malone

Karl Malone

Who is Karl Malone?

Karl Malone is a professional basketball player. Karl Malone is one of the finest and most popular sportsmen of the 1990s. Malone’s NBA career began as the 13th overall choice in the 1985 NBA draft by the Utah Jazz.

Following that, the Louisiana native stayed with the Jazz for an astonishing 18 years, which is unprecedented in today’s NBA due to a lack of loyalty among both players and clubs.


Karl Malone was born in Summerfield, Louisiana, on July 24, 1963, to Shirley Malone and Shedrick Hay.

Shedrick, on the other hand, abandoned his nine siblings and Shirley to marry another woman before Karl was three years old.

As a result, Malone had to help his mother from an early age by chopping trees, hunting, and fishing to support the family.

After a rough childhood, the former Los Angeles Lakers power forward attended Summerfield High School, where he led the team to three consecutive Louisiana Class C championships.

As a result, a number of universities expressed interest in Malone’s services, but Louisiana Tech University ultimately won. The main factor was that the university was located closer to home than the others.

Unfortunately, due to his poor grades, the future Hall of Famer had to wait a year to make his debut for the squad.

Following that, the 6’9 power forward made an impact in his second season with the Louisiana Tech Bulldogs.

Karl had a game-by-game average of 18.7 points and 9.3 rebounds. Louisiana Tech got to the NCAA tournament for the first time in school history because of Malone’s outstanding play.

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Facts of Karl Malone

Full Name Karl Anthony Malone
Birth Date July 24, 1963
Birth Place Summerfield, Louisiana
Nick Name Karl Malone
Religion Christian
Nationality American
Ethnicity Mixed
Education Summerfield High School
Louisiana Tech University
Horoscope Leo
Father’s Name Shedrick Hay
Mother’s Name Shirley Malone
Siblings 8
Age 58 years old
Height 6 ft 9 in (2.06 m)
Weight 259 lb (117 kg)
Shoe Size Not available
Hair Color Dark Brown
Eye Color Dark Brown
Body Measurement Not available
Build Athletic
Married Yes
Wife Kay Kinsey
Kids Yes (7)
Profession Basketball Player
Position Forward
Active Years 1985-2004
Clubs  Utah Jazz, Los Angeles Lakers
Awards Southland Player of the Year
2× NBA Most Valuable Player
14× NBA All-Star
Net Worth $85 Million
Social Media Twitter
Merch Jersey, Shirt
Last Update April 2022

Net Worth & Salary

Karl Malone’s net worth is $85 million. Karl also had a slew of sponsorship relationships with a variety of companies, all of which led to Malone’s vast fortune.

Over the course of his 19-year NBA career, the Mailman has earned more than $105 million in salary alone.

NBA players, on the other hand, must pay taxes ranging from 45 to 50 percent of their entire earnings. Malone, on the other hand, has a staggering net worth of $85 million.

Karl’s net worth is also unsurprising, given that the former Jazz Power Forward was arguably the second-best player of his generation.

To give you an example, Malone won the NBA MVP award twice in 1997 and 1999.

As a result, Malone was consistently among the highest-paid players of his period.

Houses & Cars

Having big expensive houses and extravagant and luxurious cars has become a norm for the wealthiest people.

Similarly, Karl is no exception as he has one of the biggest real estate in the city of Louisiana.

To illustrate, Malone is currently residing at his Ruston, Louisiana house, which set him back $8 million. Nevertheless, I don’t think Karl felt the pinch as he has a net worth of $85 million.

Furthermore, the 14-time All-Star had a colossal mansion in the city where he earned his fame and wealth, Utah.

To illustrate, the two-time MVP lived in one of the most luxurious houses in the state of Utah.

For instance, the 19,000-square-foot home included two swimming pools, a shooting range, 11 baths, and a beautiful backyard.

The colossal residence has a basketball hoop in the basement, which should come as no surprise.

Nonetheless, Malone had to sell the house as he was going to Los Angeles to play for the LA Lakers in the 2003-04 season. As a result, the home was listed at $6 million for the auction conducted by Craig King.

However, the house did not fetch as much as expected.

The main reason is that the event was an “absolute auction,” which means that someone is guaranteed to get their hands on the house, no matter the bidding price.

As a result, the 19,000-square-foot residence was sold for a mere $2.5 million, less than half the original price.

And, the lucky man who bought the mansion was none other than Dwight Manley. Interestingly, Manley was Malone’s agent at the time, along with being a real estate investor.

In addition to owning several houses, the 14-time All-Star is a proud owner of a vast fleet of vehicles.

For instance, Malone owns a Harley Davidson motorcycle, which costs around $30,000. Also, the 6 feet 9 power forward owns several Toyota branded cars.

The reason is that Malone owns a Toyota dealership in his hometown of Ruston, Louisiana. Furthermore, MVP also owns a Dodge Charger GT, with its listed price being $35,000.

Business Endeavours

The amount of money Karl earned during his playing career would have been enough for most other people.

However, being the competitor Malone is, no one should be surprised that the 6 feet 9 power forward is as competitive off the court as he is on it.

To emphasize, the two-time MVP’s late brother once said,

In other words, Karl is one of the most successful entrepreneurs who boasts a host of businesses under the umbrella of Malone Properties.

One might be forced to think that the 14-time All-Star would take a break and enjoy his wealth and fame. Instead, the two-time MVP has expanded his business venture, which includes:

Toyota Car Dealership

In addition to the long list of business ventures, Malone owns a few thousand acres of Louisiana timberland property.

Likewise, Karl also owns the gas, oil, and mineral rights of the same real estate. Likewise, he is the owner of a summer home near the Kenai River in Alaska.

Furthermore, the two-time MVP has a 37-acre outdoor mall in his hometown of Ruston. Similarly, the Louisiana native has a deer-raising venture on 300 acres of fenced property.

For years, Malone has been raising white-tailed and axis deers inside the property.


If that isn’t enough, Karl owns Malone Outfitters, through which he takes his clients on hunting trips in his 300-acre deer property. One might wonder where the 6 feet 9 power forward learned his business trade.

Well, no need to worry as the man behind Malone’s success is none other than his former boss, Larry Miller.

The late entrepreneur, car dealer, and Jazz owner helped the 14-time All-Star in not only his on-court activities but also off-court.

Besides, the Louisiana native has also tried his hands in the entertainment industry. For instance, Malone appeared in two movies named Rockwell (1994) and Soul Plane (2004).

Charity Work

Having grown up living a frugal life out of necessity, Malone does everything within his capabilities to help needy families and kids.

As a result, Karl runs the Karl Foundation, which financially supports kids and their families. To illustrate, the Louisiana native donated supplies worth $200,000 to Navajo Indians.

Also, back in 1998, Malone was honored with the Henry B. Iba Award.

To explain, the award is given to athletes that have gone out of their way to aid people in need.

Similarly, the two-time MVP also donated $6,000 to the re-election campaign of President George W. Bush along with $2,000 to the 2004 U.S Senate campaign of Lisa Murkowski.

By this time, we all know how generous and down-to-earth Malone is.

Therefore, it should come as no surprise that the 14-time All-Star voiced his support for the farmers of Louisiana as Pilgrim’s Pride closed its plants, which meant that the farmers would be without jobs.

Also, Karl is a member of the Board of Directors of the National Rifle Association (NRA), whose primary aim is to teach firearm safety and competency.

Career Highlights

Malone’s NBA career began as the 13th overall choice in the 1985 NBA draft by the Utah Jazz.

Following that, the Louisiana native stayed with the Jazz for an astonishing 18 years, which is unprecedented in today’s NBA due to a lack of loyalty among both players and clubs.

Returning to the matter, in 1997 and 1998, the Louisiana native led his team to two NBA finals.

Karl Malone
Karl Malone in an ongoing match. Source: hoopshype

Unfortunately, the Jazz was defeated in both Finals by the Chicago Bulls, who were led by the legendary Michael Jordan.

Malone never won a team award, but he more than made up for it with his impressive number of personal accomplishments, which are shown below:

Los Angeles Lakers

Despite spending 18 years with the Utah Jazz, Malone played his final season for the Los Angeles Lakers, fulfilling his dream of becoming an NBA champion.

The Lakers were coming off a three-peat and had world-class players like Kobe Bryant, Shaquille O’Neal, and Gary Payton on their roster.

As a result, when the two-time MVP joined the team, the expectations were sky-high, as everyone expected the Lakers to repeat as champions for the fourth year in a row.

Karl, on the other hand, fell short at the final hurdle, much like he did with the Jazz in 1997 and 1998. To clarify, the Los Angeles-based team did make it to the NBA finals in 2003-2004.

Unfortunately, a motivated Detroit Pistons team led by Chauncey Billups defeated the Lakers in five games, to the surprise of almost everyone.

As a result, Malone’s career and dreams as a player have come to an end.

Wife & Family

Just like the eventful journey that Karl Malone had in the NBA, his personal journey is as incredible, if not more.

For instance, The Mailman is currently married to 1988 Miss Idaho, Kay Kinsey. Precisely, the couple got married on 24 December 1990 in a lavish wedding.


Furthermore, the two lovebirds have been blessed with four lovely kids daughters Kadee Malone, Kylee Malone, and Karlee Malone, and a son Karl Junior.

However, that’s not all as the 14-time All-Star begat further three children with two women. Firstly, Malone had a set of twins with Bonita Ford, son Daryl Ford, and Daughter Cheryl Ford.

Secondly, the Hall of Famer had another child, Demetress Bell, with Gloria Bell. Astonishingly, Gloria was only 13 years old at the time she gave birth to Demetress.

Nonetheless, those incidents happened in the past and should be left there. As of now, Malone is a family-oriented guy who loves spending time with his children and his wife, Kay.

Therefore, Karl’s past should not blemish his present as he is one of the most caring and loving fathers one could have.

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Social Media Presence

His Twitter has 73.6k followers.