A successful distance-runner and an absolutely hardworking athlete, Mo Farah (earlier known as Mohamed Muktar Jama Farah) has worked his way through the sports industry with much applause and recognition. In spite of making every effort, he couldn’t get satisfying results while studying, partly due to not knowing English and partly because of latching onto sports, like football from a very young age, which became a major distraction.
Eventually, realising what he was meant to do, Mo Farah began training from the young age of 14 and had never looked back ever since. Now let’s have a close look at Mo Farah’s Net worth in 2018.
Mo Farah’s Early Life
The 34-year-old athlete, Mo Farah was born on May 22nd, 1983 in Gabiley, Somaliland. His father, Mukhtar Farah is an IT consultant and a British citizen now. His parents met while on a holiday. Jama, his grandfather, was born in the British Protectorate of Somaliland.
Mo Farah and his family lived in Mogadishu, Somalia where his father (earlier) ran a business. In an instant, when Somaliland declared independence from Somalia, his family had to flee back to Gabiley, Somaliland. The athlete spent his childhood in Djibouti, as a refugee with his twin brother.
Mo Farah did his schooling from Isleworth and Syon School. He later graduated from Feltham Community College, London. His school life was troublesome and difficult, as he was average in studies and initially had problems in speaking English. However, it wasn’t all that bad because it was here that he met, Alan Watkinson, a physical education teacher at his school who nurtured the amateur albeit brilliant player and encouraged him at the beginning of his junior career. Mo Farah formed a very special bond with his teacher, which he carries until now.
In his early days, Mo Farah wanted to become a right winger for Arsenal Football Club, but later on, changed his mind after he was selected for the British Olympics Futures camp.
Mo Farah’s Career
Mo Farah’s junior year was marked with representing the Borough of Hounslow Athletics Club, for which he won first-five English school titles. As he had Visa problems while traveling for matches, Eddie Kulukundis helped him gain British citizenship.
After that, Mo Farah was trained at St. Mary’s University College, where he lived for some time.
During his senior years that is from 2005 onwards, Mo Farah got into the good company, friends that possessed the equal amount of passion and determination that he had. He once said that training with Craig (one of his friends) made him feel more positive and motivated. On his way to success, Mo Farah won a number of titles and broke many records. His hard work paid off, and he was selected to represent the UK in the 2007 World Championships in Osaka, Japan where he ranked number 6.
Mo Farah played for the European Indoor Championships in Turin, the World Championships in Athletics, competed for the short course race at the Great Edinburgh Cross Country and had participated in a few other championships as well. Eventually, he trained hard enough and shone out in the field of distance running.
At the European Athletics Championships in 2010, Mo Farah won gold medals for both 5,000m and 10,000m. His gold-digging did not stop there, a week later after he won the two golds, Mo Farah won another gold for the British Athletics. This meant that he had graduated to a ‘double Olympic gold medalist’ status in his career. He went on to win many more golds at various events.
Apart from sports, Mo Farah also earns through sponsorships, endorsements, and advertisements.
Awards and Achievements
Mo Farah has won a number of awards and has various titles under his belt. Here’s a list of some of the awards he has won until now: –
• 2010 Best Senior Athlete of 2010 (UK Aviva Athletics Awards)
• 2013 Athletics Weekly International Male Athlete
• 2013 AIPS Europe Sportsmen of the Year – Frank Taylor Trophy
• Runners World Top 50 Influential Individuals in Running
• 2016 British Athletics Supporters Club Athlete of the Year.
Net Worth of Mo Farah
With all the accolades, titles, records and earnings from sponsorships, endorsements, and advertisements, Mo Farah has managed to gain a net worth of $6 million.
Mo Farah has grown and evolved into a brilliant sports personality over the course of his eventful career. All the love, affection and encouragement he got from his loved ones has made him what he is today.