Ric Flair is one of the most decorated and gifted athletes in the history of sports entertainment. The Nature Boy had a legendary wrestling career that lasted over four decades, and saw him win 16 championships.
Few wrestlers ever grew and influenced the industry like Flair did, and long after his retirement, he remains as popular as ever. For reasons like this, you'll have to pony up the cash if you want to book Flair for an autographing session.
The Nature Boy has a reported net worth of $5 million, which isn't all that much for a man of his magnitude. But during his career, Flair also spent a lot of his money on alcohol and partying. So the limousine ridin', jet flyin', kiss stealin', wheelin' dealin' son of a gun actually lived his character's style, in a way.
Flair had his number of financial woes. In 2007, he opened up his own financing business, which only lasted 10 months before filing for bankruptcy. In 2011, he was evicted from a home he was renting in Charlotte, after not paying the rent. Throw in Flair's four divorces, and you can see how the financial issues formed.
Since coming out of the hospital, Flair has been attending a number of autograph sessions and has appeared twice on WWE programming, most recently Starrcade this past Saturday.
ESPN recently documented Flair's life and career in the 30 for 30 "Nature Boy" special. It opened up on his wrestling career, personal life hardships and partying lifestyle, among other things.
Flair appears to be in a happy place now. He's engaged to Wendy Barlow, has seen daughter Charlotte become one of the top female superstars in the WWE, and has been able to stay off of alcohol for health purposes.