Joseph Louis Barrow was an American professional boxer who competed from 1934 to 1951. Nicknamed the Brown Bomber, Louis reigned as the world heavyweight champion from 1937.
- Full Name: Joseph Louis Barrow -Birth Place: LaFayette, Alabama, USA -Deceased Date: April 12, 1981 -Nick Name: Brown Bomber -Active Years: 1934 to 1949 -Net Worth: $4.6 Million -Ethnicity: African American
Born in Alabama, as a kid the boxer suffered from a speech disorder but he never got into trouble. In 1926, a white supremacist gang forced migration, thus Joe's family moved to Detroit, where he went to a local youth recreation center to learn boxing.
Louis had his amateur boxing debut in 1932 when he was 17 years old. He made his official debut as a 21-year-old boxer in 1934. Out of a total of 69 fights in his entire career, he won 66 of them.
Having shared a deep sense of love and patriotism for his country, Louis donated his earnings to to the US Navy Relief Society, that were raised from title matches. He got enlisted in the army as well.
Joe has been married to 3 different women 4 times. However, his marriage in 1959 with third wife, Martha Jefferson lasted well until his death. Martha was a layer from Los Angeles who shares 4 children with Louis.
Louis donated over $1.2 million in today’s money to support the army and the navy after the U.S. joined the war. Louis received good amounts from his career and used them to help others.
The incredible boxer had amassed enormous wealth throughout his career- he received about $800 thousand from his net worth. Also, after retirement he invested in many business ventures.