Abby McGrew is a designer and philanthropist who is perhaps best known for her marital relationship with the American football quarterback player, Eli Manning. The Tennessee-born is also a staunch humanitarian volunteer and dedicates her time and resources to relieve the pains of the suffering population in America, especially in the area of healthcare and education.
But more than all that, her profile wouldn’t be complete if we failed to add that she’s a mother of four beautiful children, three daughters and a son who just joined the family in 2019. There is still more to come about Eli Manning’s wife.
Abby McGrew Began Her Fashion Career In New York City
Abby Manning was born in Nashville, Tennessee, United States, on the 1st of January 1984. Being born in the United States of America makes her a citizen of the US, but she is obviously of white extraction. Abby spent the majority of her growing up years in Nashville where she attended Brentwood Academy.
Following her graduation from high school, she proceeded to the University of Mississippi, however, it isn’t known what she studied at the school. The Tennessee native then moved to New York City where she trained to be a fashion designer.
According to her, things really changed for good when she moved to New York City. For one, Eli Manning’s wife struck gold as a designer and quickly became popular, also, her college love story with Manning got rekindled.
She also found deeper meaning within her soul which prompted her to begin giving and volunteering to humanitarian causes. One of such places her impact has been felt is York’s St. Vincent’s Hospital. Asides that, she also provided scholarship grants for students in her alma mater – University of Mississippi.
Unlike most WAGS, Abby McGrew tends to keep information about her personal life very private; she doesn’t own any active social media accounts.
She Started Life From A Middle-class Family
Abby McGrew was raised in a middle-class family. Her father, Tom McGrew, is an American writer who is the author of the famous book, Fairy Magic. As of this writing, quite little is known about her mother, however, the records captured that she works in info-tech and communication sales. She is not the only child of her parents; she grew up alongside two sisters – Lacey McGrew and Molly McGrew. The McGrew family resides in Tennessee.
Her Love Story With Manning Began In College
Abby McGrew’s embraced the type of stardom that comes wrapped in love and she encountered hers early in life. Until she started college, Abby was just a run of the mill girl who was pretty, charming, and amicable. Just like her mates, she studied, indulged in several hobbies, and loved to hang out with friends. However, life took a dramatic turn following her enrollment at the University of Mississippi to study for a degree.
During the spring of 2002, Abby’s cute girl-next-door image suddenly caught the eye of American footballer, Eli Manning, who was in his junior year then (Abbey was a freshman). They hit it off at their first meeting and have been inseparable ever since. The two dated throughout the spring semester and officially became a couple during the following fall. This happened as Eli began the 2002-03 football season as quarterback for the Ole Miss Rebels.
Despite attracting media attention and glare, Abby never let any of it come in between them. Together, the college sweethearts share an amicable bond as well as a deep understanding.
The Couple Tied The Nuptials In 2008
Abby McGrew has been married to the NFL superstar, Eli Manning since April 2008. After courting five years, Eli finally popped the big question during a trip home to New Orleans for the celebration of Mardi Gras. Though the football star intended to propose during their trip to her family in Nashville, Eli was just too eager to wait.
The engagement ring was specially crafted at Adler’s – an emerald-cut center stone ring flanked by two emerald-cut diamonds on either side – and Abby adored it.
On the 19th of April 2008, the couple exchanged vows in a low-key ceremony at Palmilla Resort in Los Cabos, Mexico. Their wedding came not long after Manning won his first Super Bowl ring with the New York Giants. During the wedding ceremony, ‘Super Bowl’ chocolate rings were made available to the guest by the groomsmen as a part of the celebration. Also, Elton John’s classic track “Your Song” was played for the couple’s first dance as husband and wife. They had their honeymoon at the Las Ventanas resort in Mexico.
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Abby And Eli Are Proud Parents Of Four Children
On the 21st of March 2010, the Mannings became parents to Ava Frances their first daughter. Ava soon became a sister to Lucy Thomas who joined the family on the 17th of July 2013. A couple of years later, on the 29th of January 2015, Caroline Olivia became part of the family as the couple’s third daughter.
Four years down the line when it was already looking like the Mannings were done with having children, they became a party of six in 2019, when they welcomed child number four Charles “Charlie” Elisha Manning, on February 3.
— Danielle Parhizkaran (@DanielleParhiz) January 24, 2020
Abby McGrew Lives a Plush Life, Thanks to Eli Manning’s Massive Net Worth
One of the pecks of marrying into money is the life of luxury that usually follows the nuptials and from what is perceivable, Abby McGrew has been enjoying life as the wife of one of the NFL’s richest footballers.
The family of six enjoys a luxury lifestyle with a fleet of cars including a Ferrari, Cadillac, Corvette, Audi, and Range Rover. In 2016, the duo acquired a 7000 sq. ft home at the market price of $8.5 million on the 1.2-acre beachside lot in Hampton’s towns of Quogue. This is far from being the only landed property they have – the couple also owns a $4.7 million home in Summit, New Jersey.
The family has made New Jersey their home but they also maintain a residence in Oxford, Mississippi, where they went to college at Ole Miss.
What is Eli Manning’s Net Worth?
McGrew’s exact personal net worth isn’t publicly known; however, if marriage is anything to go by, it’s safe to assume that she shares the same net worth of over $100 million with her husband. According to sources, Manning earns an average annual salary of $18 million. More so, back in 2009, the football star signed a six-year contract extension with the Giants and earns between $8 and $10 million through endorsements.
Together with her husband, Abby McGrew carries out a lot of humanitarian activities and donate to charitable causes. Some of these include a $3 million donation for the building of a 15,600 square foot children clinic at Blair E. Batson Hospital and a huge donation for the development of a new birthing center at New York City’s St. Vincent’s Hospital. Abby and her husband, Eli, also volunteered during Hurricane Katrina by assisting in the delivery of several items such as baby formula, Gatorade, pillows, and pumice to the residents of New Orleans.
She Was Engaged in a Job as an Accountant After Earning a College Degree
Despite the fact that her husband, Eli Manning (who was her boyfriend at the time), was already playing at the starting quarterback position for the New York Giants at the time she finished her college education in 2005, the Tennessee native still decided to head out into the real world and snag a job of her own.
The mother of four reportedly moved to the Big Apple where she worked as an account executive for famed evening wear designer, Pamela Roland. However, she no longer needs to get a job but is occupied with philanthropic activities with her husband and raising her family.