Female entrepreneurs are common nowadays and it’s an acceptable fact that ladies are among the leading names in the business front. Ashley Thompson, also referred to as the Real Estate Mogul is a brilliant representation of this fact. She is an American entrepreneur and philanthropist most notable for her achievements in the real estate business. Ashley is also known for something else and that is being the wife of highly-decorated former American footballer Peyton Manning.
On her own, Ashley Thompson has given back to the community in more ways than one and together with her superstar husband, she has been able to give even more. She’s a good mix of businesswoman and kindhearted and also finds ways to balance her career life and family.
Ashley Thompson – Biography
The business mogul was born on the 2nd of December 1980 in Memphis, Tennessee. She was born to parents Bill and Marsha and has three siblings – sisters Allison and Leigh, and brother Will. Ashley’s mother was a housewife and her father was an investment banker. The birth of her love for business began as she watched her father work.
While in school, she was exceptional with her grades and was also an active member of extracurricular groups. From fundraisers to cultural events organized by the school, it wasn’t difficult to find Ashley pouring her energy into it. Her junior school days had her in a program called Service Over Self. It was a weekly run program that had students help with renovations and repairs of homes in residential Memphis. Her foray into charities saw her help in educating young boys and girls on Saturdays as part of her community service. Her philanthropy and community services made her a member of Ascensus Society.
Also, her extracurricular activities saw her as a member of the Girl Scout Cookie Program and her work merited her several Cookie Rewards back to back. She was once honored for receiving the highest amount for a charity event but gave the winnings to a fellow member in exchange for a deal. At this point, her business savvy skills began to surface.
Ashley Thompson attended the University of Virginia where she studied Finance and Marketing. She graduated in 1997. Following her graduation, Ashley Thompson ventured into real estate development. The earlier years of her career saw her build three spec homes in Tennessee. With time, her real estate business continued growing and she became well known for her marketing skills. Ashley Thompson has plans to expand her business to Indianapolis, working on a residential development plan for the state capital.
Ashley is also a shareholder in the basketball team the Memphis Grizzlies alongside Justin Timberlake, Penny Hardway, and Harold Ford Jr.
Facts About Peyton Manning’s Wife
Ashley Thompson is married to college sweetheart and former American football quarterback Peyton Manning. The two were introduced to each other by their parents in the summer of 1993 when they were next-door neighbors. Afterwards, Ashley and Peyton kept in touch, growing their relationship steadily throughout college. When they both graduated, they maintained their blossoming relationship. Together, they created the PeyBack Foundation in 1999, a charity organization aimed at helping disadvantaged youths. On the 17th of March, 2001 the couple tied the knot at a ceremony held in Memphis, Tennessee.
Ashley Thompson has been a driving force to her husband, pushing him on even when he wasn’t sure of the way forward. When Peyton suffered a year-long injury in 2011 and had thoughts of quitting football, she convinced him to continue. His decision to continue would prove to be fruitful as Peyton got rewarded with a Superbowl Winners Medal with the Denver Broncos in the 2015-16 season. Peyton would later retire in 2016.
Even though Peyton Manning is well known and constantly in the public eye, Ashley Thompson has taken a step away from the limelight and chosen to support her husband behind the spotlight. Their marriage has been blessed with twins – Marshall Williams Manning and Mosley Thompson Manning both born on the 31st of March, 2011.
Reports by news channel Al Jazeera surfaced that the couple was involved in the use of drugs. Most specifically it claimed that Peyton used illegal performance-enhancing drugs during his time with the Indianapolis Colts. He allegedly escaped the radar by ordering the drugs in his wife’s name, creating no trail to him. Peyton denied the claims and his wife Ashley Thompson provided proof that she, and not her husband, was the one using the drugs.
Shortly after the drug allegations, rumors also surfaced that there was trouble in paradise as a result of Peyton’s infidelity to his wife. These rumors didn’t hold much water for long as the two were spotted constantly together at different events, showing there are no major problems in the marriage.