Jeff Gordon, as a retired Hall of Fame NASCAR race driver, has been listed on all noteworthy publications as one of the greatest stock car racing drivers in history.
In his career, Gordon had 81 pole position starts and has managed a total of 93 race wins; the most by any driver in modern history and third on the all-time list. Among those victories are three Daytona 500 races and four Sprint Cup wins. The Daytona victories were in 1997, 1999, and 2005 while the Sprint Cup wins came in 1995, 1997, 1998, and 2001.
Jeff Gordon Biography (Age)
Gordon was born Jeffery Michael Gordon to Carol Ann Bickford (nee Houston) and William Grinnell Gordon on August 4, 1971, in Vallejo, California. He was, however, raised by his mother and stepfather, John Bickford whom she married sometime in the 70s after divorcing Gordon’s biological father when he was six months old.
Jeff is of Scotch and Irish ancestry. As a child, he was fascinated by bicycles. His stepfather bought him one when he was four years and from then, his interest in riding grew. About a year later, Gordon began racing quarter midgets and was noted to be a very brilliant racer.
By the time he was six, he had already set track records and was winning almost every event he entered. It is reported that around the age of 12, due to his continued success in the sport, Gordon became bored and opted to go try his hand in another sport. However, he later returned to it although moving over to sprint car racing where he continued to show his brilliance. At 16, Gordon was the youngest person to ever get awarded a United States Auto Club racing license.
Jeff Gordon attended Tri-West Hendricks High School in Lizton, Indiana. He graduated in 1989 and fully focused on auto racing, competing in events across the globe before making his way to become the famed NASCAR driver he is today.
His Cars and Net Worth
The 2018 Motorsports Hall of Fame of America and 2019 NASCAR Hall of Fame inductee is said to have a net worth of around $200 million. The four-time Sprint Cup series champion was able to amass such wealth from the contracts he has signed with his team, Hendrick Motorsports, as well as through cash prices won from races and from endorsement deals with companies such as Gillette, Pepsi, and Sunoco.
Jeff Gordon further has equity in his team and co-owns another of his teams’ car which is driven by six-time Sprint Cup winner, Jimmie Johnson in addition to his No. 24 Chevrolet SS.
Jeff’s Wife and Family
Jeff Gordon is in his second marriage. He is married to Belgian model Ingrid Vandebosch who is best known for modeling for Christian Dior and appearing in women, lifestyle, and fashion magazines such as Vogue, Marie Claire, and Glamour. The pair first met each other in 2002 at a dinner party of a mutual friend in The Hamptons but only began exclusively seeing each other in 2004. After two years of getting to know each other well, Gordon announced that he had proposed to Vandebosch and that they were getting married almost immediately.
The couple exchanged vows on November 7, 2006, at a small ceremony in Mexico in front of close family and friends. Together, Gordon and Vandebosch have two children; daughter Ella Sofia Gordon, born on the 20th of June, 2007, and son Leo Benjamin Gordon, born on the 9th of August, 2010.
Jeff Gordon was previously married to former beauty pageant winner Jennifer Brooke Sealey. Gordon and Sealey were married from 1994 to 2003 when their divorce was finalized.
Is He Gay?
Jeff Gordon is not gay. As you can see above, he is happily married. The legendary NASCAR driver was falsely reported to be in a homosexual relationship with openly gay race car driver Stephen Rhodes by a fake news website in 2014.
The story was a clickbait aimed to fool social media users and also bring considerable traffic to the website carrying the story. It was similar to the celebrity death hoax stories that falsely reported the deaths of other famous people.
Height, Weight, and Other Facts
Birth Name: Jeffery Michael Gordon
Date of Birth: August 4, 1971
Place of Birth: Vallejo, California
Height: 5 feet 8 inches (1.73 m)
Weight: 68kg (150 lb)
Zodiac Sign: Leo