How much is Lopez Lomong worth?
|Net Worth:||$3 Million
|Date of Birth:||January 5, 1985|
About Lopez Lomong
Lopez Lomong was born on January 5, 1985 and is a South Sudanese-born American track and field athlete with an estimated net worth of $3 million. Lopez Lomong’s childhood ended when he was 6 years old. Rebels took him at gunpoint from his parents and held him in a militia camp, training him as a soldier for the next eight years.
At times he was packed into a hut with 80 other boys and survived on a diet of sorghum mixed with sand. With three of his friends, he made his escape one night and ran for three days straight until he found help.
Separated from his family, he lived in a refugee camp run by Catholic missionaries near Nairobi for 10 years.
Born Lopepe Lomong in 1985 in Kimotong, South Sudan, he got the nickname “Lopez” at the camp.
In 2001, he wrote an essay about how he would live if he ever got the chance to come to the United States. The essay earned him that improbable chance: A family in upstate New York sponsored him and brought him to the United States. Robert and Barbara Rogers became his foster parents and made his new life possible. The Rogers family has since sponsored many other refugees from Sudan.
Lomong’s parents and his two younger brothers assumed he was killed during the war, and Lomong assumed the same about them. But in 2003, they were reunited. They met in Kimotong, and his parents took him to a pile of stones — it was the memorial at a makeshift gravesite where they believed their son had died.
As a child, Lomong had always run and his natural talent was apparent. When he escaped the rebels, he ran for three days through the African wilderness until he crossed the border into Kenya.
When he came to America, he kept running. He enrolled at Tully High School in Tully, N.Y., and helped lead the track and cross country teams to state championships.
Recruiters from Northern Arizona University took notice and gave him a scholarship. Lomong, who ran for his life in Sudan, soon found himself running in Flagstaff, Ariz. By 2007, Lomong had become the NCAA indoor champion at 3,000 meters and the outdoor 1,500-meter champion.
In 2007, he also gained his U.S. citizenship, and then won a spot on the U.S. Olympic Team that was heading for Beijing. Team USA chose Lomong to carry the flag at the opening ceremonies, and he made it to the semifinals in the 1,500 meters.
In June 2012, Lomong qualified for the London Olympics in the 5,000-meter event. He is one of at least 40 foreign-born athletes to compete for the United States in the Games.
“I love the United States,” he said. “This is the country that gives me a second chance. This is my gift, to give back to this country that has given me a second chance. I owe this country so much. I owe the fans. I love it so much. I wear the uniform with pride. I hold my head high and say, ‘I am an American.'”
Lomong tells people he is one of the luckiest Lost Boys. Thousands of children in Sudan drowned trying to flee the war, or were eaten by wild animals or shot by rebels.
He has studied hotel management at Northern Arizona University and hopes to return to Sudan one day to start a business and help develop tourism in his homeland. He also started the Lopez Lomong Foundation which helps support relief efforts in Sudan.
Lomong collaborated with Mark Tabb to write his autobiography, Running for My Life, which was released this year.
At the 2019 USATF Outdoor Championship, Lomong repeated as 10,000 metres national champion. As of 2023, Lopez Lomong’s net worth is estimated to be $3 million. He finished first in the 5000 metres, becoming the first to double in the two national championship events since 2012.