|May 08, 1969
|54 YEARS OLD
Akebono Tarō, a renowned wrestler originally from Hawaii, has garnered quite a substantial net worth over the years. His estimated net worth in 2024 is speculated to fall within the range of $100,000 to $1 million. Akebono Tarō has made a name for himself in the wrestling industry, captivating audiences with his powerful presence and undeniable skills. Through his dedication, talent, and numerous achievements, he has succeeded in accumulating significant financial success throughout his career.
Former professional sumo wrestler most famous for becoming the first non-Japanese-born wrestler to earn the highest rank in sumo, also known as Yokozuna. He is one of the tallest and heaviest sumo wrestlers of all time and has earned 11 professional sumo championships throughout his career. He has also worked as a professional wrestler with numerous promotions including World Wrestling Entertainment, All Japan Pro Wrestling, and Hustle.
He was an All-Star center basketball player at Kaiser High School. After graduating, he earned a basketball scholarship and briefly attended Hawaii Pacific University. He initially planned for a career in hotel management, but was introduced to sumo wrestling champion Takamiyama, who trained him for his professional debut in 1988.
His sumo wrestling ring name, or shikona, is Akebono. It means "new dawn" in Japanese.
He is of Hawaiian descent. His parents are named Randolph and Janice Rowan. He also has two younger brothers, one of whom also became a sumo wrestler. In 1998, he married Christiane Reiko Kalina, with whom he has two sons and one daughter.
During his time with WWE in 2005, he faced up against well-known wrestlers Big Show, Carlos Colon, and Matt Morgan.