It wasn’t until 2016 that Laurie Hernandez tumbled onto the scene – and into our hearts. The 16-year-old gymnast not only helped the Final Five earn gold medals at the Rio Olympics, but her run on Dancing With the Stars turned her into America’s Sweetheart and the season 23 champion. But how much have her acrobatic skills and dancing ability earned her?
Laurie Hernandez Net Worth as of 2016: $2 million
Yup. While you thought making $10 an hour tutoring at college was bank, Laurie hasn’t even graduated high school and her bank account is bigger than most people three times her age! Find out how she accumulated such a fortune below.
2012 – 2015
At age 12, Laurie began her elite gymnastics career after starting the sport when she was just 5. Despite a couple injuries that put her on the sidelines in 2014, her junior career was extremely successful. The Jersey girl represented the United States in international competitions in addition to several U.S. Classics titles. However, her bank account really started booming when she began her senior career.
Talk about a big year! In 2016, Laurie made her senior debut with a bang, earning the bronze medal in the all-around as well as a silver medal on vault and a gold medal on balance beam.
At the Olympic Trials in early July, Hernandez placed second in the all-around behind Simone Biles. She was named to the Olympic team with Simone, Gabby Douglas, Aly Raisman, and Madison Kocian, collectively known as the Final Five.
Laurie helped Team USA earn gold with impressive performances on the vault, balance beam, and floor exercise. Her scores even qualified her for the individual event for balance beam. With a score of 15.333, she earned the silver medal in the event behind a Dutch gymnast, beating out her teammate Simone.
After Rio, Laurie hit the dance floor, competing on season 23 of Dancing With the Stars. According to Gawker, contestants are paid on a sliding scale with their earning increases as the competition goes on. All the celebs get a signing bonus, and the outlet reported that in 2010 each contestant was given $10,000 for staying on for weeks 3 and 4, $20,000 for weeks 5 and 6, and $30,000 for weeks 7 and 8. The finalists earn $50,000 for appearing in the final two installments. That means Laurie earned $345,000 for her win on the show – if the pay didn’t increase since 2010 (which it almost definitely has!).
Laurie is keeping her dancing shoes on in 2017, joining the Dancing With the Stars live tour while the show is on hiatus. Although it’s unknown how much Laurie will make for her appearances, we can only assume that her bank account is going to continue to rise in the new year.