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How Athletes Go Bankrupt

How Athletes Go Bankrupt

I just read about professional hockey player Jack Johnson’s financial troubles. We’ve heard this story many times before with other athletes and celebrities, but I still get sick to my stomach every time I see this because it is entirely preventable. There is no reason an athlete who works for nine years — traveling all over the country and spending time away from his family — should end up bankrupt. I wrote a Forbes column recently titled “How to Lose $20 Million: The Sudden Wealth Problems of Professional Athletes” that describes just how easy it is to go through $20 million. Although it is easy, again, it is entirely preventable.


About the Sudden Wealth Financial Advisor

Robert Pagliarini, PhD, CFP®, EA has over 26 years of financial planning and investment management for the suddenly wealthy. Robert is a CFP® Ambassador, one of only 50 in the country, and a real fiduciary. He authored the book The Sudden Wealth Solution: 12 Principles to Transform Sudden Wealth Into Lasting Wealth in hopes to help those deal with sudden wealth and the emotions that come along with it. In addition to his Ph.D. in financial and retirement planning, he earned a Master's in Psychology to better understand and be equipped when helping clients manage a windfall. He has helped clients from across the United States who have received a windfall from an inheritance, lawsuit settlement, business sale, stock options, sports and entertainment contracts to make sense of their sudden wealth. When he is not helping the suddenly wealthy, you can find him writing personal finance books and articles for Forbes. If you're needing help managing wealth, contact Robert directly.

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