Virat Kohli is one of the most recognizable name in the world of cricket because of his excellent batting for the Indian cricket team and he is also currently the captain of the Indian team in all the formats of the game.
Having debuted for the national team in 2008, Kohli has broken many records and has garnered huge success in such a short period of time.
The right-handed batsman, who is often regarded as one of the best batsmen in the world presently, was born on 5 November 1988 in a Punjabi family in Delhi.
His father, Prem Kohli, is a criminal lawyer by profession and his mother, Saroj Kohli, is a housewife. Virat also has an older brother named Vikash and an older sister named Bhavna.
From a tender age of three, Kohli used to pick up a cricket bat and start swinging and often asked his father to bowl at him. His love for cricket came from his childhood inspiration Sachin Tendulkar, with whom Kohli is presently being compared.
Kohli has been dating the Bollywood actress Anushka Sharma since 2013, and their couple soon got a nickname of “Virushka” from their fans. After dating for almost five years, the couple married on 11 December 2017 at a private ceremony in Florence, Italy.
Virat Kohli Various Contracts
Due to the recent change in the pay scale made by BCCI, Kohli is currently getting a salary of Rs. 7 crores a year as he is listed under the Grade A+ contract.
Apart from that, Kohli was contracted by the Vijay Mallya-owned Indian Premier League franchise Royal Challengers Bangalore as a youth contract for $30,000 in March 2008.
He currently captains the Royal Challengers Bangalore side and earns a salary of $2.5 million, making him the highest paid IPL player currently according to the website ESPN.
Virat Kohli Other Businesses
Kohli has always told the media that apart from cricket, football has always been his second favourite sport, and because of his “keenness in football” he became the co-owner of Indian Super League club FC Goa.
Regarding his co-ownership he said that he "wanted football to grow in India". He added, "It's a business venture for me for the future. Cricket's not going to last forever and I'm keeping all my options open after retirement."
He also became the co-owner of UAE Royals in September 2015, a franchise playing in the International Premier Tennis League. That same year in the month of December, he became the co-owner of JSW-owned Bengaluru Yodhas, which is a franchise in the Pro Wrestling League.
In November of 2014, he partnered with Anjana Reddy’s Universal Sportsbiz (USPL) and launched WROGN, a youth fashion brand. The brand started producing clothing in 2015 for men’s casual wear and later the brand tied knots with Myntra and Shopper’s Stop.
Later in 2014 he became the brand ambassador and shareholder for the social networking venture ‘Sport Convo’, a company which is based in London.
In 2015, Kohli started a chain of gyms and fitness centres all across the country by investing Rs. 90 crores (US$ 13 million).
The project was launched under the name ‘Chisel’, and it was jointly owned by Kohli, Chisel India and CSE (Cornerstone Sport and Entertainment), which is the agency that looks and manages Kohli’s commercial interests.
Kohli also started the Stepathlon Kids along with the Stepathlon Lifestyle in 2015. This venture is regarded as a fitness venture for children.
Virat Kohli Endorsements
Virat Kohli earns a huge chunk of money from his endorsement deals as he endorses for 17 companies as of now.
The companies include Puma, MRF, Audi, Tissot, Toyota, Boost Drink, BSF (Border Security Force), Fastrack, Nike, Red Chief Shoes, Manyavar, TVS, Fair and Lovely, Pepsi Ad, Flying Machine Ad, Colgate, Palmolive.
Kohli’s bat deal with MRF is regarded to be the costliest deal in the history of Indian cricket, and recently extended his contract for eight years for $15 million.
In 2017, Kohli has extended his contract with Puma for eight years and the endorsement deal is worth about Rs. 110 crore.
It is reported that Kohli charges almost $1 million a day for shooting for the endorsement companies. Kohli, who previously earned $19 million from the endorsement deals, will now be earning $34 million.
Virat Kohli Net Worth
Kohli has a staggering $144 million brand value to his name, as he overtook Shahrukh Khan as country’s top-ranked celebrity, and is ranked 89th in the list for highest paid athletes for 2017.
Kohli hogs sports news in India like anything and his net worth has increased from $15 million to $22 million during the past years and is currently at $24 million.
Keeping everything in mind, his brand value, his salary and his endorsements, Virat Kohli boasts of a net worth of total $63 million (420 crores).
Virat Kohli House
Virat Kohli house in Meera Bagh, Paschim Vihar, Delhi
Virat Kohli house in Gurugram, Gurgaon
Virat Kohli house in 35th floor of the Omkar '1973' in Worli, Mumbai
Virat Kohli Cars & Bikes
Audi R8 LMX
Audi R8 V10 Plus
Audi RS6 Avant
Audi A7 W12
Audi A81 W12 Quattro
Aston Martin DBS
Renault Duster 110ps
Toyota Fortuner 4x4