Sometimes even kids of famous parents don’t make a name for themselves until they get into a relationship with someone else whose name has been in the news. One is the son of NBA legend Jerry West, who remained largely unknown until his marriage to famed golfer Michelle Wie.
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So, who is Jonnie West, Michelle Wie’s husband, and a rising name on the basketball court?
Early life and education
Jonnie West was born on May 18, 1988 in Santa Monica, California, USA.
Michelle Wie is officially off the market! She got engaged this weekend to Jonnie West, son of NBA legend Jerry West. (📷: Instagram/@TheMichelleWie)
His father is famed American basketball manager and former National Basketball Association (NBA) “Los Angeles Lakers” player, Jerome “Jerry” West, and his mother is Jerry’s second and current husband, Karen West. His uncles were David West and Charles West. He has a biological brother, Ryan, and three half-brothers, Mark, David, and Michael, from his parents’ first wife, Martha Jane Kane. Jonnie’s ethnicity is white and his zodiac sign is Taurus.
Jonnie attended Lausanne Collegiate School in Memphis, Tennessee, USA. He grew up watching his father play basketball and decided to follow in his footsteps at a young age.
He graduated from West Virginia University in 2010 with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Sport Management, and during this time he also played guard for the “West Virginia Mountaineers”, the university’s basketball team, achieving prominent successes, earning proves that this sport is in his genes. The following year he received his Master’s Degree in Business Administration (MBA) from the same university, and soon after took the final steps to build a career of his own.
Aside from playing the sport, Jonnie decided to focus his career on management in basketball, and started under former sports agent Arn Tellem at “Wasserman Media Group”, and right after that he worked with the team director of “Warrior’s G-League” of basketball operations from Santa Cruz.
The big moment for his career was when he got the chance to face the “Golden State Warriors” during their visit to Los Angeles. He observed their management, focused on becoming an NBA General Manager himself, and learned a lot from this experience.
In 2014, Jonnie was promoted to Associate General Manager of the NBA G league team “Santa Cruz Warriors” from California. A member of golf “TPC Stonebrae Country Club” he also helped Stephen Curry, one of the bigger players on the team, achieve an “Impressive 71” at the 2017 golf tournament. West stepped in as Curry’s caddy instead of Bryant Barr, and the rest is history.
In August 2018, West was named Director of Basketball Operations for the “Golden State Warriors” in Oakland, California.
Relationship with Michelle Wie
On Sunday 10e In March 2019, Jonnie West proposed to his girlfriend, Michelle Sung Wie, in a private ceremony. The engagement was announced on Wie’s official Instagram page, with the caption: ‘My person for life’. The engagement came as a surprise as they both kept their relationship completely private until January of the same year and it is still not revealed when the couple started dating.
Five months after going public with their engagement, the couple tied the knot in a grand ceremony in Los Angeles in August 2019. The two were surrounded by both “Golden State Warriors” members and LPGA players. Unlike the beginning of their relationship, the wedding was published on Wie’s Instagram.
Michelle Wie is a professional golfer who first came to notice when she became the youngest player to qualify for a USGA amateur championship at age 10. She then became the youngest winner of the U.S. Women’s Amateur Public Links and the youngest person to qualify for an LPGA Tour event, and the youngest woman to compete against men in a PGA Tour event at age 14.
Now she plays on the LPGA Tour and has a prominent sports career. However, after a year-old injury to her wrist got worse in 2019, she had to put her professional life on hold and withdraw from the HSBC Women’s World Championship.
West always struggled to get out of his father’s shadow. In a interview for TheAtlethic.com about him caddying Curry at the golf tournament, he said, “I’ve always tried to do things without being his son. It is impossible to avoid. It is. It’s about embracing it and knowing how to use it to your advantage. I’ve learned so much from him, not only because he’s my father, but also because I spent so much time with him.’ Jonnie also appears in his father’s memoir titled “West by West: My Charmed, Tormented Life”.
His favorite actors are Vin Diesel and Jennifer Lopez.
His favorite dish is anything from Italian cuisine.
Jonnie and his wife currently live in their $3 million mansion in San Francisco, California. Their 2,938-square-foot home is located near Twin Peaks and has five bedrooms and five bathrooms. Despite both being public figures, the two try to keep their private lives somewhat hidden from the thirsty eyes of the paparazzi.
His father, Jerry West, has an estimated net worth of $55 million. In comparison, Jonnie’s earnings are much smaller and his net worth is estimated to be around $750,000 – but this difference should not be a problem as Jonnie has only really started his career and his time to shine is yet to come. Also himself mention that he is quite satisfied with the amount of money he earns.
Jonnie is a white man with short dark hair and brown eyes. Like most basketball players, he is tall, 190 cm tall – although only two centimeters taller than his wife, who is 185 cm tall – and weighs about 85 kg. His body measurements are 42-32-37, with his biceps measuring at 16 inches. His US shoe size is 12.