What is the Net Worth of Michelle Kwan?

Michelle Kwan Net Worth is US$ 12 Million as of January 2023.

Net WorthUS$ 12 Million
Born:July 7, 1980 (43 Years)
Full NameKwan Shan Wing
Height5′ 1″ (1.57 m)
Country of OriginTorrance, The U.S.
Source of WealthFigure Skating, Sports
Marital StatusMarried
Spouse(s)Clay Pell (m. 2013 – div. 2017)
ChildrenKalista Bella Kwan
Famous ForFigure Skater


Michelle Wingshan Kwan is a former American figure skater born on July 7, 1980. She has won two Olympic medals (bronze in 2002 and silver in 1998), five World titles (1996, 1998, 2000, 2001, 2003), and nine American titles (1996, 1998–2005). She shares the all-time National Championship record with Maribel Vinson.

Kwan additionally won five World Championship gold medals. Kwan was the third child of Chinese immigrants from Hong Kong, Danny Kwan and Estella Kwan, in California.



  • Kwan won the world junior title.
  • She finished in the top ten of the world senior championship at the age of 13.


When she was 15, she became a world champion.


She decided to pursue a Bachelor’s degree in international studies with a minor in political science at the University of Denver.


President Joe Biden announced his intention to nominate Kwan as U.S. Ambassador to Belize.

Early Life

Michelle Kwan is the youngest of Danny and Estella Kwan’s three children, all of Chinese descent. She and her older sister were competitive figure skaters as kids, and her older brother played ice hockey. Both of Kwan’s parents held down multiple jobs to support their two gifted daughters’ hours of before- and after-school skating. The family’s financial situation became so tight that they could no longer pay for instruction.

Both of the girls were able to train at the Ice Castle International Training Center in Lake Arrowhead, California, thanks to financial support from the Los Angeles Figure Skating Club. At eight, Michelle began preparing for high-level figure skating competitions. In 1991, she started working with renowned skating coach Frank Carroll. At the age of 12, Kwan participated in her first U.S. Figure Skating Championship under Carroll, and at the age of 13, she finished ninth in the World Championships.


Kwan shared the record for the most world titles by an American with Carol Heiss. The total of nine world medals won by Kwan is the most by an American skater in any discipline. Sonia Henie of Norway is the only female singles skater with more medals or world titles. In 1996, 1998–2005, Kwan won nine U.S. Championships, matching Maribel Vinson-record Owen’s for most victories (1928-1933, 1935–1937).

However, she currently holds the record for the most consecutive U.S. Championship medals and titles (eight) (twelve). She also won the bronze medal in the Olympics in Salt Lake City in 2002 and the silver medal at the 1998 Nagano Olympics. Kwan holds the singles record under the previous 6.0 judging method, with a total of 57 flawless scores (6.0s) at significant events.

Brand Endorsement

She had many endorsement contracts throughout her career, including Got Milk, Kraft, Mattel, Maxxis, Coca-Cola, Aim Funds, Campbell’s, Royal Caribbean International, United Airlines, Starbucks, Visa, and Yoplait.


  • Chinese American Museum (1999)
  • Highest-Paid Female Athletes (2000)
  • Rafael Arutyunyan (2003)
  • Ed Tufts University (2011)
  • California Sports Hall of Fame (2017)

Favorite Quotes from Michelle Kwan

Favorite Quote 1 from Michelle Kwan

“The biggest lessons I learned were probably the times where I had the biggest setbacks and the biggest challenges – when I had the biggest jumps forward and lessons learned.”

-Michelle Kwan
Favorite Quote 2 from Michelle Kwan

“To represent your country is an honor and a great experience.”

– Michelle Kwan
Favorite Quote 3 from Michelle Kwan

“What I love the most is getting on the ice and popping in a fabulous CD and skating – all alone, the rink completely empty, just me and the music.”

– Michelle Kwan
Favorite Quote 4 from Michelle Kwan

“I don’t remember a time younger than 5 years old that I didn’t have skates on because all I can remember is every day, tying up my skates and a big smile on my face, excited to go on the ice.”

– Michelle Kwan
Favorite Quote 5 from Michelle Kwan

“There’s a lot of emotions that always come out after a skate of a lifetime. I always start crying because there is so much buildup to that competition.”

– Michelle Kwan
Favorite Quote 6 from Michelle Kwan

“I tell aspiring young skaters to dream big, work hard, have fun, and follow their passion. It’s simple to say never give up, but learn from your mistakes to keep growing.”

– Michelle Kwan
Favorite Quote 7 from Michelle Kwan

“Looking back, I feel fortunate to have had such a long career. Many skaters end their careers in their early 20s. I had the opportunity to go to two Olympic Games – almost three after being the alternate in 1994 and then in 2006 being injured.”

– Michelle Kwan
Favorite Quote 8 from Michelle Kwan

“To be the best, you need to be the most well-trained and well-prepared athlete you can be. The pressure is going to be all around you. You just have to make sure that your body and mind are fine-tuned. Then you go out there and do it.”

– Michelle Kwan
Favorite Quote 9 from Michelle Kwan

“I would encourage people to participate in sports. You don’t have to dream of being an Olympic or a professional athlete.”

-Michelle Kwan
Favorite Quote 10 from Michelle Kwan

 “Even at a young age, when you start to do well, it’s tough because it’s lonely on top, and I wasn’t the most popular.”

– Michelle Kwan

Frequently Asked Questions

How much money does Michelle Kwan have?

Michelle Kwan Net worth is US$12 million.

How old is Michelle Kwan?

Michelle Kwan is 42 years old.


On July 7, 1980, Michelle Kwan was born in Torrance, California. Kwan exhibited an interest in figure skating when she followed Ron and Karen. Kwan won the global junior championship in 1994. She placed in the top 10 in the global senior championship the following year when she was just 13 years old. She placed among the top ten competitors in the global senior competition. Michelle Kwan won the title of world champion at the age of 15.