How Andy Murray spends his millions
He might be humble but the tennis champ knows how to spend his fortune.July 11, 2016
He’s one of the most unassuming millionaires in professional sport. Even after winning Wimbledon yesterday and with it the winner’s cheque for $2.6 million, it’s highly unlikely you’ll see Andy Murray throwing his wallet around.
But that’s not to say he doesn’t know how to spend his well-earned fortune, he just does it with a bit more class and discretion than most pro athletes.
The Miami condo
Murray’s first major purchase was this condo in Miami, close to where he trains during the winter season. The 45th floor apartment cost $1.57m in 2008 and was originally three apartments before the tennis star converted them into one big space.
He must have outgrown it however as it’s currently on the market with a sale pending for around $2.99m, meaning Murray should make a nice profit.
The Surrey pile
At 22 years of age, Murray moved from his riverside pad in Wandsworth, London, to an $8m regency-style mansion in the affluent town of Oxshott, Surrey. The six-bedroom home includes an indoor pool with sauna and hot tub, a cinema, triple garage and a games room – Murray is known to be a big gamer.
With neighbours including pop stars and Premier League footballers, this is home for Murray and his family and is conveniently just a 30 minutes drive to Wimbledon. As he told us in our interview with him last year, relaxing here behind the privacy of its gates is his favourite pastime.
What’s in the triple garage you ask? Well not a Ferrari F430, not anymore. Murray drove the $200,000 Italian supercar for just five months before getting rid of it, losing some money on its depreciation in the process. It’s the one big, brash purchase that he has admitted was an error, saying he didn’t like the attention it brought him. He was just 21 at the time.
Losing the prancing horse, Murray – a lifelong James Bond fan – replaced it with an Aston Martin DB9, which we imagine still drew some attention, but in a more 007 kind of way. He's also owned a Range Rover Sport which he replaced with a Porsche Cayenne - which his wife Kim drives the most - but he still prefers to use his first ever car, a VW Polo.
He also drove a Jaguar XKR convertible for a while and given his sponsorship deal with the British carmaker, we wouldn’t be surprised to see the champ in an F-PACE before long.
Being an international jet-setting sports star Murray does a lot of travelling, and he doesn’t skimp on his transport. He’s known to use private jet operator NetJets when he’s playing in the US, and is often seen stepping into a helicopter near his Oxshott home.
Murray has said before that he doesn’t trust the financial markets with his money, and prefers instead to invest in property. In 2013 he stayed true to his word and bought Cromlix House, a five-star boutique hotel near his hometown of Dunblane, Scotland, for $2.6m.
He’s also invested in several start-ups via the UK-based crowd-funding platform Seedrs, including the ice cream company Oppo and Landbay, a peer-to-peer lending platform for mortgages.
The charitable work
As a global ambassador to several charities – World Wildlife Fund, United for Wildlife and Unicef to name a few – Murray donates a considerable chunk of his earnings to charity.
Earlier this year, he announced the Andy Murray Live tennis event taking place in Glasgow in September, which will raise money for local charity Young People’s Futures and Unicef. The event will see Murray play Gael Monfils in a singles match, before teaming up with his brother to play Monfils and Tim Henman in doubles.