David Beckham OBE (born 2 May 1975)
David Beckham is a former British footballer who rose to fame while playing for Manchester United.
Net worth: David Beckham has a net worth of $350 million according to various different sources.
Football career: When he was 16, David Beckham signed to play for Manchester United alongside Ryan Giggs, Gary Neville and Paul Scholes. He became officially professional two years later. He took a break from the team to play for Preston North End, but soon returned in 1995. Beckham cemented himself as Man U's right-sided midfielder and by 1996, he was recognised everywhere having scored an impressive goal against Wimbledon. The following year, he took over Eric Cantona's number 7 T-shirt. In the early 2000s, he and manager Alex Ferguson struggled to find common ground. Ferguson eventually fined Beckham for taking time off to care for his sick son Brooklyn, despite his wife apparently being able to look after him instead.
Between 2000 and 2001, United became the first team ever to land three Premier League titles consecutively, due to Beckham's dedication to the sport. The team missed out on a title in 2002 after he broke his foot during a match against Deportivo La Coruña. In 2003, he had to get stitches near his eye when Ferguson launched a boot at his face. Despite tensions in the team, however, they still performed well and Beckham landed Officer of the Most Excellent Order of the British Empire. That year he also transferred to Spanish team Real Madrid, though he was forced to drop his famous number 7 for a number 23. In 2007, he signed with American team LA Galaxy, but was briefly loaned to Milan in 2009 for the first of two temporary stints he would take with that team. In 2013, he signed a 5-month contract with Paris Saint-Germain, before retiring later that year. His last match saw him don a pair of special Union Jack boots bearing the names of his wife and children.
Charity work: Among his other business ventures David Beckham has ran an Academy football school between 2005 and 2009. He has also been involved in various charity work and is named in Sunday Times' Top 10 most generous celebrities list (2016). In the list he comes in third having raised £5m through The Victoria and David Beckham Charitable Trust which he and his wife run. He has supported Unicef since 2005 and became a GoodWill Ambassador for their sports for development program making this one of his priorities. His work with the charity has enabled him to combine his passion for football and fundraising by playing charity matches all over the world. He is also a founding member of the Malaria No More UK Leadership Council and launched the charity with fellow sportsman Andy Murray.
Career after football: In addition to his numerous charity involvement he has appeared in films such as Bend it Like Beckham (2002), Goal!:The dream begins (2005) and more recently The Man from U.N.C.L.E (2015). Other work includes endorsing different products and brands as well as promoting his own swimwear and underwear range for H&M. He has also modelled for the likes of Calvin Klein and was named as one of GQ's 50 best dressed men in 2015.
David Beckham has launched his own Whiskey blend which is sold under the name The Haig Club in partnership with Diageo.
Personal life: David Beckham was born in London. His parents are hairdresser Sandra Georgina and kitchen fitter Ted Beckham. He has enjoyed football since he was a child, playing in a youth team and developing a love for Manchester United. He went to school at Chingford Foundation School. In 1999, he married Spice Girls star Victoria Adams (now just known as Victoria Beckham) and the pair have four children: Brooklyn, Romeo, Cruz and Harper Seven. In total David Beckham has 32 tattoos (as of 2016) in which four include the names of his family. In 2004, rumours emerged in the media that Beckham was having an affair with his ex-assistant Rebecca Loos, with model Sarah Marbeck also making similar claims. He denied both stories. Both David and Victoria are happily married and when rumors surfaced in 2012 about him having an affair with opera singer Katherine Jenkins he took to twitter to defend himself against the gossip which he referred to as nonsense. He struggles with obsessive compulsive disorder in regards to even numbers and straight lines.
Arthur might have an extraordinary destiny, but after his birthright was taken from him at a young age, he has grown up an agent of the streets of Londonium and now the idea that he has royal blood is almost laughable. That is until he manages to unsheath the mighty sword of Excalibur from a stone; a feat that can only be achieved be he who is worthy of the throne. This forces him to make a choice, he can ignore the destiny that is pressing in around him or he can seize it once and for all. He joins the kingdom's resistance and it's there he meets the beautiful Guinevere who encourages him to learn of the power that he wields and defeat the tyrannous Vortigern, avenging his parents and ending his rule for good.
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The singer's manager, Jonathan Shalit, decided to take the high road with his response to the leaked Beckham e-mails that allegedly called her OBE a "f***ing joke".
In leaked e-mails revealed over the weekend reported by The Sun, the 41 year old former England footballer, who received his own OBE back in 2003 and whose wife Victoria is set to receive one in the 2017 New Year’s Honours list, said of the Welsh singer: “Katherine Jenkins OBE for what? Singing at the rugby and going to see the troops plus taking coke. F***ing joke.”
On Monday (February 6th), the 36 year old singer’s manager, Professor Jonathan Shalit, had a subtle and somewhat classier response to what Beckham is supposed to have said, simply listing his client's achievements.
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Beckham Brand Holdings Ltd. made £39.5 million in pre-tax profits in 2015 - leading to just under £22,000 every day for the taxman.
It’s been revealed that David and Victoria Beckham pay nearly £22,000 to the taxman every single day courtesy of their global business empire, as the celebrity power couple revealed the healthy state of their finances.
The accounts of Beckham Brand Holdings Ltd., owned by the former England and Manchester United footballer, his ex-Spice Girl and fashion designer wife and Simon Fuller in equal amounts, show that their combined business dealings – David’s image rights and Victoria’s fashion lines - yielded pre-tax profits of £39.5 million in 2015, leading to £7.9 million worth of tax.
David and Victoria Beckham's business dealings mean £22k for the taxman every single day
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Desert Island Discs reveals some important memories for the football star.
David Beckham has always been a family man; with his wife of nearly 20 years and four children, that hardly needs to be said. But on the latest episode of 'Desert Island Discs', he reveals how that kind of love comes from his close relationship with family as a child.
David Beckham talks Ella Fitzgerald on Desert Island Discs
Having a close-knit family is something that the legendary soccer player has carried with him all his life. He opens up about such memories in the special 75th anniversary episode of BBC Radio 4 show 'Desert Island Discs', where he reveals that his first record to go with him on a Desert Island is Ella Fitzgerald's 'Every Time We Say Goodbye'.
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The Beckhams are a formidable family comprising a footballing dad, a fashion designing mum and four children of which the eldest three have so far branched out into photography, modelling and singing. Little Harper remains a talent untapped, but she is only five.
The Beckhams may be a brand but that's not why they're still together
Despite their formidable power as a family unit, David Beckham has rubbished claims that he and wife Victoria stay together for the sake of Brand Beckham.
David and Victoria Beckham arriving at London St Pancras Station from Paris on the Eurostar. - London, United Kingdom - Monday 23rd January 2017
Beckham will be Kirsty Young's guest on the special 75th anniversary episode of 'Desert Island Discs' on Radio 4 later in January.
The long-running British radio staple ‘Desert Island Discs’ has announced a huge celebrity for its 75th anniversary episode later this month in the shape of David Beckham.
More than 3,000 distinguished guests, ranging from the world of academia and politics to celebrity and sport, have appeared on the Radio 4 programme since it was broadcast for the very first time in January 1942.
In it, the guest is asked to choose eight recordings (usually, but not always, music), a book and a luxury item that they would want to have with them if they were stranded on a desert island. The guest is also asked about their life and career during the discussion, and the reasons for their choices.
Cara Delevingne, David Beckham, Rihanna and more hit the tat studio this year.
Tattoos are a huge part of many a celebrity's image so we were struck with a huge list of artwork that was done on our favourite stars this year. Some went for beautifully intricate designs, others for a meaningful nod to a friend or event, and others just did it because they could.
Cara Delevingne got inked many times this year
Here are our favourite tattoos from 2016:
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Mel C is set to perform an intimate gig for Victoria and David Beckham on New Year's Eve during their trip to the Maldives.
The Spice Girls band member - who was known as Sporty Spice in the popular girl group - has been invited to join her friend - who was known as Posh Spice - on their festive getaway to the Maldives with her boyfriend Joe Marshall, as well as Gordon and Tana Ramsey, which will see her perform in front of the couples during the break.
A source told The Sun newspaper: ''Victoria has been the instigator for the whole trip.
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The charity celebrates its 70th anniversary.
It's been a whole year since UNICEF launched its special '7' campaign with its Goodwill Ambassador of 10 years David Beckham, and this week the star took to the Empire State Building in New York City to celebrate the charity's own landmark 70th anniversary.
David Beckham lights up the Empire State Building
Last year, the '7: The David Beckham UNICEF Fund' was launched to mark the 10th anniversary of the former soccer star's time supporting the children's charity. This year we recognised 70 years of work that the foundation has done to support children all of the world who are suffering at the hands of war, violence, poverty, famine and disease.
Continue reading: David Beckham Illuminates The Empire State Building For UNICEF
Piers Morgan had led the criticisms over 11 year old Cruz's Christmas single last week, accusing David and Victoria of exploiting their family.
David Beckham has hit back at critics who have been accusing him and his wife Victoria of ‘pimping out’ their 11 year old son Cruz by allowing him to launch a singing career, denying that they were exploiting him.
The 41 year old English soccer icon appeared on ‘Good Morning America’ on Monday (December 12th), and said the controversy around his son’s singing career was totally overblown and that the single was only a one-off, done because Cruz “wanted to give back” to charity.
David Beckham defended the Christmas single released by his son Cruz (middle)
Date of birth
2nd May, 1975
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