How does Rafael Nadal spend his US$200 million fortune? The tennis star splurges on luxury cars, a yacht and chalet at his hometown of Mallorca, and his very own tennis academy

From shelling out on luxury yachts to building training academies for future tennis stars like himself, here’s how Rafael Nadal spends his money. Photos: @DailyStar_Sport/Twitter; @rafaelnadal, @rafanadalacademy/Instagram
Merely mention “tennis”, and Rafael Nadal will be one of the first names to come to mind. Known as the “King of Clay” for his ability on that type of courts, he is one of two male tennis players to have 20 grand slam titles under his belt (the other being long-time rival and friend Roger Federer).
Rafael Nadal poses with his trophy after winning his men’s singles final against Novak Djokovic of Serbia at the Italian Open tennis tournament in Rome, Italy, on May 16. Photo: EPA-EFE

According to Forbes, the Spanish player has won over US$121 million in prize money since he went pro in 2001; this is on top of his endorsements for brands such as Nike, Babolat and Kia. Celebrity Net Worth estimates his value to be at US$200 million.

So what does he like to spend his money on?

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His own tennis academy

The Rafa Nadal Academy also homes an international school which lets students juggle between education and tennis training at the same time. Photo: @rafanadalacademy/Instagram

In 2016, Nadal announced the launch of his own tennis school, the Rafa Nadal Academy by Movistar. Located in his hometown of Mallorca, Spain, the academy was once the place where he trained for his grand slam titles.

The Rafa Nadal Academy not only allows players to train, but also serves as a location for spectators to view tennis matches too. Photo: @rafanadalacademy/Instagram

The sprawling estate contains 19 hard courts, an indoor court, clay courts, its own fitness centre, indoor and outdoor pools and a wellness spa. To top it off, the academy is also home to the Rafa Nadal International School, which allows tennis students to create their own flexible schedule between education and tennis training.

His luxury car collection

With cars like the Ferrari 458 Italia and Aston Martin DBS, it’s no surprise that Rafael Nadal is an avid car lover. Photo: @mercedescup/Instagram

Nadal is an avid car collector. As the face of Kia Motors, he is the proud owner of a Kia Stinger, the brand’s high-powered sports car model. The tennis champion also owns an Aston Martin DBS, which was made popular by James Bond in the film Casino Royale. The car is estimated to be worth US$314,000 in 2021.

Rafael Nadal made an appearance at the vehicle handover ceremony at the Australian Open in 2019 alongside the Kia Cerato. Photo: @kiaaustralia/Twitter

When he’s not driving like Bond, Nadal zips around in his Ferrari 458 Italia, which has dubbed one of the best modern Ferraris. The price of the car starts at US$239,000 and goes upwards of that with any modifications.

Nadal is also a fan of Mercedes-Benz, as he has a convertible SL55 AMG Roadster and an AMG GT-S in his car collection.

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A 24-metre yacht

Rafael Nadal commissioned a yacht to be delivered to him directly in Mallorca. Photo: @rafaelnadalfans/Instagram

In 2020, Nadal commissioned a customised 24-metre (80-foot) Sunreef 80 Power yacht from catamaran manufacturer Sunreef.

Rafael Nadal bought his 24-metre yacht for around US$6.2 million. Photo: @FOS/Twitter

Delivered directly to the star in his hometown of Mallorca, Spain, the yacht spans nearly 4,000 sq ft and is one of the largest in its class. According to Insider, the yacht contains a wet bar, a main deck saloon, guest cabins and a luxurious owner’s suite.

A 7,000 square metre Mallorcan-style chalet

Rafael Nadal’s chalet isn’t just fit for a holiday getaway, but also for his long-term residence as well. Photo: @rafaelnadal/Instagram

When he’s not driving around in his luxury vehicles or relaxing on his yacht, Nadal likes to hang out in his Mallorcan beachfront chalet.

Rafael Nadal’s chalet looks out to the ocean, providing him with stunning views. Photo: @rafaelnadal/Instagram

The star told CBS News that he bought the property, estimated to be worth US$4.3 million, because it was across the bay from his parents and he is able to park his yacht nearby.

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Investments in a restaurant chain and a high-end residential property

Fellow athletes like Pau Gasol and Cristiano Ronaldo, Nadal turns his attention to investing in Tatel, a restaurant with multiple chains not only in Spain. Photo: @tatelrestaurants/Instagram
Alongside fellow athletes Pau Gasol and Cristiano Ronaldo, Nadal invested in Tatel, which is a Spanish restaurant chain with locations in Madrid, Beverly Hills and Ibiza.
Rafael Nadal teamed up with singer Enrique Iglesias to open a new branch of Tatel on South Beach, Miami. Photo: @ForbesLife/Twitter

Apart from his foray into gastronomy, he also invested in a 19th century building in Madrid, which reportedly cost him nearly US$30 million. The building will apparently be converted into an elite residential property in the Spanish capital.

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  • His garage includes a Ferrari 458 Italia, two Mercedes-Benzes, an Aston Martin DBS – made popular by James Bond film Casino Royale – and a Kia Stinger
  • Alongside Cristiano Ronaldo, Nadal invested in Spanish restaurant chain Tatel, with locations in Madrid, Beverly Hills and Ibiza – and he has a brand deal with Nike too