Ade Adepitan Net Worth And Wife: How Rich Is Wheelchair Basketball Player?

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An MBE honoree Ade Adepitan accumulated a net worth in the 7-digit figure- thanks to his career as a wheelchair basketball player & TV presenter.

Adepitan, a member of the UK wheelchair men’s basketball team, won a gold medal in the 2005 Paralympic World Cup. More than being a player, he is an inspirational figure to look to for differently-abled persons.

The Nigerian-born British player is a disability advocate and the first-ever differently-abled TV presenter in the UK, with a career spanning more than two decades.

Ade Adepitan, An English Wheelchair Basketball Player-Turned-TV Presenter
Ade Adepitan, An English Wheelchair Basketball Player-Turned-TV Presenter (Source: BBC)

Born on March 27, 1973, Adepitan, whose age is 50 is a Paralympian and host of the BBC sports program. His full name is Adedoyin Olayiwola Adepitan.

At 15 months old, he contracted polio which damaged his legs resulting in him being a wheelchair user.

With his expertise and vibrant personality, he not only attracted attention to his personal life but also, earned a decent sum of money.

Besides, his venture into sports, he also runs a YouTube channel that chronicles vlogs surrounding his family & relationship.

The wheelchair basketball star is married to his singer-songwriter wife, Linda Harrison, who goes by the stage moniker “Elle Exxe”. They share a child.

Ade Adepitan Net Worth: How Rich Is The Wheelchair Basketball Player?

From his venture as a wheelchair basketball player & TV presenter for BBC, Adepitan collected a considerable sum of money. As of 2024, Ade has an estimated net worth of $1.5 million.

According to online sources, a player in the wheelchair basketball league can make a salary of up to $50,000 a year, while it gets to a six-digit figure for seasoned ones.

Throughout his youth until retirement in 2006, he played wheelchair basketball for his club, Milton Keynes Aces, in his hometown of Milton. Then, Ade played wheelchair tennis for six years until 2012.

He represented the UK wheelchair men’s basketball in international championships during the early 2000s.

Paralympian Adepitan Won A Gold Medal In Paralympic World Cup
Paralympian Adepitan Won A Gold Medal In Paralympic World Cup (Source: Olympic Speakers)

In 2002, he was part of the team which won a silver medal in the Wheelchair Basketball World Championship.

He became a two-time medalist in the European Wheelchair Basketball Championship: bronze in 2003 & silver in 2005.

Ade took home a bronze medal in the 2004 Paralympic Games, and in 2005, he won a gold medal in the Paralympic World Cup.

Many online sources cite that Paralympians receive paychecks between $53,000 to $70,000.

Adeptian’s Transition To TV Presenter And Actor

Beginning in the early 2000s, Ade appeared in TV shows, but it was only during the London 2012 Paralympic Games, that he switched from sports player to commentator.

He became one of the main presenters for Channel 4 & co-presented That Paralympic Show with Rick Edwards.

A former presenter for CBBC’s children’s program Xchange, Ade joined Anita Rani and Ant Anstead in 2013 to co-present the three-part BBC Two series New York: America’s Busiest City.

The 2005 Member of the Order of the British Empire (MBE) honoree has hosted a range of travel documentaries and sports programs for BBC television like World’s Busiest Cities and Africa with Ade Adepitan.

According to IMDB, the wheelchair basketball star made TV series appearances in Hardware, Casualty, Freight, and Fifteen Love. His most notable appearance was in Desperados (2007, 10 episodes).

Who Is Ade Adepitan Wife? Relationship Details

Adepitan has been married for 5 and lives in London with his singer-songwriter wife, Linda Harrison. She goes by the stage name Elle Exxe.

They married on August 11, 2018, at St Paul’s Cathedral, London, after dating for more than eight years. On their third wedding anniversary, Linda shared a Facebook post featuring pictures with her husband with a heartful caption.

Together, the couple shares a son, Bolla, born on January 4, 2021. Ade and his wife, Linda aka Elle Exxe, often mention each other on their Instagram & share pictures of their child.

Ade Adepitan with his wife, Linda, and son, Bolla
Ade Adepitan with his wife, Linda, and son, Bolla (Source: Facebook)

Their son is 3 years old as of 2024.

In July 2021, during an appearance on the podcast Happy Mum Happy Baby, Ade expressed his experiences of being a parent in a wheelchair and his fear of being judged.

Thankfully, his wife’s been more than a supportive spouse- she encourages & fills him with motivation. In the podcast, he talked about Linda’s determination to make sure Ade was able to parent in the same way she was.

Moreover, they talked about the challenges as they welcomed their son amid the COVID-18 pandemic. 

How Did Adepitan Meet His Wife, Linda? Age Gap Of 17 Years

During an interview with The Times in September 2019, the former wheelchair basketball player opened up about how he & his wife met.

It was in 2010 during the National TV Awards, Ade spotted a lady (Linda) who was sitting alone after her friends gatecrashed. So, he went to chat with her & was welcomed with a positive aura.

Adepitan asked her email to send her pictures they clicked together, which then resulted in an email chat. At that time, she was beginning her career as a singer, & knew Ade as one of the BBC presenters.

Adepitan Mete His Singer Wife Linda In 2010 & Married In 2018
Adepitan Mete His Singer Wife Linda In 2010 & Married In 2018 (Source: Instagram)

During one of the chats, he mentioned that he had seen YouTube cover videos of Harrison, so, she said, “I was like, if he’s going to stalk me, I’m going to stalk him.”

A month later, the two met in Guilford, where she was attending the Academy of Contemporary Music.

Despite the fact, that Linda (born in 1991) had an age gap of 17 years with Ade, it didn’t diminish their adoration for each other.

Their relationship survived & thrived amid hectic respective career schedules. After two years of dating, Linda moved to London but stayed separately for five years; in 2017, they moved in together.

A year later, the duo exchanged vows & has been a happy & inspiring couple since then.

Krishna Pandey
Krishna Pandey

Krishna Pandey

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