Jessica Olsson is a Swedish and Kenyan national, best known for being the wife of German National Basketball Association (NBA) star Dirk Nowitzki. Olsson is the associate director of the Goss-Michael Foundation, an art gallery located in Dallas. Olsson is only 5ft 1in (1.54m) tall, which is especially small, compared to her towering husband who is 7ft (2.10m) tall. The exact date of her birth is not known, but she is speculated to be in her early to mid-thirties. She has been married to Nowitzki since 2012, and they have three children together.
Early Life and Family
Olsson was born in Gavle, Sweden to a Kenyan mother and a Swedish father. Her mother, Maggie Olsson, grew up in a small town in Kenya., so Jessica’s ethnicity is mixed Kenyan and Swedish, but her nationality is Swedish. Olsson has two twin brothers who were born on May 17, 1988, named Marcus and Martin. Both her brothers are professional soccer players. Martin plays for Swansea City, while Marcus plays for Derby County, both in English Leagues. Little is known about Olsson’s early life and education, but because of her background in art and art management, it is very likely that she studied art during her time at school.
Life with Nowitski
Jessica Olsson first met Dirk Nowitzki during a charity event for Sports for Education and Economic Development (SEED) Project in Dallas in 2010; at the auction, Dirk made a bid for an item so that he would get to meet Jessica. They dated for the next two years until they became engaged, and married in 2012. The world first got a glimpse of Jessica in public when she accompanied Nowitzki during a red carpet event. She made headlines once again when she was approached by Nowitzki for a kiss after he had accepted an award.
Dirk Nowitski is a very beloved sports figure in Dallas, one of the most popular players for the Dallas Mavericks. Soon after the two started dating, most of the locals in Dallas became aware of Jessica and who she was in relation to the German basketball star. She can also often be seen during Dallas Mavericks games in support of her husband.
The two tied the knot on the 20th of July, 2012. They were married in the home of Nowitzki in Preston Hollow, Texas. Before the ceremony, the two also took part of a traditional Kenyan wedding ceremony, where Dirk was asked to find his wife among five veiled woman to show his love – he was successfully able to find Jessica among the veiled women. The couple then left for their honeymoon in the Caribbean.
Children and Family
The couple welcomed their first child together in July 2013, a daughter named Malaika. Two years later, they gave birth to their second child, a son named Max. Then in 2016, they had their third child, another son named Morris. The couple is raising their children as American citizens but they often take them on trips to Kenya, Sweden, and Germany to expose them to the cultures and traditions of their parents. The family can be seen traveling all over the world during the off-season of the NBA.
Dirk has been playing for more than two decades in Dallas, and Jessica’s art gallery is also located in Dallas, so the family is based in Texas. They live in a neighborhood called Millionaire’s Row, with a residence that is valued at $8 million.
Husband Dirk Nowitski
Dirk Nowitski is known as one of the best power forwards of all time, and being German-born is certainly the best German basketball player of all time. Nowitski was drafted in 1998 by the Dallas Mavericks, and he has played his entire career with the team. This year, Nowitski is playing his 21st season with the Mavericks, which is a record in the NBA.
Nowitski was a prodigy in the sport of basketball. Typically, players that were 7-feet tall were post players that played in the inside; Dirk is actually one of the first players of his height who are able to shoot from the three point line. Dirk reached the pinnacle of the sport individually when he won the MVP award in 2007, the first European player to win it. He also won the NBA championship with his team in 2011, and was named as the Finals MVP.
Professional Life and Net Worth
Jessica has considerable net worth estimated authoritatively at over $1 million, as the director of her art gallery in Dallas, but she is also known to be a proprietor of her husband’s holdings. Dirk Nowitski has a net worth of $140 million, with his annual salary being an average of $22.7 million. Nowitski has earned an incredible $250 million just from his NBA salary with the Dallas Mavericks, but has other sources of income in endorsement deals, primarily with the shoe brand Nike.