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Jessica Olsson – Dirk Nowitzki’s Wife Age, Height, Kids, Wiki

Jessica Olsson and Dirk Nowitzki

Who is Jessica Olsson, Dirk Nowitzki’s wife? Wiki Bio

Jessica Olsson was born in Gavel, Sweden in 1982 – her zodiac sign is said to be Sagittarius and she holds Swedish nationality. She is an associate director, but more widely known for being the wife of Dirk Nowitzki, a former basketball player who played in the National Basketball Association (NBA) with the Dallas Mavericks, and is considered to be one of the best German athletes of all time.

Early life and education

Jessica was raised in Gavel by her Swedish father who is a ski instructor, and her Kenyan mother who is a housewife – she has two younger twin brothers called Marcus and Martin Olsson both of whom grew up being interested in soccer, and today Marcus is playing in England as a midfielder for Derby County, while Martin is also playing in the UK, for Swansea City, and for the Swedish national team.

Jessica attended a local high school in Gavel, where she was physically active playing sports, while also practicing her acting skills as she was a member of the school’s drama club.

Upon matriculation, she enrolled at a college and graduated with a Bachelor of Arts degree in 2004.

Jessica’s career

Jessica began working at a supermarket upon matriculation to be able to financially support herself, and after graduation, she joined the Goss-Michael Foundation where she is currently serving as an associate director. As she has been interested in art since she was a child, she has recently found a job at the Dallas Art Gallery so she’s currently working two different jobs.

Love life and relationships

Jessica and Dirk Nowitzki met in 2010 at a charity event organized by Sports for Education and Economic Development Project, and started dating after chatting over the phone for around a month. Dirk asked her to marry him just a year later, and the wedding was held on 20 July 2012 at Dirk’s house in Dallas, Texas, attended by only the two’s closest friends and family. Dirk and Jessica also had ceremonies in both Kenya and Germany to honor both of their families. Jessica gave birth to their daughter Malaika Nowitzki in July 2013, and their two sons Max and Morris followed in March 2015 and November 2016.

Before Jessica, Dirk was dating Sybille Gerer who was a basketball player for DJK Wurzburg in Germany. They started going out in 1992 and were together until 2002 – Dirk went on to state ‘At the end, we found out we developed in separate ways. … It did not work anymore, but we are still good friends’. Jessica was also in a long-term relationship before meeting Dirk, dated for around five years before splitting.

Hobbies and other interests

Jessica enjoys watching movies in her spare time, and some of her favorite actors and actresses are Robert Downey, Jr., Tom Hanks, and Jennifer Aniston while some of her favorite films are “Avengers”, “You’ve Got Mail”, and “Runaway Bride”.

Jessica Olsson and Dirk Nowitzki

She is keen on travelling and has been all around Europe to countries such as Norway, England and Italy while she has also been to several US states such as New York, Arizona and California. She likes to read books, with her favorite writer being Herman Hesse while two of her favorite books are “Beneath the Wheel” and “Peter Camenzind”. Jessica is a bit of a shopaholic and often goes shopping for clothes; her favorite colors are black and white. She enjoys tasting various cuisines – her favorite is Italian.

Jessica is also physically active having several training sessions at the gym each week, mostly exercising with her husband, and is keen on jogging in a nearby park. She is a lover of animals, and has two pet dogs.

Appearance and net worth

Jessica is 37 years old. She has long black hair and brown eyes, is 5ft 9ins (1.75m) tall, weighs around 132lbs (60kgs), and her vital statistics are 35-25-36; she wears shoes size eight. As of March 2020, her net worth is estimated at $2 million, while Dirk’s wealth is reputedly over $140 million, largely accumulated from his basketball career.

Who is Dirk Nowitzki, Jessica’s husband?

Dirk Nowitzki was born in Wurzburg, then West Germany, on 19 June 1978, his zodiac sign is Gemini, and he holds German nationality and American citizenship.

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Dirk was raised in Wurzburg by his father Jorg-Werner who was a handball player for the German national team, and his mother Helga Bredenbrocker who was a basketball player as well. Dirk has an older sister named Silke who competed in track and field before becoming a basketball player. He started playing tennis and handball while still at elementary school, but after being motivated by his parents and teachers, he switched to basketball, partly because he grew to 2.13m. Dirk was 15 when he started playing for the local team DJK Wurzburg, and was then noticed by the famous coach Holger Geschwidner who offered to teach him 2-3 times a week.

He joined the Dallas Mavericks in 1998, however, he was first chosen by Milwaukee Bucks who soon traded him to the Mavericks. The first season was poor for Dirk as Mavericks lost 31 out of 50 games. In 1999, the Mavericks were bought by Mark Cuban for $280 million and Mark invested in the team which led to them improving their results, and in 2000, they reached the play-offs for the first time in ten years. Dirk became the second highest paid German athlete right behind Michael Schumacher, a former Formula One motor-racing world champion. Dirk stayed with the Mavericks until after the 2018-2019 season when he retired.

Dirk’s sister Silke has described him as ‘a confident but low-key character, unspoiled by money and fame.

He enjoys reading and playing the saxophone’. Dirk is interested in doing charity work, and is the founder of the Dirk Nowitzki Foundation which is helping poor people living in Africa.

In 2004, the book “Dirk Nowitzki: German Wunderkind” written by Dino Reisner and Holgen Sauer was published, covering Dirk’s basketball career. In November 2011, Jurgen Hopfl and Fabian Fruhwirth wrote the 216-page book about Dirk called “Einfach Er – Dirk Nowitzki – Aus Würzburg an die Weltspitze, (Just Him – Dirk Nowitzki – From Würzburg to the top of the World)” which also has Dirk’s interviews and photos in it. In 2014, a documentary about Dirk came out called “Nowitzki: The Perfect Shot”.

About the author

Olivia Clarke

Joined Biography.Today in February 2020. Formerly Assistant Editor of Radar Magazine. Studied Journalism at City University.

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