Shane Warne made a $1.25million deal in a single phone call

landed a $1.25million deal in a single phone call, a testament to the cricket legend’s incredible star power on and off the field.

The talented leg spinner received the call from his UK-based agent Michael Cohen while playing a short Test series in Sri Lanka in 1999.

The cricket legend was at the top of his game and receiving endorsement offers from left, right and centre – including a five-figure deal he signed with SPC in 1998.

English county cricket was in a tense bidding war to land the cricket star when Hampshire came in with an offer too good to refuse.

Shane Warne landed a $1.25million deal in a single phone call in a testament to the cricket legend's incredible star power on and off the field (pictured, with former partner and actress Elizabeth Hurley)

Shane Warne landed a $1.25million deal in a single phone call in a testament to the cricket legend’s incredible star power on and off the field (pictured, with former partner and actress Elizabeth Hurley)

The cricket legend was at the top of his game and receiving endorsement offers from left, right and centre - including a five figure deal he signed with SPC in 1998 (pictured, Warne nurtured a love for luxury vehicles during his lifetime)

The cricket legend was at the top of his game and receiving endorsement offers from left, right and centre – including a five figure deal he signed with SPC in 1998 (pictured, kusen aluminium surabaya Warne nurtured a love for luxury vehicles during his lifetime)

 Warne detailed the life-defining phone call from his agent in his 2018 autobiography ‘No Spin’.

‘Michael called with an offer of 150,000 pounds from Hampshire, plus car, house and flights,’ he wrote.’Then there was a radio deal. Six shows at 500 pounds a pop.

‘There was an agreement with The Times for 10 columns at 12,000 pounds each and a 200,000 pound book deal to tell my story so far with Hodder and Stoughtoun. $500,000 pounds in one phone call!’

The offer would have been worth more than $1million based on the exchange rate at the time.

The deal would be a small drop in the ocean as Warne worked hard to build a $50million empire right up until his untimely death at a Thai villa on Friday.

Warne had created successful business ventures, earned lucrative product endorsements, acquired an impressive property portfolio and had multiple commentating commitments. 

His most successful venture may prove to have been his ‘retirement’ job joining the Indian Premier League team the Rajasthan Royals and leaving with a stake in the franchise which was on its way to being worth $400 million.

After flipping his outrageous talent as a cricketing superstar turned commentator, business entrepreneur and professional poker player, he managed to use his status as an international sports hero to amass a fortune.

According to Celebrity Net Worth, Warne’s fortune came from his successful playing career, poker playing, commentating and product endorsements.

But joining the Rajasthan Royals as coach/captain in 2008 and then leading them to victory in the inaugural tournament, may have been Warne’s master stroke.

He earned a $657,000 annual salary over four seasons, and left with a 3 per cent stake in the team.

In 2019, Warne said he hoped that in a few years the team might be worth $400 million, and that ‘three per cent of $400 million is all right’.

SevenZeroEight Gin was launched in 2019, the name is a reference to the 708 test wickets that Warne took over his illustrious career

SevenZeroEight Gin was launched in 2019, the name is a reference to the 708 test wickets that Warne took over his illustrious career

Warne detailed the life-defining phone call from his agent in his 2018 autobiography 'No Spin'

Warne detailed the life-defining phone call from his agent in his 2018 autobiography ‘No Spin’

'There was an agreement with The Times for 10 columns at 12,000 pounds each and a 200,000 pound book deal to tell my story so far with Hodder and Stoughtoun,' Warne wrote in his book (pictured, Hodder and Stoughton office)

‘There was an agreement with The Times for 10 columns at 12,000 pounds each and a 200,000 pound book deal to tell my story so far with Hodder and Stoughtoun,’ Warne wrote in his book (pictured, Hodder and Stoughton office)

By July last year, the franchise was worth $340 million with Warne’s stake equalling around $10 million. 

Although his business ventures weren’t always successful – the company managing his underwear line Spinners went bankrupt in 2011 – he was full of ideas and always had a go.

In 2019, Warne founded a gin distillery named 708 Gin, produced in Western Australia.One of his tipples won the gold medal at the Australian Gin Awards that year.

In early 2020 when the Covid-19 pandemic hit, Warne announced it would also produce alcohol-based hand sanitiser to help relieve critical shortage of the product.

In August 2020, Warne launched a fragrance called SW23, a mix of his initials and the number he wore playing cricket for Australia.

The $50 fragrance was described as ‘woody and boldly intense’ with notes including fresh bergamot, wild mint, Indonesian patchouli and leather accord.

His massive fortune was matched by his lavish lifestyle and expensive taste with a fleet of luxury cars, which he often showed off on social media

His massive fortune was matched by his lavish lifestyle and expensive taste with a fleet of luxury cars, which he often showed off on social media

His massive fortune was matched by his lavish lifestyle and expensive taste with a fleet of luxury cars to his name

His massive fortune was matched by his lavish lifestyle and expensive taste with a fleet of luxury cars to his name

Warne opened up on his obsession with luxury cars during his appearance on 'I'm a Celebrity Get Me Out of Here' in 2016

Warne opened up on his obsession with luxury cars during his appearance on ‘I’m a Celebrity Get Me Out of Here’ in 2016

Away from cricket, Warne had an 18-year partnership with Advanced Hair Studios, and an impressive property portfolio.

He bought, renovated and sold at least five homes in the trendy Melbourne bayside of Brighton over two decades.

He paid $5.4 million for a five-bedroom home in Brighton in early 2018, installed a nightclub with a wet bar and mirrored ceiling, plus 500-bottle wine cellar, tasting room and a gold-class home theatre.

He sold it in December 2020 for an undisclosed sum, and had plans to move to a luxury development in St Kilda, where penthouses cost between $9 m and $19m.

At one stage, Warne and his former partner Liz Hurley owned a 13 bedroom home in the UK that they extensively renovated.

His massive fortune was matched by his lavish lifestyle and expensive taste with a fleet of luxury cars which he often showed off on social media. 

He remained heavily involved in cricket as a coach and commentator and split his time between Australia, the UK and India.

Warne commentated for Channel Nine for more than a decade until the network lost the broadcasting rights in 2018, when he made the switch to Fox Cricket, where he worked up until his death.

In the UK, he had been commentating for Sky Sports since 2009 on top of coaching commitments.

The cricket superstar (pictured Fox Sports commentator Sarah Jones) commentated both in Australia and the UK up until his death

The cricket superstar (pictured Fox Sports commentator Sarah Jones) commentated both in Australia and the UK up until his death

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