Alex Honnold Net Worth

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Net Worth $ 2,000,000
Real name Alex Honnold
Source of Wealth Sports, Sponsors
Profession Free solo climber
Spouse/Partner Sanni McCandless
Date of Birth Aug 17, 1985
Zodiac Leo
Age 37
Gender Male
Pronoun He/Him
Height 180 cm / 5 ft 10 inch
Nationality American
Siblings /


Alex Honnold competes in one of the most dangerous, life-threatening, and risky sports: free solo climbing, where climbers rely on only their physical strength and preparation and do not use any protective equipment.

In 2017 Alex climbed El Capitan free solo, a vertical rock 3,000 feet high, making him the first climber in the world to do so.

As a result of his impressive and challenging success, Alex starred in the Oscar-winning documentary "Free Solo," which was based on his beyond-belief climbing achievement.

Since then, he has also been featured in many other movies and TV commercials and began his own Spotify podcast, "Climbing Gold."

According to his official website, the solo rock climber is sponsored by some of the most prominent sports brands in the world, like "The North Face," "Black Diamond," "La Sportiva" and many more.

His net worth is estimated at $2 million in 2022.

The Early life, Education, and Breakthrough

Alex Honnold was born in Sacramento, California, on Aug 17, 1985, to Dierdre Wolownick and Charles Honnold (who died in 2004).[1]

Honnold's love for climbing began when he was only five years old, and by the time he was ten, he had already incorporated climbing into his weekly routine. As a kid, he would climb mostly indoors and participate in several national climbing championships.

He attended Mira Loma High School in 2003, and after graduating, he enrolled at Berkeley's University of California to study civil engineering.

However, in the meantime, his dad passed away, and Honnold dropped out of college and started driving his mom's van around California, looking for climbing challenges.

In an interview for CNBC, he says:

  • "I knew that I wanted to climb all the time, but I didn't know that it would become a life path." [2]

He lived in a van for more than 15 years, and even after purchasing a home in 2017, Alex still lives nine months of the year in a van.

In a video, "An Inside Look at Alex Honnold's Adventure Van" for the Outside channel, he says:

  • "If I could miraculously teleport a house from place to place, I'd prefer to live in a nice, comfortable house, I suppose." [3]

Even though Honnold climbed regularly, he remained unknown to the public until he achieved his media-worth triumph of free soloing Yosemite's Astroman and the Rostrum in 2007, which made him only the second person in history to do so.

In 2008 he conquered the finger crack that splits Zion's Moonlight Buttress, and the same year he made another impressive achievement and free soloed Regular Northwest Face of Half Dome.

In the following years, Honnold set a new record for the fastest climb, taking one hour and twenty-two minutes.

Taking notice of Alex's achievements, National Geographic featured him on the cover of its issue in 2011.

The same year in June, Honnold, and Florine broke the record for the fastest climb of El Capitan by 2 hours, 23 minutes, and 46 seconds.

In 2017 Honnold made a historic achievement and managed to solo climb El Capitan and take the 2,900-foot Freerider route. His incredible success was documented by the famous photographer Jimmy Chin and his wife, Elizabeth Chai Vasarhelyi. They made a documentary named "Free Solo" that also won an Oscar for Best Documentary Feature in 2018.

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In addition, to his legendary rock climbing achievements, Alex is known for his calm and generous nature. In 2013, he began donating one-third of his income to solar projects worldwide to increase energy efficiency.

When asked if everyone should donate money, as he does in an interview for Harvard Business Review, he responded:

"I have strong opinions about this because I lived in a van for ten years. I had a purpose—to be the best climber I could be—so I didn't need many material possessions, and I was probably happier than most people because I was doing exactly what I loved at the highest level. The less stuff you have, the more focused you are on the things that matter." [4]

Fun Facts about Alex Honnold

  • He is a vegetarian and doesn't drink alcohol.
  • His mom Dierdre Wolownick started following his son's footsteps and began climbing at the age of 60. She climbed El Capitan at 66 and became the world's oldest woman ever to do so. At 70, she repeated her success and beat her record.
  • Alex Honnold is married to Sanni McCandless, whom he met at his book signing.

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American rock climber Alex Hannon is best known for soloing El Capitan, one of the world's most challenging rock faces.

He is also known for setting new world records in the rock climbing sport. Thanks to his achievements, he has been featured on the cover of National Geographic and sponsored by many established sports companies.

His net worth is estimated at $2 million in 2022.


  1. Alex Honnold. (2022, October 21). Retrieved November 7, 2022, from

  2. CNBCtv. (2021, October 21). Jay climbs into Alex Honnold's live in van. Retrieved November 7, 2022, from

  3. OutsideOnline. (2017, April 02). An inside look at Alex Honnold's Adventure Van | Outside. Retrieved November 7, 2022, from

  4. Life's work: An interview with Alex Honnold. (2021, April 15). Retrieved November 7, 2022, from