Ronnie Coleman- An American Retired Professional Bodybuilder Who Won the Mr. Olympia Title For Eight Years in a Row

Who is Ronnie Coleman?

Ronnie Coleman is an American retired professional bodybuilder. He has won ‘Mr. Olympia’s title for eight years straight. Coleman is also known as one of the greatest bodybuilders of all time. He also held the record for most wins as an IFBB professional with 26 titles, but now it has been broken by Dexter Jackson. His nickname is ‘GOAT’ (greatest of all time). Ronnie in between 1992 to 1994, failed to win a single trophy, but he came back strong to cement his name in the history books.

Quick Info 
Celebrated NameRonnie Coleman
ProfessionRetired Professional Bodybuider
Birth Date13 May 1964
Birth PlaceMonroe, Louisiana, US
Nick NameGOAT
Full NameRonnie Dean Coleman
Star SignTaurus
MotherJessie Benton
Height5 feet 11 inches (180cm/ 1.80m)
Weight135 kg (297lbs)
Body Measurements58-24-36 inches
Eye ColorBlack
WifeSusan Williamson
Net Worth$12 million


Ronnie Dean Coleman was born on 13 May 1964 in Monroe, Louisiana, United States. He was raised by a mother, Jessie Benton, who also has a muscular physique. Likewise, he grew up along with his four siblings; two sisters and a brother. Furthermore, he is a Former Police Officer for the Arlington police and also a professional bodybuilder. He is retired now. He is settled in Arlington, Texas, United States. Ronnie is currently 56 years old with a Taurus sun sign.

Ronnie Coleman

Nationality and Physical Stats (Height & Weight)

Ronnie Coleman holds an American nationality, and as per ethnicity, he belongs to black ethnicity. His religious view is Christianity.

His naturally bulky frame helped him power through others his age, and he became known for his imposing figure. Ronnie stands 5 feet 11 inches (180cm/ 1.80m) tall and weighs about 135 kg (297lbs). His body measures 58-24-36 inches. Likewise, his chest is 58 inches or 147cm, arms or biceps are 24 inches or 61cm, and his waist is 36 inches or 91 cm. Moreover, his eyes color is black, and he has no hair, he is bald.

Early Life/ Education of Ronnie Coleman

Ronnie Coleman completed his schooling from Bastrop High School in 1982 and graduated from Grambling State University (GSU) with a BSc in accounting in 1984. While at the university, he played American football as a middle linebacker with the GSU Tigers under Coach Eddie Robinson. Due to his growing reputation in football, Ronnie became determined to stay stronger than his peers. He worked tirelessly to gain strength and size in the gym. Ultimately, this is what motivated him to begin lifting weights and set out on his fitness journey.

After earning his degree in Accounting, Ronnie made a move to Texas, believing that there would be more job opportunities in the neighboring state. However, he struggled to find a job as an accountant and ended up delivering pizzas for a food company Domino’s Pizza instead. He also got to eat complimentary pizzas every day due to being so weak that he could barely afford to eat outside of work.

Likewise, during his hunt for other jobs, Ronnie found an opening at the Arlington, Texas police station in the newspaper. Soon after, he’d applied and successfully gained his new job at the age of 25. From 1989 to 2000, he worked as a police officer in Arlington, Texas, and a reserve officer until 2003. Ronnie continued to train in the gym. Fortunately, the police station was equipped with a private gym, so he managed to fit his weight lifting schedule around his new lifestyle in the police force.



Ronnie, after growing too strong for the limited equipment available at the police station, he signed up to the Metroflex gym down the road, where he was introduced to the owner, Brian Dobson. Brian realized Ronnie’s potential to succeed as a bodybuilder, so he took a keen interest in him as a promising athlete and offered Ronnie a lifetime free membership if he allowed Brian to train him for upcoming ‘Mr. Texas Bodybuilding’ competition that year. This was enough to convince Ronnie, the future champion, to enter his first show. He then began his intense preparation, getting ready to step on stage for his debut. A few months under the guidance of gym owner Brian Dobson, Ronnie was in a prime condition to start his competitive bodybuilding career. Ronnie won first place in both the heavyweight and overall categories. He also defeated his coach Brian himself.

Ronnie Coleman

Ronnie riding high from his victory, he wasted no time and entered another contest the same year ‘1990 NPC Texas Championship’. Ronnie stood in third behind the likes of Jerry Rodgers and Edgar Fletcher. From this competition, he convinced himself to take time away from the stage to further develop his physique. After taking a break and rest away from the limelight in 1990, he made his return with more experience than before. He was naturally gifted with a muscular body and managed to build formidable arms. With this encouragement, Ronnie entered the ‘1991 World Amateur Championships’. The judges there became impressed by Ronnie’s physique. He overshadowed his competitors and won the first-place trophy. He not only won the trophy but also earned the prestigious Pro Card- becoming a professional bodybuilder at the age of 27.


Talking more about his career, Ronnie didn’t have an easy start. His first show was the ‘1992 Chicago Pro Championships’, which featured Bob Paris, Kevin Levrone, and Milos Sarcev. He was placed eleventh, which set the tone for his next three years. Furthermore, between 1992–1994, Ronnie entered ten more competitions, and the highest he managed to win was third. He earned his first competition as a professional in the ‘Canada Pro Cup’ in 1995. The following year, he won the contest again and then went on to win the 1997 Russian Grand Prix. He also participated in powerlifting competitions in the mid-1990s.

Likewise, he wrote his name into the record books. Ronnie matched Lee Haney’s record by winning the prestigious Mr. Olympia show eight times. By consistently beating the likes of Flex Wheeler, Shawn Ray, Kevin Levrone, Lee Priest, and Jay Cutler – Ronnie became known as one of the greatest bodybuilders in the history of the sport. In addition to his success as a professional bodybuilder, it led to many product endorsements and other opportunities in his career. He has visited places like Brazil, Austria, China, and Australia. He has also made many guest appearances at gym openings all around the United States.


After a record-breaking 15 years spent competing at the highest level, Ronnie made the decision to retire after 2007, Mr. Olympia. He left the sport as a legend beating Arnold’s Mr. Olympia record and cementing his name, among other idols.


Ronnie was keen to stay involved in the fitness industry even after his retirement. So, he decided to create his own supplements’ company, which markets a range of products from fat burners to pre-workouts.

Personal Life Ronnie Coleman

Ronnie, after his retirement, did seven operations on his back including a grueling eleven hours surgery. He damaged his body due to heavy lifting during his intense training session. As a result, he had to cope with living in a wheelchair for a specified period.

Ronnie married personal trainer Susan Williamson on 11 April 2016. Moreover, the couple has four children together.

Ronnie Coleman


Ronnie is on Instagram (@ronniecoleman8) with 3.7 million followers and is also on Twitter (@BigRonColeman) with 248.6 thousand followers. Ronnie’s Facebook profile (@ronniecolemantheking) has not been verified yet, but he has 33.9 thousand followers, and his page (Ronnie Coleman) has 23.5 thousand likes and 23.9 thousand followers. He also has a YouTube channel (Ronnie Coleman) with 876 thousand subscribers.


Ronnie Coleman has won several bodybuilding titles. His first competition as a professional was in the ‘Canada Pro Cup’ in 1995, where he won the first position. Likewise, he has won the first position in ‘Mr. Olympia’s title for eight times in a row from 1998-2005.

Ronnie Coleman Net Worth

Ronnie has made a lot of money from his professional bodybuilding career over the years. His net worth is approximately $12 million as per 2020.









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