Dorian Yates: Info about British Professional Bodybuilder


Dorian Yates is a retired British professional bodybuilder. He has consecutively won the title of Mr Olympia six times, and that makes him the fifth-highest winner of Mr Olympia. Alongside his bodybuilding career, he is an author and has starred in several movies. This article gives you the in-depth analysis of Dorian Yates.


After his retirement, he opened his own company and has built numerous gyms to support others in achieving their bodybuilding dream.

Early Life

Dorian was born on 19th April 1962 in the Town of Sutton Coldfield, United Kingdom. Dorian did not have a pleasant childhood. Dorian’s father died because of a heart attack when he was just 13 years old. Dorian, with his mother, then moved to Birmingham.

In beginning, he had no desire to rule in the bodybuilding profession and he was badly influenced by crime life. As he shifted to Birmingham after his father’s death, he joined one gang and ended up being arrested for a riot. At the age of 19, Dorian was sentenced to 6 months.

Career Shift

Dorian had no interest in sports life, nor did he have any support from his family. When he was sentenced to 6 months, he has inmate earned a great reputation because of his muscular body. He started powerlifting to entertain himself in prison.


That shorter span of prison soon made him realize his true potential. He learned from then onwards that he had a bright future in the fitness industry. When he got released from prison, he then decided to never put himself again behind bars.

Dorian entered the Gym at the age of 21 and rigorously trained himself for muscle gain. Then he decided to take part in various competitions.

Professional Career Of Dorian Yates

For one continuous year, he did work out and followed the proper diet. His first ever competition was Mr Birmingham novice, in 1984. He walked away with a trophy as a winner in his debut competition. His professional career had started with a great kick, but he had a hunger to win more competitions.

In the year 1985, he took part in the International contest of IFBB world games. In his first international competition, he was up against many great bodybuilders, though he managed to take place of 7th position.

Dorian won his first major competition in 1986- EFBB British. After winning his major competition, he determine to make a great name for himself. From 1992 to 1997, he has consecutively won the title of Mr Olympia.


Dorian Yates Net Worth

Curently, Dorian Yates Net worth is around 4 Million and that makes him one of the richest bodybuilders in the world. With, 4 Million as net worth Dorian Yates is consider to be the 9th richest bodybuilder. He has won around 17 competitions and his fame as Mr Olympia has supported him in earning a great Net worth.

Apart from his professional bodybuilding career, Dorian is a successful entrepreneur and author of bodybuilding books. He has earned handsome amounts from various sources. He has recently invested in DY nutrition. With years of dedication in a professional career and with some smart work, Dorian Yates Net Worth has grew to 4 Million.

Dorian Yates As Author and Entrepreneur

After retirement, Dorian founded his own company, DY Nutrition. His company provides exceptional supplements to athletes and bodybuilders. DY Nutrition is an International Company based out in the UK. Through his exceptional supplements, Dorian is helping others to build a strong body as he has.

Dorian has written his autobiography- Blood and Guts.

Some other great books of his are:

  1. Olive Oil
  2. A portrait of Dorian Yates
  3. Dorian Yates’ Build, Loose, Shape Up and Feel Good

In addition, Dorian has also released workout videos, which are highly liked by many youngsters who are interested in bodybuilding career. You can easily find those in popular social media platform YouTube.


Dorian has also starred in some movies. “Dorian Yates: The Original Mass Monster”- This movie beautifully tells the story of Dorian and his pro-bodybuilding life. The movie shows the remarkable journey of Dorian, after getting out of depression.

“A Day in the Life of Dorian Yates”, and “Generation Iron 3” movies show his bodybuilding abilities. He is a legend who has put new standards in body mass and conditioning.

Dorian Yates Career Highlights and Facts

  • Dorian is also known as “The Shadow”.
  • 1991, the year when Dorian was 29 years old, was his most successful year.
  • Dorian has opened up gyms to help others, and he has branches in America and England.
  • Dorian had many injuries in his biceps and triceps, which made it for him impossible to take part in competitions. He had no choice but to retire due to his injuries.
  • In his early days, Dorian experimented with many workouts and later got settled with working just one hour, 4 days a week.
  • Dorian has a noteworthy strong and huge back, for which he was appreciated by many people during his early career.
  • Dorian is considered the first of the “mass monsters” in bodybuilding.
  • He has accepted in an interview that he believes that his injuries are caused by several extreme training exercises.
  • In one of his documentary- “Super-Size Me,” he revealed that, “According to me, eating Three McDonald’s meals is more harmful than regular steroid use.”
  • Dorian had a rough childhood; he had been behind bars at a young age, but after knowing his true potential, he never turned his back on bodybuilding.

Personal Life Of Dorian Yates

Dorian Yates is married to Brazilian fitness model Glauce “Gal” Ferreira. Yates’s wife has won the 2007 IFBB World Body fitness Champion. The couple met in the year 2008. Dorian Yates was previously married to Deb, with whom he has one son named Lewis.

Lewis has also chosen a path of bodybuilding and following his father’s shoes. Lewis closely works with Dorian for bodybuilding.


Wrapping Up

As of the year 2021, Dorian Yates Net Worth was approximately 4 Million. Because of his continuous dedication despite having injuries, his smart work of building his own company, his presence of a gym in the USA, his books, films, and his unbreakable records have summed up together for him to have a Net worth of 4 Million.

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