In the world of billiards, Jeanette Lee is arguably one of the most famous players. A killer at the table, she is ‘The Black Widow’ who would dominate her opponents during the 90s’. It’s quite praiseworthy that despite battling terminal cancer, she vows to fight the disease like she would have fought at the billiards table.
Earlier, in February 2021, TMZ reveals Lee was diagnosed with stage four ovarian cancer and has a short year to live. Lee, a mother of three daughters, is expected to undergo multiple surgeries in an attempt to slow cancer.
Though Lee has achieved a lot in the past, she hasn’t been quite active in billiards over the years. Let us look towards her brief pool career earnings, and how much is she worth today?
From Being Teenage Delinquent To Pool Champion
Jeanette Lee’s early life was quite vexed. She was a delinquent in her teen years and didn’t use to obey her parents. Suffering from scoliosis in childhood, she believes playing pool healed her completely, as she recounts her early days with CNN.
After discovering pool in 1989, she became instantly hooked and carried a new motto of becoming professional in billiards. Regardless of her traumatic childhood, she became dedicated to playing pool. A huge salute to her dedication, the result came sooner. Lee became the #1 female pool player during the 1990s, earning the nickname ‘The Black Widow.’
Regardless of being a pool champion, she got criticize for being pretty and was accused of not paying dues.
Jeanette Lee Career Earnings And Net Worth
An American of Korean origin, Lee was 21 when she turned pro and gets showered with tons of prize money and awards. The three-times World Nine-ball Championships runner-up won $25,000 in 1999 and 2003 in the winner-take-all tournament.
She won the Sportsperson of the Year Award in 1998 and secured the gold medal for the United States during the 2001 World Games. In the cue-sports competition held in Akita, Japan, from 22 to 26 August 2001, she came in top, defeating English billiard player Karen Corr.
According to her husband George Breedlove, Lee made career earnings up to $650 thousand in 2007. Speaking to billiardsdigest.com, Breedlove expects her to make almost $1 million from her market deals.
With her professional pool career and earnings, Jeanette Lee is expected to have a net worth of around $2 million.
In an interview with indianapolismonthly.com, Lee says a pool player can make a good living on tournament winnings. When asked about how did she made money during her teenage, in the ‘Ask Me Anything‘ session, she said:
“The fact that I’m a woman is the hustle. I could be No. 1 in the world, and some local guy would think, “I can beat her.”
She also unveils the price of her Jacoby Custom Cue, which is worth around $3,500.
The author of ‘The Black Widow’s Guide to Killer Pool,’ Lee is also one of the 2013 inductees of the Billiard Congress of America Hall of Fame.
In addition to her career earnings, Lee made her living through sponsorships and endorsements.