John Thompson Jr. Net Worth, Wife, Married, Death, Family, Head Coach

Date Updated: January 9, 2024

Birth Date September 2, 1941
Death Date August 31, 2020
Birth Name John Robert Thompson Jr.
Nickname John
Birth Place Washington, D.C., US
Ethnicity African-American

Quick Stats
Age 82 years 7 months
Zodiac Sign Virgo
Nationality American
Height 6 ft 10 in (2.08 m)
Weight 269 lbs (122 kg)
Religion Roman Catholic
Relationship Status Divorced
Wife Not Known

John Thompson born as John Robert Thompson Jr. was an American college basketball coach. He was the head coach for the Georgetown Hoyas men's basketball team. 

In 1984, he led the Hoyas to an NCAA Division I national championship by winning the collegiate championship in basketball. He became the first African-American head coach to win a collegiate championship.

Biography; Age, Family, Career

John Thompson was born on September 2, 1941, in Washington, D.C., United States. As a child, he was sent to Catholic schools for academic challenges and educational opportunities by his mother.

Later, he attended Archbishop Carroll High School where he played three consecutive City Championship games from 1958 to 1960. After graduating from high school, he went to Providence College and played NIT Championship in 1963.

In 1964, he played for two years for the Boston Celtics from 1964 to 1966 in the National Basketball Association (NBA) and got retired from playing career. After his retirement, he worked as a head coach in different high schools & colleges until 1999.

Died Aged 78

John died on August 30, 2020, at the age of 78 at his home located in Arlington, Virginia, United States.

(John Thompson Jr. died at the age of 78. | Source:

Wife, Divorced, Children

John was married to Gwendolyn Thompson from 1965 to 1999. The couple got divorced after John cheated on Gwendolyn and stole the girlfriend of his assistant coach, whom he later fired.

He was blessed with three children; two sons & one daughter.

  1. John Thompson III

  • Born: March 11, 1966

  • Age: 54 years old (2020)

  • Spouse: Monica Thompson

  • Profession: Assistant Coach for the United States men's national basketball team

  1. Ronny Thompson

  • Born: April 7, 1969

  • Age: 51 years old (2020)

  • Marital Status: Unclear

  • Profession: Former basketball player, Coach & Broadcaster

  1. Tiffany Thompson

  • Born: N/A

  • Age: N/A

  • Marital Status: N/A

  • Profession: N/A

Net Worth

John had an estimated net worth of around $3 million at the time of his death. His son John Thompson III has a net worth of $9 Million & earns around $3 million per year.

Height & Weight

John stood at a tall height of 6 feet and 10 inches (2.08 meters) and weighed around 269 lbs (122 kg).

Quick Facts:

Profession, Education & Net Worth
Profession American Basketball Coach
High School Archbishop Carroll High School
College Georgetown University
Active Years 1964–1966 (Playing Career), 1966–1999 (Coaching Career)
Net Worth $3 Million (Estimated)
Salary Under Review
Detailed Physical Stats
Height 6 ft 10 in (2.08 m)
Weight 269 lbs (122 kg)
Shoe Size N/A
Eye Colour Black
Hair Colour Black
Personal Life
Relationship Status Divorced
Sexual Orientation Straight

  1. Not Known (Wife)

  1. Gwendolyn Thompson (m. 1965–1999) (Ex-Wife)
    • Wedding Date: 1965
    • Engagement Date: Not Known
    • Started Dating: Not Known
    • Divorce Date: 1999
Family Life
Father Name Unknown
Mother Name Unknown
Siblings Not Known
Children 3; (Two Sons & One Daughter)
  1. John Thompson III
  2. Date of Birth: March 11, 1966

    Age: 58 years

  3. Ronny Thompson
  4. Date of Birth: April 7, 1969

    Age: 55 years

  1. Tiffany Thompson
  2. Date of Birth: N/A

  • Self: African-American