Gabrielle Reece Birthday & Fun Facts

Height, Age, Net Worth, Biography & More

Anusuya Mukherjee
Jan 31, 2024 By Anusuya Mukherjee
Originally Published on May 19, 2022
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Let us find out more about Gabrielle Reece and her life as a volleyball player
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About Gabrielle Reece

You cannot possibly call yourself a volleyball fan and not know about Gabrielle Reece!
Gabrielle Reece is a famous professional volleyball player, an actress, a fashion model, a sports commentator, an author, and a podcast host! Being a WBVL skills leader and being titled the 'League Blocks Leader' in 1993, Gabrielle Reece has had a very successful career as a professional volleyball player.
She has worked as a sports announcer too. In the '80s and '90s, Gabrielle took her modeling career ahead promoting women's sports fitness and eventually becoming a sports fashion model!
Reece is married to her long-time lover, Laird Hamilton and the couple have two children.
In addition to this, Reece has also appeared on several TV shows, movies, and video games! Some of her other roles include being an author, motivational speaker, and full-time mother to two daughters.
Let us dive into the multiverse of talent of Gabrielle Reece and her life.

Gabrielle Reece's Net Worth, Earnings & Spending Habits

What is Gabrielle Reece's net worth?

Being a multi-talented person, Gabrielle Reece has made a good fortune with her successful career. This gives Gabrielle Reece an estimated net worth of approximately $25 million as of 2022!

How much does Gabrielle Reece earn per year?

As of 2022, Gabrielle Reece makes somewhere around $3 million per year! This estimate includes her earnings from her careers in volleyball, acting, as a commentator, author, fashion model, and inspirational speaker.

Height, Age & Physical Attributes

How tall is Gabrielle Reece?

Gabrielle Reece is 6 ft 2 in (191 cm) tall.

How old is Gabrielle Reece?

Gabrielle Reece celebrates her birthday on January 6, 1970, making her 52 years old as of May 2022.

Childhood And Education

Family life and childhood of Gabrielle Reece

On January 3, 1970, Gabrielle Allyse Reece was born to Robert Eduardo Reece and Terry Glynn in La Jolla, California. Her father, Robert Eduardo Reece unfortunately, passed away in a plane crash when Gabrielle was just five years old. Robert Eduardo Reece was a Trinidadian which is why Reece spent almost two years living in Trinidad with her mother.
She had lived in Long Island and Puerto Rico for several years, before moving to Saint Thomas, Virgin Islands where she spent most of her time. Gabrielle Reece then later shifted to Florida with her mother Terry Glynn where she completed her high school.

Where did Gabrielle Reece study as a child?

Reece attended the Keswick Christian School, St. Petersburg in eleventh grade after she moved to Florida with her mother. This was the time when Reece picked up sports and made impressive school volleyball records, one in solo blocks and another in total blocks.
Gabrielle then received a volleyball scholarship from Florida State University, where she majored in communications and volleyball. During her time at Florida State University, Reece led the volleyball league in blocks once and four times in kills! During her time in Florida, Gabrielle also had the chance to start her modeling career in the category of women's sports fitness which later she pursued as a parallel career option.
In 1989, Reece moved to New York to pursue her modeling career and to also polish her skills as a volleyball player.

Family, Romance, And Relationships

Who is Gabrielle Reece’s partner?

Gabrielle Reece is married to Laird Hamilton, who is a professional surfer. The two had met in 1995 when Gabrielle Reece was hosting the popular show 'The Extremists' and Laird Hamilton had come to the show for an interview. You can probably still see the episode which evidently brought these two together! Destiny, right?
Laird Hamilton was living in Hawaii while Reece was in California at the time. So instead of being in a long-distance relationship, Hamilton moved to California to live with the love of his life. However, Hamilton was actually married to Maria Hamilton at the time and also had a daughter, Izabella Hamilton.
In 1997, after dating for two years, the couple decided to marry. Laird Hamilton and Gabrielle Reece have two daughters, Brody Jo Hamilton and Reece Viola Hamilton. The two are also raising Izabella together, making them a family of five!
The family resides in California and moves to Hawaii and Malibu from time to time.

Career And Professional Highlights

Best Known For…

Gabrielle is well-known for being one of the most prolific professional volleyball players in America. Reece was the WBVL skills leader for three years (1993-1996). In 1993, she was also announced as the League blocks leader and was later named the 'Offensive Player of the Year' in 1994.
Gabrielle Reece had also competed in the domestic Olympic Challenge Series (1999-2000) and also the FIVB Beach Volleyball tour among various other professional volleyball tours. Reece is also a sports announcer and has been seen in the commentary box on several occasions of volleyball matches.
Talking about her successful career as a fashion model, Gabrielle appeared in various layouts in the fashion magazine 'Elle' between 1980 and 1990. Additionally, she had also been a part of famous magazines like 'Life', 'Shape', and 'Outside'.
Being an actress too, Gabrielle has appeared on several TV shows like 'MTV Sports' in the '90s. Apart from this, she also starred in shows like '8 Simple Rules' and 'North Shore'. She made guest appearances on shows like 'The Tyra Banks Show', 'Extreme Makeover Home Edition', and 'America's Next Top Model'.
In 2013, Gabrielle released her book titled 'My Foot Is Too Big for the Glass Slipper: A Guide to the Less Than Perfect Life'.

Charity Work

Reece is highly motivated to speak in terms of women's sports and fitness and also engages in other charity work regularly. She works with charities like UNICEF, Operation Smile, March of Dimes, and Teaching Garden, and was a part of a PSA on opioid addiction.
This highly enthusiastic volleyball player is also associated with foundations like the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation, The Miami Project, and Buoniconti Fund To Cure Paralysis.

Other Interesting Gabrielle Reece's Facts And Trivia

  • Gabrielle Reece is a former alumnus of Florida State University where she came forth as a promising volleyball player, after accepting a volleyball scholarship from the University.
  • In 1997, Gabrielle Reece was inducted into the 'Florida State University Athletics Hall of Fame'.
  • Gabby's full name is Gabrielle Allyse Reece.
  • Gabrielle is a member of the 'Malibu Mob' which is a famous group of celebrity friends including popular celebrities like Chris Chelios and John McEnroe.
  • In 2009, Gabrielle began training for professional golf for four years but later gave up as she said it was hard to devote so much time to a tough sport like golf while being a full-time mother to Brody Jo Hamilton and Reece Viola Hamilton.
  • Gabby Reece has a chapter in the book 'Tools Of Titans' by Tim Ferris giving advice on how to be successful in life.
  • Laird Hamilton, Reece's husband, is the creator of 'XPT' which is a successful and famous lifestyle and fitness training program.
  • Reece also hosted 'The Gravity Games' for several years where she actively participated in adventure sports like sky diving, drag racing, and surfing.
  • Born on January 6, 1970, Gabby Reece's zodiac sign is Capricorn.
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Gabrielle Reece Birthday & Fun Facts Facts

Birth Name

Gabrielle Reece

Date of Birth




Place of Birth

La Jolla



191 cm

Eye Color



Professional Volleyball Player


Florida State University

Net Worth



Laird John Hamilton


Robert Eduardo Reece, Terry Glynn

Annual Earnings

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Written by Anusuya Mukherjee

Bachelor of Arts and Law specializing in Political Science and Intellectual Property Rights

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Anusuya MukherjeeBachelor of Arts and Law specializing in Political Science and Intellectual Property Rights

With a wealth of international experience spanning Europe, Africa, North America, and the Middle East, Anusuya brings a unique perspective to her work as a Content Assistant and Content Updating Coordinator. She holds a law degree from India and has practiced law in India and Kuwait. Anusuya is a fan of rap music and enjoys a good cup of coffee in her free time. Currently, she is working on her novel, "Mr. Ivory Merchant".

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