Eileen Gu: Life, Net Worth and More

Eileen Gu: Life, Net Worth and More

Written by Deepak Bhagat, In Celeb, Published On
May 24, 2023

Eileen Gu is a dual citizen of the United States and China, and she is a professional athlete and high-end fashion model. She has won both the Olympic and world titles in Freeski. She made history in February 2022 when she won three medals in freestyle skiing at the 2022 Winter Olympics in Beijing.

Everything About Eileen Gu

Real NameEileen Feng Gu
DOBSeptember 3, 2003
Birth PlaceSan Francisco, California, United States
NationalityAmerican, Chinese
ProfessionFreestyle Skier
Sun SignVirgo
Hair ColourDark Brown
Marital StatusSINGLE


Eileen Gu

20-year-old Eileen Gu (as of 2023) was born on September 3, 2003, in San Francisco, California. Virgo is her star sign. She graduated a year early from San Francisco University High School and attempted to win a scholarship from the U.S. Presidential Scholars Programme, but she was unsuccessful. She scored a 1580 on the SAT and was postponed from enrolling at Stanford until after the 2022 Beijing Winter Olympics. She and her family resided in a mansion with a view of the Golden Gate Bridge in San Francisco’s affluent Sea Cliff suburb while she was growing up. During the summers, she frequently travelled to Beijing, China, to visit her mother’s family.


Eileen Gu

Eileen spent her childhood summers travelling to China to visit her mother’s family, despite being born and raised in San Francisco. In 2018–19, she skied slopestyle for the United States at the world championships. There are rumours that she has become a naturalised Chinese citizen and that she announced her intention to represent China in an upcoming international game in an Instagram post. While China does not allow its nationals to hold dual citizenship, she never renounced her American citizenship and has deferred admittance to Stanford University until the summer of 2022.

The news media in both the United States and China were thrown for a loop by this. When pressed further, Eileen would offer diplomatic responses like “I’m American when I’m in the United States” or “I’m Chinese when I’m in China,” both of which avoided the question of her actual identity. She has received both favourable and negative attention because of her nationality. She has a devoted following in her native China, who admire her for remaining culturally authentic, but she has received widespread criticism in her adopted homeland of the United States. She was dubbed the “ungrateful child of America” by Fox News.


Eileen Gu

Her father is an American and a Harvard alum, but that’s about all we know about him. Her mother, Gu Yan, studied chemistry and biochemistry at Peking University in the 1980s before emigrating to the United States. She first attended Auburn University, where she received her master’s degree in biochemistry and molecular biology; then she attended Rockefeller University in New York and the Stanford Graduate School of Business. Her ideal job as a ski instructor at a resort near Lake Tahoe inspired her to enrol Eileen, then 9 years old, in ski school.


Eileen Gu

Eileen’s mother took her skiing for the first time when she was three years old. Her mother put her into ski school in Lake Tahoe when she was nine years old. In January of 2019, she competed for the United States in the International Freeski Competitions. She placed second in the French slopestyle competition and triumphed in the Italian competition. In a later Instagram post in June 2019, she made official her intention to represent China in the 2022 Winter Olympics.

She dominated the Freeski big air and halfpipe competitions at the 2020 Winter Olympics in Lausanne, Switzerland, and came away with two gold medals and one silver. China finally has its first Winter X Games champion after this woman won two gold medals in the superpipe and slopestyle and one bronze medal in the big air competition at the 2021 games in Aspen.

Model Life

Eileen is a professional model who works for IMG Models, the same agency that represents Bella Hadid, Kate Moss, and Hailey Bieber. She has made it as a model in both the United States and China. She has been the public face of many well-known companies, including Louis Vuitton, Victoria’s Secret, Tiffany & Co., high-end Swiss watchmaker IWC, and beauty company Estée Lauder. She is a regular on the front rows of major fashion events such as the Met Gala and the Louis Vuitton show at Paris Fashion Week.

As the face of Inner Mongolia’s Mengniu Dairy, she has become a highly sought-after model in China, appearing in everything from television commercials to billboards and even milk containers. She has also been a model for China Mobile, the e-commerce behemoth JD.com, the Bank of China, and other Chinese companies. She has graced the covers of such prestigious fashion periodicals as GQ and Elle.

Eileen Gu Net Worth

Eileen’s endorsement fee was around $1 million before 2021 and will rise to $2.5 million once taxes are taken off by the end of November 2021. During the year, she reportedly signed 20 endorsement deals worth a total of $40 million.

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