About Muhammad AliMuhammad Ali is a former boxer, social activist and philanthropist from the United States. Some people have idolized him, some saw him more as a villain, but probably all would agree that Muhammad is one of the most prominent cultural icons in modern history. He became a worldwide heavyweight champion at the age 22. At the time he was known under the name given him by his parents Cassius Marcellus Clay. He officially changed his name to Muhammad Ali in 1964, after he joined the movement Nation of Islam. Ali’s religious beliefs and more general opposition to the Vietnam War encouraged him to refuse to join the U.S. Military in the late 60s. This refusal caused a huge scandal and divided Americans into his supporters and critics. Muhammad Ali net worth is currently estimated at $81 million.
The boxer was born in Louisville, the first son to Cassius Marcellus Clay Sr. As his father, who was a painter, he was named after a famous 19th century politician and abolitionist.