Elena Delle Donne Biography – Washington Mystics Shooting Guard

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Elena Delle Donne's Bio

Elena Delle Donne is a reputed basketball player. Image Source: Elena Delle Donne's Instagram.

Elena Delle Donne is one of the well-known names in WNBA history. She plays shooting guard for the Washington Mystics of the Women’s National Basketball Association. Donne has played with different teams in her professional career.

The WNBA star has remained in the limelight for a long time now. Fans are curious to know about her personal life details. Thus, in this Elena Delle Donne’s biography, let’s learn about some of her personal information.

Her Sister Has Cerebral Palsy

The Mystics star was born on September 5, 1989, in Wilmington, Delaware, USA. She is one of the three children of her parents.

Elena Delle Donne’s dad, Ernest ‘Ernie’ Delle Donne, is a real estate developer. The former’s mom is Joan Delle Donne. In addition, she has an elder brother and sister.


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Elena Delle Donne’s brother, Gene Delle Donne, used to play collegiate football at Duke University and then at Middle Tennessee State University. After graduation, her brother returned to their hometown to work for their dad’s company.

Sadly, Elena’s sister, Elizabeth ‘Lizzie’ Delle Donne, is autistic, deaf, blind, and has cerebral palsy. During the offseason, the player takes care of her elder sibling.

The WNBA player attended Ursuline Academy. After graduation, she attended the summer program at the University of Connecticut and then went to the University of Delaware. Moreover, she majored in childhood education with a focus on special education and earned her Bachelor’s degree in Human Services.

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Elena Delle Donne, Net Worth – $400 Thousand

Aforementioned, Donne is a well-known name in the basketball world. Apart from fame, she has gained a massive fortune. As per Celebrity Net Worth, Elena Delle Donne’s net worth is estimated to be $400 thousand.

During her high school career, Elena gained national recognition as a basketball star. She helped her team win many national and local level tournaments. After her high school career was over, Donne enrolled in the summer school program of the University of Connecticut.

Although Elena had received a basketball scholarship at UConn, she dropped out of the program and eventually enrolled at the University of Delaware. However, it was not the basketball team that she joined at Delaware; it was its volleyball team.

For the 2008-09 season, Elena played as the middle-hitter and joined the basketball team, and in the 2009-10 season, she played as a redshirt freshman. After her collegiate career ended pretty successfully, she was drafted by the Chicago Sky in the 2013 Draft second overall.

The athlete played with the Sky until 2015, when she was traded to the Washington Mystics. The prize money is not the only source of income for the basketball star, salary and contract also help her amass a massive fortune to her name.

With the Mystics, the shooting guard signed a four-year deal worth $899,480. It also includes a base salary of $224,870. The table below shows Elena Delle Donne’s estimated salary from the team in different years.

Year Cap Hit Base Salary Yearly Earnings
2020-21 $215,000 $215,000 $215,000
2021-22 $221,450 $221,450 $436,450
2022-23 $227,900 $227,900 $664,350
2023-24 $234,350 $234,350 $898,700

Table Source: Spotrac

Apart from salary and prize money, Donne also makes a good income from her business and other ventures.

Income From Other Ventures

As mentioned before, basketball prize money or salary from the team is not the only source of Elena Delle Donne’s fortune. She also runs and co-owns a woodworking business with her wife, Amanda Clifton.

In 2016, Elena established a custom woodworking shop, Deldon Designs, that provides handmade decorative basketball hoops and charcuterie boards. The business idea came when the couple decided to make a table after being unsatisfied with the furniture selection at various shops.

The price of their products ranges from $150 to $1000.

Similarly, the Mystics shooting guard also makes considerable earnings from sponsorship deals with different brands like Nike, DuPont, Genesis Today, and many others.

The basketball star is an all-rounder as she has also made a name in the YouTube field. Her channel, with 4.39K subscribers, consists of different episodes of her podcast, Beyond The Game, and vlogs.

In January 2019, the WNBA player’s Alexandria property was sold for $881,000, which she had purchased back in 2016. But it is not sure if she was the one receiving the amount.

Thus, Elena seems to have made good earnings in her professional career. As a result, Elena Delle Donne’s net worth is heavily influenced by prize money, salary, endorsements, etc.

Another WNBA star enjoying a successful career is Natasha Howard.

Is Happily Married

Along with a prosperous professional career, the Mystics player enjoys a blissful marital life. Elena is happily married to Amanda Clifton.

The couple’s love story began when the basketball player’s best friend introduced her to Amanda in June 2013. The duo instantly bonded over their shared love for basketball and dogs, as they both had dogs when they met. While Elena is a WNBA star, her then-girlfriend was a basketball player at Illinois State University.

The pair’s romantic relationship started, and soon they became inseparable from one another. Three years into dating, on June 2, 2016, the adorable couple got engaged. The same year the basketball player revealed her sexuality and the news of their engagement.

On November 3, 2017, the lovebirds exchanged vows in a lovely ceremony held at the Hempstead House of Sandas Point Preserve on Long Island. Moreover, Elena Delle Donne’s wife, Amanda, is her business partner.

Elena Delle Donne's Wife Amanda Clifton
Elena shares a blissful marital life with Amanda Clifton. Image Source: Elena Delle Donne’s Instagram.

The duo is enjoying blissful marital life and is yet to welcome kids. But, who knows, they might be planning.

Nevertheless, Elena must be living a wonderful life with her partner. As an active player, she must be earning considerably, which must be increasing her fortune. Moreover, she is close with her dad, mom, and siblings.

We hope the player gains more success in her career in the future.