Nav Bhatia Net Worth & Biography
|Popular Name:||Nav Bhatia|
|Real Name:||Nav Bhatia|
|Birth Date:||July 9, 1951|
New Delhi, Delhi, India
|Net Worth:||$60 Million|
Popularly known on social media and also on sports arenas as the “Raptors Superfan”, Nav Bhatia is a Canadian business tycoon who became famous for his avid support of the Toronto Raptors basketball team. He is the founder and current administrator of the Superfan Foundation dedicated to helping unite people through a common love for sports. Mr. Bhatia has attended every Toronto Raptors game played on home ground since 1995, temporarily suspending attendance in 2020 due to the COVID-19 pandemic and also the Raptors’ impermanent relocation to Tampa, Florida. His 26-year 100% Raptors home game attendance streak finally came to an end on December 10, 2021 when he had to go into isolation following a COVID-19 outbreak at an unrelated event he had attended. Further information is provided below.
Early Life: Childhood & Education
Nav Bhatia was born to Sikh parents on July 9, 1951, in New Delhi, Delhi, India. He belongs to Sikhism, a monotheistic religion.
As known with many other renowned personalities who love posting their early life, families, and institutions they attended for their education, Bhatia’s case is quite different. He has kept information concerning his childhood and educational history in secret, probably as a way of avoiding unnecessary controversies. However, unverified third-party information on the internet suggests that he successfully finished his education and graduated from prestigious Canadian institutions after moving into the country as an adult with his Indian relatives.
Professional Life: Entrepreneurial Career
Nav Bhatia and his family moved to Toronto in Canada in the year 1984 in the midst of anti-Sikh riots in India. It was difficult for him and other members of his family to find employment, and this meant that feeding and maintaining their livelihood was hard. He struggled to find a job as a mechanical engineer, and when he couldn’t succeed, he settled for working as a car salesman. He achieved an impressive record of 127 car sales in three months and purchased the dealership 2 years later with all his savings.
Today, Bhatia is the owner of one of the most popular Hyundai car dealerships in Canada, and this venture has been majorly responsible for his fortune.
In 2018, he founded the Superfan Foundation as a way to connect diverse people in Canada and in other parts of the world through sport. It is said that he spends around $300,000 every year to send hundreds of thousands of kids to Raptors games.
After the Toronto Raptors won the NBA title at the end of the 2018–2019 season, he became the first fan in the history of the NBA to receive an official NBA Championship ring.
In 2020, it was revealed by the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame that Bhatia would be one of the first basketball fans memorialized in its newly launched superfan gallery for their 2020 induction class. Bhatia was inducted into the Hall of Fame officially on May 15, 2021, as part of their ceremonial induction weekend.
In 2021, he was announced as the subject of both “Superfan”, an upcoming Hollywood studio biopic scheduled to star Kal Penn as Bhatia, and “Superfan: The Nav Bhatia Story”, a CBC Television documentary that aired on December 3, 2021.
Personal Life: Family, Children, Private Interest
Not much is known about Nav Bhatia’s wife and biological kids (if any) due to the fact that he rarely talks about his personal life. He is known for being the biggest fan of the Toronto Raptors, having attended every home game in the team’s 25-year history from 1995 to 2020, until the franchise was forced to play their 2020-2021 season in Tampa, Florida due to the COVID-19 pandemic. His 26-year 100% Raptors home game attendance streak finally came to an end on December 10, 2021 when he had to go into isolation following a COVID-19 outbreak at Masai Ujiri’s Giants of Africa Gala, which he attended.
He is frequently invited to speak about basketball in the media. Despite that he doesn’t reveal anything that has to do with his private life and interests, it is public knowledge that he has an adopted daughter named Tia Bhatia, who is a YouTuber.
Achievements: Awards & Honors
SuperFan Bhatia received the Royal Bank of Canada Top 25 Canadian Award in June 2018. After the Raptors won the NBA title at the end of the 2018–2019 season, he became the first fan in the history of the NBA to receive an official NBA Championship ring. He was inducted into the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame officially on May 15, 2021.
Besides, his success and fast rise in the automobile industry is exceptional, and he has been lauded for this accomplishment as well.
Nav Bhatia Net Worth: Salary, Income Sources, Assets
As of this writing, Nav Bhatia’s net worth is estimated to be more than $60 million. His sources of income are his car dealerships and firms which yield him great profits. Additionally, he owns a courtside that is said to be worth $7,000. He has amassed the bulk of his fortune from the sales of the cars alone, and he is considered to be one of the richest car dealers in Toronto at the age of 71 years old.