Lee Priest was born in Newcastle, New South Wales, Australia, on 6 July 1972, so under the zodiac sign of Cancer and holding Australian nationality – he is popular for his career of a bodybuilder. Lee is still exercising on a daily basis, but is no longer competing.
Childhood and Education
Lee spent his entire childhood with his mother in Wallsend in Australia – it’s not known if something has happened to his father, as he hasn’t been heard talking about him. His mother was a bodybuilder who won numerous competitions, and is credited with Lee’s love of bodybuilding.
He began working out when he was 12, and had his mother and grandfather to support him and give him directions. He attended his first competition a year later, and won it – he went on to compete at numerous other events, including the IFBB which he won four consecutive times at the age of 16, 17, 18, and 19. He attended his first international competition called World’s Championship at the age of 17, and came fourth. He was very popular in high school thanks to his amazing figure, and was a boy most girls wanted to go out with, however, it isn’t known whether or not he dated any girls during those years.
After he matriculated from high school, Lee completely focused on his career of a bodybuilder, and didn’t enroll at college – he had the full support of his mother and his grandfather.
Lee’s Bodybuilding Career and Other Jobs
Lee became Mr. Australia when he was 19, but didn’t obtain his Pro Card because he was too young to go professional, so continued competing in amateur competitions, including Niagara Falls Championships. It was during that time that he received his Pro Card, and became the youngest person to ever become an IFBB pro competitor.
He has been competing at IFBB for 16 years, but in the meantime he decided to try something even more challenging, and began competing in the Ironman Pro. It took him 10 years of winning second and third places to come in first place and become the Ironman Pro in 2006. He was supposed to compete at the NABBA Mr. Universe held in 2010, and in the WBFF competition, but turned down both of these offers.
Lee is also into motor racing, and is a champion race car driver – he launched his career in 2002 which led him to drag racing in 2004. He has since won several races and titles, was named the Rookie of the Year 2005, while he won the SCEDA Racing Championship in 2006.
While not a lot of people know about it, The Hulk character is based on Lee, and he did all the bodywork for the movies which feature the character. He was featured in the “Rescue Special Ops” TV series in 2011, and appeared in the commercials for the “Big Brother Australia” season which aired in 2012.
Lee is a writer as well, and is currently writing a monthly column for “Muscle Sport Magazine”.
Naming a Competition After Lee
NABBA International announced in 2014 that they were going to organize the first NABBA professional event in Australia, after NABBA World Championships held in 1990, and The Lee Priest Classic Australia 2015 was officially opened on a Sunday, 22 March 2015 in Sydney. Both professionals and amateurs competed and the winners of the amateur class won Pro Cards.
The second Lee Priest Classic competition was organized in the UK on 19 July 2015 in Peterborough.
Personal Life and Relationships
Rumor has it that Lee is a womanizer, and that he has been with numerous women throughout the years. He had a steady relationship in 2017 with a woman he met at the gym, however, after cheating on her and getting caught, they split after only a couple of months of dating. His next sort-of-a-long relationship was in the summer of 2018, when he began dating a woman he met during one of his competitions, but they split after about a month due to not being willing to maintain a long distance relationship.
Hobbies and Other Interests
Lee might seem to be completely focused on his career of a bodybuilder but he always finds time for numerous other things he is interested in.
He is a big lover of animals, and has a pet fox called Carlos. He is very fond of music and knows how to play the keyboard, while he also sings. He is a huge fan of tattoos, and most part of his body has been inked including his head. Over the years, he became almost addicted to coffee, and now cannot imagine a single day without drinking it, together with his friends from the gym. While women are known for their passion for clothes, Lee has a huge passion for watches, and has his own collection which counts over 100 unique pieces.
Lee is pretty much in love with cars, which is what got him into the racing industry in the first place – he has owned numerous cars throughout the years, and is currently driving an Audi R8.
Lee is one of only a few bodybuilders who have openly spoken about using steroids – Lee even talked about how often, in which way, and in what amounts he used them.
Appearance and Net Worth
Lee is currently 47 years old. He has short blonde hair and blue eyes, is 5ft 4ins (1.62m) tall, and weighs around 230lbs (104kgs).
Net worth is $2 million.
Social Media Presence
Lee is very active on popular social media networks on the internet, as this is very important for the career he has built for himself.
He launched his Twitter account in April 2014, and has since gathered nearly 6,300 followers and tweeted over 5,700 times. He is a lot more popular on his Instagram account, with more than 400,000 followers, while he’s uploaded over 3,200 pictures onto it – he is running a Facebook page as well, which counts more than 66,000 fans.
Lee has his own website on which you can read a bit about him, check his contest history, and contact him in case you have any questions or suggestions.