Legendary heavyweight boxer and entrepreneur George Foreman has stayed busy since his second retirement in 1997 – raising 12 children and writing a 2008 book on fatherhood.
The 2023 movie Big George Foreman, on Netflix from August 26, portrays him as the perfect athlete and family man, balancing boxing and his grill business with being a father to his sons and daughters.
The movie’s positive portrayal of Foreman has been criticized amid allegations of sexual abuse of minors made against him by three women.
He denies the allegations and none of Foreman’s children have spoken about the matter – they are largely living out of the spotlight.
So, who are Foreman’s children? Here’s everything you need to know.
George Foreman’s son George ‘Monk’ Foreman III became a professional boxer after earning a college degree from Rice University. He retired in 2012 and holds a 16–0 professional boxing record
George Foreman with four of his sons and one of his daughters, Texas, 2003
How many sons does George Foreman have?
Foreman has five biological sons, and they are all named George.
‘I named all my sons George Edward Foreman so they would always have something in common’, Foreman explained.
‘I say to them, ‘If one of us goes up, then we all go up together, and if one goes down, we all go down together!”
George Foreman Jr is a producer and co-founder of the Sacramento-based investment company IYC Capital.
George ‘Monk’ Foreman III became a professional boxer after graduating from Rice University, and founded the Craft Boxing Club years after his 2012 retirement.
George ‘Big Wheel’ Foreman IV served as a producer alongside the eldest Foreman son for the 2017 documentary Foreman. He works as a development officer for the Texas Public Policy Foundation.
George ‘Red’ Foreman V made negative headlines in 2014 after being arrested and charged for felony assault of his wife Ashley McVea-Figueroa, and has kept out of the public eye since then.
George ‘Little Joey’ Foreman VI is maintaining a low profile and seemingly does not have any social media accounts.
Foreman is also a grandfather to two boys. If you’ve read this far, you don’t need us to tell your their names.
George ‘Big Wheel’ Foreman IV, far left, and George Foreman Jr worked with their father on the 2017 documentary Foreman, where they both served as producers
George Foreman supported George ‘Monk’ Foreman III when he decided to enter professional boxing. However, he insisted that his son earn a college degree before doing so
How many daughters does George Foreman have?
Foreman has seven daughters – Natalie, Leola, Freeda, Michi, Georgetta, Isabella and Courtney.
He adopted Isabella in 2009 and Courtney in 2012 and has five biological daughters, two of whom, Natalie and Leola, he shares with his wife Mary Joan Martelly.
Martelly is his fifth wife. They have been married since 1985 and also share Georges IV, V and VI.
Freeda followed in her father’s footsteps and became a professional boxer in 2000.
She died at 42 from an apparent suicide in March 2019.
Freeda Foreman was the only Foreman daughter to become a professional boxer – finishing her career with 5–1 record before retiring in 2001. She died of an apparent suicide at 42 in 2019
Georgetta Foreman has been a television producer since the 1990s. She works as a supervising producer for Allen Media Group in Los Angeles
Prior to becoming a professor, Natalie Foreman-Wynn pursued a career in singing. She later became a science teacher in 2010, and entered a master’s degree program at Texas Southern University for Educational Administration and Supervision in 2011
Georgetta is a successful television producer who has worked on shows including Divorce Court and We the People with Judge Lauren Lake.
Natalie Foreman-Wynn initially pursued a singing career, but has since gone on to receive a doctorate degree last May and become a professor at Lone Star College for almost 10 years.
Little is known about Michi and Leola. Foreman’s two adopted daughters, Isabella Brandie Lilja and Courtney Isaac, have stayed low-key and appear to not be on social media.