In addition to the $250 million deal that he recently inked with the Venetian Hotel in Las Vegas — which guarantees them a “Lord of the Dance” franchise for the next five years — the dancer has pocketed another $300 million for resident troupes in Helsinki and Moscow. These transactions, coupled with Michael’s personal fortune, has catapulted the dancer into the ranks of the billionaire boys club. Not bad for a guy who started life on the wrong side of the tracks in Chicago.
Despite his piles of money, Michael insists that he is just as proud of the jobs he held before he became famous. Flatley spent years doing hard physical labor on building sites, and says that he still has the calluses to prove it.
“I don’t suppose [the calluses] will ever go away, but they’re a great reminder of who I am and where I come from,” he said.
“I still stop to talk with the construction workers when I walk the streets of Dublin and London,” he said. “I’m proud of my past. There’s nothing to be ashamed of when a man works hard.”