Hackett is an Aussie swimming legend, considered by most analysts to be the greatest distance swimmer in history. Hackett won back to back golds in the 1500 meters freestyle at the 2000 Sydney Olympics and the 2004 Athens Olympics. He netted silver at the 2008 Olympics in Beijing.
Hackett’s 2000 Sydney performance sealed his star power in Australia. Continued success in the pool coupled with his corporate partnerships and TV contract with Nine Network made Hackett a household name in his home country.
According to Hackett’s lawsuit, he hired his Brisbane-based attorneys and kept them on a retainer from 2006 to 2009. In 2007, before he wed Candice Alley, he directed his attorneys draft a pre-nuptial agreement.
Hackett and Alley wed, and had two children, twins.
October 29th, 2011, the relationship appeared rocky when police were called out to handle a dispute at the couple’s Melbourne residence. Their apartment was in disarray. Hackett later stated he was “overwhelmingly embarrassed” by his behaviour. In the following weeks the couple made several positive statements that they were “immensely” in love.
On May 3rd , 2012, they separated.
Hackett’s lawsuit appears to be the result of his marriage dissolving, and then learning that the 2007 pre-nuptial agreement did not meet the legal requirement. Moreover, his attorneys allegedly did not inform him of the defect.
Hackett’s net worth is reported to be $8,000,000.
Hackett isn’t your typical Olympic Champion. He is very well-educated with a Diploma of Law, Commerce, Financial Services, and an Executive MBA from Bond University.