Quick Facts of Lisa Bonder

  • Full NameLisa Bonder
  • Net Worth$3Million
  • NicknameLisa Lou
  • Marital Status Widow
  • BirthplaceColumbus, Ohio, USA
  • Ethnicity White
  • Religion Christianity
  • ProfessionRetired Tennis Player
  • Nationality American
  • Eye colour Blue
  • Hair colour Blonde
  • BuildSlim
  • SpouseTom Kreiss (1st hubby), Kirk Kerkorian(2nd hubby), and Steve Dies(ex-boyfriend)
  • Height5’10”
  • EducationNew Braunfels high, Texas (1980)
  • ChildrenKira Bonder, Taylor Jennings Kreiss
  • Horoscope Libra

Everyone has to be hardworking and dedicated to success in any field, especially in sports. A woman has to go through many ups and downs to have a successful professional life. In the same way, Lisa bonder is one of those who pass through many obstacles to become a successful professional tennis player.

Further, she is one of the American retired tennis players known as Lisa Bonder-Kreiss or Lisa Bonder-Kerkorian.

She has won four singles titles on the WTA circuit and reached the highest ranking of no.9 in August 1984. She became a professional tennis player on June 21, 1982.

Despite her sports career, Bonder is best known for her relationship; the star was married twice in her life and also had one relationship.

Further, she rose to fame as the ex-wife of billionaire Kirk Kerkorian, 48 years older than her. Apart, Lisa is a proud mother of two children from her married life and relationship. What is her current relationship?

So, let’s take you through the successful life of the media sensation. The article below will also tell you about her detailed personal life, career, salary, net worth, etc.

Early Life Of Lisa Bonder

The tennis star Lisa was born on October 16, 1965, in Columbus, Ohio, USA. Likewise, she is the daughter of Seth Bonder (father) and Julia Bonder (mother). Later, her family moved to Saline, Michigan.

Nevertheless, her parents later divorced, so she was raised in Saline, Michigan.

Her father, Seth, was an American engineer who established Vector Research, Inc and was born in the Bronx to his parents, who were Russian emigrants, and they worked in the garment district. Also, she has a sibling named Eric Bonder.

Lisa Bonder’s 1985 Press Photo Tennis Player at Match. Image Source: Amazon

As per nationality, she is an American nationality and belongs to white ethnicity.

Sadly, there is no information on which university she went to but what we know is; Bonder was an honor student at Huron high (Michigan) and transferred to New Braunfels High (Texas) in 1980 to get coaching at John Newcombe’s camp.

Tennis Career

Not to mention, everyone has individual dreams, destinations and wants to be successful. Likewise, Lisa is an American tennis player whose career was good enough and was doing everything to succeed in her career.

Moreover, Kreiss won four titles before retiring; from 1981 to 1991, the lady played on the WTA tour. The very first title she won was in Hamburg, West Germany, in 1982, and the remaining three were from 1982 to 1983 in Tokyo.

Lisa while playing a match. Image Source: Pinterest

In 1983 and 1984, she reached the fourth round of the U.S. Open and Wimbledon in 1984.

Lisa played the quarterfinal at Roland Garros in the same year, defeating former champion Vicki NelsonAmy HoltonVirginia RuziciCorinne Vanier before losing to Camille Benjamin.

Later, her wins over Mary Joe FernandezChris Evert, and Andrea Jaeger is considered the most notable career wins, which bring among the most outstanding player.

With a record of 139-126 win/loss, Bonder retired. Proving via different games, the star reached a career-high ranking of number 9.

Even though she is best known for her relationship than a career, take a glimpse of her personal life first.

Married Twice In Her Lifetime

Well, 56-years-old retired tennis player married billionaire Kirk Kerkorian in 1999. Despite having 48 years age gap, they walked down to the aisle.

Lisa married Kirk, a businessman, investor, and philanthropist, as a second husband. Though, their married life ended just after 28 days.

Some online sources claimed that the lady married him only for his money.

Lisa with her ex-hubby, Kirk Kerkorian. Image Source: Daily Mail

After the divorce, Lisa fell pregnant when she was with Kirk and thought that he was the father of her child.

Subsequently, she gave birth to a baby girl named Kira Bonder, on March 9, 2000, in Los Angeles, California.

Lisa with her daughter, Kira. Image Source: Celebrity show

In addition to this, Kerkorian allegedly paid $100,000 a month as a child for support and forced his daughter to set up a $7 million trust. But belatedly, after a DNA test, he finds Kira is not his daughter. Sadly, the businessman died on June 15, 2015.

Then Who was Bonder’s Daughter’s Father?

After the DNA test result, it was clear that her daughter Kira is the daughter of Steve Bing. She was in a romantic relationship with Steve, an American film producer, philanthropist, and businessman.

In contrast, the twosome were unmarried couples.

Lisa with her ex-boyfriend, Steve and their daughter. Image Source: Xoom

But, in the late 90s, it was pretty sure that the two were in a romantic relationship for a few months. Nonetheless, they broke up before the athlete married Mr. Kerkorian.

When the truth was unveiled, Bing openly accepted her daughter, also given her father’s love since then.

Lisa’s Ex-Boyfriend Steve Dies, Aged 55

Yes, Steve Bing indeed is no more on this planet. Furthermore, he died at the age of 55 after a long battle with depression.

On Monday, June 22, 2020, he left this earth by jumping from his 27th-floor apartment in the Century City neighborhood of Los Angeles, California.

At that time, he was dating actress Elizabeth Hurley and also had a son named Damian Hurley from her side.

Steve jumps to his death from his 274th floor L.A. apartment. Image Source: Daily Mail

Further, he took such a severe attempt because he suffered from depression. Mr. Bing’s parents denied Damian the right to Steve’s fund.

At the same time, the court decided that he also had access to Steve’s Fund. After Steve died, Lisa and Hurley united because they intended to support their children.

Lisa’s Failed Married Life With Tom Kreiss

The former professional tennis player, Bonder, was married for the first time to Tom Kreiss, and they walked down to the aisle on January 10, 1988.

Later, she also changed her surname to Bonder-Kreiss; however, their relationship didn’t last long and ended.

Lisa’s first husband, Tom Kreiss. Image Source: T.K. Design

Yet, we don’t have much information about when they divorced each other. But, some sources claim that Lisa divorce Tom to marry Kirk.

Also, she shares one son named Taylor Jennings Kreiss with her ex-spouse, Kreiss. They have moved on their lives and are presently living a happy life with their respective families.

Net Worth In Million

The successful athlete, Lisa, has made a decent amount of money from her career as a tennis player. Despite this, her actual net worth figure is yet to be published.

However, we can only guess that her net worth might be around $3million. Additionally, she earns the prize money of $212,395 from her tennis career.

Lisa traveled somewhere under the sky. Source Briefly

Besides, she has also got alumni from her ex-partner. After the death of her ex-hubby, Kirk, in 2015, Lisa got $8.5 million from $7 million for her daughter’s Kira trust and $1.5 million for her.

The retired tennis player is living a lavish life with her daughter and son in New York.

Lisa Bonder, Rumors and Controversy

Throughout her career, Lisa played many games and performed very well in those games. Also, she created a name for herself in the professional field, but rumors and controversy always sounded her.

There was a rumor that Lisa married Kirk for his money. The player told Darrien Lacocca that she wanted to be the last Mrs. Kerkorian to get all his money.

There was a rumor that Lisa Bonder married Kirk for his money only. Image Source: Daily Mail

One of Kerkorian’s friends named Rempel quickly exposed her true intention to marry him was to become the richest woman in the world. But even after all that, Bonder convinced him to marry her, and they married.

Since you are reading about a great tennis player, you may be interested in an Indian famous tennis player: Andy Roddick.

Controversy Regarding Her Daughter’s Access To Bings Family Trust

As mentioned above, Bonder has a daughter with Steve called Kira Bonder, born in 1999 in the USA. Further, there was a case in the court for her daughter’s access to Steve Bing’s trust.

But, the parents of Bing denied that she is an illegitimate daughter of him as she was born out of wedlock and didn’t have any access to his trust.

Steve Bing’s father says granddaughter will inherit NOTHING because she was born out of wedlock. Image Source: Daily Mail

In such a way, Kira was trapped via an inheritance battle resolved in 2019. This incident occurred after her grandfather denied her, and her brother Damian could not use the family trust (the $600 million Bing fortune).

Then, Kira claimed herself the beneficiary of that controversial trust, her request got closed and triggered a lawsuit. Nonetheless, a Los Angeles judge ruled that Kira is a beneficiary to the Steve Bing trust.

It is evaluated that Steve was worth a whopping £380 million after inheriting his grandfather Leo’s fortune. 

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