Interesting Biography Facts
Giannis Sina Ougko Antetokounmpo
basketball player, NBA star
December 6, 1994
Giannis Antetokounmpo family members
Francis Antetokounmpo (older brother), Thanasis Antetokounmpo (older brother), Kostas Antetokounmpo (younger brother), Alex Antetokounmpo (younger brother)
Is Giannis Antetokounmpo a gay/bisexual?
What is Giannis Antetokounmpo marital status?
Who is Giannis Antetokounmpo wife?
Mariah Riddlesprigger (baby mother)
How many children does he have?
2 (sons Liam and Maverick Antetokounmpo)
Giannis Antetokounmpo is a talented basketball player. He came to the USA from his home country Greece in 2013 with a dream to become an NBA player. In 2021 he won the NBA championship as a part of The Milwaukee Bucks squad. Nicknamed by his fans as The Greek Freak, he gained lots of accolades, including the Defensive Player of the Year, MVP players, etc. Let’s have a closer look at Giannis Antetokounmpo’s big athletic family!
Giannis Antetokounmpo wife
Mariah Riddlesprigger (long-term girlfriend; baby mother)
Date of birth: September 17, 1992
The NBA star, which bears the nickname “Greek Freak”, has been dating Mariah Riddlesprigger since late 2016. The couple seems inseparable since then. Despite the busy schedules both have, Mariah and Giannis find enough time for each other to celebrate Halloween, for example, and then share the sweet photos on social media.
Mariah Danae Riddlerscrigger was born and raised in Fresno, CA. She is the daughter of Patrick Riddlesprigger, an athlete and Cameroon Basketball Federation President, and his wife Catherine Rincon. Mariah is the oldest of three kids in the Riddlesprigger family. She has 2 sisters, Makayla and Maya.
Mariah Riddlesprigger graduated from Rio Vista Middle School. She joined her academic education with sports activity and was even chosen as the volleyball team captain and the MVP player. The girl played for the school volleyball team. She continued her sports activity as a student at Rice University, where she majored in sports management and sociology.
Although Mariah is a mother of 2 boys nowadays and is focused on her parenthood duties, she finds enough time for a career as well. In 2021 she founded the apparel brand “Sincerely, Mariah”. She is also involved in the charity activity “Milwaukee Diaper Mission”, which presumes donations of diapers for babies from poor families.
Giannis Antetokounmpo kids
Liam Antetokounmpo (son with Mariah Riddlesprigger)
Date of birth: February 10, 2020
Mariah confessed through Instagram, that Giannis is a great father to their two boys. The name of the oldest kid is Liam Charles Antetokounmpo.
The baby boy changed the life of his parents immediately after his birth. He was three months old, when his mother wrote on social media, that her baby boy gives her perseverance, purpose, and passion. While his father told Jim Paschke, the sportscaster that he will retire immediately if his son asks him to.
Little Liam is not just a frequent guest of his parents’ Instagram accounts, but also a regular visitor of Bucks games, in which his father participates. He cheers his dad and makes the other players smile.
Maverick Antetokounmpo (son with Mariah Riddlesprigger)
Date of birth: August 18, 2021
Giannis and his beloved wife Mariah announced their second pregnancy in May 2021. Then Mariah shared a warm post on Instagram, where she told about the aim, which her babies – Liam and another one in motion – give her. Her pregnancy didn’t prevent the woman from launching her clothing line – Sincerely Mariah.
Maverick Shai Antetokounmpo was born several months later. Immediately after his birth his mother and father joined the charity diaper drive for poor families in their community. Mariah told that she understood how important it is for parents to have the necessary baby stuff by their hand. So, she decided to share the necessary baby things with those, who were less lucky than she.
Little Mav and his older brother are frequent guests at Milwaukee Bucks games, during which they support their father.
Who are Giannis Antetokounmpo parents?
Charles Antetokounmpo (father)
Date of birth: August 3, 1963
Date of death: September 29, 2017
Giannis’s father passed away at a relatively young age – 53 years old. The reason for his death is a sudden heart attack, which occurred during his ride to Milwaukee, WI. Ten days before his death, Charles attended a hospital in Greece. He complained of hard pains in his chest. Doctors advise the man to undergo careful laboratory testing. Probably, that didn’t help.
Charles was of Yoruba Nigerian origin. He spent his young years in Lagos, Nigeria. There he met his loved one Veronica and married her. In his home country, Charles was making a career as a soccer player. After their retirement, he moved to Athens, Greece with his wife. They left the oldest son Francis in his grandparents’ house.
Veronica and Charles were illegal emigrants from Greece. They worked too much to make the ends meet. The couple welcomed four more sons, including Giannis.
The life story of Charles and other members of the Antetokounmpo family was depicted in the biopic film “Rise”.
Veronica Antetokounmpo (mother)
Giannis’s mother is not an alien in the sports world, too. She was a professional high jumper. The mother of 5 boys belongs to the Nigerian Igbo ethnic group. She taught her sons to respect and love their Nigerian roots. The woman gave her kids 2 names – the Greek and the Nigerian.
Giannis Antetokounmpo siblings
Francis Antetokounmpo (older brother)
Date of birth: October 20, 1988
All Antetokounmpo brothers are great athletes. Francis Antetokounmpo is the oldest of them. At the moment of his birth, his parents were still Nigerian residents. Later they immigrated to Athens, Greece, where Francis’s brothers were born. At the same time, Francis grew up apart from his younger siblings. He spent his childhood and teen years in Lagos, Nigeria in the house of his grandparents.
His father, Francis, whose birth name is Francis Olowu Ofili Adetokunbo, was making a career as a soccer player. He played for the teams of Greek and Nigerian leagues. He also played basketball as a semi-professional athlete.
After they retired from professional sports, Francis started a career as a singer under the stage moniker “Ofili”. The music videos to his songs are affordable on the YouTube channel “AntetokounBros Tv”, which was launched by Francis and his siblings. Recently, he presented the song “Rise”, which serves as a soundtrack to the eponymous movie, created by Disney+. The film tells about the lives and careers of Francis’s four younger brothers.
Ofili is not married. He doesn’t have any kids.
Thanasis Antetokounmpo (older brother)
Date of birth: July 18, 1992
Thanasis Antetokounmpo is another of Giannis’s older brothers. He was born and raised in Athens’ Greece. As he told in one of the episodes on AntetokounBros Tv, he probably could have played football if he grew up in the USA, but in Greece, he started playing basketball.
In his youth, he was drafted by the Greek basketball club “Filathlitikos”. Thanasis showed great results – he scored around 12-13 points per game.
In 2014 he moved from Greece to the USA and was drafted by the successful basketball team “New York Knicks”. In 2019 he joined his brother Giannis in The Milwaukee Bucks club.
Although basketball is Thanasis’s main passion, his circle of interest is quite wide. He is a big fashion lover and sometimes features as a model in CQ magazine. He tries his hand as a sports analyst and hosts the podcast “Thanalysis” on AntetokounBros Tv. He is also a big golf enthusiast.
His character is played by the young actor Ral Agada in “Rise”.
Kostas Antetokounmpo (younger brother)
Date of birth: November 20, 1997
If you’ve watched “Rise”, then you know that Kostas (portrayed by Jaden Osimuwa) is a professional basketball player, too. He started playing basketball as a high school student in Athens, Greece. After that, he moved to Wisconsin, USA, and continued playing for the team at Dominican High School there. He played for the college team at the University of Dayton as well.
In 2018 he started playing professionally at the part of Philadelphia 76ers. In 2019 he was signed by the Los Angeles Lakers. The year later as the Lakers player he won the NBA championship, having become the first Greek athlete to do so. In 2021 his brothers Giannis and Thanasis repeated his success.
Knowing what it is meant to be poor, Kostas and his brothers support people in need. For that, they founded the charity organization “AntetokounBros Academy”.
Alex Antetokounmpo (younger brother)
Date of birth: August 27, 2001
Alexandros Antetokounmpo is the youngest boy in the big athletic family. Born in Athens, Greece, he is now a US resident. Alex played basketball for Dominican High School, located in Wisconsin. After graduating from high school he decided not to go to college and started a professional basketball career instead. He played for European clubs, like UCAM Murcia in Spain and The Raptors 905 in Canada. In 2022 he moved back to Wisconsin and started playing for the Herd in the NBA league.
Alex was featured on the Thanalysis episode and confessed that music is his talent, too. He likes to play rap.