Rio Ferdinand

Ferdinand in 2009, Jaggat / Shutterstock.coms

Birth Name: Rio Gavin Ferdinand

Place of Birth: Lambeth, London, England, U.K.

Date of Birth: 7 November, 1978

*father – African-Saint Lucian
*mother – Irish

Rio Ferdinand is a British professional footballer and television pundit. He played as a centre-back.

Rio is the son of Janice (Lavender) and Julian Ferdinand. His father is of Saint Lucian descent. His mother is of Irish descent. The majority of the population of Saint Lucia are descendants of African slaves, with a minority made up of people of mixed Indian, European, and African descent. A picture of Rio’s father can be seen here.

Rio’s brother, Anton Ferdinand, is a professional footballer. Rio is also a cousin of Les Ferdinand, who was capped 17 times by the England national team, and of Kane Ferdinand, who represented Ireland at the youth level.

Rio is married to Kate Wright. He was previously married to Rebecca Ellison, until her death. He has three children with Rebecca, and a son with Kate.

Source: Family history of Rio Ferdinand –


Curious about ethnicity

13 Responses

  1. andrew says:

    you mean this guy?

    Good call. He looks Portuguese to me though (inherited from his mother’s side)

  2. andrew says:

    Rio’s brother, Anton Ferdinand, is a professional footballer. Rio’s cousin, Les Ferdinand, was capped 17 times by England national team. Another Rio’s cousin, Kane Ferdinand, represented Ireland at youth level.

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