Rose Mutombo is the longtime wife of retired professional basketball player, Dikembe Mutombo –known for his time in the NBA.
Rose’s husband played nearly two decades in the NBA and since retiring he’s become active in charitable efforts. Most recently the 52-year-old flown a young boy from Africa to received surgery in the US.
Dikembe Mutombo is well regarded as one of the greatest shot blockers of all time. The four time Defensive Player of the Year and 8x all-star –was born in the capital city of Kinshasa in the Democratic Republic of the Congo.
Mutombo who first arrived in the United States over 30-years-ago on an academic scholarship to attend Georgetown –played in the NBA for 18 seasons. He announced his retirement in 2009 while playing with the Houston Rockets. In 2015, he was inducted into the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame.
Mutombo who graduated with dual degrees in Linguistics and Diplomacy –has always been involved in humanitarian work. He has been married to wife Rose for many years. Meet her below.
#1 She is also from the Congo
Rose Mutombo, like her husband also hails from the Democratic Republic of the Congo. They have been married since 1996.
#2 She is a mom
Dikembe and Rose Mutombo are the proud parents of six children, four of them are adopted –and belonged to two deceased brothers; he named his children Reagan and Nancy.
#3 Her husband was supposed to marry someone else
Dikembe was supposed to marry a woman named, Michelle Roberts, however the wedding was suspended a day prior, because she refused to sing a prenuptial agreement.
#4 Rose keeps a low profile
The supportive wife and mom of six was left to raise a large family while her husband, basketball superstar Dikembe Mutombo, played in the NBA. Though she is often pictured with him, she leaves her hubby all the spotlight.
#5 She is also into charity
In recent years, the couple has been involved in a number of humanitarian efforts. Last year, they attended the 13th annual UNICEF Snowflake Ball 2017 –and also traveled to Rome, Italy where Dikembe spoke at a session on Advancing Sustainable Development.
#6 She is into fashion
Rose Dikembe is definitely a fashionista and a big shopper. During an interview she spoke about her favorite brands and favorite stores “Neiman Marcus and Saks Fifth Avenue. I also love to shop international designers such as Karen Miller. I like their dresses and skirts, they are very feminine and colorful.”