Since calling it a career in 2003, many have challenged the throne of the “great” Michael Jordan. Kobe, Vince, LeBron, Steph, and many others have come the threaten the status-quo of the world’s unquestioned GOAT.
But even all these years after retirement, Jordan still has a leg up on many of his competitors, and probably not in the way you think.
In a sneak peek inside the life of the basketball legend, Business Insider shared some stats on where Jordan stands with the rest of the world in regards to finance. The results were surprising, to say the least.
Michael Jordan made less than $100 million as the NBA’s greatest player of all time but is now a member of Forbes’ list of billionaires with an estimated net worth of $1.9 billion.
He’s also the highest-paid athlete of all time and since his retirement in 2003, Jordan has built the most successful and lucrative career we’ve ever seen from a former athlete.
Not only is Jordan the leader of one of the most lucrative and successful sports brands in the world, but he has been successful in growing and managing the company. As of 2015, he was reportedly making $100 million a year from Nike royalties alone. In fact, his income now is way more than his total playing salary during his career.
He earned $90 million total in NBA salary, and about $63 million of that came in his final two seasons with the Chicago Bulls.
With his multiple business ventures and his ownership of the Hornets, MJ has created a post-basketball life for himself many would not have imagined possible. No doubt, LeBron and others will be looking to follow in his footsteps.