(via USA Today's FTW)

We all know the heroics Shaquille O’Neal was able to pull off during his tenure in the NBA. By the time he retired in 2011, he was already considered one of the best big men to ever play the game.

He averaged 23.7 points, 10.9 rebounds, and 2.3 blocks per game in the NBA. It’s fair to say he had a very successful career as a pro-ball player.

Crazily enough, however, his success in the businessman world may be even greater. Once he walked away from basketball, he invested his money and is, today, worth almost $1 billion.

(Credit: Basketball Forever)

In a 2019 interview with Yahoo!, he talked a bit about his investments.

“My first major investment was Google,” O’Neal said, adding at the time he didn’t really understand the impact Google would have in the future, but was assured that, “… phones, search engines, finding information…that’s going to work.’”

Other investments of his include Five Guys, fitness gyms, car washes, apartment buildings, and (most famously) the Sacramento Kings. Clearly, the former superstar big man knows how to be smart with his money.

Instead of just blowing it all on luxuries, he was wise and gave himself more opportunities to earn. The dude is a winner in more ways than one, and his investment schemes are one of them.