Are you tall and tired of people asking you to change bulbs? Don’t worry; there’s something special for you. Make use of your height and try your fortune at basketball. You may end up being an international basketball star like Michael Jordan (popularly known as MJ) who is a US-based former professional basketball player.
Michael Jordan represented two American basketball teams: the “Chicago Bulls” and “Washington Wizards” in the “National Basketball Association” (NBA) for 15 years. He is currently the highest shareholder and chairman of the American professional basketball team “Charlotte Hornets.” Now let’s have a closer look at the net worth of Michael Jordan in 2018.
Early Life & Biography:
Michael was born on 17 February 1963 in Brooklyn city of New York, United States. When he was a toddler, his family moved to Wilmington city in North Carolina. For his primary education, he went to Emsley A. Laney High School, Wilmington and participated in the inter-school tournaments of football, baseball, and basketball on behalf of his school. Due to his fabulous performance in the school basketball team, he was offered admission in the basketball programme of numerous US colleges, and so he ended up taking admission in one of them: The University of North Carolina where he graduated in Cultural Geography.
Michael is the fourth child among the five children born to Larry Jordan and James R Jordan Sr. His elder brother, James was a Major in the US Army and retired in 2006. In September 1989, Michael exchanged wedding vows with an American model, Juanita Vanoy. The couple was blessed to have two sons: Jeffrey Michael and Marcus James, and a daughter named Jasmine. On 29 December 2006, the couple got separated after living together for more than 17 years. On 25 December 2011, on the eve of Christmas, he proposed to his longtime girlfriend and a Cuban-American model, Yvette Prieto which eventually led to their wedding on 27 April 2013. On 11 February 2014, the couple gave birth to twin daughters: Victoria and Ysabel.
Career, Awards & Nominations:
Although Michael started playing basketball on behalf of various teams right from his college years, his professional basketball career began in 1984 when he participated in the NBA season (1984-1985). His performance was so good that he appeared on the cover page of famous US sports magazine “Sports Illustrated.” He continued his dominance in the NBA till the 1991-1992 season before announcing his retirement on 6 October 1993. On 18 March 1995, he made a comeback to basketball and went to court with the “Bulls” to face the “Indiana Pacers.” Despite being out of the game for a year and a half, he played well and took the “Bulls” to new heights. The NBA teams were so impressed by his performance that during his last season of 2002-2003, he received a four-minute standing ovation from them. Before taking his final retirement, he bagged more than hundreds of prestigious basketball awards.
Net Worth & Earnings:
As of 2018, The total estimated net worth of Michael Jordan to date is $1.75 billion. For two seasons, Forbes listed him as the highest paid NBA player. Though most of his wealth has been accumulated through his basketball profession, his earning by endorsing various brands is not less. In 1984, he signed the first contract with Nike, and it was worth $500,000. Apart from Nike, he also endorses other brands like Hanes, Gatorade, and Upper Deck. His net worth includes various luxurious cars, and an elephant printed private jet. Currently, he is the richest athlete in the world.
Michael Jordan is known to be a relaxed and calm person despite being a top celebrity. When he entered the NBA, his fan following increased very rapidly and the way he got media attention didn’t go well with his senior players. Jealous by his fame, they stopped passing balls to him while on the court. However, he remained cool and focused on his game. Later, his hard work and passion towards basketball paid off, and today he is known as one of the best NBA players.