May 24, 2024
Top 5 NBA Players 2023

The National Basketball Association (NBA) has produced some of the world’s richest athletes, thanks to their sky-high wages and the media exposure and sponsorship they get. Their name, fame, performances on the court, and wealth have also drawn some of the world’s most stunning women to them.

In this article, we will delve into the top 5 NBA players that have the highest net worth, and learn about their girlfriends and wives. Please note that this list includes both active and retired players.

#5 Shaquille O’Neal – $400 million

Shaquille O’Neal is a New Jersey native and former NBA superstar. Also known as “Big Shaq,” he is recognized as one of the game’s all-time great centers.

Shaquille’s NBA career spanned from 1992–1993 to 1995–1996 with the Magic, 1996–1997 with the Lakers, 2004–2007 with the Heat, 2007–2008 with the Suns, 2009–2010 with the Cavaliers, and 2010–11 with the Celtics.

Big Shaq has won 4 NBA championships throughout his career, and holds many records. Most notoriously, he is the only player in NBA history to win the NBA scoring title without making a single three-point field goal in the season that they won the award.

Shaq is currently a sport analyst in the television program Inside the NBA. He was married to Shaunie O’Neal from 2002 to 2011, with whom he has 4 children. Shaq is currently dating actress Annie Ilonzeh, according to various reports.

#4 Junior Bridgeman – $600 million

Junior Bridgeman is a retired NBA professional that has played as a Small Forward/Shooting Guard for the MIlwaukee Bucks and LA Clippers. Having played for the Bucks for the majority of his career, Bridgeman averaged 13.6 points per game during his 12-year long professional career.

His famed success in the restaurant business is the true source of his wealth. Bridgeman’s contributions to the restaurant franchise industry are so significant that he deserves a place in the Hall of Fame. He has led Bridgeman Foods to the level of an empire, with over 450 franchises thanks to his keen business sense and management skills.

Bridgeman has amassed an impressive portfolio of franchises over the past year, including Wendy’s, Chili’s, Fazoli’s, and most recently, Blaze Pizza. He married his college date, Doris Griffith, not long after he signed with the Bucks in 1975. Together, they have raised three kids: Eden, Justin, and Ryan.

#3 Magic Johnson – $620 million

Earvin “Magic” Johnson is a 5 times NBA Champion who played his entire career for the Los Angeles Lakers. He was taken with the first overall pick in the 1979 NBA Draft by the Los Angeles Lakers, where he played until his retirement in 1991.

Magic is holder of many NBA records, including the single-series record for highest assists-per-game average (14.0), the all-time record for most assists in the Playoffs (2,346), and the all-time record for most triple-doubles in the Playoffs (30).

Like Junior Bridgeman, Magic’s wealth comes from off-court ventures as well. Reports say that Magic Johnson made more than $100 million in 2010 from the sale of 105 Starbucks franchises and his 4.5% share of the Los Angeles Lakers.

Johnson’s ownership of the Los Angeles Dodgers and the Los Angeles Sparks of the Women’s National Basketball Association (WNBA) shows that he is still involved in the sports industry. In addition to his sports-related businesses, Johnson has a large business empire that includes insurance, healthcare, food services, staffing, and more.

Magic Johnson has been married to Cookie Johnson since 1991. Together, they have three children – EJ, Elisa, and Andre.

#2 LeBron James – $1.2 billion

Also known as “King James,” LeBron James is the only active NBA player to make the list. Currently playing with the LA Lakers, LeBron is the NBA’s leading scorer, with 38,652 points as of today.

LeBron has so far won NBA championships, capturing titles with the Miami Heat (2012, 2013), Cleveland Cavaliers (2016), and Los Angeles Lakers (2020).  James has been chosen for the All-NBA First Team an astounding 13 times, and he has been in many Hollywood movies, including the famous Space Jam 2.

Forbes says that the 87-year-old basketball superstar has a net worth of $1 billion, making him the first active NBA player to join the elite group of billionaires. LeBron has made over $385 million in salary from his time with the Cleveland Cavaliers, Miami Heat, and Los Angeles Lakers. His off-court activities have also been very fruitful for him financially; he has earned well over $900 million from endorsements and other sources.

LeBron’s wife, Savannah James, is an internet personality. The couple have been married since 2013, and have 3 children together: LeBron James Jr., Bryce Maximus, and Zhuri Nova.

#1 Michael Jordan – $1.7 billion

Michael Jordan, arguably the greatest to grace the basketball court, is the topper of our list with a net worth of a staggering $1.7 billion.

A native of Brooklyn, New York, he began his rise to fame in earnest at the University of North Carolina, where he won a national championship with the Tar Heels in 1982. Soon after, the Chicago Bulls selected him third overall in the 1984 NBA draft. He holds the records for the most number of scoring titles (10), and the best average career points per game (30.1).

MJ announced his retirement in 2003 at the age of 40. Alongside his on-court performance, MJ’s endorsements and business ventures are equally responsible for the staggering amount of wealth he has accumulated today. Most notably, his partnership with Nike in launching his own lineup of sneakers, the “Air Jordan”, has been hugely successful (I’m wearing a pair right now). This collaboration is beloved worldwide and has generated a staggering amount of revenue.

MJ has been married to Cuban model Yvette Prieto since 2013. Before that, he was married to Juanita Vanoy from 1989 to 2006.

And there you have it! These are the 5 NBA players with the highest net worth! Do you think someone else should have made it to the list? Let me know in the comments section.

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