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LeBron James is the first NBA basketball player with a billion dollars

Matt WinkelmeyerLos Angeles Lakers superstar LeBron James became the first active player in NBA history to reach a net worth of $1 billion, Forbes


Matt Winkelmeyer

Los Angeles Lakers superstar LeBron James became the first active player in NBA history to reach a net worth of $1 billion, Forbes magazine reported Thursday. Another all-time figure from the best league in the world, Michael Jordan, surpassed that mark but only a decade after retiring, in 2014, thanks to an investment in the Charlotte Hornets franchise.

James, 37 years old and considered one of the best basketball players in history, won four NBA championship rings, four MVP awards (Most Valuable Player) and 18 selections for the All-Star Game. Second all-time scorer in the league, he has maximized his business to add more than 1,200,000,000 gross dollars (before taxes), calculated Forbes, a publication specializing in personal fortunes.

James and Michael Jordan greet each other at the presentation of the 75 greatest players in NBA history, before the 2022 All-Star Game in Cleveland;  the former Chicago Bulls star exceeded 1,000,000,000 dollars only once he retired, already as an investor.

James and Michael Jordan greet each other at the presentation of the 75 greatest players in NBA history, before the 2022 All-Star Game in Cleveland; the former Chicago Bulls star exceeded 1,000,000,000 dollars only once he retired, already as an investor.

James and Michael Jordan greet each other at the presentation of the 75 greatest players in NBA history, before the 2022 All-Star Game in Cleveland; the former Chicago Bulls star exceeded 1,000,000,000 dollars only once he retired, already as an investor.

LeBron has accumulated more than 385,000,000 in salaries in the three organizations to which he has belonged in his 19-year career: Cleveland Cavaliers, Miami Heat and Lakers. Off the court he has earned more than 900,000,000 from endorsements, investments and other projects, such as his performance in the movie Space Jam: A New Legacy.

The forward has a stake in Fenway Sports Group, a firm that owns sports entities, such as Liverpool, from English soccer, and Boston Red Sox, from Major League Baseball. His investment in the Blaze Pizza chain is estimated at about $30,000,000, and his $80,000,000 in real estate includes two houses in Los Angeles, California and a mansion in his hometown of Akron, Ohio.

The best of today, one of the best in history and the richest during his time as a basketball player: LeBron James is the flagship of the NBA.

The best of today, one of the best in history and the richest during his time as a basketball player: LeBron James is the flagship of the NBA.

The best of today, one of the best in history and the richest during his time as a basketball player: LeBron James is the flagship of the NBA.

LeBron lived through a turbulent 2021/2022 campaign at Lakers, in which he missed the playoffs for the fourth time in his career. Still, in May he appeared second on Forbes’ annual list of highest-paid athletes, with $121.2 million, beaten only by Argentine soccer player Lionel Messi, with $130 million.

James is the son of a single mother, Gloria, who gave birth to him when she was 16 years old. In his childhood, LeBron had to move numerous times and live with different relatives, and even with a coach, until he became a world sports star.