Who Are The Wealthiest NBA Players Ever?

Who Are The Wealthiest NBA Players Ever?
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✍️ Written by
Ty Bronicel
🗓 Updated
May 19th 2023

LeBron James made headlines Thursday by becoming the first active NBA player to become a billionaire.

James, who has made nearly $400 million during his incredible 19-year career (No. 20 coming up), has earned plenty more through savvy investments and a bevy of endorsements, among other smart-minded money moves.       

James will play his 20th season in 2022-2023 under new Lakers head coach Darvin Ham and, regardless of how it goes, he’ll take home a whopping $44.5 million for his effort.

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You can be a money-maker too … just not like these guys.

Here’s a quick look at the all-time top 5 wealthiest NBA players (as of July 2022).

1. Michael Jordan ($1.7 billion)

No surprise here. It’s gotta be the shoes (Nike), the underwear (Hanes), and basketball team ownership (Hornets).

2. LeBron James ($1.2 billion)

He’s everywhere which was by design. “It’s my biggest milestone. Obviously, I want to maximize my business,” James said to GQ of his potential billionaire status back in 2014. “And if I happen to get it, if I happen to be a billion-dollar athlete, ho. Hip hip hooray! Oh, my God. I’m gonna be excited.”

3. Magic Johnson ($600 million)

His skills on the court and his smile and pitchman perfection was the start, but he parlayed that into investments in brand names you might have heard of: Starbucks, Burger King and the Los Angeles Dodgers.

4. Junior Bridgeman ($600)

Now, this one for certain is a surprise as Bridgeman likely isn’t even a household name, even among so-called diehard NBA fans. Bridgeman, who never made over $350,000 a season during his 12-year career, once owned over 100 Wendy’s and Chill’s restaurants and then became the No. 1 bottler of Coca-Cola in Canada. He’s also the current owner of Ebony and Jet magazines.

5. Kobe Bryant estate ($600 million)

When Bryant and his daughter died tragically in a helicopter crash in 2020, his family inherited his $600 million fortune which the Lakers legend earned during his sensational 20-year career with the Lakers and his early $6 million investment in a small company named BodyArmor. Mamba Forever indeed.

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About the author
Ty Bronicel
Ty Bronicel
Sports Journalist

Ty Bronicel is a dedicated journalist and graduate of the University of Utah with over 25 years of experience in web media. He has worked for USA TODAY, MSN, Yahoo!, Yahoo! Sports, ESPN.com, NBA.com, NFL.com and Movies.com

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