Michael Jordan

Born on February 17th 1963, Michael Jeffery Jordan was a former professional basketball player in the NBA. As per the NBA website, his biography states "By acclamation, Michael Jordan is the greatest basketball player of all time”. Michael Jordan played in the NBA for 15 seasons, winning 6 championships.
All six of his championships have come with the Chicago Bulls. And he performed the “Three-peat” twice. He also has 5 league MVPs and 6 Finals MVP awards to his name. Jordan holds numerous records in the NBA, chiefly among them is the NBA record for highest career regular season scoring average. During his career, MJ averged a jaw-dropping 30.12 points per game. He also holds the record for highest points per game average in the playoffs, with 33.45 points per game. 

Michael Jordan shoes

Aside from growing the sport of Basketball in the 1980s and 1990s, Michael Jordan’s single greatest contribution to the world is his brand name. Jordan’s sneaker called the Nike “Air Jordan” helped the brand reach new heights. He is single-handedly responsible for popularizing the name. Today, the Jordan brand is a subsidy of Nike, and is the most popular sneaker brand in the world.   

Jordan Brand 

When Nike signed Michael Jordan in 1984, they did so with low expectations. Nike had managed to wrangle Jordan from the clutches of Adidas. To please him, Nike designed the shoe to be predominantly red and black. At the time, the NBA had a rule where shoes had to be white. The NBA was not happy with Jordan’s shoes and fined him $5000 everytime he wore them. Nike paid the fine because they wanted the shoes to stand out. They had hoped to use his name to make $3 million in sneaker sales in the first 4 years. Instead, Nike did $126 million in sales during the first year. Michael Jordan has earned over $1.3 billion from Nike to date. 

Michael Jordan net worth

A savvy businessman and an incredibly marketable athlete, Michael Jordan is a billionaire. By several estimates, Michael Jordan’s net worth is well over $2 billion dollars. 

Michel Jordan Endorsements

Being a surprisingly marketable athlete, Michael Jordan endorsements are long list. Throughout the 1990s, he was associated with several famous brands. Across his illustrious career and after it, he has earned approximately $1.7 billion from the likes of McDonald’s, Coca-Cola, Nike, Wheaties, and Chevrolet among other brands. Presently, he is still associated with Nike, Gatorade, Upper Deck, and Hanes. His deal with Nike is perhaps his single biggest source of income. He earned $130 million from Nike in 2021, via royalties and sales. 

Michael Jordan and Charlotte Hornets

Among his portfolio of ownership, Michael Jordan is the owner and chairperson of the Charlotte Hornets. He brought the Charlotte Hornets in 2010, when they were called the Charlotte Bobcats. He purchased a controlling interest by buying out former owner Robert Johnson for $175 million. He currently owns a huge piece of the team with over 89.5% of the stake under him. 

Michael Jordan and NASCAR 

On September of 2020, Michael Jordan and Danny Hamlin announced the formation of 23XI Racing. Jordan was the majority owner and Hamlin, the minority owner. Bubba Wallace was the driver for the team. Wallace also happened to be the only black driver in the NASCAR Cup Series. 23XI Racing signed two-time NASCAR Xfinity series champ Tyler Reddick for the 2024 season. They also announced that from 2022, they will field their own pit crews instead of leasing them from rival teams. 

Micheal Jordan Wife and Children

Michael Jordan wife Yvette Prietto

Currently Michael Jordan is married to American/Cuban model Yvette Prietto. She was a model for Alexander Wang. Michael Jordan and Yvetter Prietto met each other in a Miami nightclub in 2008. They got engaged in Christmas of 2011. Jordan married Prietto at Bethesda-by-the-Sea Epsicopal Church on April 27,2013. Prietto and Jordan welcomed twin daughters on February 9th 2014.     

Michael Jordan ex-wife Juanita Vanoy 

Prior to marrying Yvette Prietto, Michael Jordan was married to Juanita Vanoy. The two met in 1984 and were married in September of 1989. Michael and Juanita have three children together. After more than a decade together, Vanoy filed for divorce in 2002. All attempts to reconcile the marriage ended in 2007 when the two were officially divorced.  

Michael Jordan son Jeffery Jordan

Jeffery Jordan is the oldest child of Michael Jordan. He was born on November 18th 1988. Jeffery also played college basketball for University of Illinois and University of Central Florida. He is the co-founder of Heir Jordan, a philanthropic foundation. 

Michael Jordan son Marcus Jordan

Marcus Jordan is the second son of Michael Jordan. He was born on December 24th, 1990. He played college basketball for UCF Knights. He was most notably in the news for an alleged fling with Larsa Pippen, Scottie Pippen’s ex-wife. 

Michael Jordan Career, Achievements, and Stats

Michael Jordan holds numerous records in the NBA. Some of which have been deemed unassailable by many. His illustrious career has earned him the title of “greatest of all-time” from journalists, analysts, players, and coaches. 

Michael Jordan UNC

Michael Jordan played for the University of North Carolina or UNC between 1981-1984. He played under legendary UNC coach, Dean Smith. He was awarded the ACC Freshman of the year title after averaging 13.4 ppg. In 1982, he made the game-winning shot for the NCAA title against Georgetown and Patrick Ewing. Jordan played for the Tar Heels for three seasons. He won the Naismith and Wooden College Player of the Year award in 1984. Subsequently, he left UNC a year before his scheduled graduation to enter the NBA Draft. 
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