Star basketball player LeBron James becomes first NBA player to become a billionaire. As per Forbes he has the net worth of $1 billion.
The NBA star has added another title to his collection’s. Forbes estimated the LA Lakers star net worth is at $1 billion on Thursday. James is the first active NBA athelete to reach the status. Michael Jordan didn’t reach billionaire status until 11 years post-retirement. Jordan’s net worth Forbes has pegged at $1.7 billion.
LeBron earned $121.2 million last year as per Forbes estimation. Becoming a billionaire is a feat he spoke of in a 2014 interview with GQ. “If it happens. It’s my biggest milestone,” James said at the time. “Obviously. I want to maximize my business. 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.”
Despite earning close to $400 million in salary during his NBA career with the Miami Heat, Cleveland Cavaliers and Lakers James’ off-court earnings far eclipse that. As per Forbes estimation he has brought in more than $900 million from business investments and endorsements.
On the court, James has won four NBA championships, been named league MVP four times and been selected to 18 All-Star teams. He also has won two Olympic gold medals.