Who Is Michael Jordan?
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Michael Jeffrey Jordan is an American basketball player. He is one of the best basketball players of all time. He is also an Olympic athlete, having played basketball for the US in the Olympics twice. Jordan and his team, the Chicago Bulls, dominated the sport beginning from 1984 to his retirement in 1998. He has won the NBA MVP Award at least five times, and is one of the most decorated players in the sport.
Career Focus: Basketball, Baseball
Popular Works: Player for the Chicago Bulls (1984-1998) and the Washington Wizards (2001-2003), current owner of the Charlotte Hornets. Also played for the Chicago White Sox (1994-1995)
Date Of Birth: 17-02-1963
Current State & Country: Charlotte, North Carolina, USA
Home State & Country: Brooklyn, New York, USA
Weight: 216 lbs.
Net Worth Income: $1,650,000,000
Educational Credentials: Emsley A. Laney High School, University Of North Carolina (Major – Cultural geography)
Jordan also dabbled into film when he starred in the 1996 film Space Jam. Directed by Joe Pytka, it is both a live-action and animated film. Jordan stars as himself. Joining him are the cast of Looney Tunes, including Bugs Bunny, Daffy Duck, Lola Bunny, Porky Pig, Pepe Le Pew, Sylvester the cat, and Tweety Bird, among others. Meanwhile, the other members of the live-action cast include Wayne Knight, Bill Murray, and Jordan’s fellow NBA players Larry Bird, Charles Barkley, Shawn Bradley, Patrick Ewing, Muggsy Bogues, and Larry Johnson. The movie takes place in an alternate history about what had happened during Jordan’s first retirement back in 1993, to his return to basketball in 1995. He agrees to help Bugs and the gang win a basketball game against a group of aliens. The film was a box office success, but received mixed reviews from critics. A sequel starring Los Angeles Lakers player LeBron James will be come out in 2021.
Career History Of Michael Jordan
Jordan’s basketball career started during his college years, when he accepted a scholarship at the University of North Carolina. His first victory was against Georgetown University. He left college for a year to enter the 1984 NBA Draft, in which he was placed into the Chicago Bulls. Two years later, he returned to college to graduate and finish his degree. He was also a part of the US Basketball Team at the 1984 Los Angeles Olympics. The team won a gold medal. Jordan also joined them at the 1992 Barcelona Olympics, where they also won a gold medal.
He officially joined the Chicago Bulls after graduation. He became a fan favorite straight away, and helped the Bulls score an average of 28.2 points per game. This ended up with Jordan winning Rookie of the Year Award. Jordan was the first player to score over 3,000 points in one season, since Wilt Chamberlin.
He was the main reason for the Bulls’ success, especially during the 90s. They won their very first NBA championship against the Los Angeles Lakers in 1991. They ended up winning the same award three times in a row. Jordan took a break from playing basketball in 1993, citing the tragic death of his father. To everyone’s surprise, he joined the Chicago White Sox baseball team after his retirement, saying that he wanted to fulfill his dad’s dream of him becoming a professional baseball player.
Jordan returned to the Chicago Bulls in 1995. Despite the fact that he had not played the game for two years because of baseball, he proved that he could still lead his team to victory. He helped the Bulls finish the regular season with over 72 wins. He had his second retirement in 1998. In 2001, Jordan became the owner of the Washington Wizards, and played several games with them on court. He officially retired from basketball in 2003.
Personal Life Of Michael Jordan
Jordan’s birthday is on February 17, 1963. His parents were banker Deloris Peoples, and equipment supervisor James R. Jordan Sr. Jordan is the fourth of five siblings. He has two older brothers named Larry and James Jr., an older sister, Deloris, and a younger sister, Roslyn. According to his dad, Jordan was a very competitive child, even at an early age.
Jordan’s first marriage was in 1989, to Juanita Vanoy. They had three children: Marcus James, Jeffrey Michael, and Jasmine. Vanoy and Jordan split in 2002, citing irreconcilable differences. In 2013, Jordan married his longtime girlfriend, Yvette Prieto, a Cuban-American model. On February 2014, Prieto and Jordan welcomed twin daughters named Ysabel and Victoria.
Net Worth Of Michael Jordan
Jordan is the very first billionaire in NBA history. He is also the third richest African-American, right behind businessman Robert F. Smith, and former talk show host, Oprah Winfrey. Just in 2017 alone, Jordan was able to rake in a whopping $350 million to his net worth. This is all thanks to his Jordan Brand of Air Jordan shoes and athletic clothes, which comes from Nike. A part of his billons comes from his ownership of the Charlotte Hornets basketball team. Jordan roughly owns 90% of the Hornets. After his ownership, the team’s value went up to over 35% to $1.05 billion. With his current net worth of $1,650,000,000, Jordan is now the 1,447th richest person on the planet, and the 455th richest person in the US.
Jordan has endorsed so many products during his basketball career. Phil Knight, the founder of Nike, thinks that signing Jordan as an endorser was one of the best choices they’ve ever made. And up till now, he still holds the record for being the highest-paid athlete of all time. Even after his retirement from professional basketball, he still rakes in plenty of cash through his other businesses. Jordan makes more money than today’s most popular basketball players, including Kevin Durant, LeBron James, and Stephen Curry, to name a few. Some of his past endorsement deals include Gatorade, Upper Deck, and Hanes.
He is also a restauranteur: Jordan owns several popular dining spots including 1000 North in Florida, Michael Jordan’s Steakhouse in Washington, and Michael Jordan Restaurant in Chicago. Jordan also has a Nissan dealership in North Carolina. He owns a private jet, a golf course, a yacht, and several mansions and penthouse apartments in Florida, North Carolina, Salt Lake City, and Chicago. His car collection includes a Porsche, a Range Rover, two Ferraris, a Cadillac, a Corvette, an Aston Martin, a Land Cruiser, and a McLaren.
Controversial News About The Life & Career Of Michael Jordan
Tragedy came into Jordan’s life in 1993 when his father, James Sr., was murdered at a highway rest area in North Carolina. The suspects were two teenagers: Larry Demery and Daniel Green. They carjacked James’ Lexus which carried the plate UNC 0023. The suspects dumped James’ body into a swamp, and wasn’t found until August 3. Police managed to catch the suspects by tracing the calls from the victim’s phone. Police captured the suspects, convicted, and sentenced to lifetime imprisonment.
There are also countless stories of Jordan being mean and getting into altercations with people, including his fans and other celebrities. He’s not exactly afraid of voicing out what he really thinks, thanks to his competitive nature.
Rumors & Frequently Asked Questions About Michael Jordan
According to some sources, Jordan’s first retirement in 1993 was actually a secret suspension because of a growing gambling problem. A businessman named Richard Equinas backs this claim saying that he once won $900,000 from Jordan over golf-betting.