LeBron James, the superstar of the Los Angeles Lakers, has become the first active player in NBA history to reach a fortune of 1,000 million net dollars (about 930 million euros), the magazine reported on Thursday. Forbes. Only another NBA figure, Michael Jordan, had exceeded this figure, but he did so more than a decade after retiring, in 2014, thanks to an investment in the Charlotte Hornets basketball team, according to the aforementioned media.
The 37-year-old American is considered one of the best basketball players in history, with four NBA championship rings, four Most Valuable Player (MVP) awards and after being chosen in 18 consecutive times for the All Star. Second all-time leading scorer in the league, James has managed to maximize his career and his businesses to add more than 1,200 million dollars (1,120 million euros) in profits before taxes, which exceed 1,000 after they.
In the NBA, he has received salaries of more than 385 million dollars (about 360 million euros) from the three teams he has belonged to in his 19 active years: Cleveland Cavaliers, Miami Heat and Lakers. Off the field, the player has obtained more than 900 million in income from sponsorships, investments and other projects, such as his participation last year as an actor in the movie Space Jam: A New Era, released in Spain in July of last year. He is also a partner in the Fenway Sports Group, a company that owns various sports teams such as Liverpool, the English league soccer club, and the Boston Red Sox baseball team. In addition, his investment in the American fast food chain Blaze Pizza is estimated at about 30 million dollars, and his 80 million in real estate includes two houses in Los Angeles (California) and a mansion in his hometown, Akron (Ohio) , where four years ago he opened a school for children at risk of social exclusion.
LeBron James is married to his high school sweetheart, Savannah Brinson, whom he married in a top-secret wedding in 2013. The couple has three children, Bronny, 17, Bryce, 14, and Zhuri, seven. . The eldest, who is 1.90 meters tall, follows in his footsteps in basketball, at the moment only in high school leagues.
This season the Lakers have starred in one of the most notorious failures in the NBA, with 48 losses in 79 games, being the fourth time that James has missed a postseason in his almost 20-year career. Even so, last May he appeared in second position on the list of the highest paid athletes in the world published by Forbeswith estimated earnings of 121.2 million dollars (113 million euros) in the last year, being only surpassed by the Argentine soccer player Lionel Messi, with 130 million.