Michael Jordan Has Net Worth Of $3.2 Billion In 2024, LeBron James At $1.2 Billion

Per Forbes, NBA legend Michael Jordan has a net worth of $3.2 billion in 2024.

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Meanwhile, Los Angeles Lakers superstar LeBron James has a net worth of $1.2 billion. 

Jordan’s salary during his NBA career with the Chicago Bulls and Washington Wizards totaled $90 million, but he has earned $2.4 billion (pre-tax) from Nike, Hanes and Gatorade (to name a few).

Jordan sold his majority stake in the Charlotte Hornets in 2023, a deal that valued the NBA franchise at $3 billion.

Jordan’s first contract with Nike, signed in 1984, was worth $500,000 per year, plus royalties. Nike paid him around $260 million (pre-tax) over its past fiscal year.

LeBron, who grew up idolizing Jordan, is the first active NBA player to become a billionaire, with Forbes estimating his net worth at $1 billion in June 2022. The King has reportedly earned nearly $480 million in pre-tax salary from stints with the Cleveland Cavaliers, Miami Heat and Lakers. 

LeBron has earned in upwards of $900 million (pre-tax) off the court, according to Forbes estimates, from business ventures and endorsement deals with the likes of PepsiCo and Nike.

In 2021, LeBron sold a minority stake in his movie and TV production business, the SpringHill Company, to a handful of investors at a $725 million valuation.

LeBron and Jordan are universally recognized as the two greatest players in NBA history. The two icons have combined to win nine regular-season MVPs, 10 championships and 10 Finals MVPs. 

Jordan and LeBron aren’t close friends, but they did share a warm embrace during All-Star Weekend in 2022. 

“I did not want to lose the opportunity to shake the man’s hand that inspired me throughout my childhood,” LeBron said, via Elizabeth Karpen of the New York Post. “I haven’t had much dialogue with him in my 20 years or 19 years in this business, but part of me wouldn’t be here without MJ’s inspiration. I always wanted to be like him growing up.”

LeBron wore No. 23 in high school and the NBA because of Jordan. LBJ always wanted to be like MJ growing up in Ohio and he paid homage to his idol with his final shot of the 2022 All-Star Game.

“It’s crazy that the game-winning shot tonight was a fadeaway, and it was inspired by MJ. The way he wore his shoes, the way he wore his uniform, I mean, all the way down to some of the cars that he drove, how much he inspired me,” LeBron said postgame, via Karpen. “I didn’t want to waste that opportunity because we’re just not in the same building a lot and haven’t been in the same building a lot throughout my career. It meant something to me.”

Jordan has career averages of 30.1 points, 6.2 rebounds and 5.3 assists. He won five regular-season MVPs, six championships, six Finals MVPs and 10 scoring titles. 

Meanwhile, LeBron has career averages of 27.1 points, 7.5 rebounds and 7.4 assists. He’s a four-time regular-season MVP, four-time champion and four-time Finals MVP.

LeBron is the leading scorer in NBA history. 

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