Michael Jordan Net Worth 2024, Biography, Age, Height

By Alice Moreno

Michael Jordan, often referred to as “Air Jordan” or “MJ,” was born on February 17, 1963, in Brooklyn, New York. Standing at 6’6″ and weighing 198 lb, he’s renowned as one of basketball’s all-time greats. His journey to superstardom began in college when, as a freshman at the University of North Carolina, he scored the game-winning shot in the 1982 NCAA national title game. This early achievement marked the beginning of a new basketball era.

Drafted third overall by the Chicago Bulls, Jordan quickly made an impact in the NBA. With unique flair, characterized by his wagging tongue, baggy shorts, and iconic sneakers, he became the face of basketball. Despite his success, an NBA title eluded him until 1991. But from that point, Jordan and the Bulls dominated, securing three consecutive championships twice, from 1991-1993 and 1996-1998. Michael was named the NBA Finals MVP each of those six times.

Off the court, his influence was equally profound. His endorsements, ranging from Nike to McDonald’s, made him a global icon. His net worth stands at an astounding $2 billion. Today, at age 60, the legend, who played for 15 years with an average of 30.1 points per game, is fondly remembered not just as a basketball player but as a sports icon who transcended the game itself.

Quick Facts About Michael Jordan

NameMichael Jordan
Full NameMichael Jeffrey Jordan
NicknameMJ, Mike, Air Jordan, His Airness, Money, Black Cat, Mr. June, G.O.A.T., Superman, Captain Marvel, Black Jesus
Age60 (February 17, 1963)
Weight198lb ( 89kg)
Height6’6” (198cm)
BirthplaceBrooklyn, New York, USA
ProfessionAmerican Basketball Player (retd)
Debut DateOctober 26, 1984
DraftChicago Bulls, 1st round (3rd pick, 3rd overall),
PositionShooting Guard and Small Forward
Jersey Number23, 12, 45
PPG30.1
RPG6.2
APG5.3
Experience15 years
Net Worth$2 billion
EndorsementsNike, Coca-Cola, Chevrolet, Gatorade, McDonald’s, Ball Park Franks, Rayovac, Wheaties, Hanes, MCI
Salary$93,877,500
FatherJames R. Jordan, Sr.
MotherDeloris Jordan
SiblingsJames R. Jordan Jr., Larry Jordan, Deloris Jordan, Roslyn Jordan
Marital StatusMarried
PartnerYvette Prieto
Children3

Michael Jordan Biography

Michael Jeffrey Jordan, commonly known as MJ, was born on February 17, 1963, in Brooklyn, New York. He debuted in the NBA on October 26, 1984, after being selected 3rd overall by the Chicago Bulls in 1984. Weighing 198 lb and standing at 6’6″, Jordan rapidly made a mark, winning Rookie of the Year in his first season. He would go on to lead the NBA in scoring for seven consecutive seasons, becoming only the second player after Wilt Chamberlain to score 3,000 points in a single season (1986–87). Jordan retired briefly in 1993 but returned in 1995, leading the Bulls to a record 72–10 season in 1995-96. By the time he retired in 2003, he had won six NBA titles and been named MVP of the finals each time.

After retiring, Jordan bought shares in the Washington Wizards and later played for them, making a significant impact on and off the court. In 2006, he became a minority owner and general manager of the Charlotte Bobcats. By 2010, he became the majority owner, marking the first time an ex-NBA player became a majority owner of a franchise. His business acumen extended beyond basketball, with partnerships with companies like Nike, Gatorade, and Hanes, propelling his net worth to around $2 billion.

Known for his leaping ability, he was christened “Air Jordan” and had an impressive endorsement deal for Air Jordan basketball shoes. He made a mark in the entertainment world, too, starring in the 1996 film “Space Jam” alongside animated icons like Bugs Bunny. Recognized for his unparalleled contribution to basketball, he was named one of the 50 greatest players in NBA history in 1996. He was inducted into the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame in 2009. He was also awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom in 2016.

Jordan’s parents are James R. Jordan, Sr. and Deloris Jordan. He has five siblings: James R. Jordan Jr., Larry Jordan, Deloris, and Roslyn. He is married to Yvette Prieto, and they have twins together. He has three children from his previous marriage. His jersey numbers during his career were 23, 12, and 45.

With a career average of 30.1 PPG, 6.2 RPG, and 5.3 APG, Jordan’s influence on basketball is unparalleled. Apart from his impressive stats and titles, his endorsement deals with brands such as Nike, Coca-Cola, Chevrolet, McDonald’s, and Wheaties, among others, have significantly boosted his financial status, with career earnings from endorsements far exceeding his playing salary.

Michael Jordan Early Life

Michael Jeffrey Jordan was born on February 17, 1963, in Brooklyn, New York. In 1968, his family moved to Wilmington, North Carolina. He went to Emsley A. Laney High School in Wilmington. There, he played basketball, baseball, and football. During his sophomore year, he was not picked for the varsity basketball team because he was only 5 feet 11 inches tall. His friend, Harvest Leroy Smith, was the only sophomore on the team.

In Wilmington, Michael’s competitive nature showed early on. His father introduced him to baseball and even built a basketball court at home. Michael often played basketball with his brother Larry, wanting to win every time. After not making the varsity team, he became a standout on the junior varsity, even scoring 40 points in some games. He grew four inches the following summer, trained hard, and eventually made the varsity team. In his last two high school years, he averaged over 25 points per game.

By his senior year, Michael’s talent was evident. He played in the 1981 McDonald’s All-American Game, scoring 30 points. He averaged 27 points, 12 rebounds, and six assists per game that season. Many colleges wanted him, including Duke, North Carolina, and Syracuse. In 1981, he chose to attend the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. He studied cultural geography there, interested in its tie to meteorology.

Michael Jordan Career

Michael Jordan Career

In 1982, Michael Jordan joined the University of North Carolina’s basketball team under Coach Dean Smith. As a freshman, he averaged 13.4 points per game and secured the ACC Freshman of the Year title.

A significant moment in his college career came in 1982 when he scored the game-winning shot against Georgetown, led by Patrick Ewing. During his time with the Tar Heels, Jordan averaged 17.7 points per game. By 1984, after receiving the Naismith and Wooden College Player of the Year awards, Jordan entered the NBA draft.

The Chicago Bulls picked Jordan third overall in the 1984 NBA draft, following Hakeem Olajuwon and Sam Bowie. He made a remarkable entry into the NBA, averaging 28.2 points during his rookie season and earning a fan-favorite status.

Controversy arose during the 1985 NBA All-Star Game when several veteran players seemingly “froze out” Jordan due to the attention he garnered. Undeterred, Jordan was named the NBA Rookie of the Year. The following season, a foot injury limited his play. However, he returned to score a playoff career-high 63 points against the Boston Celtics. By the 1986-87 season, he fully recovered and showcased his scoring prowess, averaging a league-high 37.1 points per game.

From 1987 to 1990, Michael Jordan established himself as the NBA’s top player. In the 1987–88 season, he averaged 35.0 points per game and won his first MVP Award while also being named NBA Defensive Player of the Year. Despite his efforts, the Bulls were defeated by the Detroit Pistons, known as the “Bad Boys”, in the Eastern Conference Semifinals.

The following year, under coach Doug Collins, Jordan led the league in scoring and briefly played as a point guard, showcasing his versatility. The Bulls progressed further but were again stopped by the Pistons in the Eastern Conference Finals.

In the 1989–90 season, now under coach Phil Jackson and alongside rising stars Scottie Pippen and Horace Grant, the Bulls reached the Eastern Conference Finals for a third consecutive time, but Detroit prevailed once more.

In the 1990–91 season, Jordan’s dominance continued, earning his second MVP award and guiding the Bulls to their first-ever NBA Finals appearance. This time, the Bulls defeated the Pistons in the Eastern Conference Finals, paving the way to face the Los Angeles Lakers. With players like Magic Johnson and James Worthy, the Lakers were tough competitors. However, the Bulls clinched the series 4-1, marking Jordan’s first NBA championship. This victory was the beginning of a dynasty, as Jordan and the Bulls would continue their dominance in subsequent years.

In the 1992-93 NBA season, Michael Jordan led with an impressive 32.6 ppg, 6.7 rpg, and 5.5 apg. Although he missed the MVP award to Charles Barkley, Jordan and the Chicago Bulls faced Barkley’s Phoenix Suns in the 1993 NBA Finals.

The Bulls clinched their third NBA title, with Jordan setting a Finals record averaging 41.0 ppg. Horace Grant made a critical block, and John Paxson hit the game-winning shot. However, off the court, Jordan faced controversies over his gambling habits, which became a significant topic in the media. 

Then, in a shocking move in October 1993, influenced in part by his father’s tragic murder, Jordan announced his retirement from basketball. He transitioned to baseball, signing with the Chicago White Sox’s Double-A minor league affiliate, the Birmingham Barons, in 1994. Jordan’s performance in baseball was modest, but his basketball number, 23, was retired by the Bulls that same year.

In 1995, Michael Jordan made his anticipated return to the NBA, famously announcing, “I’m back.” Despite taking an eighteen-month break, Jordan’s impact was immediate, making game-winning plays and even scoring 55 points against the New York Knicks. However, his comeback year ended in disappointment as the Orlando Magic defeated the Chicago Bulls in the Eastern Conference Semifinals.

From 1996 to 1997, Jordan and the Bulls, boosted by the addition of Dennis Rodman, dominated the league. The ’95-’96 season saw them finish with an unmatched 72–10 record. Jordan, leading in scoring, won both the regular season and All-Star Game MVP titles. In the playoffs, they clinched their fourth championship by overcoming the Seattle SuperSonics. The subsequent season, the Bulls registered a 69-13 record and faced the Utah Jazz in the Finals. Despite challenges, including Jordan’s “Flu Game,” they secured their fifth title with Jordan again named Finals MVP. By the ’97-’98 season, under coach Phil Jackson, Jordan continued to shine, earning his fifth regular-season MVP and leading the Bulls to another Finals against the Jazz.

In 1998, Michael Jordan led the Chicago Bulls to their sixth NBA championship. In Game 6 against the Utah Jazz, Jordan showcased his clutch performance. Trailing the Jazz, Jordan scored a crucial basket, stole the ball from Malone, and then shot the game-winning jumper over Russell. The Bulls won with an 87–86 lead, marking their second three-peat of the decade. Jordan, with an average of 33.5 ppg in the Finals, was again named the Finals MVP. Following the 1998 season and amidst changes in the Bulls team and management, Jordan retired on January 13, 1999. 

He returned to the NBA in 2000, not as a player, but as part-owner and president of basketball operations for the Washington Wizards. Despite making significant changes to the Wizards’ roster, Jordan’s decisions as an executive received mixed reviews.

In 2001, rumors began circulating about his potential return as a player. In 2001, inspired by NHL’s Mario Lemieux‘s comeback, Michael Jordan trained intensively and, later that year, announced his return to play for the Washington Wizards, pledging to donate his salary to victims of the September 11 attacks.

During the 2001-02 season, despite facing injuries, Jordan shone by leading the team in scoring, assists, and steals. However, after playing only 60 games, an injury ended his season, and the Wizards missed the playoffs. 

In 2003, his final NBA season, Jordan was a significant force, even becoming the first 40-year-old to score 43 points in an NBA game. The Wizards’ home games were sold out, but they missed the playoffs again. The NBA paid several tributes to Jordan that season. In his final game in Philadelphia, after scoring 13 points, he was substituted out to a standing ovation. He was intentionally fouled by the 76ers’ Eric Snow, making both free throws, before being substituted out again to an extended ovation. He had interactions with Tracy McGrady, Allen Iverson, Vince Carter, and John Salmons during this period, with Doug Collins as his coach.

In the 2001 NBA Finals, Phil Jackson highlighted Michael Jordan’s resilience and skill by drawing a similarity with Shaquille O’Neal. He emphasized that despite facing constant fouls, Jordan would persistently create and execute scoring opportunities, showcasing his remarkable ability to overcome challenges on the court.

In his final 2003 NBA All-Star Game, Michael Jordan overtook Kareem Abdul-Jabbar as the top All-Star Game scorer, a testament to his consistent excellence. However, this record was later eclipsed by both Kobe Bryant and LeBron James, showcasing the evolving legacy of NBA greats and their monumental contributions to the sport.

Michael Jordan began his journey with the US national basketball team at the 1983 Pan American Games, leading in scoring and subsequently winning a gold medal. In 1984, he clinched another gold medal in the Summer Olympics, again topping the team’s scoring charts. The highlight of his national career was being part of the “Dream Team” in 1992, alongside basketball greats Larry Bird and Magic Johnson. This team achieved two gold medals in the 1992 Tournament of the Americas and the 1992 Summer Olympics. Impressively, Jordan never lost a game while playing for the national team.

Michael Jordan, predominantly a shooting guard, was recognized for his stellar clutch performances and fierce competitiveness. Known for his durability, Jordan rarely missed games and played an entire season nine times out of his 15-season NBA career. Jordan was influenced by players such as David Thompson, Walter Davis, and Jerry West. His offensive abilities were varied; he could drive aggressively to the basket, draw fouls, and had a unique fadeaway jump shot. While three-pointers were not his early strength, he improved over time, culminating in crucial three-point shots in pivotal games, like the 1992 NBA Finals. 

Honors and Achievements

This list summarizes the many awards, honors, and achievements Michael Jordan received throughout his illustrious career.

Early Career:

  • Compared to Julius Erving as early as November 1984.
  • Received a standing ovation in his first game at Madison Square Garden.
  • Described by Larry Bird as “God disguised as Michael Jordan” after scoring 63 points against the Boston Celtics in April 1986.

NBA Achievements:

  • Six-time NBA champion (1991, 1992, 1993, 1996, 1997, 1998).
  • Led the NBA in scoring in 10 seasons.
  • Nine-time inclusion in NBA All-Defensive First Team.
  • Holds top career regular and playoff scoring averages (30.1 and 33.4 ppg).
  • 5,987 playoff points, second-highest in NBA history.
  • 32,292 regular season points, fifth in the all-time NBA scoring list.
  • Five-time regular season MVP.
  • Six-time NBA Finals MVP.
  • Three-time NBA All-Star Game MVP.
  • Named one of the 50 Greatest Players in NBA History in 1996.
  • Included in NBA 75th Anniversary Team in 2021.

International Achievements:

  • Won an NCAA championship, an NBA championship, and two Olympic gold medals (1984, 1992).
  • Participated in the 1992 “Dream Team”.

Media and Public Perception:

  • Received the most votes in the All-Star Game fan ballot nine times.
  • Named the most outstanding North American athlete of the 20th century by ESPN in 1999.
  • Ranked second in the Associated Press’s list of 20th-century athletes.
  • Appeared on the cover of Sports Illustrated a record 50 times.
  • Credited for influencing a generation of young players.

Hall of Fame:

  • Inducted into the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame in 2009.
  • A Michael Jordan exhibit opened at the Hall of Fame in August 2009.
  • Inducted again in 2010 as a member of the “Dream Team.”

Other Recognitions:

  • Received the Presidential Medal of Freedom in 2016.
  • NBA MVP trophy was renamed in his honor in 2022.

Records:

  • Jersey from the opening game of the 1998 NBA Finals sold for $10.1 million in September 2022, the most expensive game-worn sports memorabilia ever.
  • NBA unveiled a new MVP trophy named the “Michael Jordan Trophy” in December 2022.

Notable Influence:

  • NBA players, including LeBron James and Dwyane Wade, considered Jordan as a role model.

Teams

YearTeamsJersey Number
1984–1998Chicago Bulls#23
1990Chicago Bulls#12
1995Chicago Bulls#45
2001–2003Washington Wizards#23

Transactions

Apr 16 2003Retired from Professional Basketball
Sep 28 2001Signed a 2 year $2.03 million contract with Washington (WAS)
Sep 25 2001Came out of retirement to resume his professional basketball career
Jan 13 1999Retired from Professional Basketball
Oct 10 1997Signed a 1 year $33.14 million contract with Chicago (CHI)
Jul 24 1996Signed a 1 year $30.14 million contract with Chicago (CHI)
Mar 18 1995Came out of retirement to resume his professional basketball career
Oct 6 1993Retired from Professional Basketball
Sep 20 1988Signed an 8 year $25.7 million contract extension with Chicago (CHI
Aug 1 1984Signed a 5 year $6.3 contract with Chicago (CHI)
Jun 19 1984Drafted by Chicago (CHI): Round 1 (#3 overall)

Michael Jordan Stats

SeasonsTMGPGSMPGPPGRPGAPGSPGBPGTPGFG%3P%FT%DD2TD3
1984-85CHI828238.328.26.55.92.40.83.551.517.384.5173
1985-86CHI18725.122.73.62.92.11.22.545.716.78400
1986-87CHI82824037.15.24.62.91.53.348.218.285.750
1987-88CHI828240.4355.55.93.21.63.153.513.284.1132
1988-89CHI818140.232.5882.90.83.653.827.6854415
1989-90CHI82823933.66.96.32.80.7352.637.684.8221
1990-91CHI82823731.565.52.712.553.931.285.1130
1991-92CHI808038.830.16.46.12.30.92.551.92783.2182
1992-93CHI787839.332.66.75.52.80.82.749.535.283.7174
1994-95CHI171739.326.96.95.31.80.82.141.15080.140
1995-96CHI828237.730.46.64.32.20.52.449.542.783.4120
1996-97CHI828237.929.65.94.31.70.5248.637.483.391
1997-98CHI828238.828.75.83.51.70.52.346.523.878.450
2001-02WAS605334.922.95.75.21.40.42.741.618.97980
2002-03WAS826737206.13.81.50.52.144.529.182.1130
Career Regular1,0721,03938.330.16.25.32.30.82.749.732.783.520028
Career Playoffs17917941.833.46.45.72.10.93.148.733.282.8392

Source: StatMuse

Michael Jordan Jersey Number

Michael Jordan is best known for wearing the No. 23 jersey for most of his career. He chose this number as it was about half of his elder brother Larry’s high school number, 45. When Jordan returned to the NBA in 1995, he initially wore No. 45, wanting a fresh start since his father recognized him by No. 23. However, this change was short-lived, as he reverted to No. 23 during the 1995 playoffs. On a unique occasion in 1990, Jordan wore No. 12 for a single game after his regular jersey was stolen. Despite the sudden change, he scored an impressive 49 points against the Orlando Magic.

Michael Jordan Off The Court

Michael Jordan, renowned for his basketball prowess, has been equally impactful in the business world. By 2010, Forbes recognized him as the 20th-most-powerful celebrity, with earnings of $55 million in just one year. His collaboration with Nike, the Jordan Brand, fetched $1 billion in sales. In 2014, his increased stake in the Charlotte Hornets marked him as the first NBA player-turned-billionaire. By 2023, his impressive net worth of $2 billion ranked him the fifth-richest African American.

Post his basketball retirement, Jordan intended to rejoin the Wizards as their Director of Basketball Operations. However, in a shocking move in 2003, the Wizards’ owner dismissed him. Undeterred, Jordan had various pursuits, including golf, promoting his Jordan Brand clothing, and motorcycle racing with Michael Jordan Motorsports, which competed in Superbike championships until 2013. 

His business acumen shone in 2006 when he secured a minority stake in the Charlotte Bobcats, now the Hornets. By 2010, he became the majority owner, standing out as the NBA’s sole African-American majority owner and its first former player to own a team. Despite facing challenges, like the Bobcats’ dismal 2011-12 season performance, Jordan sold his majority share in the Hornets for an impressive $3 billion in 2023, retaining a minority stake.

Diverse in his interests, Jordan co-owned an automotive group with a Nissan dealership in North Carolina and got involved in the restaurant industry with a steakhouse in NYC’s Grand Central Terminal. Investments also flowed into the Grove XXIII golf course in Florida and a partnership with DraftKings in 2020. 

His lifelong passion for NASCAR culminated in 2020 when he co-founded the 23XI Racing team with NASCAR driver Denny Hamlin. They began with Bubba Wallace at the wheel, and the team quickly marked its presence, winning multiple races over the years. This experience signified Jordan’s relentless drive for success, spanning multiple domains.

Michael Jordan Net Worth

Michael Jordan Net Worth

Michael Jordan, the renowned athlete, has a net worth of $2 billion as of September 24, 2023. Throughout his athletic career, he earned a salary totaling $90 million. 

However, his association with corporate partners, including brands like Nike, Hanes, and Gatorade, brought him $1.8 billion (pre-tax). Forbes confirmed his net worth at $2 billion as of 2023. 

Beyond his earnings from the basketball court, he has made significant income from endorsements. Sportico has recognized him as the highest-paid athlete of all time.

Estimated Career Earnings

YEARTEAMSALARYTOTAL CASH
1984-85Chicago Bulls$455,000$555,000
1985-86$630,000$630,000
1986-87$737,500$737,500
1987-88$795,000$845,000
1988-89$2,000,000$2,050,000
1989-90$2,250,000$2,300,000
1990-91$2,500,000$2,500,000
1991-92$3,250,000$3,250,000
1992-93$4,000,000$4,000,000
1993-94$4,000,000$4,000,000
1994-95$3,850,000$3,850,000
1995-96$3,850,000$3,850,000
1996-97$30,140,000$30,140,000
1997-98$33,140,000$33,140,000
2001-02Washington Wizards$1,000,000$1,000,000
2002-03$1,030,000$1,030,000
Est. Earnings(16 seasons)$93,627,500$93,877,500
SEASONSTEAMSALARYTOTAL CASH
14 seasonsChicago Bulls$91,597,500$91,847,500
2 seasonsWashington Wizards$2,030,000$2,030,000

Source: Spotrac

Michael Jordan Endorsements

Michael Jordan stands as one of the most marketed athletes ever. Brands like Nike, Coca-Cola, Chevrolet, Gatorade, McDonald’s, and Wheaties have all partnered with him. In particular, Nike made a signature shoe for him in 1984: the Air Jordan. These shoes became so sought-after that some people were even robbed of them. With its popularity, Nike introduced a separate division called “Jordan Brand,” which sponsors numerous athletes and even college sports teams.

In the early ’90s, Jordan collaborated with Looney Tunes. A 1992 Nike commercial saw him play basketball with Bugs Bunny. This led to the 1996 movie “Space Jam,” combining animation with live action. He also appeared in a Michael Jackson music video and had several commercials with MCI. As of 2008, he was earning over $40 million yearly from endorsements. His massive popularity also saw the Bulls sell out games, allowing him to secure contracts worth over $30 million annually.

David Falk, Jordan’s agent, masterminded many of these endorsement deals. It was Falk who conceptualized the “Air Jordan” brand. Over the years, Jordan endorsed many other brands, leading to memorable campaigns like Gatorade’s “Be Like Mike.” Additionally, in 1998, he undertook restaurant business with Michael Jordan’s The Steak House NYC, which had several branches across the US by 2023.

Michael Jordan Media

Michael Jordan has had significant exposure in the media. In 1996, he starred in “Space Jam,” a comedy where he played himself. While critics had mixed views, the movie grossed $230 million worldwide and made over $1 billion from merchandise. Fast forward to 2000, an IMAX documentary titled “Michael Jordan to the Max” showcased his career, focusing on the 1998 NBA playoffs. This era was explored further in 2020 with “The Last Dance,” a 10-part TV documentary. This Emmy-winning series revealed never-before-seen footage from the 1997-98 NBA season, only released after Jordan gave permission.

“The Last Dance,” co-produced by Netflix and ESPN, looked into Jordan’s final year with the Bulls, the team dynamics, and tensions. When the 2019-20 NBA season paused due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the documentary was aired, becoming essential viewing for basketball enthusiasts. Jordan has graced the cover of the NBA 2K video game four times, the most recent being in 2022. Additionally, he allowed rapper Travis Scott to film a music video at his Illinois home and even appeared in the 2022 mini-series “The Captain.”

In 2023, the biographical drama “Air” detailed Jordan’s collaboration with Nike, featuring Ben Affleck and Matt Damon in pivotal roles. Outside of films and TV, Jordan penned several books. Some of his works include “Rare Air: Michael on Michael,” “I Can’t Accept Not Trying,” “For the Love of the Game: My Story,” and “Driven from Within.” These books provide insights into his life, career, and mindset.

Michael Jordan Family

Michael Jeffrey Jordan was born in Brooklyn, New York, on February 17, 1963. His parents are Deloris, a bank employee, and James R. Jordan Sr., an equipment supervisor. Michael has a large family with two older brothers, James R. Jordan Jr. and Larry Jordan, an older sister named Deloris, and a younger sister named Roslyn. James Jr. served in the US Army and retired as the command sergeant major of the 35th Signal Brigade in 2006.

Larry Jordan, one of Michael’s brothers, also played basketball. Extending the basketball legacy in the family, Michael’s nephew, Justin Jordan, son of Larry, played NCAA Division I basketball for UNC Greensboro Spartans.

Today, Justin has transitioned into a scouting role, working for the Charlotte Hornets, a team closely associated with Michael Jordan.

Michael Jordan Relationships

Michael Jordan married Juanita Vanoy in Las Vegas on September 2, 1989. Together, they had three children: Jeffrey, Marcus, and Jasmine. Although they filed for divorce in 2002, they reconciled soon after. However, by December 29, 2006, they officially divorced. Juanita’s settlement was $168 million, marking one of the most prominent celebrity divorce settlements at that time.

In 2006, Jordan faced a legal issue with Karla Knafel, who claimed a breach of contract. She alleged Jordan had paid her $250,000 to keep their prior relationship confidential. Karla believed Jordan promised her $5 million to remain silent about a pregnancy in 1991. However, a DNA test proved Jordan wasn’t the father, and he was not required to pay the claimed amount.

Later, in Christmas 2011, Jordan proposed to his longtime girlfriend, Yvette Prieto, a Cuban-American model. They tied the knot on April 27, 2013, and by February 2014, the couple celebrated the birth of their twin daughters, Victoria and Ysabel.

Michael Jordan Children

Michael Jordan and Yvette Prieto welcomed identical twin daughters, Victoria and Ysabel, on February 11, 2014. A few years later, in 2019, Jordan embraced the role of a grandfather when his daughter Jasmine gave birth to a son. The child’s father is professional basketball player Rakeem Christmas.

Jeffrey, one of Michael’s sons with Juanita, pursued basketball at the University of Illinois from 2007 to 2010. Despite the challenges of being in the shadow of an NBA icon, Jeffrey had his parents’ support. He played at the University of South Florida for the 2011-2012 season. After stepping away from basketball, Jeffrey began a training program with Nike.

Marcus, Michael’s younger son, also tried his hand at basketball, playing for the UCF Knights from 2009 to 2012. Later, he invested in the business, opening a shoe and apparel store in Florida. Both sons considered professional basketball but eventually chose different paths, acknowledging the challenges of living up to their father’s legacy.

Michael Jordan Personal Life

In 1991, Michael Jordan bought a piece of land in Highland Park, Illinois. By 1995, he had built a massive 56,000-square-foot mansion on it. However, he decided to put the mansion up for sale in 2012. Aside from this, Jordan owns properties in both North Carolina and Jupiter Island, Florida.

Michael Jordan Education

Michael Jordan attended Emsley A. Laney High School in Wilmington, North Carolina. After high school, he went on to study at the University of North Carolina (UNC). In 1984, Jordan completed his studies in cultural geography, a subject he was deeply interested in. He later finalized his education in 1986, graduating with a Bachelor of Arts degree in geography. Surprisingly, Jordan once expressed that if he hadn’t pursued a basketball or baseball career, he would have liked to become a weatherman, linking his studies to meteorology.

Michael Jordan Philanthropy

Michael Jordan has a long history of philanthropy, consistently using his platform to support various charitable causes. From 2001 to 2014, he organized the Michael Jordan Celebrity Invitational, a charity golf event. This tournament, which saw participation from celebrities like Wayne Gretzky and Samuel L. Jackson, raised funds for organizations including Make-A-Wish, James R. Jordan Foundation, and Cats Care. Over the years, Jordan’s contributions to Make-A-Wish have been particularly significant, with him becoming their Chief Wish Ambassador in 2008 and making a record $10 million donation in 2023 for his 60th birthday.

Additionally, Jordan’s philanthropic activities extend beyond these events. In 2006, he committed $5 million to Chicago’s Hales Franciscan High School. The Jordan Brand, on its part, has supported Habitat for Humanity and a Louisiana-based Boys & Girls Clubs of America. Post-lawsuit settlements, natural disaster relief efforts, and significant contributions to health clinics also mark Jordan’s charitable journey. One of his most significant pledges came in 2020 when he, alongside his brand, committed to donating $100 million over a decade to initiatives promoting racial equality, social justice, and education access.

Conclusion

Michael Jordan is widely regarded as one of the greatest basketball players of all time. His career highlights include winning six NBA championships, earning five regular-season MVP awards, and setting numerous records in scoring and defense. Off the court, Jordan has been successful as well, with endeavors such as his ownership stake in the Charlotte Hornets and his iconic Air Jordan sneaker line. His legacy is cemented not only by his on-court achievements but also by his impact on the culture of basketball and sports at large.

Beyond sports, Jordan has made significant contributions through his philanthropic efforts and has been recognized for them with accolades like the Presidential Medal of Freedom in 2016. His influence extends to media, where he’s been featured prominently on magazine covers and documentaries and has even ventured into film roles. 

With a net worth estimated to be #2 billion, Jordan’s success on and off the court has solidified his status as an international icon and a trailblazer in the worlds of sports, business, and entertainment.

FAQs

How many times was Michael Jordan in the Olympics?

Michael Jordan led the US basketball team to Olympic gold medals in 1984 in Los Angeles and 1992 in Barcelona, Spain.

Does Michael Jordan own a basketball team?

In 2006, Michael Jordan became the minority owner and general manager of the American basketball team, the Charlotte Bobcats (now known as the Charlotte Hornets).

What was Michael Jordan famous for?

American basketball player Michael Jordan led the Chicago Bulls to six National Basketball Association (NBA) championships (1991–93, 1996–98). He was named the NBA’s Most Valuable Player (MVP) five times (1988, 1991, 1992, 1996, 1998) and was also named Defensive Player of the Year in 1988.

How much was Nike’s contract with Jordan worth?

Jordan’s first contract with Nike, signed in 1984, was worth $500,000 per year, plus royalties. Nike paid him more than $100 million last year.

Alice Moreno
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Hi, I'm Alice Moreno. I've been writing about celebrities since 2005. I love sharing stories about famous people and finding out how much they're worth. I studied Journalism and enjoy digging for facts to make sure everything I write is true.

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