Michael Jordan is a former professional basketball player, entrepreneur, and majority owner and chairman of the Charlotte Bobcats. His biography on the National Basketball Association (NBA) website states, “By acclamation, Michael Jordan is the greatest basketball player of all time.”Jordan was one of the most effectively marketed athletes of his generation and was considered instrumental in popularizing the NBA around the world in the 1980s and 1990s.
In 1991, he won his first NBA championship with the Bulls, and followed that achievement with titles in 1992 and 1993, securing a “three-peat”. Although Jordan abruptly retired from basketball at the beginning of the 1993–94 NBA season to pursue a career in baseball, he rejoined the Bulls in 1995 and led them to three additional championships (1996, 1997, and 1998) as well as an NBA-record 72 regular-season wins in the 1995–96 NBA season. Jordan retired for a second time in 1999, but returned for two more NBA seasons from 2001 to 2003 as a member of the Washington Wizards.
Jordan’s individual accolades and accomplishments include five MVP awards, ten All-NBA First Team designations, nine All-Defensive First Team honors, fourteen NBA All-Star Game appearances, three All-Star Game MVP awards, ten scoring titles, three steals titles, six NBA Finals MVP awards, and the 1988 NBA Defensive Player of the Year Award. He holds the NBA records for highest career regular season scoring average (30.12 points per game) and highest career playoff scoring average (33.45 points per game). In 1999, he was named the greatest North American athlete of the 20th century by ESPN, and was second to Babe Ruth on the Associated Press’s list of athletes of the century. He was inducted into the Basketball Hall of Fame in 2009.
Michael Jordan is also noted for his product endorsements. He fueled the success of Nike’s Air Jordan sneakers, which were introduced in 1985 and remain popular today. Jordan also starred in the 1996 feature film Space Jam as himself. He is the majority owner and head of basketball operations for the NBA’s Charlotte Bobcats, having won a bidding war to buy controlling interest in the team from founding owner Robert L. Johnson.
Michael Jordan’s Basketball Career Salary:
1984-85 Chicago Bulls $550,000
1985-86 Chicago Bulls $630,000
1986-87 Chicago Bulls $737,500
1987-88 Chicago Bulls $845,000
1988-89 Chicago Bulls $2,000,000
1989-90 Chicago Bulls $2,250,000
1990-91 Chicago Bulls $2,500,000
1991-92 Chicago Bulls $3,250,000
1992-93 Chicago Bulls $4,000,000
1993-94 Chicago Bulls $4,000,000
1994-95 Chicago Bulls $3,850,000
1995-96 Chicago Bulls $3,850,000
1996-97 Chicago Bulls $30,140,000
1997-98 Chicago Bulls $33,140,000
2001-02 Washington Wizards $1,000,000
2002-03 Washington Wizards $1,030,000
Total Career Salary: $93,772,500
How Michael Jordan Made His Money – Sports and Fashion
Estimated Net Worth: $500 Million
Birthday: February 17, 1963