LeBron James’ Net Worth Compared to Celebrities Like Kanye West and Jay Z

Published 11/05/2021, 1:30 PM EDT
LeBron James attends Harlem’s Fashion Row at Capitale on September 4, 2018 in New York City. (Photo by Santiago Felipe/WireImage)


Many regard LeBron James as the greatest NBA player of all time. He has won four championships in his NBA career so far and continues to fight for a fifth. Apart from a successful playing career, he has been equally successful off the court as well. In fact, he recently became the latest sportsperson to amass $1 billion in career earnings.

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The NBA is one of the most-watched leagues in the world, and it consequently houses some of the top-earning athletes in the world. Not just this, some of the NBA players are worth more than half a billion. In fact, James is the richest active player in the NBA right now. And only Michael Jordan has a higher net worth than LeBron James.

NEW ORLEANS, LA – FEBRUARY 15: NBA player LeBron James attends GQ & LeBron James NBA All Star Party Sponsored By Samsung Galaxy And Beats at Ogden Museum’s Patrick F. Taylor Library on February 15, 2014 in New Orleans, Louisiana. (Photo by Michael Loccisano/Getty Images for GQ)

LeBron James net worth

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According to Forbes, James’ net worth is $850 million. However, his career earnings have exceeded the $1 billion mark. He has earned around $400 million from salaries throughout his career. The rest of the $600 million, he has made from several endorsements deals.

At the moment, he is the sixth-highest paid player in the NBA, but his off-the-court earnings are more than anyone.

James’ biggest sponsors are Nike. Nike has signed a lifetime contract with him worth a billion dollars. Forbes has even predicted that James is on the course to become a billionaire by 2024.

But where does he stand when compared to stars from the music industry? Let’s compare LeBron James’ net worth to some of the richest stars from the music industry such as Kanye West and Jay Z.

Kanye West net worth

The 44-year-old rapper is a brand in himself. According to Forbes, Kanye West’s net worth is a whopping $1.8 billion. He is among the richest self-made billionaires in the world.

He has his own sneaker brand called Yeezy for Adidas, for which he gets an annual royalty from Adidas. In fact, last year, Yeezy made $1.7 billion in sales throughout the world.

Apart from Yeezy and music, he also has around $100 million in the real estate business. However, the majority of his net worth comes from Yeezy. When compared to LeBron, Kanye West is miles ahead of him in terms of net worth.

Jay Z net worth

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The 51-year-old Brooklyn-born rapper became the hip-hop world’s first billionaire last year. According to Forbes, Jay Z’s net worth is $1.4 billion.

He earns millions from his Armand de Brignac champagne and D’Ussé cognac. Jay Z is also into a sports agency with his own firm called ‘Roc Nation’. His clients include stars such as Robinson Cano, Yoenis Cespedes, Kyrie Irving, Todd Gurley, Saquon Barkley, among others.

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Not just this, Jay Z owns equity in SpaceX, Oatly, Ethos, Uber, and Sweetgreen. Along with Beyonce, he co-owns an art collection worth $100 million and real estate worth $150 million. Jay Z’s net worth is huge as well when compared to LeBron James. However, once James hangs up his shoes and concentrates fully on business and investments, he will surely close the gap.

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Abhishek Singh

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Abhishek is an NBA writer at EssentiallySports with over two years of journalistic experience with Chase Your Sport and Dribl. A Football Management graduate, he has previously interned in the Indian Super League, I-League and the AFC Champions League. In addition to being a Michael Jordan fan, Abhishek is an ardent Steph Curry and Warriors guy, and believes they have a few more championships in store before the former retires.

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