$168 Million Richer After Divorcing Michael Jordan, What is Juanita Vanoy Doing Now?

Published 04/26/2022, 9:30 PM EDT
Chicago Bulls basketball star Michael Jordan posing w. wife Juanita at bar at the opening of his restaurant. (Photo by Steve Kagan/The LIFE Images Collection via Getty Images/Getty Images)

The Chicago Bulls drafted NBA legend Michael Jordan in 1984. He met his ex-wife Juanita Vanoy around the same time. They were introduced to each other by a common friend.

Michael Jordan and Juanita Vanoy met for the first time at a Chicago Bennigan’s restaurant in 1984. They met for the second time at a party given by their friend a few weeks after they were introduced.

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Then they dated each other on a regular basis. Later, Michael Jordan and Juanita Vanoy married on September 2, 1989. Michael Jordan and Juanita had two sons named Jeffrey and Marcus, and a daughter named Jasmine.

Michael Jordan’s divorce

According to reports, their marriage was rocky from the start due to Michael Jordan’s relationships with Amy Hunter and Karla Knafel.

And in 2002 Juanita Vanoy filed for divorce from Michael Jordan citing irreconcilable differences. But she withdrew the petition a few days later. Then she filed for divorce again and was officially divorced in 2006. According to the Chicago Tribune, the couple had not lived together since February 2005.

Vanoy received $168 million in the divorce settlement, one of the largest in sports history, according to Chicago Business. Michael Jordan also reportedly paid $2.1 million in legal fees. In addition, Juanita also got the family’s seven-acre Chicago mansion. After the divorce, their children stayed with Juanita. 

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Then Michael Jordan married his longtime girlfriend, Cuban-American model Yvette Prieto on April 27, 2013. Jordan had a prenup agreement in his marriage to Yvette Prieto. Then Prieto gave birth to identical twin daughters named Victoria and Ysabel on February 11, 2014.

Has Juanita Vanoy remarried? 

Before getting married to Michael, Juanita Vanoy was a fashion model. During her teenage days, she has done many modeling assignments and photoshoots. But, she didn’t find her modeling career appealing and later switched her career.

Juanita Vanoy then started working as an executive secretary at the American Bar Association. She worked there for several years. Further, she also served as a loan officer.

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Juanita Vanoy did not re-marry following her divorce from Michael. After the divorce, Juanita stayed away from the public eye for the most part. And started to focus on their children and philanthropy. 

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Now she collects art, focusing on African American artists. Juanita also serves on the board of Reel Beauty Inc., a Chicago non-profit that mentors young girls. She is also the co-founder of the charity Michael and Juanita Endowment Fund.

Today Juanita and Michael Jordan still talk to each other, mostly about their children.

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Bagavathi Eswaran

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Bagavathi Eswaran is an NBA writer at EssentiallySports. He has been playing the game of basketball for more than 20 years now and has also been following the NBA for more than 10 years. After not being able to go pro, this former college player decided to join the IT industry.

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