$400M Rich Shaquille O’Neal’s 7-Figure Investment Gets Overwhelming Love as the NBA Giant Shares Snippets on Instagram

Published 06/25/2023, 12:24 AM EDT

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Shaquille O’Neal has made many moves since hanging his sneakers and retiring from the league. And with every move in the business world, Shaq has been blessed with constant success. His latest venture was nothing different.

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The Los Angeles Lakers legend’s seven-figure investment got an overwhelming public response as he made sure to attend the opening of his first Big Chicken Franchise in the LoneStar State.

Shaquille O’Neal shout-out: “Thanks for coming out”

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Shaquille O’Neal’s latest investment is the Big Chicken Franchise costing him $1.4 million per location in Texas. And according to his business partners – Frank Malik, Fazil Malik, and Noordin Jhaver – they plan on opening about 50 more outlets in Texas.

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Big Chicken provides the public with Shaq’s favorite childhood foods infused with modern and trendy styles. No wonder, the public came out and gave a rousing reception to the four-time NBA champion’s first Big Chicken outlet in Houston, Texas.

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The Big Aristotle shared numerous pictures and videos on his Instagram from the opening day. He captioned it, “@bigchickenshaq IN HOUSTON WAS CRACKING TODAY 9630 westheimer blvd. thanks for coming out. if i didn’t get a picture with you, i’ll get you next time. Love you Houston.”

The videos uploaded gave a glimpse of a jam-packed Big Chicken outlet with Shaq clicking pictures with his fans constantly. The bigman indulged in almost everyone’s request to have a picture or a video taken with him.

There was even a small ceremony of sorts where a woman talked about how Shaq went on to create jobs and is an inspiration to other people.

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It wasn’t just the ones in person who made it a success. Shaq got an amazing response on social media as well.

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One fan commented, “Big Respect to u Big Bro.”

While another one dropped a comment, “Now that’s Wsup!!! Shaq.”

Here are a few more reactions from fans on Instagram.

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“You the man Shaq!”

“That’s Love.”

“Awesome pictures, awesome videos and awesome music bro @shaq.”

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“@shaq a man of the people. Noone too small for the Diesel.”

A few people who attended the event in person even gave their frank thoughts on the experience. So, it looks like Shaq’s latest is ready to take off as he looks to open another one in a different part of Texas now.

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Abhishek Dhariwal is an NBA writer at EssentiallySports with a background in journalism and mass communication. Abhishek uses storytelling along with feedback gathering to curate elegant and exclusive content for ES. His writing covers a wide range of topics, from in-game coverage to off-court activities of NBA stars.
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