Not Earning a Dime, Dwyane Wade ‘Seeks’ Employment at $1.7 Billion Worth Company Despite $170 Million Net Worth

Published 09/23/2023, 12:41 AM EDT

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D-Wade admitted to not having a fashion sense when he joined the league. But in 2005, then-commissioner David Stern made a decision that would force that to change. Stern enforced a business casual look that made players wear ties, coats, and glasses over sweatpants, jerseys, and chains. While there was resistance, the players found a way to make it fun.

In typical competitive fashion, Dwyane Wade and others began flexing their Armani and Valentino suits. But the desire to one-up his teammates’ style has led the Miami Heat legend to an entirely new avenue of work post-retirement. Apart from being a style ambassador, Wade is hilariously taking up a more ‘hands-on’ role in the fashion industry.

Dwyane Wade is taking calls and making budgets for his new ‘job’


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10 years ago, D-Wade was en route to his third and last championship. During a Round 2 matchup against the Chicago Bulls, he donned this $1.7 billion brand’s floral print jacket. A few short years later, he iconically arrived at their Italian offices looking for work!

A few hours ago, Dwyane Wade shared a series of stories with his 20.3 million Instagram followers. Through the same, viewers could get a glimpse of the latest venture that the former NBA star has seemingly embarked upon; working as an unpaid intern! Providing an in-depth look at his day, the stories kicked off, with Wade entering the offices and positioning himself behind one of the work computers.


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“I’m just making sure everybody gets the things they need,” said the Miami Heat legend, in a very tongue-in-cheek tone.

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While in Italy for Milan Fashion Week, D-Wade dropped by the famed offices of Donatella Versace.

The Heat legend was soon asked what needed to be done in order to handle the budget. Without giving a second thought, he came back with a quick reply. “Don’t worry about the budget! We good,” Wade added, as the crowd laughed.

One of the most hilarious and heartwarming moments occurred when Wade took up the duty of a support staff member, handling the phones at the reception desk. Sitting alongside him was his wife, Gabrielle Union. Wade working as an unpaid intern is not the first time that the NBA champion has been associated with the billion-dollar brand.

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Wade has always been open about his love for the Italian fashion brand. He went on to adorn one of their red suits during his prestigious Hall of Fame ceremony last month.


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In January of this year, Versace launched a new campaign to promote its eyewear apparel. Wade was amongst the few people selected to put the newly launched glasses to the test. Most of his campaign pictures were taken by famed photographer Mario Sorrenti. Wade himself took to social media to highlight his new partnership.

Whilst adorning a pair of transparent glasses, the Miami icon stated that they really made him look smart. “Cool” is all Wade could say at the end.


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With an admiration spanning from his playing days to his retirement, Versace and D-Wade might have David Stern to thank for forcing Dwyane into the fashion world. But now that he’s in, the $1.7 billion brand is ready to take advantage.

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Ashmit Kumar


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