Michael Jeffrey Jordan, more commonly known as Michael Jordan or MJ, is one of the most popular basketball players in the world. He was born on February 17, 1963.
Today, Michael Jordan is the principal owner of the Charlotte Hornets NBA team. He was an instrumental figure in popularizing the sport in the last decade of the 90s. Moreover, he was part of two three-peats with the Bulls on either side of a short-lived Minor League Baseball stint.
In addition, Jordan played for the Chicago Bulls and the Washington Wizards over 3 spells. Previously, the Bulls drafted Jordan in the 1984 NBA draft, where he was the 3rd overall pick.
In his first stint, he gained a reputation as one of the best defensive players in the league. Simultaneously, he showcased his incredible leaping abilities and performed slam dunks from near the Free Throw line in Slam Dunk Contests.
Also, Jordan was part of the Chicago Bulls side that won 72 regular-season games in the 1995-96 season. He usually played at the shooting guard or small forward position with No. 23 jersey, which the Bulls later retired. In 2009, ‘MJ’ was inducted into the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame.
As for his personal life, Michael Jordan is the father of five children: Jasmine, Marcus, Jeffrey, Victoria, and Ysabel. He is currently married to
Yvette Prieto and was previously married to Juanita Vanoy from 1989 to 2006.
Michael Jordan’s parents are Deloris and James R. Jordan, Sr. The former Bulls player lost his father to a horrific shooting incident.
Jordan announced his initial retirement from the NBA following his father’s death in 1993.
6× NBA champion (1991–1993, 1996–1998)
6× NBA Finals MVP (1991–1993, 1996–1998)
5× NBA Most Valuable Player (1988, 1991, 1992, 1996, 1998)
14× NBA All-Star (1985–1993, 1996–1998, 2002, 2003)
3× NBA All-Star Game MVP (1988, 1996, 1998)
10× All-NBA First Team (1987–1993, 1996–1998)
NBA Defensive Player of the Year (1988)
9× NBA All-Defensive First Team (1988–1993, 1996–1998)
10× NBA scoring champion (1987–1993, 1996–1998)
2× USA Basketball Male Athlete of the Year (1983, 1984)
|Points||32,292 (30.1 PPG)|
|Rebounds||6,672 (6.2 RPG)|
|Assists||5,633 (5.3 APG)|
(via Basketball reference)
Forbes estimates Michael Jordan’s real-time net worth at $1.5 billion. His source of income is from the Charlotte Hornets, endorsements, and other investments.
Jordan is also the first NBA player to accumulate a net worth in billions, and his value has steadily increased ever since taking over as the majority owner of the Charlotte Hornets.
Jordan is also among the most efficiently marketed figures in sports. Since 1991, he has appeared in over 20 commercials for Gatorade. In 1984, Nike created a signature Michael Jordan shoe called Air Jordan. Moreover, in the past, Jordan has been involved with major brands such as McDonald’s, Hanes, Chevrolet, and Ball Parks Francs.
The richest athlete in the world has made notable contributions to charity. In 2002, Jordan donated his entire season’s salary to the 9/11 charities. When Hurricane Florence hit Carolina in 2018 and Hurricane Dorian damaged the Bahamas in 2019, Jordan announced contributions to each of the relief efforts.
In addition, he has been working with the Make-A-Wish foundation for over 30 years, granting hundreds of wishes.
Here are some other charitable organizations that Michael Jordan supports:
Boys & Girls Clubs of America
Buoniconti Fund To Cure Paralysis
Jackie Robinson Foundation
James R. Jordan Foundation
Kids Wish Network
Nevada Cancer Institute
St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital
The Miami Project
United Negro College Fund
ESPN came to the rescue during the 2020 lockdown by releasing a ten-part docuseries by partnering with Netflix. ‘The Last Dance’ was a ten-part docu-series that chronicled the life and legacy of Michael Jordan with the Chicago Bulls, and it earned massive acclaim.
The Last Dance hit massive numbers as fans thronged to relive how Jordan dominated the NBA with his six championships.
Jordan was also the lead actor of the Space Jam movie that released in 1996. The film was based on a comical theme where MJ helped the ‘Looney Tunes’ regain their freedom.
Though the film flunked at the Box Office, it still holds a special place in every NBA fan’s heart.
Unlike many celebrities, Jordan does not have an Instagram or Twitter account. But he has a publicity address for fans- Jump Inc., 676 North Michigan Avenue, Suite 293, Chicago, and another public relations agency address- SFX, 5335 Wisconsin Avenue NW, Suite 850, Washington, D.C., 20015.
|Age||57 (Born February 17, 1963)|
|Kids||Jasmine, Marcus, Jeffrey, Victoria, Ysabel|
|Height||6′ 6″ (1.98 m)|
|Endorsements||Nike, Hanes, McDonald’s, Gatorade|