Tuesday , Oct , 29 , 2013 Michael Brouillet

Top 5 Ways Michael Jordan Still Makes His Money?

Why Michael Jordan earns more money today than when he played in the NBA.

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Some NBA stars go broke soon after retirement, but Michael Jordan actually earns more today than while he was in the NBA. Jordan brought in an estimated $80 million last year and has a net worth close to $650 million according to Forbes Magazine. Some are already speculating that he could be the first former NBA player to become a billionaire. Here is the breakdown of Michael Jordan's Top 5 revenue channels.

1. The Jordan Brand. This is the golden egg. It is a division of Nike that remains hugely profitable and massively influential. In 1984 Jordan originally signed a 5-year $500,000 contract with Nike, plus royalties. Last year this was worth an estimated $60 million. Yikes, that's some serious growth. The Jordan brand deserves it, dominating 71 percent of the basketball shoe market in 2012.

2. Earnings from playing in the NBA: This is a relatively small part of the Jordan empire. If you total up all the money MJ made for actually playing basketball it comes to $93.7 million of his roughly $650 million in net worth. This money from actually playing basketball is still a serious chunk of cash, but makes up far less of the Jordan empire than many assume.

3. Charlotte Bobcats: This investment has actually lost Jordan money, but he double downed on it last year and upped his ownership to 80 percent of the Bobcats. Yes, MJ is a serious gambler. Now that he is the majority owner, if MJ can turn the Bobcats around this could be a hugely profitable portion of his portfolio. It Charlotte did become a relatively successful team this would likely be the piece of the equation that would make Jordan a billionaire. 

4. Hanes, Gatorade, Upper Deck Endorsements: These round up to just under $20 million. Jordan remains the most identifiable athlete in the world and uses that status to his advantage as Mr. Endorsement. His long-standing relationships with these companies continue to garner top dollar in the market. 

5. Restaurants: You're hardly a celebrity unless you own at least a couple restaurants. Michael Jordan Steakhouses are in New York, Connecticut, and Chicago. These are a relatively small drop in the MJ portfolio, but it just goes to show the diversification of his income.

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