Magic Johnson Makes History as Fourth U.S. Athlete to Achieve Billionaire Status

‣ Magic Johnson is officially a billionaire, becoming the fourth U.S. athlete to achieve this mark.
‣ Johnson’s net worth is estimated to be $1.2 billion, mostly earned through savvy business ventures after retiring from basketball.
‣ The Golden State Warriors are currently the most valuable NBA franchise, followed by the New York Knicks and the Los Angeles Lakers.


Forbes’ recent report sheds light on the entrepreneurial endeavors of athletes and the commercial development of the sports industry. One notable highlight is Magic Johnson’s official billionaire status, making him only the fourth US athlete to achieve this milestone alongside Tiger Woods, LeBron James, and Michael Jordan. Johnson’s net worth is estimated at $1.2 billion, accumulated through his investments in sports clubs across the United States after retiring from his successful basketball career. Despite earning only $40 million during his NBA years, Johnson’s business acumen has propelled him to great financial success.

In a recent podcast interview, Johnson revealed that he had missed out on a golden opportunity early in his career. He declined shoe deal offers from Converse, Adidas, and Nike, not understanding the potential of stocks at the time. Reflecting on this decision, he confessed, “45 years, $5 billion that stock would have been worth today.” Despite this regret, Johnson has made wise investments in various sports franchises, including the MLB’s Los Angeles Dodgers, WNBA’s Los Angeles Sparks, MLS’ LAFC, and NFL’s Commanders. He has also diversified his portfolio with non-sport ventures like Burger King, Starbucks, and 24 Hour Fitness.

When asked about his team ownership preferences, Johnson expressed his love for the Lakers and his reluctance to compete against them. However, if he had to choose, he stated that the New York Knicks would be intriguing. He praised the passionate and knowledgeable fans of New York and the appeal of Madison Square Garden. Forbes also ranks the Warriors as the current most valuable NBA franchise, with the Lakers and Knicks following closely behind. The Warriors’ four NBA titles in the past decade have contributed to their valuation of $7.7 billion, a 10% increase from the previous year. The team generated 48% more revenue than any other NBA franchise, reaching $765 million during the 2022/23 season.

Forbes predicts that the NBA’s value will continue to rise significantly due to new distribution partnerships with Apple, YouTube TV, and Amazon Prime, as well as the bundling of international rights. This projected growth in media rights is expected to more than double the current value of the NBA. In summary, athletes like Magic Johnson have not only excelled on the courts but have also found success as entrepreneurs, driving the commercial development of the sports industry.

James Shotwell
James Shotwell
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