Known simply as Michael Jordan, Michael Jeffrey Jordan in full was born on February 17th, 1963 in Brooklyn, New York. He’s widely considered to be the greatest professional basketball player in the history of the game. He’s one of five children of James and Deloris.
The family moved to Wilmington, North Carolina, while Michael was still very young. His father obtained a job at the General Electric plant as a supervisor while his mother was working in the banking field.
Michael grew up in Wilmington, North Carolina, and attended the University of North Carolina in 1981 at Chapel Hill. He won playing against Georgetown in 1982 as a freshman in the national championship game.
As a result, he was named College Player of the Year in both his sophomore and junior year. Later, he had his first pro draft by the Chicago Bulls in 1984. His first season was during 1984-1985 as a professional basketball player.
The Rookie of the Year
At the time that Michael came to the Chicago Bulls, they were a losing team. They only managed to gather about six to seven thousand fans at their home games. Jordan turned the odds while leading the league quickly. Michael was awarded Rookie of the Year in 1985.
He missed most of the upcoming season thanks to a broken foot. But after returning to the NBA, Michael managed to lead scoring in seven seasons with an average of 33 points every game.
During his whole career, the number 23 on his shirts became iconic in such a way that athletes nowadays are battling for this number, no matter the sport. This number is a synonym for “His Airness”, a nickname Michael Jordan has.
However, during a game in 1990, he was forced into wearing a nameless jersey with #12 on it. He lost his #23 jersey during a game against Orlando Magic when someone stole it, but this didn’t stop him from scoring 49 points.
Michael Jordan is one of the most marketed sports figures. He worked in collaboration with well-known brands such as Coca-Cola, McDonald’s, Gatorade, Nike, and many others. Gatorade was his longest relationship marketing-wise, the star appearing in more than 20 commercials since 1991.
Nike is also a long-time partner, well-known for creating the athlete’s signature brand Air Jordan in 1984. He became associated with the name over the years resulting in significant revenue for the athlete.
NBA’s Most Valuable Player
This was only the start. He was named the NBA’s Most Valuable Player (or MVP) five times, in 1988, 1991, 1992, 1996, and 1998. He is also the only player to score 3,000 points during one season after Wilt Chamberlain.
During all this time, Michael worked hard and focused on improving his overall basketball capabilities, and took full advantage of his skills and talent. This represented the foundation of his successful career in basketball.
In 1993, he administered a shock to the NBA world, following a hard playoff against the New York Knicks. His team, the Chicago Bulls, played against the Phoenix Suns for the NBA Championship. He was once again named the MVP, resulting in Chicago Bulls winning a third straight title.
The summer came with horrific news for the players, as a robbery attempt turned into a murder, resulting in the death of his father, James. Stricken with grief, along with media reports for a gambling addiction, Michael Jordan announced his retirement from the NBA and basketball overall in October of the same year.
With three NBA titles straight, three MVP awards, the same number of MVP titles in playoffs, and no more than seven consecutive titles for scoring, the news shocked everyone.
In nine seasons, Michael Jordan became the all-time leading scorer for the Chicago Bulls. He’s a nine-time NBA All-Defensive First team from 1988 to 1993 and 1996 to 1998 and a two-time IBM Award Winner, in 1985 and 1989. These are only a few titles for the athlete.
In 1993, during the Chicago Bulls playoff, Michael Jordan was spotted gambling in New Jersey. He claimed to lose $57,000 the night before the game between the Chicago Bulls against New York Knicks. In 1993, Richard Esquinas wrote a book claiming to have won $1.25 million from the golf course owned by Jordan.
Jordan later discussed gambling in 2005 with Ed Bradley during 60 Minutes, admitting to reckless choices, and stating that impulsive behavior and other external factors almost jeopardized his career.
The Baseball Attempts
He returned to the baseball scene after a seventeen-month break from sports. In 1994 – 1995, Michael played for the Birmingham Barons, a minor and small league for baseball in Chicago White Sox. The experiment only proved that his love for basketball was bigger than everything.
The rest allowed him to regain popularity as a basketball player. He decided to quit baseball in March 1995 due to the Major League Baseball strike, trying to avoid becoming a potential replacement.
Returning to His Love
When Michael officially came back to Chicago Bulls in the ‘94-’95 regular season, many fans wondered if he could do it again and manage to keep up. While still being a good player, it was very obvious that the time off made him become a little rusty.
In a game against Orlando Magic, the Chicago Bulls team lost in the playoffs. Michael Jordan played basketball during breaks from filming the live cartoon movie and after a whole summer, he came back to the scene with determination to claim his spotlight as the MVP.
The NBA athlete also starred in a couple of movies and TV shows, starting in 1991 up until 2020. He is known for his performance in Space Jam from 1996. Year 3000 is also a movie released in 2018 where he can be seen performing.
In total, there are seven biographical movies about Michael Jordan released by different media companies, the most recent one being The Last Dance released in 2020.
The Taste of Sweet Victory Again
The ‘95-’96 Bulls finished the regular seasons with 72-10, which meant an NBA record for the most wins in a single season, allowing Jordan to win the scoring title with number 8 to his name. He became number 10 on the NBA leader board for scoring 25,000 points, being the second to reach that mark after Chamberlain.
With this comeback, Chicago Bulls went for their fourth NBA championship win, managing to overpower the Seattle Supersonics in a total of six games.
In 1999, Michael Jordan decided to retire for a second time, meaning an end to his career but still on a high note following an official end of the labor dispute among NBA team owners and players. Considered one of the greatest basketball players of all time by many, his official retirement meant the end of an NBA era.
Starting the new decade in 2000, Michael Jordan became the president and part-owner of the Washington Wizards, a basketball operation. This made him one of the three African American owners in the NBA.
Michael Jordan Movie
In 1999, director Alan Metzger released a new TV Show called Michael Jordan: An American Hero. It follows Michael Jordan’s story starting from a little child and up to his career in the NBA. It shows the man behind the legend.
The cast included Debbie Allen, Ernie Hudson, and Robin Givens. This marks yet another milestone in Michael Jordan’s life. It shows appreciation for him as an athlete, but also as a person.
9/11 Relief Efforts Donation
In 2001, after many rumors, Michael officially announced the end of his retirement plan and joined the Wizards team at 38 years old. He announced playing again shortly after the 9/11 attack. He also decided to donate his salary from the first year to relief efforts.
This added up to more than a million dollars regarding the incident. It provided the much-needed positivity and charity that was undoubtedly needed.
Back in the Game
In 2001, during a news conference regarding his comeback, he stated that his age might not be on his side. But his mindset and physique were on his side.
He stated that he feels like playing the game at the highest levels, not letting the fans and team down. With only 19 games won by the Wizards, Michael Jordan helped.
Distractions From the Game
While being voted for his 13th All-Star Game, Jordan rocketed the Wizards into the playoffs until a knee injury occurred. This led to him missing the last half of the season.
Another distraction was by his wife, Juanita, who filed for divorce in January 2002. One month later, the divorce was canceled, and Jordan announced one more season alongside the Wizards.
After retiring officially again for the third time following a dispute between him and the owner of Wizards, Abe Pollin, Michael Jordan was fired on May 7, 2003, from his position as Wizards team president of basketball operations.
He felt betrayed and stated that if he had known, he would never have accepted to play alongside the Wizards. He kept himself busy with different businesses and charity events he previously started and continued over the years to come.
Different Business Attempts
Michael kept himself busy during the next few years. He kept his physique by playing golf in tournaments alongside celebrities. He also spent time in Chicago with his family. It was at this time he started promoting his clothing brand, Michael Jordan, and started riding motorcycles.
Since 2004, Michael Jordan Motorsports has been owned by him. It is a professional course for motorcycle racing, competing with the brand Suzuki in the Premier Superbike Championship. It was sanctioned by the American Motorcyclist Association (or AMA) until the end of the season of 2013.
Michael Jordan also authored or co-authored in several books, most of them about his professional NBA career and overall life. The first one, released in 1993 with Mark Vancil and Walter Iooss, was called Rare Air.
Another book followed the next year, authored by Mark Vancil and Sandro Miller. Several other books were published between 1998 and 2014 regarding basketball, sports life, and Jordan’s general worldview.
Despite his fame and public coverage, the athlete always lived a private life as much as he could. His first marriage started in 1989 with Juanita Vanoy, and they had three children together.
In 2006, their divorce was the largest celebrity divorce resulting in Vanoy receiving $168 million in the divorce settlement. At the time, this was the biggest settlement ever awarded.
Jordan bought a stake in the Charlotte Bobcats on June 15, 2006, making him the second-largest shareholder in the team, after Robert L. Johnson, the majority owner. The deal gave him full control of the basketball operations, giving him the title “Managing Member of the Basketball operations”.
With previous success regarding endorsement, he was included in the marketing campaigns of Charlotte without effort. Ten years earlier, a bid was made for him to become a part-owner of the NBA original team, but the deal was off. George Shinn, the owner, refused to give Michael Jordan full control over the basketball operations.
The NBA star is also into the automotive business, being co-owner of a company bearing his name. The company owns a dealership in Durham, North Carolina, for Nissan, which was bought in 1990, and a former dealership for Lincoln-Mercury. This was kept open from 1995 to 2009.
Another business interest of Jordan’s is represented by the restaurant industry, including a couple of high-end restaurants in America. Among them, the most popular one is a steakhouse in New York City located in Grand Central Terminal.
Jordan Clothing Brand
His clothing brand, Air Jordan, produced sneakers exclusively for Michael Jordan in early 1984, later being released to the public. The shoes were designed by Peter Moore for Nike alongside Tinker Hatfield and Bruce Kilgore.
Since then, the Air Jordan line went through many controversies, being associated with riots, assaults, murders, and robberies. Nike also claims that the company doesn’t own any business where the clothing is manufactured; they only design and market the products, dictating terms, and standards regarding the quality of the product.
Buying the Hornets
February 2010 marked the moment when Jordan was seeking a majority in ownership of the Bobcats team, later known as the Hornets, the change being made in 2014. As February passed, it was apparent the fact that Jordan and the ex-president of Houston Rockets, George Postolos, were the leading fighters battling over ownership of the team. On February 27th an announcement was made that Jordan was officially placed alongside MJ Basketball Holdings as an official buyer to the NBA team, waiting for approval.
Jordan’s purchase was approved unanimously by the NBA Board of Governors on March 17th, turning him into the first ex-player to own the majority of the NBA team and also the league’s one and only African-American owner of the majority.
The Most Powerful Star
Michael Jordan was ranked by Forbes magazine in June 2010 as the 20th most powerful star in the world. His fortune of $55 million was collected in a full year between June 2009 and June 2010, according to the magazine.
The Michael Jordan brand generated over $1 billion when it came to sales for Nike. This resulted in him becoming the first NBA player to achieve a billion dollar net fortune in June 2014, after increasing the stakes from 80% to 89.5% in Charlotte Hornets.
Starting in 2001 and going all the way to 2014, Michael Jordan held an annual golf tournament raising money for multiple charities. The Michael Jordan Celebrity Invitational tournament managed to raise millions of dollars over the years.
In 2008, the Make-a-Wish Foundation named Michael Jordan its Chief Wish Ambassador. He offered his 200th wish for the foundation five years later and also raised more than five million dollars for the foundation.
More Forbes Titles
Forbes also gave Michael Jordan the title of the highest earnings in his career as an athlete in 2017. Thanks to his brand income and endorsements, he received an estimated income of $110 million, and it’s the highest income for a retired athlete.
As of April 2020, he is estimated to be worth $2.1 billion by Forbes, making him also the fourth-richest African American — coming in after Robert Smith, David Steward, and Oprah.
Jeffrey Jordan joined the Illinois basketball team in 2007. His father offered the support needed in following his basketball career. He played for the university team for three seasons before trying again with the University of Southern Florida, after which he retired indefinitely from the game.
He later joined a management position for Nike. Jordan’s younger son, Marcus, played for the UCF Knights for three seasons before deciding to open a dedicated basketball clothing store in Florida.
Getting Married to a Model
Jordan proposed to his next girlfriend, Yvette Prieto in 2011. On April 27, 2013, Michael Jordan married the Cuban model, who was only 35 at the time, in Palm Beach, Florida. Among the participants at the wedding, Spike Lee, Tiger Woods, and Patrick Ewing were present.
One year later, Yvette gave birth to a pair of twins, Victoria and Ysabel. As of 2020, Michael and Yvette are still married.
He Still Loves Sports
First love always remains with us. Although he is in his late 50s, Michael Jordan still works out. In 2013, he said he wants to reach his playing weight of 218 pounds.
Today, his management status is unknown. You can still see him jogging and working out. What a great example to follow!
Presidential Medal of Freedom
On November 22nd, 2016, the NBA star was awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom. This shows that Michael Jordan accomplished almost everything there is to accomplish and can win any title.
Jordan sat behind the president while he was telling stories about how Michael Jordan almost cut a toe-off when he was five years old. This proves that MJ is more than just a businessman and athlete. He is also a caring person and a friend you can joke around with.
The Jordan Legacy
Michael Jordan is named one of the 50 greatest NBA players in history, and this was clear even from his first play in the NBA. He received a standing ovation in his first game in Madison Square Garden with a duration of almost one minute.
This came as a shock for many people since he was playing for the opposing team, the New York Knicks. Larry Bid even claimed that God was disguised as Michael Jordan after scoring 63 points against the Celtics.
Michael enjoyed a total of 15 seasons playing in the NBA and was consistent even after returning from his retirement. He holds the world record for regular seasons scoring a mammoth score of 30.12 PPG and also the playoff record with an amazing score of 33.45 PPG.
This puts him above players like Kobe, LeBron, Iverson, or Shaq. He is a great scorer and an example for others, developing unstoppable post-game scoring.
Besides the title of being the greatest basketball player and athlete overall, “His Airness” also has a love for business. You can see this in his income from his multiple businesses, he became the first athlete to be a billionaire.
Ranging from car dealerships, restaurants, and clothing lines in partnership with Nike, he has several ventures. He’s also the chairman and owner of Charlotte Hornets, proving that he cannot stay away from sports.
Donations for Hurricanes
Michael Jordan has a big heart for charitable opportunities. He proved this many times over the years. His most recent donations were on September 18th, 2018 and September 10th, 2019. These were for the Hurricane Florence relief efforts and Hurricane Dorian relief efforts that hit the Bahamas.
The donations combined sum up to three million dollars. The Basketball Hall of Fame owns several properties in the Bahamas. So, this might have had an impact on his choices.
Clinic for the Poor
In 2019, the six-time NBA champion unveiled one of the two medical clinics founded by him in North Carolina. The facility offers care to residents of Charlotte with little or no health insurance available.
It was strategically placed in a neighborhood that requires more medical care. As such, it’s perfect to serve community needs. The facility stands proud at 6,800 square feet. It provides patients with the best services and equipment.
Michael Jordan is a role model and inspiration to millions of people looking forward to basketball. This includes today’s generation of best stars. If you were fortunate enough to follow along with him in his career, you are the proud possessor of vivid memories and emotions of his phenomenal abilities and capabilities in sports.
Besides his main activity, sports, MJ is, without a doubt, a good businessman with dozens of areas in which he is active, making him a fascinating individual.
Afraid of Water
Without a doubt, he is a star, and, given his success all around, you would think fear is not something he experiences. While he feels no fear when playing on hardwood, Michael Jordan still proves he’s human with a phobia for water stemming from a tragic accident during his young childhood.
A good friend of his drowned in front of him. Shortly after, he almost drowned at a baseball camp, resulting in a lifetime phobia of water.
The Son of Sergio Aguero Has a Different Favorite Striker
Manchester City star Sergio Aguero has had many interesting moments during the last three months. While he had been dominating the Premier League, season after season, the Argentinian hitman has experienced several frustrating injuries that have significantly reduced the time he had to play. After he had knee surgery in June, he has made just five appearances during this Premier League season.
Sergio Aguero Made His Return With a Resounding Win Over Tottenham
It now looks like the long road back for Sergio Aguero is at its end. With the amazing win, he and his Manchester City had over Tottenham Hotspur. While Aguero has been one the finest imports the Premier League has seen recently, many experts believe his career is now entering its twilight for the England scene. Although the Manchester City star has scored 180 goals and 46 assists during his 268 Premier League games, it appears that his son idolizes another striker.
Sergio Aguero’s Son Idolizes Jamie Vardy As His Favorite Player
Benjamin Aguero is not only Sergio Aguero’s son but also the grandson of Argentinian footballing royalty – the late Diego Maradona. In addition to that — godfather to the young Benjamin is none other than Lionel Messi himself. Still, despite being surrounded by some of the greatest footballers, the young Aguero idolizes the striker Jamie Vardy. In a documentary, Aguero shared how much his son loves the Leicester star, and after one game, Sergio went to Vardy to get his shirt for his boy. Apparently, Benjamin had messaged his dad asking him to get Vardy’s jersey. Aguero also said Vardy was a phenomenon on the field.
Jamie Vardy himself has been making quite the uproar recently with his supreme performance for Leicester City. He played 36 games and scored 24 goals, becoming the first Foxes player to score twenty goals in a single season since 1985. He managed to score in eleven consecutive games, making a Premier League record and placing him one goal short of Jimmy Dunne’s all-time record.
Basketball superstar Michael Jordan is one of the most popular, successful, and wealthy athletes in the world. From his time in college to his professional career — and even making Olympic history — Jordan is undoubtedly iconic. Let’s have a look at his life and how he became so successful…