LeBron James Becomes First Active NBA Player Worth $1 Billion: TUSEN | NBA news


LeBron becomes first active NBA player worth $1 billion©TUSEN

Los Angeles Lakers superstar LeBron James has become the first active player in NBA history with a net worth of $1 billion, TUSEN magazine reported Thursday. The 37-year-old forward, a four-time NBA champion and four-time NBA Most Valuable Player, is second on the league’s all-time scoring list and has played in the league since 2003.

In the TUSEN list of the world’s highest-paid athletes from May 2021 to May 2022, James ranked second in total income with $121.2 million, behind only Argentine playmaker and Paris Saint-Germain star Lionel Messi’s $130 million dollars.

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The Lakers struggled with a 33–49 season and James missed the playoffs for only the fourth time in his career, but he still became the oldest player to average 30 points per game, batting 30.3 per game.

In a 19-year NBA career, James earned more than $385 million in salary alone as a player for the Cleveland Cavaliers, Miami Heat and Lakers.

Off the field, James made a star in Hollywood with the movie “Space Jam: A New Legacy” and sold a minority stake in his production company, SpringHill.

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More than $500 million of its value comes from cash and investments.

James has an ownership stake in Fenway Sports Group, which owns England’s Premier League side Liverpool, Major League Baseball’s Boston Red Sox and has struck a deal to buy the NHL’s Pittsburgh Penguins.

His stake in Blaze Pizza is valued at $30 million, while his $80 million in real estate includes a mansion in his hometown of Akron, Ohio, and two homes in Los Angeles.

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