This has been a very interesting year in the world of rich dudes, it seems like billionaires are popping up left and right these days. I would absolutely love to etch my name on that list one day, but I’m fairly certain that won’t be happening anytime soon, it’s a hell of a long road to try getting up to that level. While there have been plenty of people who have set their sights on becoming billionaires, this year has become the year of the first timers, with the first hip hop artist becoming a member of the illustrious billionaires club in Dr. Dre. Thanks to the sale of his Beats By Dre company to Apple Dre and Jimmy Iovine got to jump into the elusive club, something Bono had his eyes on a couple years back until Facebook’s stock debuted softer than desired.
For years now there has talk about the potential of the first sports billionaire with Tiger Woods getting the closest, but his numbers are a bit short due to his divorce a few years back, while his career total is over the level, his bank account isn’t quite there. LeBron James has stated many times that he wanted to become the first athlete to be able to stake claim to the Billionaires Club and while he’s become a VERY wealthy man he’s nowhere near the level he needs. Today we saw the debut of the next man to reach that billionaire level, although you do have to debate how much goes to his ex-wife as well, and the name to jump ahead of Mr. James should sound very familiar to him because it’s the same man he’s been living in the shadow of since his debut.
To the surprise of nobody Michael Jordan is now officially a billionaire, a man who’s made a mint in his playing days has moved into an ownership position, and as a result he’s become even more rich than anyone ever could have imagined. For all the desire to become the first billionaire athlete in the NBA that LeBron James he’s now behind Jordan in one more area. LeBron wants to be a billionaire but he also wants to be seen as the greatest to ever play in the NBA, a title held by Michael Jordan, and one that’s not likely to ever be taken away from His Airness. While James may not match Jordan’s on court achievements without having to surround himself with top shelf talent, he still has a chance to catch him in the financial world, he just needs to keep his feet planted and keep reaching for the stars.