Basketball legend Michael Jordan is named the richest athlete in the world

Widely regarded as the greatest basketball player of all time, Jordan was named the richest athlete in the world

In every sport, there have been a few notable players who have gone onto popularise their respective sport at the global level. While Sachin Tendulkar did it for cricket with his appetite for runs, Roger Federer, Rafael Nadal, Novak Djokovic did the same for tennis. Moreover, Tiger Woods popularised golf whereas Michael Jordan brought much fame to basketball and rose NBA’s viewership in various parts of the globe since its inception.

Easily regarded as one of the best basketball players to have ever graced the game, Jordan has now added another feather in his illustrious career, by becoming the richest athlete in the world when it comes to net worth.

The latest estimate in Forbes suggests that Jordan’s wealth sits at $1.6 billion, making him the richest athlete in the world. What is interesting to note is that while this has slipped quite a bit from the previous figure, of $2.1 billion, it still remains a glaring amount of money.

While Jordan didn’t exactly make pennies on the court – in NBA salary, he made $90 million with $63 million courtesy his final two seasons with the Chicago Bulls. In fact, it is interesting to note that when sports personalities careers go down to an extent following their retirements, it has been the opposite in the case of Jordan. His post-basketball career is where his wealth has soared, accounting for around $1.7 billion.

Talking about the number two position, a former Romanian tennis player named Ion Tiriac succeeds Jordan, whose net worth stands at $1.2 billion. However, Tiriac holds the second spot mainly due to a plethora of his other ventures, such as investing in real estate, financial services and more.

Jordan’s accolades are no small feat. When compared to his peers, Michael Jordan is often regarded as The Greatest of All Time to have played the sport. He played 15 seasons in the NBA, claiming the championships on six occasions with the Chicago Bulls. The 57-year-old remains a popular face in the sport and is the principal owner of the Charlotte Hornets in the NBA.