Michael Jordon: NBA’s Greatest Player of All Times

Vrinda Gupta
Vrinda Gupta

MJ’s Early Life and Career

Michael Jeffrey Jordan is an American former professional basketball player and businessman. He was born on February 17, 1963, in Brooklyn near New York City. Michael is popularly known by his initials MJ. He has had a 15-year playing career at NBA. He is the owner and chairman of the Charlotte Hornets of the National Basketball Association (NBA). In late 2020, he became the co-owner of  23XI Racing in the NASCAR Cup Series. He has won six championships with the Chicago Bulls. Moreover, Michael’s current net worth is a whopping $1.6 billion.

Michael grew up in Wilmington, North Carolina.  Then, in 1981, he entered the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. He enrolled himself in Bachelor’s of Arts/Science at the University. Jordan was named College Player of the Year in his sophomore and junior year. He left North Carolina after his junior year. MJ led the U.S. basketball team to Olympic gold medals in 1984 in Los Angeles and in 1992 in Barcelona.

Michael Jordan is  6 feet 6 inches (1.98 meters) tall.  Due to this, he was an exceptionally skilled shooter and passer, and powerful defender. Because of his extraordinary leaping abilities and agility, he earned the nickname “Air Jordan”. His popularity was such that only a few could reach that height. Michael’s salary during his career totaled to approximately $90 million. However, he has earned $1.8 billion from such partners as Nike, Hanes and Gatorade. From the sale of his ‘Air Jordan‘ basketball shoes, he has earned millions of dollars. MJ was also a part of an animated film titled ‘Space Jam’ in 1996. He played the role of himself in the live-action film.

In the year 1996, the NBA named Michael Jordan one of the 50 greatest players of all time. In 2009, he was elected to the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame. He was awarded the prestigious Presidential Medal of Freedom in the year 2016.

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Personal Stats & Relationship

Age 58 years old
Citizenship United States
Marital Status Married
Children 5
Residence Jupiter Island, Florida

Michael Jordan is married to  Yvette Prieto. She is a Cuban-American model. The duo met a year after Michael divorced his ex-wife Juanita. In his previous marriage, he has three children-  Jeffrey, Marcus, and Jasmine. Michael and Yvette moved in together in 2009. On 27th April 2013, Yvette and Michael married each other in Florida. According to sources, their wedding was a lavish affair and they might have spent close to 8 million pounds on their wedding. Yvette and Michael welcomed their identical twin daughters Ysabel and Victoria a year later.  Both, Michael and Yvette, keep their relationship and family life as private as possible.

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