One of the greatest basketball players of all time has amassed outrageous income from his playing career, but since retiring in 2011, his smart business decisions have helped him continue to make a fortune.
A 19-year career with six different teams and four NBA championship titles helped make Shaquille O’Neal one of the most successful and greatest basketball players of all time.
And his famous 7-foot-1 frame certainly played to his advantage in his successes, as he dominated the courts as one of the best centers in the world.
This incredible career saw O’Neal achieve incredible success with his finances and become one of the highest paid athletes to date.
Even after retiring in 2011, he continued to earn more money than he ever made during his playing days.
The 49-year-old’s net worth currently stands at $400m (£302m), helped by earnings from high NBA salaries over a 19-year career, endorsements and personal businesses.
Yet ‘Shaq’ continues to find ways to make ridiculous money, even outside of his current job as a sports analyst on the Inside the NBA TV show, in what has been a very successful career during and after. his playing days.
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After starting in 1992 with the Orlando Magic, O’Neal went on to play for the Los Angeles Lakers (1996-2004), Miami Heat (2004-2008), Phoenix Suns (2008-2009), Cleveland Cavaliers (2009-2010) and Boston Celtics (2010-2011) in almost 20 years of career.
And it was the huge contracts handed to him that helped make him as wealthy as he is today, with an estimated career total of $292,198,327 (£220,877,098) racked up in six different clubs.
Even his Orlando Magic debut in 1992 saw O’Neal earn a $3m (£2.2m) salary, while his peak salary came after his move to the Miami Heat in 2004, which made him netted $27.6m (£20.9m) in his first year at the club.
Bonuses would also certainly have played a role in his total career earnings, while it was also reported that O’Neal had earned well over $200m (£151m) from endorsements alone during his playing days.
Shaq has had an astonishing number of endorsements throughout his career, taking them very well and taking every opportunity he can get, but some of the most popular have been with Arizona Beverages, the Icy Hot pain patch. from Aventis, VitaminWater, Burger King, Kraft Foods, Pepsi, Comcast, Radio Shack, Taco Bell, Carnival Cruise Line and Reebok.
Elsewhere, the 7”1 star has enjoyed other career paths such as music, acting and professional wrestling, while he has also starred in several video games, in addition to hosting his own podcast and make appearances on a few reality shows. shows.
He released his first rap album “Shaq Diesel” in 1993, which went certified platinum, while he continued to DJ and produce music under the name DIESEL, in addition to appearing in numerous movies and TV shows over the years.
His current full-time occupation is as a sports analyst on the television show Inside the NBA and he is a frequent game commentator.
The list doesn’t end there, however, as Shaq also owns around 50 different businesses, ranging from restaurants, malls, a movie theater, car washes and nightclubs, while in 2019 he joined the Papa Johns board which will see him earn $8.25m (£6.24m) in salary and shares over three years.
O’Neal often showed an interest in the stock market and real estate and began investing in real estate as early as the 1990s. He has since sold a mansion in Orlando for $16.5 million ($12.4 million pounds), while he also owns one in Los Angeles which has been listed for $2.5m (£1.8m).
Since retiring from professional basketball, O’Neal has actually earned more than he did during his playing career and is estimated to currently earn at least $60 million ($45 million). pounds sterling) per year through his various professions, endorsements and affairs. companies.
It’s safe to say that Shaq must have one of the most impressive post-retirement careers in the world and no matter what he does or how long he keeps doing it, he will continue to have money coming in. from all angles, while it is predicted that he could be on his way to becoming a billionaire.