Charting the Amazing Career of Michael Jordan

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Michael Jeffrey Jordan, also known by his initials, MJ was born on February 17, 1963. He is not only an American former professional player but also a businessman. Jordan is the principal owner and president of Charlotte Hornets of the National Basketball Association (NBA) and 23XI Racing in the NASCAR Cup Series. In the NBA, he has played for over 15 seasons and won six championships with the Chicago Bulls.

The official NBA website states that Michael Jordan is the greatest basketball player of all time. He helped popularize the NBA around the world in the 1980s and 1990s. Hence, he became a global cultural icon. Apart from basketball, he appeared in the live-action film named Space Jam and the miniseries The Last Dance. He became the first billionaire player in the history of the NBA, but there are a lot of interesting facts about Michael Jordan that you might not have known.

 

Early Life

Jordan going for a slam dunk for the Laney High School varsity basketball team

Michael Jeffrey Jordan was born at Cumberland Hospital in the Fort Greene neighborhood of Brooklyn District of New York. Jordan is the son of bank employee Deloris and equipment supervisor James R. Jordan Sr. In 1968, the family moved to Wilmington, North Carolina where Jordan attended Emsley A. Laney High School. In high school, he highlighted his athletic career by playing basketball, football, and baseball[1].

In his sophomore year, he tried out for the varsity basketball team. At that time, he was 5’11’’ (1.80m) but he was too short at the time to play at that level. On the other hand, his taller friend, Harvest Leroy Smith was able to get a part in the varsity basketball team. The rejection motivated him to prove himself. As a result, he became the star of the junior team of Laney High School. In the game, he scored 40-point games.

In the following summer, he trained rigorously and grew four inches taller to make it for the varsity basketball ball. As a result, he earned a berth on the varsity roster. Over the last two seasons in high school, Jordan served the team with an average of 25 points per game. When he was in his senior year, he got to play at the 1981 McDonald’s All-American Game. In this game, he scored 30 points after averaging 27 points, 6 assists, and 12 rebounds.

Later on, Jordan was recruited by numerous college basketball programs such as Virginia, Syracuse, South Carolina, North Carolina, and Duke. In 1981, he got a basketball scholarship from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill where he majored in cultural geography.

Career

College Career

Jordan, as a freshman in coach Dean Smith’s team-oriented system, received the title of ACC Freshman of the year when he scored 13.5 points per match on 53.4 percent of shots. In 1982, he made the winning jump shot in the NCAA Championship game against Georgetown, coached by future NBA rival Patrick Ewing. The winning jump shot was the turning point of Michael Jordan’s basketball career.

Over the three seasons with the Tar Heels, Jordan had averaged 17.7 points per game on 54.0 percent shooting and added 5.0 RPG. Later on, he was drafted by consensus to America’s NCAA First Team All-Star in his sophomore 1983 and youth 1984 seasons. After winning the Wooden College Player of the Year and Naismith awards in 1984, he left North Carolina before his graduation to compete in the 1984 NBA Draft.

In 1986, he returned to North Carolina to complete his education. He graduated with a Bachelor of Arts degree in geography and in 2002 he was inducted into the ACC Men’s 50th-anniversary basketball team. It was in honor of the 50 greatest players in the history of ACC[2].

Overall Timeline

Professional Career

First issue of Sports Illustrated, August 16, 1954

The Chicago Bulls selected Jordan with the third overall pick after Sam Bowie (Portland Trail Blazers) and Hakeem Olajuwon (Houston Rockets) in the 1984 NBA Draft. One of the main reasons Jordan was not selected earlier was that the top needed a center player. The Trail Blazers general manager Stu Inman argued that it was not about picking a center but rather passing Sam Bowie against Jordan [3].

The reason behind the selection of Jordan was that Portland was already having Clyde Drexler on the team. Drexler was a skilled player just like Jordan. During his rookie season with the Bulls, Jordan averaged 28.2 points per game on 51.5% shots. His performance in the match helped to build a team that won 35% of the games over three seasons, previously competing in the playoffs. He became a fan favorite even in opposing contexts.

Roy S. Johnson of The New York Times described Jordan as a phenomenal Bulls rookie. Later on, he appeared on the cover of Sports Illustrated and the fans voted for Jordan to start the All-Star Game during his rookie season. Several veteran players, led by Isiah Thomas, were upset about the attention that Michael Jordan gained from the fans.

As a result, the controversy left Jordan relatively unresponsive when he returned to regular season play. It was a freeze-out on Jordan by the veteran players. The Bulls finished the season 38-44 and in four games they lost to the Milwaukee Bucks in the first round of playoffs.

Michael Jordan’s Injury

Logo of 1986 NBA Playoffs

It is an often-cited moment of August 26, 1985, when Michael Jordan rocked the sand at a Nike exhibition match in Trieste, Italy. He shattered the glass on the back panel with a dunk. The moment was filmed and often mentioned across the globe as a milestone in Jordan’s career [4].

At that time, the shoes he was wearing were auctioned in August 2020 and they were sold for $615,000. It was a record for a pair of sneakers. The second season of Jordan was cut short because he broke his foot in the third game of the year. As a result, he was not able to play 64 games.

Despite Jordan’s injury, the Bulls made the playoffs with a 30-52 record. It was the fifth-worst record in the history of the NBA for any team to advance to the playoffs. When Michael Jordan recovered from his foot injury, he performed well in the playoffs.

The Bulls’ games against the 1985-86 Boston Celtics team are often considered the best games in the history of the NBA. Jordan made an unbreakable record of 63 in game 2. However, the Celtics were able to sweep the series away.

Post Foot Recovery

Michael Jordan made a full recovery during the 1986-87 season. He enjoyed one of the most prolific scoring seasons in the history of the NBA. He became the only player to score 3,000 points in one season other than Wilt Chamberlain. He led the team with average points at 37.1 and he had the league’s highest at 48.2 percent shooting.

Jordan also demonstrated defensive prowess by becoming the first player in the NBA’s history with a record of 200 interceptions and 100 blocked shots in one season. Despite the success of Jordan, Magic Johnson won the NBA award of Most Valuable Player.

NBA Career Statistics

Year

Team

GP

GS

MPG

FG%

3P%

FT%

RPG

APG

SPG

BPG

PPG

1984-85

Chicago

82

82

38.3

0.515

0.173

0.845

6.5

5.9

2.4

0.8

28.2

1985-86

Chicago

18

7

25.1

0.457

0.167

0.84

3.6

2.9

2.1

1.2

22.7

1986-87

Chicago

82

82

40

0.482

0.182

0.857

5.2

4.6

2.9

1.5

37.1

1987-88

Chicago

82

82

40.4

0.535

0.132

0.841

5.5

5.9

3.2

1.6

35

1988-89

Chicago

81

81

40.2

0.538

0.276

0.85

8

8

2.9

0.8

32.5

1989-90

Chicago

82

82

39

0.526

0.376

0.848

6.9

6.3

2.8

0.7

3.6

1990-91

Chicago

82

82

37

0.539

0.312

0.851

6

5.5

2.7

1

31.5

1991-92

Chicago

80

80

38.8

0.519

0.27

0.832

6.4

6.1

2.3

0.9

30.1

1992-93

Chicago

78

78

39.3

0.495

0.352

0.837

6.7

5.5

2.8

0.8

32.6

1994-95

Chicago

17

17

39.3

0.411

0.5

0.801

6.9

5.3

1.8

0.8

26.9

1995-96

Chicago

82

82

37.7

0.495

0.427

0.834

6.6

4.3

2.2

0.5

30.4

1996-97

Chicago

82

82

37.9

0.486

0.374

0.833

5.9

4.3

1.7

0.5

29.6

1997-98

Chicago

82

82

38.8

0.465

0.238

0.784

5.9

3.5

1.7

0.5

28.7

2001-02

Washington

60

53

34.9

0.416

0.189

0.79

5.7

5.2

1.4

0.4

22.9

2002-03

Washington

82

67

37

0.445

0.291

0.821

6.1

3.8

1.5

0.5

20

Career

1,072

1,039

38.3

0.497

0.327

0.835

6.2

5.3

2.3

0.8

30.1

All-Star

13

13

29.4

0.472

0.273

0.75

4.7

4.2

2.8

0.5

20.2

GP

Game Played

FG%

Field Goal Percentage

RPG

Rebounds Per Game

BPG

Block Per Game

GS

Games Started

3P%

3-Point Field Goal Percentage

APG

Assists Per Game

PPG

Points Per Game

MPG

Minutes Per Game

FT%

Free Throw Percentage

SPG

Steals Per Game

Best Games of Michael Jordan’s Career

Jordan as a member of Washington Wizards April 14, 2003

A Season Of Dominance

In the 1987-88 season, Michael Jordan topped the league by scoring 35 points per game. He was named Defensive Player of the Year and he won the MVP Award. The next top scorer was Dominique Wilkins with 30 points per game. On the other hand, Jordan played 82 games and a 5-point differential 82 times makes a pretty wide margin [5].

Jordan has been selected nine times to the  NBA All-Defensive First Team. But in the same year, he won the Defensive Player of the Year Award. He has been the best player in the NBA on defense and also the best player on offense. On top of all that, he won the year’s dunk contest. To everyone’s surprise, it was only his fourth season in the NBA, although he missed many games because of injury.

During the 1988-89 season, Jordan averaged points of 32. 8 rebounds per game, and had eight assists per game.

Unstoppable Offense

Talking about the unstoppable offense of Michael Jordan, he led the NBA in scoring 10 times. It was during his third season when he led the score by 10 times. He would also lead the league in scoring every season until he retired for a second time to play for Washington.

He has dominated the league scoring every season he has played alongside his rookie year with the last two with the Wizards. At that time, he was 39 and 40 years old and the only player in NBA history to score the most points in a single season was Wilt Chamberlain.

Even though Chamberlain was able to score incredibly, Jordan was still better at points per game average. He has won 10 NBA scorer titles while Chamberlain has won seven. No other player has been able to come near his dominance in the league.

George Gervin, Kevin Durant, and Allen Iverson were next with 4 title winnings. It’s almost half the year Jordan has dominated the league in scoring. On the other hand, Kareem Abdul-Jabbar holds the record for points scored in his career and led the league only twice. Hence, Jordan was the league’s top scorer and averaged points per game more than anyone in the league.

Legendary Defense

When you mention defense, you have to talk about the legendary defense of Michael Jordan. As mentioned earlier, he has been called to the NBA’s first defensive team nine times. It makes it the biggest first-team pick in the history of the NBA. Jordan shared the honor with Kevin Garnett, Kobe Bryant, and Gary Payton. During the 1987-88 season, Jordan won the Defensive Player of the Year award, which is rare for a point guard.

Only three guards were appointed DPY; Michael Jordan, Gary Payton, and Sidney Moncrief. For three seasons, Jordan led the NBA in interceptions. On the other hand, Chris Paul is the only player who has led the league in interceptions more times than Michael Jordan. But still, Michael Jordan stands at the top as the defensive player in the league more times than any other player.

The Classics

Michael Jordan has been named the NBA’s Most Valuable Player (MVP) five times. He is the only player who has been named the MVP more times than Kareem Abdul-Jabbar. Also, Jordan has six rings which is more than any other player except for the Celtics player of the 1950s and 1960s named Robert Horry. On the six rings, Jordan was the MVP of the final six times. On the other hand, the next closest player has three rings.

Legacy of Michael Jordan

Jordan dunking the ball, 1987-88

Jordan’s talent was apparent from his first NBA season. In November 1984, he was compared to Julius Erving. According to Larry Bird, Michael Jordan was the best player he had ever seen and he is one of a kind. As an athlete, he is comparable to Wayne Gretzky. Jordan received a standing ovation for a minute in his first game at Madison Square Garden played against Now York Knicks [6].

On April 20, 1986, after setting the playoff in a 63-point game against the Boston Celtics, Bird described Jordan as God in him. Jordan led the NBA in scoring for 10 seasons and tied the record of Wilt Chamberlain of seven consecutive scoring titles.

Jordan also has the best playoff and regular-season scoring averages such as 33.4 and 30.1 points per game, respectively. As a key player, in 1998, the season of his final winning shot against the Jazz is well known throughout the league. In the regular season, Jordan was the main Bulls threat in the closing seconds of a close game and into the playoffs.

Highest All-Time Scorer

Plaque-at-United-center-showing-Jordans-achievements-during-his-career

His main threat was that he always asked for the ball at the decisive moment. His playoff points are a total of 5,987 and they are the second-highest in NBA history. At the time of his retirement, he had total points of 32,292 in the regular season. As a result, he was ranked in the fifth position in the NBA’s All-Time Scoring list led by Kobe Bryant, LeBron James, Karl Malone, and Kareem Abdul-Jabbar.

He is one of the most decorated basketball players in the history of the NBA with five regular-season MVPs. Jordan has gained six Finals MVPs and three All-Star MVPs. Also, he finished in the top three in the regular season 10 times in MVP voting. In 1996, he was named one of the top 50 players in the history of the NBA. Among the seven players in history, he has won an Olympic Gold Medal, NBA Championship, and NCAA Championship.

In 1976, the NBA merged with the American Basketball Association and from that time, Scottie Pippen and Michael Jordan were the only two players to win six NBA finals for their team.

Michael Jordan’s Professional Career In Baseball

Was Michael Jordan Good At Baseball?

On October 6, 1994, Michael Jordan retired from basketball at the peak of his career to pursue his dream of playing baseball at a professional level. With a little injury, Michael Jordan walked away from professional basketball in his prime career. It was due to the fact that his recently passed away father loved baseball. [i]

When Jordan joined baseball, he had a resume of:

  •   Nine consecutive All-Star Appearances
  •   Seven consecutive scoring titles
  •   Six consecutive All-NBA Selections
  •   Six All-Defensive First Team Selections
  •   Two MVPs
  •   One Defensive Player Award
  •   Three consecutive NBA Championships

The news shocked the league when the most popular and undeniable best player in the NBA left the basketball league and joined baseball. In tribute to his father, Michael Jordan signed a minor league baseball contract with Chicago White Sox.

In the beginning, he was not considered a good outfielder because of his arm strength. However, within a year, Jordan improved his arm strength for the outfielder position in baseball. [ii]

Michael Jordan’s First Debut In Baseball

Michael Jordan played his first baseball game on April 8, 1994, for the Barons in Birmingham, Alabama, United States. It was not a good start for Jordan in his baseball career because of 0 for 3 at home plate. As a result, the Barons lost 10-3.

There was an immediate impact on the team and Jordan’s fame brought an unusual and high viewership to the team. The highlights of minor league baseball found pride of place on ESPN. [iii]

Highlights of Michael Jordan’s Baseball Career

Michael Jordan’s baseball career was not as successful as his basketball career. Despite his average baseball career, he had a fair share of milestones as a member of the White Sox Minor League System.

  • March 4, 1994: First debut of Michael Jordan in baseball as a member of the White Sox roster at Spring Training.
  • April 7, 1994: Michael Jordan played his first game in MLB as an exhibition at Wrigley Field against the Cubs. With an RBI (run batted in), he went 1 for 3.
  • April 8, 1994: As a member of AA Birmingham Barons, Jordan made his debut on the field.
  • July 30, 1994: First home run of Jordan’s career in baseball. The first of three home runs during his minor league career.
  • October 6, 1994: With two RBIs, Jordan made his debut in the Arizona Fall League going 4 for 5. [iv]

Michael Jordan’s Baseball Statistics

Jordan played 127 regular-season games for the White Sox’s Double-A affiliate team the Birmingham Barons in 1994. The basic stats are as follows: [v]

  •   127 games: 497 plate appearances and 436 at-bats
  •   .202/.289/.266 (Average/On-Base/Slugging)
  •   .556 OPS (on-base percentage plus slugging)
  •   88 Hits: 1 triple, 17 doubles, 3 homers
  •   51 RBIs and 46 runs scored
  •   18 caught stealing and 30 stolen bases
  •   114 strikeouts and 51 walks

Michael Jordan’s Return To Basketball

Following the 1994 baseball strike and an unsuccessful baseball career, Jordan decided to return to the NBA. On March 18, 1995, Jordan issued a press release saying “I am back.” The next day, he joined the Chicago Bulls. He joined the court with the Bulls by wearing his No. 45 baseball number to face Indiana Pacers in Indianapolis and scored 19 points. [vi]

Businessman and Acting

Endorsements

Air Jordan 6 rings in two colorways

Jordan is one of the most commercialized sports figures in the history of basketball. He has been a major spokesman for brands such as MCI, Hanes, Wheaties, Rayovac, Ball Park Franks, McDonald’s, Gatorade, Chevrolet, Coca-Cola, and, of course, Nike. He had a long relationship with Gatorade as he appeared in more than 20 commercials for the company beginning in 1991. He also appeared in commercials such as Be Like Me in which the children who wanted to be like Jordan sang a song [7].

In 1984, the Air Jordan shoe was made exclusively for Michael Jordan. One of the popular commercials of Jordan for shoes involved Spike Lee who played the role of Mars Blackmon. Lee as Blackmon tried to find the source of Jordan’s abilities but he was convinced that it must be the shoes. The hype of these shoes went so high that people even had their sneakers stolen at gunpoint.

Later on, Nike transformed the Jordan line into another division named Jordan Brand. As a result, the company had an impressive list of celebrities and athletes as sponsors. Also, Nike sponsored college athletics programs in such places as Marquette, Georgetown, California, and North Carolina.

Because Jordan had been associated with Looney Tunes cartoon characters, Nike aired an ad during the Super Bowl XXVI in 1992. The ad showed Bugs Bunny and Jordan playing basketball. The Super Bowl commercial was an inspiration for the 1996 live-action/animated movie named Space Jam.

Bugs Bunny and Jordan also appeared together in several commercials for MCI. And, in 1992, he appeared in the music video for Michael Jackson’s Jam.

Michael Jordan Net Worth Breakdown

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Business Ventures

Logo of Charlotte Hornets

In June 2010, Forbes magazine ranked Jordan as the 20th most powerful celebrity in the world. His total earnings from June 2009 to June 2019 were $55 million. According to the Forbes article, the Jordan brand makes $1 billion in sales for Nike.

In June 2014, Jordan was the first billionaire NBA player after increasing the stake in the Charlotte Hornets from 80 percent to 89.5 percent. In the same year, he received the Charlotte Business Journal Businessman of the Year Award.

In 2017, he became the part-owner of the Miami Marlins of Major League Baseball. In the same year, he received the title of highest career earnings for an athlete of the year by Forbes. In 2015, his highest revenue was estimated at $110 million, which is a pretty high amount for a retired athlete.

Film and Television

Promotional poster of The Last Dance

In the 1996 comedy film Space Jam, Jordan appeared as himself. The film was a box office success even though it received mixed reviews. The film made $230 million worldwide and over $1 billion through merchandise sales. In 2000, Jordan was the subject of a documentary named Michael Jordan to the Max. It was about his career with the Chicago Bulls, especially the 1998 Championship Season [8].

Two decades later, the same period in Jordan’s life was covered with more details and personal fashion by The Last Dance. This sports documentary won Emmy Awards. The project was delayed for many years because Jordan had not permitted footage used in the documentary. The footage was of the off-field activities of Jordan and his teammates.

The Last Dance was filmed at three different houses where he was interviewed for the documentary. Also, the cameras were not allowed in his house or on his plane. It is because Jordan wanted to keep some aspects secret from the public, especially his private life.

Travis Scott was able to shoot a music video at Jordan’s home for his single Franchise. The music video was shot at Jordan’s home in Highland Park, Illinois.

Michael Jordan Cause

Boys & Girls Clubs of America

Logo of Boys & Girls Clubs of America

Boys & Girls Clubs of America target the growth of boys and girls by increasing their development and making their future bright through club programs. The millionaire NBA player has been a generous supporter of this group. The association empowers young children to learn and nurture while offering problems solving skills learned through sports, arts, life, health, education, career, leadership, character, recreation, fitness, etc.

It helps growing boys and girls to have brilliant minds. As a result, they become responsible and victorious citizens [9].

Kids Wish Network

Logo of Kids Wish Network, July 2020.png

Jordan is expanding support for the Kids Wish Network, a national charity focused on creating expectations and improving the lives of children who have witnessed life-threatening situations. Several key programs are run by the organization honor and they help the courageous children to overcome the complex phases of time. Also, they encourage the families of children to provide moral support to their children.

The association conducts extensive research to develop innovative and new programs to improve the quality of life of suffering children. They eliminate the pain of absurd challenges in life.

Make-A-Wish Foundation

Logo of Make-A-Wish

Michael Jordan also supports the Make-A-Wish foundation. The goal of this foundation is to fulfill the wishes of children who are facing life-threatening medical situations. It helps to bring hope, joy, and strength to their lives. It was founded in 1980 and is known as one of the world’s most recognized charities.

The foundation has a large group of 25,000 volunteers who act as fundraisers. Also, they participate in dedicated wishers or events by reaching out to over 250,000 children around the world.

Special Olympics

Logo of Special Olympics

Among the other charities, Michael Jordan is also associated with the charity known as Special Olympics. This charity group aims to provide year-round sports training to adults and children having rational disabilities. They help them to prepare them for a variety of sports played in the Olympics.

It was founded in 1968 and since then they have provided lasting opportunities to develop fitness, be fearless, feel joy and confidence, and participate in a variety of Olympic events.

The dedicated foundation serves over 2.2 million people with disabilities and extends the power of sports. They are operational in 150 countries and try to make the world a better place.

Personal Life

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In September 1989, Michael Jordan married Juanita Vanoy. They had two sons, Jeffrey and Marcus, and a daughter named Jasmine. Later on, Jordan and Vanoy filed for divorce on January 4, 2002. It was due to the irreconcilable differences but they were reconciled shortly.

On December 29, 2006, they again filed for divorce and the final judgment was given on the dissolution of the marriage. The decision was rendered amicable and mutual. As a result, Juanita reportedly received a settlement of $168 million which is equivalent to $216 million in 2020. It was one of the largest celebrity divorce settlements at that time.

Jordan proposed to his longtime girlfriend, Yvette Prieto, who is a Cuban-American model. He proposed to her on Christmas 2011 and they got married on April 27, 2013, at the Episcopal Church of Bethesda-by-the-Sea.

On November 30, 2013, Michael Jordan and Yvette Prieto were expecting their first child and on February 11, 2014, Prieto gave birth to identical twins and named them Ysabel and Victoria.

In 2019, Jordan’s daughter, Jasmine, and her husband, Rakeem Christmas, a professional basketball player, were blessed with a son, and Jordan became a grandfather.

Net Worth

Gold bullion on american dollar banknotes close up

In his lifetime, Michael Jordan has earned $1.86 billion. His income comes from his basketball career, different endorsements, and Nike deals. He pays a combined state and federal income tax of 45% on his income [10].

Billion Dollars

Michael Jordan's Net Worth Timeline

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Estates and Homes

Bears Club Home

Jordan’s magnificent home is well protected and located in the Bear Club community in Florida, USA. The home of the legendary NBA player Bears Club is a three-acre property that is considered the most expensive home of Palm Beaches. It is valued at $20 million including the furnishings and construction.

The home was developed by the world’s supreme golfer Jack Nicklaus and is part of a magnificent stone gated community that is home to the prominent and rich. This gigantic house spans an area of 28,000 square feet and is surrounded by thick walls of trees. It comprises three divided structures including a pool house, guest house, and guardhouse.

Talking about accommodation, it has 11 bedrooms, out of which 6 are on the second floor. There is also a basketball court, sumptuous exercise area, state-of-the-art electronic devices, gigantic multimedia room, and much more.

Highland Park Mansion

Located in Highland Park, Illinois, USA, the price of the house was lowered by $8 million and now it is available for $21 million. Endowed with supreme elegance and privacy, it is a fully furnished mansion. It is the most expensive mansion in Chicago on the public listing. The cozy home offers 32,000 square feet of living space.

There are 9 bedrooms with 15 full baths and 4 half baths. Also, there are three bedrooms in the guest house with separate parking and multi-garages that are air-conditioned. The front door of his mansion is a giant number 23 representing the Chicago Bulls’ jersey of Michael Jordan.

Also, there is a basketball court, tennis court, playgrounds, golf course, swimming pool, and a deep-water pond. The greenhouse includes 200 mature pine trees that make his house as green as possible. Jordan’s Highland Park mansion is located in an area with a serene atmosphere that boasts the glorious architecture of the property.

Miami Estate

Located in the Kendal Highlands Gated Area in Miami, Florida, USA. The NBA player and his Cuban-American model Yvette Prieto bought the Miami home for $281,000 in the protected Highlands of the Kendal Region.

The luxurious home sits on a 5,560 square foot lot and features four luxurious bedrooms. There are two and a half exotic bathrooms. The kitchen of the luxurious house is equipped with wood cabinetry, stainless steel appliances, and Corian countertops.

The gorgeous wood and tile floors glorify the interior space. On the other hand, the swimming pool located in the backyard provides outdoor entertainment.

Charlotte Penthouse

The magnificent Penthouse is located in Charlotte, North Carolina, USA. It is one of the most influential and protected properties of Michael Jordan. It finds its place right next to the Bank of America. The beautiful Jordan property has 3 bedrooms and 3 bathrooms. The kitchen has beautiful Brazilian hardwoods, world-class appliances such as an espresso maker, a sub-zero refrigerator, a Viking oven, a sub-wine cooler, a built-in saltwater aquarium, and more.

The dining room is next to the kitchen and the living room has beautiful and simple leather armchairs. The master bedroom has a master bath with two vanities. Also, there is a hidden utility room right next to the bathroom.

North Carolina Home

Jordan’s North Carolina Home is a few miles outside the city of Charlotte, NC, and is located on the seventh hole of the Peninsula Golf Club. He purchased it in the third week of February 2013 and paid $2.8 million on the asking price of $3.5 million. This mansion was once owned by a famous racing driver named Doug Herbert.

It is in the middle of a 1.1-acre farm. The main house is a three-story building, offering a living space of 12,350 square feet. It consists of 6 bedrooms, a modern gourmet kitchen, a living room, a dining room, and 8 bathrooms. Most of the rooms have a fantastic view of Lake Norman.

It was Michael Jordan’s idea to build a basketball court at the facility. The basement of the main house has a modern gym and entertainment center. The best feature about this home is a private jetty with a launchpad.

Hobbies

Motorcycling

Track map of Ricardo Tormo

The Chicago Bulls star, Michael Jordan has been an avid biker since childhood. He loves to join the tracks on one of the bikes. At the age of five, Jordan started riding dirt bikes and he wanted to have a MotoGP team in the future. His desire was fulfilled when he completed several laps of the Ricardo Tormo Circuit that was held in Valencia, Spain, where he rode a Ducati MotoGP bike.

Golf

Michael Jordan on a golf course in 2007.JPG

Success at the ball game led Jordan to try his hands at his second love; Golf. After his enormous experience with several golf clubs, he still plays long golf games. His celebrity status has now reached new heights after he showed attention to the ball and stick on the golf course.

He is a member of 12 private golf clubs. Also, he owns state-of-the-art golf computer equipment and more than 40 golf games. He created 3,500 square feet of space in the backyard of one of his favorite homes where he can practice.

Planes, Cars and Bikes

Planes

Gulfstream IV

Air Force Gulfstream Aerospace C-20H

The millionaire basketball player owns a private and personalized Gulfstream IV jet that reinforces his status. The plane supports Michael’s idealistic colors of Caroline Blue and White. Also, there is a logo on the jet’s rear engine and tail.

The exterior displays the call sign N236MJ. The numbers 6 and 23 represent the number of NBA championships won by Michael Jordan. Also, 23 was his jersey number. The jet has Rolls Royce engines with a steady cruising speed of 460 knots and a maximum cruising speed of 550 knots. It has a luxurious seating arrangement for 14-19 passengers.

Cars

Range Rover

Range Rover 2011

Michael Jordan owns a classy Range Rover that matches the style of his personality.

Name

Brand

Engine Capacity

Horsepower

Transmission

Design

Features

Range Rover

Land Rover Ltd.

V8 engine

375hp

4-speed M/T

5-Passenger SUV

Gauge Cluster, LCD screen, Navigation for on- and off-roading

Cadillac XLR

2006 Cadillac XLR

Cadillac XLR is the luxurious grand touring machine of Michael Jordan.

Name

Brand

Engine Capacity

Horsepower

Transmission

Design

Features

Cadillac XLR

Cadillac

V8 Engine

443hp

5-speed A/T

2-door coupe convertible, sports, and luxury roadster

Magnetic ride control suspension, HUD, large touch screen, adaptive cruise control

2007 Mercedes-Benz SLR McLaren

Mercedes-Benz SLR McLaren in silver color

Another classic car in Michael Jordan’s collection is a 2007 Mercedes-Benz

Name

Brand

Engine Capacity

Horsepower

Transmission

Design

Features

Mercedes-Benz SLR McLaren

McLaren Automotive

5.4-Liter supercharged V8 engine

670hp

5-Speed A/T, 3 Manual Modes

2-door coupe

0-60 mph in 3.6 seconds, carbon fiber body,

Bikes

Ducati 999

2005 Ducati 999 in red color

Michael Jordan adores exploring city roads, so he uses a Ducati 999 to ride swiftly.

Name

Brand

Engine Capacity

Horsepower

Transmission

Design

Features

Ducati 999

Ducati

998cc

138hp

6-speed constant-mesh sequential manual

Superbike

Liquid-cooled engine, adjustable riding position, powerful braking system

Interesting Facts about Michael Jordan

  1. Michael Jordan is the greatest player in the history of the NBA.
  2. With a net worth of $1.6 billion, he is the richest former professional athlete in the world.
  3. Since his retirement in 2003, he has used his wealth for philanthropic purposes.
  4. As the NBA’s greatest player, he made $100 million but nothing could stop him from becoming a billionaire.
  5. The golf course owned by Michael Jordan has lavish amenities such as a drone delivery service that delivers refreshments and beer to the exclusive members of the club.
  6. Jordan made a $305 million investment in Dapper Labs.
  7. Michael Jordan donated $2 million from his earnings from The Last Dance to America’s food banks in the Carolinas and Chicago.
  8. In 2020, Jordan and Jordan’s brand at Nike pledged to donate $100 million over 10 years to different organizations fighting for social justice, racial equality, and greater access to education.
  9. As of 2015, Jordan was making $100 million a year from his Nike royalties.
  10. In 2010, Jordan bought the Charlotte Hornets basketball team for $175 million.
  11. Nike’s Jordan Brand brings $4.6 billion of revenue each year.
  12. Nike’s Jordan Brand has partnered with Fortnite, a popular video game across the globe.
  13. In 1984, Jordan wanted to sign with Adidas but he was rejected because they preferred 7 feet tall NBA players.
  14. Michael Jordan once rejected a huge endorsement from the Beanee Weenees because he did not like the name of the brand.
  15. Apart from his business ventures, he owns several restaurants like 1000th North in Jupiter, Florida.
  16. Michael Jordan’s Steak House has locations in Chicago, Washington, and Connecticut.
  17. Michael Jordan is one of the first celebrities who started the business of tequila. In 2019, he created Cincoro tequila with a team of four others.
  18. The Nissan Dealership in Durham, North Carolina is owned by Michael Jordan.
  19. In 2019, many billionaires lost money but not Jordan. His net worth rose by $300 million.
  20. His dream house in Florida was built and is worth $12.8 million in 2012.

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