10th Annual Michael Jordan Celebrity Invitational Kick Off Party

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Forbes just released a list of the 25 highest paid athletes of all time which included the likes of Tiger Woods, Arnold Palmer, Floyd Mayweather, Kobe Bryant, and David Beckham to name a few. But the top slot was left for “His Airness” who has amassed quite the fortune from his playing days in Chicago to building a brand that continues to thrive long after his final mid-range jumper.

With the numbers adjusted for inflation, Michael Jordan clocked in making a resounding $1.85 billion. Jordan teetered over into billionaire status after purchasing the Charlotte Hornets (then Bobcats) in 2010 for $175 million. Jordan has a 90 percent stake in the franchise which is now worth $780 million.

Rounding out the top five was Tiger Woods at $1.7B, Arnold Palmer at $1.4B, Jack Nicklaus at $1.2B, and Michael Schumacher at $1B. Other notables were Kobe Bryant and David Beckham tied at 7th with $800M in career earning, respectively. In addition to Floyd Mayweather at #9 with $785M and LeBron James at #11 amassing $730M over the course of his career.

Source: Forbes