Magic Johnson Joins Billionaire Club as Fourth Athlete



by NOUMAN RASOOL

Magic Johnson Joins Billionaire Club as Fourth Athlete
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Earvin 'Magic' Johnson, an iconic figure in basketball history and a member of the Basketball Hall of Fame, has recently ascended to a new height in business and finance. By crossing the threshold into billionaire status, he has become the fourth athlete to achieve this feat, solidifying his legacy on the court and business acumen.

Johnson's journey to this financial pinnacle is as strategic as inspiring. According to Forbes, valued at approximately $1.2 billion, his wealth is attributed to savvy investments across various sports teams and a significant stake in a life insurance company.

His investment portfolio is diverse, including ownership stakes in the MLS's Los Angeles FC, the MLB's Los Angeles Dodgers, and the WNBA's Los Angeles Sparks. In a recent strategic move, Johnson expanded his investment horizon by acquiring a stake in the NFL's Washington Commanders.

The cornerstone of Johnson's financial empire is his 60% investment in the life insurance company EquiTrust. Under his stewardship, the company has seen its assets balloon from $16 billion to an impressive $26 billion, generating revenues in the vicinity of $2.6 billion.

This investment alone has played a pivotal role in catapulting Johnson into the billionaire's club. Beyond his financial achievements, Johnson is renowned for his commitment to uplifting the black community. His ventures have a profound social impact, exemplified by his partnership with Starbucks to open cafes in predominantly black neighbourhoods and his collaboration with Loews to establish theatres.

These initiatives reflect his dedication to social responsibility and community development.

NBA Earnings of Johnson

Johnson's business acumen can be traced back to his days with the Los Angeles Lakers, where he was mentored by the late Jerry Buss, the team's former owner.

Buss, known for his business savvy, was crucial in guiding Johnson's transition from the basketball court to the boardroom. This mentorship was instrumental in shaping Johnson's vision and approach to business. During his illustrious 13-year NBA career, Johnson earned around $40 million.

However, his ambitions were always set higher. In a conversation with Sports Illustrated in the early '90s, he expressed his desire to earn '$100 or 200 million' in his lifetime. Today, Johnson has achieved this goal and surpassed it exponentially.

As Johnson joins the exclusive club of billionaire athletes, his story serves as an inspiration. It's a tale of transcending the boundaries of sports to profoundly impact the business world and the community. His journey is a testament to the power of vision, strategic investment, and a deep commitment to societal upliftment.

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