NBA legend Michael Jordan is officially a member of the billionaire boys club. The 51-year-old former Chicago Bulls star just added hundreds of millions of dollars to his personal wealth by increasing his ownership in the Charlotte Hornets from 80% to 89.5%. Before expanding his portfolio Jordan had a net worth of $750 million.
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Jordan first became an investor in the Hornets (then the Bobcats) in 2006 and became the controlling owner in 2010 when he bought out Robert Johnson for $175 million. Sports bankers say the Hornets are presently worth between $600 million and $625 million. The Milwaukee Bucks sold for $550 million in May, and they are considered the least valuable team in the league.
Our net worth figure for Jordan uses the $600 million figure. The Hornets have $135 million of debt, which makes Jordan’s equity in the team worth $416 million. After subtracting all the cash Jordan has invested in the team, we estimate his net worth outside of the Hornets to be $600 million, giving him a net worth of a $1 billion.