LeBron James is an American professional basketball player and entrepreneur who has a net worth of $500 million. After setting the high school basketball world on fire, LeBron skipped college and was drafted as the #1 pick by his hometown team, the Cleveland Cavaliers, in the 2003 NBA draft. LeBron played for the Cavs from 2003 to 2010. He then “took his talents” to Miami, where he played for the Heat from 2010 to 2014. He led the Heat to two NBA championships, 2012 and 2013. He returned to the Cavs from 2014 to 2018, winning a championship in 2016. In 2018 he moved to the Los Angeles Lakers. He won a championship with LA in 2020.
As of this writing he is the sixth-highest paid player in the NBA in terms of salary alone. His annual base salary is $41.1 million.
Outside of sports, LeBron is one of the highest-earning and globally powerful celebrities on the planet. He earns more than $50 million per year in endorsements and has a $1 billion lifetime contract with Nike. He has parlayed his fame and wealth into a veritable business empire, with investments in a number of startups. He is a part owner of Liverpool F.C..
At his current earnings and investment pace, LeBron James will become a billionaire in 2035.
First Nike contract paid $90 million over 7 years
Turned down a larger contract with Reebok
Typically earns $50-60 million per year from endorsements
Earned $450 million from salary and endorsments in first decade in the NBA
Makes $42.5 million per year in base NBA salary
Has earned $700 million during his career so far from salary and endorsments
On pace to be a billioniare in 2035
Owns roughly $80 million worth of real estate
Every year, LeBron James earns around $40 million in salary from the NBA and roughly $55 million from endorsements. That brings his total annual income to roughly $100 million. Between June 2016 and 2017, LeBron earned $86 million. Between June 2017 and June 2018, LeBron earned $85.5 million. Between June 2018 and June 2019 he earned another roughly $85 million.
During his first 10 seasons in the NBA, LeBron James earned just over $126 million in salary alone. During that same time period LeBron earned an estimated $326 million from endorsements. That’s $452 million from his first decade as a professional. LeBron signed a two-year $85 million contract extension with the Lakers. By the time that contract is up in 2023, LeBron will have earned $428 million in NBA salaries.
As of this writing, LeBron has earned slightly over $700 million from contracts and endorsements during his career (before taxes and expenses).
LeBron has endorsement deals with dozens of companies including McDonalds, Microsoft, State Farm, Beats by Dre, Coca-Cola, Dunkin-Donuts, Baskin Robbins, Samsung, Nike and more. In addition to endorsing Beats by Dre, LeBron also owned 1% of the company. He earned royalty payments totaling $1 million during his years a spokesman. When the company sold to Apple for $3 billion, LeBron’s cut was $30 million.
LeBron signed his first Nike endorsement deal at the age of 18. The deal paid $90 million over seven years, $12.8 million per year. He actually was offered $115 million to sign with Reebok.
Today LeBron earns $20 million per year from Nike in the form of salary and royalty payments for his signature shoe line.
In December 2015, LeBron signed a lifetime endorsement deal with Nike that ultimately could be worth more than $1 billion. It is the very first lifetime deal Nike had ever offered and reportedly the largest deal in the company’s history.
As most people know, LeBron skipped college and went straight to the pros as the first pick of the 2003 the NBA draft by his hometown team, the Cleveland Cavaliers. His first contract paid $18.8 million over 4 years. He signed a three year $60 million extension with the Cavs before the 2007-2008 season that upped his annual salary from $5.8 million to $13 million, $14.4 million and finally $15.8 million for the 2009-2010 season. Heading into the 2011 season, LeBron infamously announced his intention to leave Cleveland for Miami with a televised special called “The Decision”. While he would be derided for the seemingly arrogant television special for years, “The Decision” raised roughly $6 million for charity. When LeBron moved to Miami, he took a lower-than-market rate of $110 million over six years. He did this because he (rightly) predicted he could win an NBA Championship in Miami along with Chris Bosh and Dwyane Wade. In his first season with The Heat he actually earned $1.2 million LESS than what he was making in Miami.
After four seasons with The Heat, LeBron returned to Cleveland ahead of the 2014-2015 season. During his years in Cleveland, LeBron purposely chose 1-year contracts to maximize his earnings potential each subsequent season as the NBA salary cap rose.
In 2016, fresh off winning the NBA championship, LeBron signed a three-year $100 million deal with the Cavs. In the first year he made $23 million. In the second year he made $30.963 million, which also made him the highest-paid player in the league for the first time in his career. In the third year of the deal he made a league-leading $33.285 million.
Ahead of the 2018-2019 season, LeBron moved from the Cavs to the Lakers with a four-year $153 million deal that pays an average annual salary of $38 million.
In November 2020 LeBron and the Lakers announced a two-year $85 million contract extension that will keep him with the team through 2023. That works out to $42.5 million per year in base NBA salary.
Will LeBron James Be A Billionaire?
Within the next decade, but more on that in a moment. Before he becomes a net worth billionaire, LeBron first must join the billion dollar athlete club. That club currently has six members: Michael Schumacher ($1 billion), Floyd Mayweather ($1.1 billion) Jack Nicklaus ($1.15 billion), Arnold Palmer ($1.35 billion), Tiger Woods ($1.65 billion) and Michael Jordan ($1.9 billion).
When you combine his new salary and upcoming endorsements, LeBron’s career earnings will easily top $100 million every year over his four years in LA. Perhaps closer to $110 or $120 million. Even at at the $100 million level, by year four of his contract LeBron James will pass the $1 billion career earnings mark.
Assuming LeBron signs at least one more three-year NBA contract before retiring, by 2024 his total NBA salary earnings will be roughly $350 million. When it’s all totaled up, LeBron will likely retire in roughly 2025 with around $1.1 billion in career total earnings. By our estimate, if LeBron follows in the footsteps of legends like Michael Jordan, Magic Johnson and Kobe Bryant, his net worth will surpass $1 billion in 2035 when he 51 years old.
LeBron James was born on December 30, 1984 in Akron, Ohio. When LeBron was just an infant his mother gave him a miniature hoop and basketball which he played with for hours. Soon, basketball became LeBron’s life and when he was old enough to play for his elementary school he excelled immediately on the court. LeBron attended St Vincent-St Mary high school where, as a sophomore, he became the youngest person ever to join the USA Today All USA first team. In his junior year he was named the Gatorade National Player of the Year. It was also around this time that he became known as “King James”. James began to appear on the cover of “SLAM” magazine and Sports Illustrated even though he was still in high school. It was clear to everyone that LeBron was destined to be an NBA superstar.
LeBron James was chosen by the Cleveland Cavaliers as the first overall pick of the 2003 NBA draft. During his first season, he was the youngest player to ever score 40 points in a single game, as well as the youngest player ever to be voted Rookie of the Year. In addition to playing for the Cavaliers he has also played for United States Olympic basketball team and won bronze and gold medals the 2004 and 2008 Olympics, respectively. In 2012 and 2013, LeBron and The Miami Heat won the NBA championship. He was also voted MVP of both series.
Personal Life and Real Estate
James has three children with his high school sweetheart Savannah Brinson.
When they lived in Miami, the James family owned a $9 million mansion overlooking Biscayne Bay in Coconut Grove.
In November 2015 LeBron bought a 9,350 square-foot mansion in LA’s Brentwood neighborhood for $21 million. At the time it was the highest price paid for a home in the neighborhood. He attempted to sell this home for about a year, but ultimately accepted a slight loss when he sold it in September 2021 for $19.6 million.
In November 2017 LeBron plunked down $23 million for a new mansion in Brentwood.
In September 2020 LeBron paid $36.8 million for a mansion in Beverly Hills.
Back in Ohio LeBron owns one of the most-expensive homes in the Cleveland area. Located in Bath Township. The home, which LeBron had custom built, is valued at $9.5 million by Ohio tax authorities. It has 20 total rooms in 30,000 square-feet of living space. He bought the property back in 2003 when he was 18 fresh after joining the NBA.
LeBron and his business partner Maverick Carter are the co-founders of production company SpringHill Entertainment. The company has produced movies, documentaries and television shows.
In 2012 LeBron decided to invest in a pizza startup called Blaze Pizza. At the time he was under contract with McDonald’s. In 2017, LeBron actually turned down a $15 million extension offer from McDonald’s so he could go all-in with Blaze Pizza. As of this writing he owns at least 21 Blaze pizza franchises and the company is one of the fastest-growing restaurant chains of all time. LeBron’s equity stake at the company’s latest valuation is worth $40 million.
While it is LeBron’s ultimate goal to own an NBA team, in the meantime he’ll have to make-do with owning a soccer team. In 2011, LeBron struck a deal to acquire a 2% stake in Liverpool F.C. from the club’s majority owners, the Fenway Sports Group (owners of the Red Sox). In the years since the deal was struck, Liverpool won the UEFA Champions League tournament and has grown to be worth $2 billion. LeBron’s stake is worth at least $40 million.
Quotes on Success
“I’m going to use all my tools, my God-given ability, and make the best life I can with it.”
“You can’t be afraid to fail. It’s the only way you succeed – you’re not gonna succeed all the time, and I know that.”
What is Lebron James’ net worth? LeBron James is an American basketball player and entrepreneur. As of 2021, Lebron James’ net worth is $500 million.
|Net Worth:||$500 Million|
|Salary:||$100 Million Per Year|
|Date of Birth:||1984-12-30|
|Height:||6 ft 8 in (2.05 m)|
|Profession:||Basketball player, Athlete, Television producer, Screenwriter, Voice Actor|
|Nationality:||United States of America|