10. Coming in at number 10 is Eddie George. The former Heisman Trophy winner from Ohio State and NFL star hit the ground running after his career on the gridiron was over. He became an analyst for Fox Sports and founded his own company called the Edge Group. The company does landscaping and design projects in Ohio and Tennessee, generating revenues of more than $3 million a year.
9. Entering the ring at number 9 is Big George Foreman. The former heavyweight champion is large and in charge outside the ring. Foreman lent his to name a grill and cooked up a fortune. In 1999, Foreman sold the naming rights to the George Foreman grill in a deal that turned out to be worth more than $200 million.
8. Coming down the lane at number 8 is Dave Bing. Named as one of the NBA’s 50 greatest players, the former Detroit Piston made it big in the business world. He founded the Bing Group which provided products to the automotive, appliance, and office furniture industries. The company was recently sold for more than $50 million. Bing also took a turn as the mayor of Detroit.
7. Heating up at number 7 is “The Microwave”, Vinnie Johnson. Like Bing, Johnson starred for the Pistons, winning two NBA titles. He founded Piston Automotive in 1995 as a way of creating economic vitality, jobs and opportunity in Detroit. They became a supplier for major auto companies like Ford Motor Company and GM, generating sales of more than $200 million a year.
6. Serving at number 6 is Venus Williams. During her career, Williams has racked up more than $73 million in winnings and she’s just about matched that with her business dealings off the court. She has an active wear company called EleVen and endorsement deals with Wilson, Kraft, Ralph Lauren and Electronic Arts, bringing her net worth to close to $140 million.
5. Coming in at number 5… it’s the other part of the sister act. Serena Williams has won a record 23 grand slam titles, but she’s also a champion off the court. She has a Signature Statement clothing line for the Home Shopping Network and endorsements for Nike, Chase, Beats, Delta Airlines, Gatorade, and Pepsi. She also has a stake in the Miami Dolphins with Venus. She’s reportedly worth $175 million.
4. At number 4 is the King. LeBron James’ playing career is far from over, but he’s chasing down the billion-dollar milestone. The superstar of the Cleveland Cavaliers is said to be worth more than $300 million. King James founded LRMR Management Company and has significant endorsement deals with Nike, Wendy’s, Coca-Cola and Upper Deck.
3. Coming in at 3 is Junior Bridgeman. He spent 12 years in the NBA, but became a Hall of Famer in business. He owned more than 120 Wendy’s fast-food restaurants and another 100 Chili restaurants, making his net worth an estimated $500 million. He traded them all for the right to become a bottler for the Coca-Cola company.
2. Earvin Johnson was pure magic during his illustrious NBA career with the Lakers. But the Hall of Famer, ranks in the number 2 spot for great entrepreneurs. He built an empire that includes movies theaters and a stake in the Los Angeles Dodgers. Magic’s net worth is estimated to be $500 million.
1. Coming in at number 1 is Michael Jordan. Jordan put his signature on an incredible basketball career where he became arguably the greatest player of all-time. Jordan’s post-NBA career has been just as spectacular. He has the Jordan brand with Nike, which nets him almost $100 million a year. His stake as owner of the Charlotte Hornets pushed his net worth to over $1 billion.