LeBron James is one of the most dominating athletes in the world. The NBA's greatest player is a freak of nature. With size, speed, intelligence, and athleticism, James is arguably one of the greatest players to step on the court. He is as dominant as Shaquille O'Neal and as graceful as Magic Johnson. James has made a meal out of the NBA taking teams that have no business being in the NBA Championship to the Finals and beyond. Prior to him becoming part of the Miami Heat's "Superteam," he carried his lowly Cleveland Cavaliers to the NBA Finals before falling short. That same team was a last-place team after LeBron had left them. The man is a difference-maker.
LeBron James has been nicknamed "The King" and for good reason. When you go through and read the amount of success he has enjoyed in the NBA, you'll know why. He was drafted straight out of high school from St. Vincent-St. Mary. The Cavs got him as the #1 overall pick. James has achieved 3 NBA Titles along with 3 NBA Finals MVP awards. He has been the league's most valuable player 4 times. In addition to that, he has been an NBA All-Star 13 years over. He is one of the most well-known basketball players in the world and for very good reason. James has been a hero and a villain all in one during the course of his career. He has lived a good life and is still only 32 years of age with a lot more time to go. Let's take a dive into LeBron James and his extraordinary life. These Are 15 Photos of Lebron James's Extraordinary Lifestyle.
15 Yacht Vacays
It is definitely good to be LeBron James. Although LeBron doesn't own a $29-million yacht, he has easy access to one through fellow pro-Clevelander and billionaire Jay Schottenstein. TMZ Sports naturally uncovered this rendezvous where LeBron James, his good buddy Dwyane Wade, and others, went on vacation together out in the Bahamas. The yacht itself is obviously completely ridiculous as any billionaire's yacht would inevitably look like. James brought his wife, Savannah, while Wade brought his girl at the time, Gabrielle Union, and they enjoyed the luxury of the yacht called Just J's. The boat is 150 feet long along with 5 cabins and a crazy bar inside. And naturally, there is an awesome hot tub to boot! Definitely must be nice to have friends in high places.
14 $300,000 Engagement Ring
When people want to get engaged, they often say it would take over a month of your salary in order to make the love of your life happy. But that can sometimes be a stretch for some. When you think about what LeBron James makes, a month's salary between all of his entities would come in well above $1 million. So he definitely didn't go out and purchase a $7-million ring for his high school sweetheart. He and Savannah Brinson have been together for many years, growing up in Ohio together. They first got engaged in 2011 and tied the knot in September of 2013. They have three children together, their oldest coming way back in 2005, when LeBron was only 20. With three children together (and two at the time they got engaged), LeBron went out and purchased a cool $300,000 engagement ring for his future bride back in 2011. Without a doubt, it's an insanely beautiful ring, but for LeBron, it was just drop in the bucket.
13 Miami Mansion
LeBron James made a mighty leap from his hometown of Cleveland, Ohio all the way south to Miami. When he took his talents to South Beach, it was one of the more dramatic moments in sports captured on live television. There were tears, and there was adulation. Shortly after the move, a few years later, LeBron James would rack up 2 championships playing alongside his good friend Dwyane Wade. His Miami home was quite the masterpiece and the perfect place to create an atmosphere of success. The 12,000-square-foot home is right on the water and boasts a gorgeous pool. The home sports six bedrooms, eight bathrooms, a wine cellar, a movie theater, and a private sun deck. The property has an additional guest house and dock access, which can fit two giant 60-foot yachts. Definitely nice digs.
12 Car Collection
Obviously, when you have lots of money, you can spend lots of money. Athletes are notorious for wanting to get their hands on a whole slew of nice vehicles. James sports a numbers of high-priced gorgeous luxury items. A beautiful white Bentley Continental GT ran him a cool $175,000 which is a mere drop in the bucket for the King. He also owns a Dodge Challenger, a $238,000 Ferrari 458, a $450,000 Rolls-Royce Phantom, a sick Mercedes AMG, a crazy classic 1975 Chevy Impala, and of course a sick Porsche 911 turbo. The gist is, Lebron James has a crazy number of cars, and even the more normal Camaro and Range Rover he has are souped up and ready to rock the road. He has a whole massive collection of stuff and is constantly procuring more.
11 Liverpool FC
You know you're doing well when you can jump in and get a piece of the second most prestigious soccer team in all of England. First, let's talk Liverpool FC. Founded all the way back in 1892, Liverpool is now owned by Fenway Sports Group, a sports investment group helmed by John W. Henry. The team is a stable in the English Premier League, has been a dominant club in the past (although having a rough go of it these days), and has won 5 Euro Cup Championships, 8 Football League Cups, and 7 FA Cups. In 2011, King James and Fenway Sports Group came together to form a partnership of sorts. Fenway Sports Group became the sole marketer of LeBron James's global rights while James got a piece of his favorite football team, Liverpool FC. Again, it's good to be the King!
10 Beats Electronics
Many of you have heard of Beats headphones and Electronics. The company, spearheaded by Dr. Dre, has since been sold to Apple and made a mad profit for many who were involved. The high-end speakers/headphones have some of the greatest quality on the market. Many athletes were involved in wearing them in commercials. But LeBron James had a deal in which he would wear the Beats headphones and appear in commercials in exchange for a small piece in that company -- so, essentially, for wearing headphones and listening to music at the highest level possible, LeBron James was paid an amazing $30 million when the Apple deal went down. He didn't have to lift a finger for this $30 million. Crazy money comes to those who have crazy smarts and talent.
9 Rookie-Season Mansion
If you were 18, what would you want to do with your life? Maybe you head off to college, smoke a joint or two while getting drunk, and barely make your first class scheduled strategically at 12 pm in the afternoon. Yeah, not LeBron James, though. He was literally building a mansion as he stepped foot into the NBA. Located in James's hometown of Akron, Ohio, the Bath Township mansion is 30,000 square feet. It was endorsement deals James signed the moment he went pro and was drafted which helped pay for the epic crib. For a cool $9.2 million, James made this home the first of many epic mansions he would purchase. James lived in rarified air from a very young age.
8 The Decision
The Decision was a big deal for the entire NBA community. The Decision affected both the cities of Miami, Florida and another organization that got lost in the television spectacle. James became a villain to much of the NBA and sports world by making this heartbreaking choice so public. His own hometown was shunned so he could run off with a ready-to-win championship team, leaving his former home in ruins. The perceptions were terrible. However, the move wasn't just beneficial for James personally; the live ESPN-aired event benefited one of LeBron's charities, the Boys and Girls Club, a Greenwich, Connecticut organization, received nearly $2.5 million, and an additional $3.5 million was raised for other charities by way of advertisements for the 75-minute show. Never has so much intrigue been created and so much money been raised over a single decision by an athlete. Only the power of LeBron James could command such drawing power (except, of course, Michael Jordan if he ever chose to do so).
7 In Film and Television
LeBron has a larger-than-life persona. His stature as a public figure goes far beyond that of any casual athlete. He is a brand all unto himself. LeBron is one of the best to ever play in the NBA, but he is a celebrity to the entire world. Along with comedian Jimmy Kimmel, James co-hosted the ESPYs back in 2007. James also hosted Saturday Night Live to usher in the 33rd-season of the show. He has appeared in the HBO series Entourage and played himself in the Judd Apatow feature film Trainwreck. There's even an animated web series The LeBrons. Make no mistake about it, LeBron has branched out well beyond his NBA comfort zone, and all entertainment avenues seem intent on bringing him on board. And James is no slouch as he knows full well that this type of exposure only continues to build his brand.
6 High School Dreamin'
To understand how James got to where he is, one can look back at his incredible march from high school man-child to NBA lottery draft pick. He was literally Mr. Ohio. Whether ready for the spotlight or not, James led his high school Fighting Irish basketball team to a 27-0 record and a Division III title. The following year, his high school team had to play at the University of Akron's 5,492-seat arena to satisfy the ticket demand to see James play. (That's right -- to see a high school sophomore play! In a college arena!) James would be named Ohio's Mr. Basketball 3 straight years, would be selected to USA Today's All-USA First Team, would be featured on both SLAM Magazine and Sports Illustrated, and would go on to become Gatorade's National Player of the Year by the time high school was done. They called him the most "hyped basketball player ever" to come out of high school. The attention was incredible and matched up with his talent. James was the most popular person in the state of Cleveland, and he was a high school basketball player.
5 Endorsement Deals
Endorsement deals are a major part of any athlete's bank account. Some attempt to work hard through a few tough rookie years prior to landing their big, lucrative endorsement deals. But with LeBron James, he was such a big-time athlete coming out of high school that his endorsement deals rolled in instantly. These deals aren't just a side portion of money either. These deals come in annually in the millions (and tens of millions at times). The list is long and distinguished: Coca-Cola, Dunkin' Brands, Nike, McDonald's, Samsung, and State Farm. These are just a few of the large brands that have come through for LeBron. Just to give you an idea of LeBron's marketing power, coming out of high school, Nike, Reebok, and Adidas were engaged in a bidding war for LeBron's services, and he eventually signed with Nike for a $90-million deal -- out of high school!
4 NBA Salary
NBA salaries can vary dramatically depending on the player that is involved. However, as a whole, the NBA salaries are very high compared to other sports. And for the elite of the sport, they are some of the highest annual salaries in the world. LeBron James has greatly benefited from his greatness and has achieved some of the highest salaries in the league over the years. In 2013, he surpassed Kobe Bryant as the earnings king with a two-year salary of $56.6 million. LeBron James is currently getting paid $30.96 million by the Cleveland Cavaliers. He qualified as the 6th highest-earning sportsperson in the world in 2015 and was the third highest in 2016. Without a doubt, LeBron James has done a tremendous job in achieving the kinds of salary a person would dream of -- a yearly lottery ticket he cashes in for his incredible talents and athleticism.
3 Net Worth and Future
There is almost no stopping LeBron James. Even if he were to suffer a major injury, he would still get paid lucratively for all the deals he has signed. The man has a multitude of ways he is receiving money. He is getting it through advertisements, through businesses, and of course, through his bread-and-butter NBA contract. According to Forbes, LeBron earned a whopping $71 million in 2016, the amount including a $23-million salary (which increased by over $7 million this season) and $48 million in product placement. Today, his total net worth exceeds half a billion, and his empire is still rapidly growing. Without a doubt, a 32-year-old LeBron James will only continue to amass a massive fortune along the way as he is primed to earn $30 million+ for the remainder of his illustrious NBA career. His businesses will only continue to thrive, and he will approach $100 million a year in earnings. Although LeBron sold his Miami mansion, he has a new toy home in Los Angeles, California. The King can build homes wherever he wants, but his Los Angeles home has him perfectly positioned in the epicenter of entertainment for today and beyond.
2 SpringHill Entertainment
SpringHill Entertainment may not jump right out at you, but it's just one of many business entities that James has his hands on. LeBron James wants to do more than just be a marketable athlete. He has taken it upon himself to branch out into many businesses and in many avenues to tell incredible and dramatic tales. That's where SpringHill Entertainment comes into play. The company was formed by James and his business partner Maverick Carter in hopes of creating some of the most compelling and riveting products for television, feature filmmaking, and digital works. James has the business working in meaningful and dramatic fields in hopes of producing and developing content that speaks to cross-cultural audiences.
Uninterrupted is a media company also founded by LeBron James. This company was created with the intent of bringing athlete-driven content directly to fans. Uninterrupted is actually hosted on Bleacher Report, an effective sports news site. The company received an impressive investment of $15.8 million from Warner Brothers Entertainment and Turner Sports in December of 2015. The goal of the investment is to continue to drive athletes' direct opinions, unfiltered through news outlets, to the public. James has said about his company to Variety, "The best thing about Uninterrupted is there are so many creative opportunities for the athletes to tell their stories." The company attempts to drive documentaries, real-time videos, and original digital series. With Uninterrupted and SpringHill Entertainment, LeBron James has multiple levels of productive media out there.
Sources: Wikipedia; Daily Mail