Michael Jordan is an American former professional basketball player and the principal owner of the Charlotte Hornets of the National Basketball Association.
He is one of the most successful, popular, and wealthy athletes in American sports history. He played 15 seasons in the NBA, winning six championships with the Chicago Bulls.
Also, known as the greatest basketball player of all time around the world. He was one of the most effectively marketed athletes of his generation and was considered instrumental to rose the popularity of the NBA around the world in the 1980s and 1990s.
- Full name: Michael Jeffrey Jordan, also known by his initials MJ
- Born: 17 February 1963 (age 57 years), Brooklyn, New York, United States
- Height: 1.98 m
- Net worth: 2.1 billion USD (2020)
- Spouse: Yvette Prieto (m. 2013), Juanita Vanoy (m. 1989–2006)
- Children: Marcus Jordan, Jeffrey Michael Jordan, Jasmine M. Jordan, Ysabel Jordan, Victoria Jordan
- Career end: 1995, 2003
About Michael Jordan
Michael Jordan was born on 17 February 1963, in Brooklyn, New York, United States. He is the son of James and Deloris Jordan with four other siblings.
The family moved to Wilmington, North Carolina, when Michael was very young. His father worked as a General Electric plant supervisor, and his mother worked at a bank.
His father taught him to work hard and not to be tempted by street life. His mother taught him to sew, clean, and do laundry.
Jordan loved sports but failed to make his high school basketball team as a sophomore. He continued to practice and made the team the next year.
After high school he accepted a basketball scholarship to the University of North Carolina, where he played under head coach Dean Smith.
In Jordan’s first season at North Carolina he was named Atlantic Coast Conference (ACC) Rookie of the Year for 1982.
The team won the ACC championship, and Jordan made the clutch jump shot that beat Georgetown University for the championship of the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA).
Jordan led the ACC in scoring as a sophomore and as a junior. The Sporting News named him college player of the year for both years.
He left North Carolina after his junior year and was selected by the Chicago Bulls of the National Basketball Association (NBA) as the third pick of the 1984 draft.
Before joining the Bulls, Jordan was a member of the Summer 1984 United States Olympic basketball team that won the gold medal in Los Angeles, California.
Jordan played three seasons for coach Dean Smith with the North Carolina Tar Heels. As a freshman, he was a member of the Tar Heels’ national championship team in 1982.
Jordan joined the Bulls in 1984 as the third overall draft pick, and quickly emerged as a league star and entertained crowds with his prolific scoring.
His leaping ability, demonstrated by performing slam dunks from the free throw line in Slam Dunk Contests, earned him the nicknames Air Jordan and His Airness.
He also gained a reputation for being one of the best defensive players in basketball.
In 1991, he won his first NBA championship with the Bulls, and followed that achievement with titles in 1992 and 1993, securing a “three-peat”.
Although Jordan abruptly retired from basketball before the 1993–94 NBA season and started a new career in Minor League Baseball, he returned to the Bulls in March 1995 and led them to three additional championships in 1996, 1997, and 1998, as well as a then-record 72 regular-season wins in the 1995–96 NBA season.
He retired for a second time in January 1999 but returned for two more NBA seasons from 2001 to 2003 as a member of the Washington Wizards.
Jordan’s individual accolades and accomplishments include six NBA Finals Most Valuable Player (MVP) Awards, ten scoring titles (both all-time records), five MVP Awards, ten All-NBA First Team designations, nine All-Defensive First Team honors, fourteen NBA All-Star Game selections, three All-Star Game MVP Awards, three steals titles, and the 1988 NBA Defensive Player of the Year Award.
He holds the NBA records for highest career regular season scoring average (30.12 points per game) and highest career playoff scoring average (33.45 points per game).
In 1999, he was named the greatest North American athlete of the 20th century by ESPN, and was second to Babe Ruth on the Associated Press’ list of athletes of the century.
Jordan is a two-time inductee into the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame, having been enshrined in 2009 for his individual career and again in 2010 as part of the group induction of the 1992 United States men’s Olympic basketball team (“The Dream Team”). He became a member of the FIBA Hall of Fame in 2015.
Jordan is also known for his product endorsements. He fueled the success of Nike’s Air Jordan sneakers which were introduced in 1984 and remain popular today.
Jordan also starred as himself in the 1996 film Space Jam. In 2006, he became part-owner and head of basketball operations for the Charlotte Bobcats (now Hornets) and bought a controlling interest in 2010.
In 2014, Jordan became the first billionaire player in NBA history. With a net worth of $2.1 billion, he is the fourth-richest African-American, behind Robert F. Smith, David Steward, and Oprah Winfrey.