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Despite 65 percent of NBA Players Going Broke within 5 Years of Retirement, Shaquille O’Neal’s Mother Helped Him Buy 175 Restaurants and Amass $450 Million Net Worth

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The richest retired NBA player right now is Michael Jordan with an estimated net worth of $1.7 billion. However, Los Angeles Lakers legend Shaquille O’Neal, who has a net worth of $450 million, has also made leaps of progress in the field of business and amassed a huge sum of money. But how did these two legendary figures manage to stay on the ‘rich list’ when most NBA players ran out of their earnings soon after retirement?

Statistics show that about 60-65% of NBA players go broke within the first five years of retirement. An average NBA player earned approximately $8 million for the 2021-2022 season. Given that their career in the NBA lasts for at least 4-5 years, their approximate earnings would be around $30 million – $40 million. Whereas, a pro athlete can play for approximately 10 years and can earn as high as $40 million or so, per season.

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Nevertheless, $40 million is a huge sum of money for the average American. So how do most players run out of money in such a short span of time? NBA veteran Shaquille O’Neal addressed the matter during an interview and revealed how he is still one of the top five richest NBA players.

Shaquille O’Neal opens up about the reason behind his success

Shaquille O’Neal currently owns 175 restaurants including Big Chicken, Five Guys Burgers and Auntie Anne’s Pretzels. Additionally, he has 150 car washes, 40 fitness centers, a movie theater, a shopping mall and several night clubs in Vegas. Furthermore, he is an investor in several businesses such as Papa John’s, Krispy Kreme and Authentic Brand Group. During the interview, the host asked him why he wasn’t one of those 65% NBA players who ended up broke.

LOS ANGELES, CALIFORNIA – MARCH 09: NBA legend Shaquille O’Neal attends the grand opening of Shaquille’s At LA Live at LA Live on March 09, 2019 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Michael Tullberg/Getty Images)

“Because if I do that, the big house that I bought my mother, she loses it. And I can’t have that,” said Shaq.

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So I had to learn about financial literacy. I had to take what I learned from basketball and apply the teamwork structure to my business,” he added.

Furthermore, Shaq informed that there were certain steps that he followed before signing a new business deal. He said that the proposal had to go through several people. The deal would only be finalized if the people in his panels and his lawyers gave it a go.

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It is evident that the former Lakers center takes collective steps before investing in any business, which is a key to his success.

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