Although he may not ring the same sort of bells as Michael Jordan, Scottie Pippen is still a legend.
Born on Sept. 25, 1965, as the youngest of 12 children in Arkansas, Pippen went on to become one of the greatest basketball players of all time. He was a part of the so-called “dream team” of the men’s Olympic basketball team in 1992. He and Jordan were the first two basketball players in history to earn both an NBA championship and an Olympic gold medal. What’s more, Scottie Pippen was also the first basketball player in history to win an NBA title and Olympic gold medal in the same year twice (he did it again in 1996).
Throughout his career, Pippen made more than $100 million in salary, as well as earned millions more in endorsements. He helped the Bulls win six of their NBA titles, and was instrumental in their record-breaking 1995-1996 season of 72 wins.
As of 2021, Scottie Pippen has a net worth of $20 million, according to Celebrity Net Worth.
Let’s take a look at the business deals of one of the world’s greatest NBA players alive.
Scottie Pippen’s first endorsement was with Nike, who released his Pippen 1 shoes back in 1997.
He also had endorsement deals with Ameritech Cellular TV, Frito-Lay, Visa, McDonald’s, Right Guard and Coca-Cola.
According to Celebrity Net Worth, it’s often believed that Scottie Pippen is the “most underpaid NBA player of all time.” The outlet says it’s partly true and partly false. During his NBA career, Pippen negotiated a total NBA salary of $109 million, which is higher than Michael Jordan’s total NBA salary of $94 million. But the reason people think that Pippen got paid less than Jordan was that at the height of the Bulls’ popularity, Jordan was pulling in $30 million-plus, while Pippen was only pulling in $2 million. Celebrity Net Worth says he later revealed “that he signed that contract to create security for his family.”
Calm x AmEx Dual Partnership
In September 2020, Pippen did a dual partnership with the Calm app and American Express (AmEx) to narrate the history of basketball in a “Sleep Story” for the mindfulness app.
Pippen told Business Insider that it was the latest in a series of voiceovers that he’d done (he’d just completed a voiceover for Michelob beers), and he wanted to expand his repertoire.
“Calm came to me and put the offer to me to tell a story about the history of basketball,” he said to the outlet. “So I thought it was pretty neat, very fitting, being that I played in the game. It was something that I felt would have longevity, whether I was dead or alive. So, like I said, it was something that I felt was a great fit. And it gives me, a basketball player, the opportunity to tell the history of the game in a calming way, to kind of lull my listeners to sleep, if I could say that.”
Our sister site, Travel Noire, reported that back in August 2021, Scottie Pippen put up his Chicago-area mansion on the site, AirBnB.
“It’s all in honor of the upcoming Tokyo games, and Pippen’s desire to have others experience the ‘Olympic life.’ Pippen’s only ask, is that you keep the noise down, so you don’t disturb his neighbors,” reported our sister site. “Much like Big Boi from Outkast, Scottie Pippen is offering his home up for a limited time. Three one-night stays are available from August 2, August 4, and August 6 for only $92 a night. Each night has a maximum of four people that can be hosted in the house.”
In 2021, five years after he put it on the market,
found a buyer. According to the Chicago Tribune, the buyer agreed to an asking price of just under $2 million. This is a bit of a drop from the original asking price of just under $3.1 million.
Also, in February 2021, Scottie Pippen finally found a buyer for his Fort Lauderdale mansion. According to The Real Deal, Pippen had been trying to sell the property for 12 years. The property was sold for $10.5 million. Although it was under Pippen’s most recent asking price of $12 million (and, at the height of the market, Pippen wanted $16 million for the property), he originally purchased it in 2000 for only $1 million, so he made quite a pretty penny on the deal.