Shaquille O'Neal Shares Details Of Why He Paid For 15 Of His Friends To Get Their Master's Degrees
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Shaquille O'Neal Shares Details Of Why He Paid For 15 Of His Friends To Get Their Master's Degrees

Shaquille O’ Neal is known for a good storytime, and one of his latest stories follows the motto of “When one person eats, we all eat.”

Shaq Shares A Story With The "Be Better Off Show"

In an interview with the “Be Better Off Show,” the businessman shared his early experience when stepping into rooms where deals were being dealt.

"You Guys Don’t Think I’m In Charge"

“I noticed that every time I’d go to a business meeting that the guys who we’re doing deals with would be like, ‘Hello Shaq, how are you doing?’ And then they would turn away and look at my lawyers and my accountants and all those guys,” he shared during the interview. “So, I said, ‘Oh, you guys don’t think I’m in charge. You guys don’t think I understand the lingo. So I went and got my master’s [degree] from the University of Phoenix.”

Online School Isn't Enough

As previously reported by AfroTech, the basketball legend earned an online MBA from the University of Phoenix. But, he shared just how committed he was to obtaining an education that wasn’t only online.

Supporting His Circle

“University of Phoenix is an online program mostly. But I went to the head officials and said, ‘I don’t want to do it online. I want somebody to teach me in a class. And they came back and said, ‘Unfortunately, we can’t set up a classroom for one guy. You need 15 people. So, I paid for 15 of my friends to get their masters.”

The story is an example of what it means to support those in your circle to boss up and take control.

Shaq's Business Deals

Shaq taking the initiative to learn the ins and outs of business has played a factor in his $400 million net worth. 

AfroTech previously shared Shaq’s financial portfolio includes being a joint owner of several Auntie Anne’s Pretzels restaurants, over 100 car washes, and 40 24-hour fitness centers. Additionally, he owns parts of Playboy, Elvis Presley, Marilyn Monroe, and JCPenney.