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These Are The Most Profitable Shoe Deals In The NBA

The most profitable shoe deals in the NBA, in total, generate billions of dollars for the sneaker industry. And yet, the most profitable shoe deal on this list goes to a man who hasn’t stepped on the basketball court in more than two decades. “Wholesale revenue at Nike’s Jordan Brand subsidiary hit $3.14 billion in the fiscal year ending May 2019, up 10% from 2018,” reports Forbes, who compiled the initial list of the most profitable shoe deals in the NBA today. “ MJ’s annual take is an estimated $130 million, four times more than that of James, the No. 2 earner, with $32 million. Arguably, 16 years after he last laced up his own high tops on the court, more Jordan-branded shoes and apparel are being sold than the signature lines of every other current NBA player. Combined.” The business of sneakers is a profitable one and one that has made millions of dollars for basketball players that have been lucky enough to get into it. In fact, according to Forbes, the vast majority of NBA...

Even Though MC Hammer Ran Through $70M In About Five Years, He Says He 'Wouldn't Change One Thing'

In the late 1980s and early 1990s, you couldn’t go anywhere without hearing an MC Hammer rap song. The success of such pop-rap hit tracks as “U Can’t Touch This” and “2 Legit 2 Quit” made the Oakland-born rapper born Stanley Burrell a certified millionaire. And you couldn’t go anywhere without seeing something branded with his name. From cartoons to commercials, MC Hammer was ubiquitous. Unfortunately, it didn’t last forever. While he reportedly made close to $70 million at the height of his career, it took less than five years for the rapper to ultimately file for bankruptcy. Fortunately, though, MC Hammer turned it into a testimony. After a short career as a minister, he began rebranding himself as a tech investor and insider. He’s invested in several startups and serves as a consultant for places like Salesforce and Twitter. And in the process, he’s amassed an impressive net worth of $2 million, per Celebrity Net Worth. Let’s take a look at how he went from riches to rags, and...

Multi-Millionaire Zendaya Admits She Has Financial Fears: 'Everything Can Be Gone Tomorrow'

In a previous interview, Zendaya (née Zendaya Coleman) confessed that she sought therapy because she was overly concerned about her finances. “The hope is to have a career where you can be in a position, financially, to just do things you want to do because you enjoy the work and not have to worry about the other things,” she said in a British Vogue (via Yahoo! ) cover story. “But I’m always like, ‘I will always need to work.’ Because if I don’t work, then everything can be gone tomorrow.” According to CNBC, Zendaya is not alone in these types of concerns. In fact, the outlet says a whole new subsection of therapy emerged in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic: financial therapy. “Clients get the best of both worlds when they see a financial therapist: They can begin to process their underlying feelings about money while working out plans for retirement, savings, investments, and other goals,” they said . Not many of us will make the money that Zendaya has made through the years. And...

How Alicia Keys Proved 'A Woman's Worth' Of $150M Across The Music Industry And Beyond

Born Alicia Augello Cook in Manhattan, NY, Alicia Keys was raised by a single mother in the Hell’s Kitchen district of New York City. Yet, despite these inauspicious beginnings, she became one of the best-known — and best-selling — R&B artists of all time. And that career kicked off when a friend of the family gifted the young Alicia a piano. And she credits this auspicious gift with changing the trajectory of her life. “That’s why I wonder why one of my simple, silly misjudgments didn’t turn my life upside down,” she told Oprah in an exclusive interview back in 2004. “It’s like, ‘Oops’ — and your reality is completely different. I was blessed and, in a way, chosen to experience more of the world.” And, she said, her musical style evolved through the years, too. “I decided to discover the kinds of classical music that did move me—like Chopin, Satie, Beethoven, and certain Mozart songs. Mozart would play a counterpart with his left hand while using his right to mock it. It was blue,...

A Look Into Patti LaBelle's $60M Fortune And Family Life Of Five Children

Whether you know her for her music or her “Patti Pies,” Patti LaBelle is an icon. Originally coming to prominence thanks to her musical stylings with LaBelle (originally known as Patti LaBelle and the Blue Belles), the fierce songstress first began making headlines when one of her original bandmembers — Cindy Birdsong — departed the group to join Diana Ross and the Supremes. But it wasn’t until the release of the original “Lady Marmalade” in 1975 — and an appearance on the cover of Rolling Stone — that LaBelle began hitting the mainstream. Today, as a respected R&B diva, she has diversified her business portfolio. In addition to a prolific acting career that took her everywhere from Broadway (in “Fela!”) to primetime (thanks to her role in “Empire”), LaBelle gained a whole new fan base — and became an LGBTQIA+ icon — when, in 2015, social media personality James Wright Chanel recorded a video singing the praises of her “Patti Pies.” The video subsequently went viral, and LaBelle...

How Regina King Maintains A $16M Net Worth As One Of Hollywood's Highest-Paid Actresses

Though Regina King got her start in Hollywood when she was very young, she’s far from the stereotype of a “child actress.” As Brenda Jenkins on the hit comedy “227,” King won over the hearts of all primetime television watchers. And they watched in amazement as her career continued to grow, thrive, and evolve alongside her. Her acting career ultimately culminated with an Oscar win for her role in “If Beale Street Could Talk.” And, as AfroTech previously reported, she also made history as the first Black woman director to premiere at the Venice Film Festival. “Unfortunately, across the world, that’s how things seem to work. One woman gets a shot and if she does not succeed, it shuts things down for years until someone else gets a shot,” she said, according to The Root. “I am so grateful for our film to be a part of the festival but I really, really want it to perform well. There’s so much talent out there—so many talented directors—so if One Night in Miami gets it done here, you’ll...

From Lawyer To First Lady: Here's How Michelle Obama Earned A $70M Net Worth

Michelle Obama is nothing if not a legend. According to Forbes, she has “been busy cementing her legacy as an advocate for the arts, education, and, above all, nutrition. Among the initiatives from her eight-year stint as First Lady is Let’s Move, a nationwide campaign to combat childhood obesity, which included revamping school lunches, and the Partnership for a Healthier America, which will remain in effect after the Obamas leave the White House. Obama’s Turnaround Arts program, which brings art instruction to underperforming schools, will also continue, under the mantle of the Kennedy Center. But perhaps her most lasting legacy is, by appearance at least, the smallest: the label attached to food packaging.” But more than being a legend as a First Lady, Michelle Obama is an accomplished lawyer and public speaker. She’s an Ivy League graduate — a Princeton University alumnus who graduated cum laude — and an advocate for Black women. And according to Celebrity Net Worth, Michelle...

How Aretha Franklin's Children — And Grandchildren — Are Keeping Her $80M Musical Legacy Alive

When it comes to the Queen of Soul, no one could ever depose Aretha Franklin. Her contributions to the music industry — and, indeed, to pop culture — cannot be overstated. She stands as one of the best-selling musicians of all time, with 75 million albums sold to date and climbing. And according to Celebrity Net Worth, her likeness, music streams, and catalog have a total net worth of $80 million and climbing. The death of Aretha Franklin left a hole in the world of pop culture that will never be filled. On Aug. 16, 2018, she passed away at the age of 76-years-old, having succumbed to her battle with pancreatic cancer. Fortunately, however, her legacy lives on. She has four sons — all of whom are in the entertainment industry, and who have very successful careers of their own. Throughout her life, Aretha Franklin encouraged her sons’ careers — and even had them perform with her on more than one occasion. And now, her grandchildren are carrying on her legacy with music careers of...

What's The 411: How Mary J. Blige Stayed Low-Key & Got Her Money Up To A $20M Net Worth

When it comes to the Queen of Hip-Hop Soul, few — if any — can hold a candle to Mary J Blige. She’s a multi-platinum selling artist who has won countless awards and redefined the way today’s artists sing their music. Originally signed to Diddy’s Uptown Records, the music mogul also helped shape her sound and became a signature on her breakthrough album, “What’s the 411?” The Bronx native already knew, at this point, that she wanted to be more than just a musician. So, Mary J. Blige started branching out into acting, and made her debut on “The Jamie Foxx Show.” And even in the acting world, Blige proved that she wasn’t just a flash in the pan. With her 2017 role in “Mudbound,” she became an Academy Award-nominated actress and singer/songwriter, proving that her formidable talent carries throughout the generations. But more than anything else, Mary J. Blige knows how to get her money and mind her business. Celebrity Net Worth recently revealed that her talent, work ethic, and...

How Gunna Rapped His Way To A $4M While Giving Back To His Community

Though Gunna is currently making headlines for a “beef” (which is more like a healthy debate) with rap legend Freddie Gibbs, he made even bigger headlines when he unveiled “Drip Season 4,” which dropped on Friday, Jan. 7, 2022. Billboard revealed that the College Park, GA native teamed up with superstar artist Daniel Arsham of New York City to create the album cover. The cover, which features a bust of Gunna, also comes complete with the rapper’s signature chain and sunglasses. View this post on Instagram A post shared by ❕WUNNA❕🥷🏻✝️ (@gunna) “I’ve been a fan of Gunna’s music for quite some time and was pleased when he reached out to me a number of months ago through DM with questions about my work,” Arsham said to the outlet. “He was very curious about how some of the pieces that I create are made. He was intrigued about the crystal materials I use and the idea of time travel and the future, present within the works. We connected in person a few times and at some point, he asked if I...

Jackson Family Values: How Each Of Michael Jackson's Siblings Are Financially Faring Today

When people think of the Jackson family, they automatically think of Janet Jackson, Jermaine Jackson, and of course, the late great Michael Jackson. But more than just producing these pop icons, Joseph and Katherine Jackson of Gary, IN forever changed the pop culture landscape. They brought to light the predatory nature of the music industry and protected their own against all interlopers. In so doing, the Jackson family became an unstoppable force. Despite the problems that Michael Jackson, especially, seemed to have with his father, he eventually forgave him and proclaimed an annual “Joseph Jackson Day” at Neverland Ranch. As Michael would later explain during an emotional speech at Carnegie Hall in 2001, his father was the product of the Great Depression and the Jim Crow era of the United States. And these traits hardened him emotionally. But, despite this, he did his best to give his children the best the world had to offer and did it in the face of all the detractors who said...

From Creating An App To Her Ties To The 'Fresh Prince' — Here Are 7 Things To Know About Jordyn Woods

Jordyn Woods — model, socialite, and Hollywood mainstay — proves that she’s more than just a gossip-generating headline. Although she’s only now coming into her own for her business moves, there’s reason to believe that this is just the start of what will be the Jordyn Woods empire. Initially getting her own traction on her OnlyFans page — which, it must be clear, did not feature any nudity — Woods went on to launch her own businesses, including an athleisure line, a fitness app, and several partnerships and endorsements with clothing companies from all over the world. “We get to create our story and own our narrative,” she said of joining the network. “Be yourself and if people don’t understand you, F**K EM.” What’s more, Jordyn Woods is in a happy, healthy, stable, and loving relationship with a loyal man who spoils her every day. Former “Grown-ish” star Jordyn Woods disclosed that she was dating Karl-Anthony Towns on her YouTube show, “Regular-ish,” and Towns couldn’t stop...

The Man, The Legend: How Denzel Washington Earned Over A Quarter Billion Dollar Fortune

It’s fair to say that Denzel Washington changed the game for Black actors. Until his flurry of critically acclaimed roles primarily in the late ‘80s and early ‘90s, conventional wisdom in Hollywood held that African Americans were not broadly appealing nor bankable in leading roles. Despite many critically praised performances by older luminaries, such as Sidney Poitier and James Earl Jones, commercially successful films starring African Americans were few and far between. However, Washington began to make history in the ‘90s, with several movies in which he starred (1993’s “The Pelican Brief,” 1995’s “Crimson Tide,” and 1998’s “The Siege” among them), grossing over $100 million worldwide. Along with rapper-turned-actor Will Smith, Denzel Washington paved the way for Hollywood production companies to cast Black actors in big-budget films. His string of commercially successful films has lasted well into the 2000s, with recent films such as “2 Guns,” “Flight,” “The Equalizer,” and...

From Hit Music To Smart Investments, Here's How John Legend Amassed A $75M Net Worth

John Legend, on the surface, may seem like a little more than an R&B pretty boy. After all, he was named People’s Sexiest Man Alive in 2019. But, in reality, he’s a shrewd businessman who has made several individual seed investments. He’s a multi-award-winning artist and performer who is the only Black man, to date, to win the coveted EGOT (Emmy, Grammy, Oscar, Tony). And he’s worked hard enough to get, according to Celebrity Net Worth, a $75 million war chest. But John Legend (born John Roger Stephens in Springfield, OH) takes it all in stride. In fact, he told UPI that were it not for the influence of his church, he wouldn’t have been inspired to sing in the first place. “The church has been so important to who I am as an artist and as a human being, I felt like it was a no-brainer for me to say yes,” he said. “I knew I would be in good hands and that [Henry Louis Gates] would tell the story in a way that was really honoring the history of the Black church in our country. I was...

Billions In Blockbusters: How Samuel L. Jackson Earned A $250M Fortune As One Of The Best Actors Of All Time

Samuel L. Jackson is one of the most recognizable actors in the world today. As one of Hollywood’s most bankable stars, he reportedly earns a $10 million to $20 million salary for each film he stars in — and even his cameo appearances result in a hefty payday for the box office veteran. Forbes reports that Samuel L. Jackson has “the biggest cumulative total for any actor in history. That’s not even counting some pretty big titles that the site chose not to factor into the figures due to his comparatively small roles. Throw in those four titles alone, and those totals shoot up by $2.787b (like adding an Avatar ) and give Jackson $7.1B domestic and $16.26B worldwide.” It may seem easy to dismiss the actor as nothing more than a meme thanks to his starring role in films like “Pulp Fiction.” But according to Celebrity Net Worth, his acting — however meme-able — has garnered him a $250 million net worth. At the rate things are going, he just may become t he richest actor of all time (in...