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Nike Throws a Ton of Cash LeBron's Way

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Nike Throws a Ton of Cash LeBron\'s Way

Sport: Basketball

Career Highlights: 3-time NBA champion, 4-time NBA MVP, 14-time NBA All-Star

Annual Endorsement Earnings: $52 million

When you're the best basketball player on the planet, you can command a hefty paycheck on the court.

James, who will play for the L.A. Lakers this season, brings home a bulky $33.5 million a year for playing basketball.

But off the court, James earns an annual King's ransom of $52 million from the likes of Nike, Coca-Cola, Kia and others.

James puts that money to work for him. In 2012, he invested $1 million in a small pizza chain. Six years later, Blaze Pizza has gone from two locations to 200, growing LeBron's investment exponentially.

In 2015, James became the second athlete to earn a lifetime contract from Nike (Michael Jordan was the first). The specifics of the contract are not known publicly, but it's rumored to be an 8-figure amount.

According to Sportcal data, James has earned at least $433 million from endorsement deals already in his career.

Like they say: It's good to be the king.

Photo Credit: Andrew D. Bernstein/Getty Images


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