Fans React To LeBron James Becoming The First Active NBA Player Worth $1 Billion


LeBron James is one of the biggest names in basketball history, and while he’s been wealthy for a while now, he has officially become a billionaire.

According to Forbes, James took in a reported $121.2 million last year, which made him the first active MBA basketball player to break into the “3 Comma Club.” 

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James isn’t the first MBA player overall, however: that title belongs to Michael Jordan, whose Nike-Jumpman fortune brought him up to billionaire status after he retired from the game. Jordan’s current net worth is an estimated $1.7 billion.

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LeBron James is also philanthropic, and in 2004, he founded the LeBron James Family Foundation to support children in his hometown of Akron, Ohio.

While James’s career as a basketball player has raked in quite a bit of cash — more than $385 million according to Forbes — the vast majority of his wealth comes from a combination of his business ventures and endorsements from companies such as Nike, Walmart, Beats by Dre, and the Blaze Pizza chain.

Basketball fans took to Twitter after the report came out on Thursday morning to share their thoughts on James’s wealth.

One user jokingly dubbed LeBron, “LeBillionaire.”

Another user commented by sharing a thread of James’s investments, calling them “incredible.”

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Many users talked about how James is the GOAT in their responses.

One user said, “doing this while still being an active NBA player just another reason why he’s the greatest of all time.”

Another user shared a list of the basketball player’s accomplishments as the “GOAT.”

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One user noted that while James may be the GOAT, he has many other accomplishments as well, saying, “Forget about the GOAT discussions for a second, reminder that this man is a role model for overcoming enormous temptations beginning as a teen; 0 off-court issues, loyal husband, & great father. Well deserved!”

Other Twitter users were less impressed with the news and shared their disdain.

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Written by Anna Good

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