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LeBron James surpasses $1B in career earnings

Field Level Media
23 Jul 2021, 02:40 GMT+10

NBA superstar LeBron James has joined the billionaires' club, Sportico reported Thursday.

The "Space Jam: A New Legacy" star is the first active NBA player ever to reach that stratosphere.

James, 36, has earned $330 million in player salaries and another $700 million off the court from endorsements, merchandising, licensing and his media business, according to the report. His current endorsement partners include Nike, PepsiCo, ATT, Walmart, GMC, Epic Games, Beats, Blaze Pizza and Rimowa.

The only other athletes to earn $1 billion while still active are golfer Tiger Woods, boxer Floyd Mayweather, tennis star Roger Federer and soccer greats Cristiano Ronaldo and Lionel Messi.

A 17-time All-Star, four-time league MVP and four-time NBA champion, James averaged 25.0 points, 7.8 assists and 7.7 rebounds in his third season with the Los Angeles Lakers in 2020-21.

On the NBA's all-time lists, James ranks third in points (35,367) and eighth in assists (9,696) through 18 seasons.

--Field Level Media

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