A household name since he was a teenager, NBA star LeBron James always had the skills on the court and the charisma off it to become one of the most powerful celebrities in the world.
And in a dozen years he’s done just that.
We know what he can do with the ball in his hand and he’s been paid handsomely for it. But what about his marketability and commercial appeal? Well, judging by his enormous bank account and many endorsements, King James undoubtedly has those characteristics as well.
Here’s what you need to know about James’ net worth:
1. James’ Net Worth Is Estimated at Over $300 Million
While the exact number isn’t known, James’ net worth has been estimated at over $300 million.
The accuracy of the websites aren’t known, but one can assume it’s in that neighborhood.
He has made nearly $150 million in NBA salary (see below) and over an estimated $300 million in his many endorsements.
That’s before taxes, of course.
2. He Made $72 Million In 2014
It is estimated James made $72 million in 2014, putting him second to Beyonce Knowles in Forbes’ list of Most Powerful Celebrities.
He was the highest-paid athlete in 2014 (Floyd Mayweather made $105 million and Cristiano Ronaldo $80 million), but James made No. 2 on the list based on his all-around appeal.
James made $19 million in his day job as a basketball player and $53 million more in off-the-court endorsements.
LeBron is likely in for a bigger year in 2015 as his NBA salary jumped about $1.5 million.
3. James Signed a 2-Year Contract With the Cavaliers in 2014
After 4 seasons in Miami, James opted to return to Cleveland prior the 2014 season. He signed a 2-year, $42.1 million contract with the Cavs, yet he could have stayed with the Heat for $94.5 million over 4 years.
James will become a free agent in 2016, when the NBA’s new TV deal begins. It’s safe to say, he is absolutely going to cash in.
Now in his 12th season, LeBron has made over $145 million in basketball earnings alone. Here’s his year-by-year salary (figures may be incomplete):
2003-04 Cavaliers — $4,018,920
2004-05 Cavaliers — $4,320,360
2005-06 Cavaliers — $4,621,800
2006-07 Cavaliers — $5,828,090
2007-08 Cavaliers — $13,041,250
2008-09 Cavaliers — $14,410,581
2009-10 Cavaliers — $15,779,912
2010-11 Heat — $14,500,000
2011-12 Heat — $16,022,500
2012-13 Heat — $17,545,000
2013-14 Heat — $19,067,500
2014-15 Cavaliers — $20,644,400
2015-16 Cavaliers — $21,573,398
4. His Major Sponsors Are Nike, McDonald’s, Coca-Cola & Beats by Dre
Even if you don’t watch basketball, you’ve certainly seen LeBron on TV doing commercials for his numerous sponsors.
Some of his major endorsement deals include, or have included, Nike, McDonald’s, Coca-Cola, Beats by Dre, Microsoft, State Farm, Dunkin’ Donuts and Samsung.
James owned a small portion of Beats by Dre when the company sold to Apple for $3 billion back in May 2014.
His first endorsement deal came at the age of 18 with Nike. It was worth $90 million over 7 years.
5. James Is Trying to Sell His $17 Million Miami Mansion
Now that James and his family are back in Cleveland, his Miami mansion is on the market. In fact, it’s been on the market before the 2014-15 season tipped off.
One reason it might still be for sale: the price tag. The listed price for the home in the Coconut Grove neighborhood is $15 million.
The 12,000-square foot mansion comes with 6 bedrooms, 8 bathrooms, a guest house, bay views, a private dock, an elevator and a heated pool.
James and his family lives in a $9 million, 30,000 square foot mansion in Bath Township, Ohio. James bought the land back in 2003 and constructed his palace over the years. This home as 6 bedrooms, a recording studio, a bowling alley, an aquarium and a barber shop, among other extremely cool things.