5 Boss Moves of Former UNC/Duke Basketball Players

From Michael Jordan to Grant Hill, these entrepreneurs know more than just how to play the game

(Image: File)
(Image: File)

Late on the night of Feb. 18, the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill Tarheels played the Duke Blue Devils in a thrilling, high-scoring, high anxiety game that led into overtime, when Duke beat UNC 92-90. This was one of the most talked about–and tweeted—games, highlighting one of the biggest rivalries of basketball history.

College basketball stars often pursue careers in industries other than basketball. Take a look at these top five former college basketball players from UNC and Duke who have made boss moves as entrepreneurs in the business world.

Michael Jordan

Aside from being recognized as the best basketball player of all time, the former UNC Tarheel is also an extremely successful businessman, spokesman, and entrepreneur. In addition to his jaw-dropping professional career in the NBA and appearances in numerous movies and commercials, one of his biggest boss moves was the creation of Air Jordans. Nike produced and designed the sneaker brand for Jordan, releasing it in 1985, and has created another legacy for Jordan in men’s sneakers and the fashion industry. The original five-year deal was worth $500,000 per year, plus royalties, which now generate more than $60 million annually, according to Forbes.

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