In commemoration of Michael Jordan’s 50th birthday Yahoo Sports takes a look at the highlights of his career — his drafting from North Carolina in 1984, his six titles with the Bulls and his longstanding association with Nike.
The Michael Jordan brand remains robust, growing¬† 25 to 30 percent in 2012 and generating more than $1.75 billion a year internationally, with a net worth of $650 million.
MJ now controls 58% of the basketball shoe market.. His original five-year deal with Nike was worth half a million a year, plus royalties, and his current deal about $60 million.
And last year he took in $80 million from corporate sponsorships with not only Nike,¬† but also Gatorade, Hanes, Upper Deck, 2K Sports, Presbyterian Healthcare and Five Star Fragrances. MJ¬†owns six restaurants, a North Carolina car dealership, a motorsports team and 80-percent of the Charlotte Bobcats.