Hailed by critics and a legion of fans spanning around the world as the greatest player currently in the NBA Lebron James. But the man who lead the Miami Heat to 2 Playoff Championships and 4 time MVP is paid by far LESS than Derrick Rose who is guaranteed $94 million over 5 years despite injuries. Lebron’s contract with the Miami heat guarantees him $67 million over 6 years including a $17 million salary he earned in 2013. He is the number 1 player in the league but landed number 2 on Sports Illustrated list of highest paid athletes being second to Floyd Mayweather. James eanred $56 million in 2013 from endorsement deals worth $39 million and his salary with Miami. His net worth in 2013 is $170 million.
According to lines.com the biggest companies in the world realized James potential since he was in high school. Nike first signed James to a seven-year, $90 million contract in 2003 before James had finished his senior year in high school and was drafted by the Cleveland Cavaliers. Nike re-signed King James in 2010 with a small salary but a high commission steak depending on sales. A smart smove since the shoe giant profited more than $300 million in US sales alone of Lebron’s sneakers. He is generated to earn $20 million per year. On Oct. 30, Samsung launched an ad campaign before the Heat’s home opener featuring James and the Samsung Galaxy Note II smart phone. The deal earned him $3 million in 2013. He has also scored major bucks with McDonalds, Coca-Cola and over a dozen others.
Lebron was born in Akron Ohio. After graduating High school in Akron, Ohio he was first overall pick in the 2003 Drafts to Cleveland. He has played for three Olympic teams in Athens, Beijing and London in 2008 with Kevin Durant where the team placed Gold. In 2010 he was featured in a biopic about his life and journey to the NBA. He has a three story mansion int he Miami suburb which he purchased for $9 million. He began his career with Cleveland earning $4 million. He has two children with his first girlfriend Savannah Brinson. He proposed to her New years Eve 2011 which was also his 27 Birthday.