Sports: Arguably the best basketball player known to the game, Michael Jordan changed the way basketball is viewed. He played for the Chicago Bulls and later for the Washington Wizards, totaling more than $90 million in earnings as a player salary.
Business: Currently, he owns the Charlotte Bobcats (which he bought for roughly $175 million) and is the face of Nike’s Air Jordan sneakers. Other endorsements include Gatorade, Wheaties, McDonald’s, Coca-Cola, Chevrolet, Rayovac and Hanes. His estimated worth was more than $500 million before his divorce in 2006.