Estimated Net Worth:$250 Million USD
Annual Earnings according to Forbes:
2009 – 2010 Earnings:$31 Million
2007 – 2008 Earnings:$32 Million
2006 – 2007 Earnings: $32 Million
On June 1, 2011,Shaquille O’Neal announced his retirement from the NBA after 19 seasons with six teams.He leaves after an injury plagued season with the Boston Celtics that limited him to 37 games. In typical Shaq fashion he first broke the news to his 3.8 million Twitter followers in a short video.O’Neal will go down as one of the greatest NBA players ever. He had 15 All-Star Game appearances, 4 NBA titles, 3 Finals MVP awards and a league MVP award (along with several near misses).
O’Neal earned $292 million in salary during his 19-year career and nearly as much from endorsements.He liked to spend it though as seen in documents filed during his divorce proceedings (some monthly expenses: gas-$24,300; vacations-$110,505; dry cleaning-$6,730).Forbes magazine estimated his net worth at $135 million two years ago (2009).
Son of an army drill sergeant born and raised in Louisiana; claims father’s strict discipline prepared him for anything. Played three years for Louisiana State University, drafted first in the 1992 NBA draft by the Orlando Magic. Signed $41 million contract for seven years: largest rookie contract in history of sports at the time. “Shaq” went on to win championships with the Los Angeles Lakers, Miami Heat; winding down his career with the Phoenix Suns. Was named NBA All-Star for the 15th time in Feb.; has scored 27,619 points. Affable big man endorses 24-Hour Fitness, Icy Hot, VitaminWater; sneaker sales from his Shaq and Dunkman lines bring in extra cash. Real estate investments include 150 car washes, plus commercial properties in California, Florida and New Jersey.
In addition to his basketball work he has also appeared in the films Blue Chips, Kazamm, and DC comics Steel.