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Introduction About Shaquille O’Neal
When we think of role models, what appeals to us the most? Status, money, or talent? What if a person has it all and yet continues to work hard and pursue as many of his dreams, as one possibly can?!
Shaquille O’Neal, popularly known as The Shaq, is one such inspirational being who started his career as an NBA player, worked hard, and found success in it, branched out to acting, rapping, producing, and has also been an entrepreneur. Also, he is the only current or former NBA player to hold three degrees: a bachelor’s, a master’s, and a doctorate.
Net Worth & Salary of Shaquille O’Neal in 2022
The current net worth of Shaquille O’Neal is $400million, a fortune gathered from his hard work and status as a legendary NBA player. He earned $292 million in NBA salary. Endorsements earned him $200 million, while he was still playing.
He earns much more money after retirement. It is said he earns $60million per year from endorsements and various business endeavors now. All thanks to his self-branding which comes with his fame, wisdom, humor, and investments that land him all these endorsement jobs and other various castings.
Age, Early Life & Biography of Shaquille O’Neal
As of 2022, Shaquille O’Neal is 50 years old.
He was born on March 6th, 1972 in Newark, New Jersey. His parents were Lucille O’Neal and Joe Toney. Like most legends, O’Neal’s life had also not been smooth and his hardships started while he was still an infant.
His father struggled with drug addiction. He was arrested for possession of illegal drugs when O’Neal was an infant. Upon release from prison, he did not continue to be in his son’s life. Shaquille’s mother, therefore, remarried a career Army sergeant named Phillip A. Harrison.
He mentioned the organization, “Boys & Girls Clubs of America” in Newark and thanked them for giving him a safe place to play and keeping him off the streets. Due to his step-father’s job he had to move places to bases in Germany and Texas.
Although he grew up poor, he made basketball his ticket to college and later his gateway to fortune when he started playing as an NBA player.
|Age:||50 years old|
|Birth Date:||Mar 6, 1972|
|Birth Place:||Newark, New Jersey, U.S.|
|Nationality:||American (United States of America)|
|Height:||7 ft 1 in (2.16 m)|
|Marital Status:||Divorced bachelor.|
|Wife/Spouse (Name):||Shaunie Nelson (divorced)|
|Children/Kids (Son and Daughter):||Taahirah, Shareef, Amirah, Shaqir, and Me’arah|
|Profession:||Basketball player, Actor, Rapper, Film Producer, Television producer, Real estate entrepreneur|
|Yearly Income:||$60 Million|
|Net Worth in 2022||$400 Million|
|Content Last Updated:||June 2022|
Personal Life of Shaquille O’Neal
Shaquille O’Neal had a rocky family life, to say the least. He was estranged from his biological father, Joe Toney but found a father figure in his stepfather, Phillip A. Harrison. He appreciated Phil’s presence in his life a lot. This shows his positive outlook on life.
His married life also had its own share of ups and downs. After dating for 2 years, Shaquille married Shaunie Nelson on 26 December 2006. They are parents to four children: Shareef, Amirah, Shaqir, and Me’arah. He is also a father to Taahirah O’Neal, his daughter from a previous relationship.
O’Neal and Shaunie had some big differences they were unable to overlook for the sake of their relationship so they got divorced in 2009. After divorce, he dated twice and is currently single.
Despite having a troubled family life, The Shaq gives a lot of importance to his children. He has been spotted with them numerous times and has also shared his beautiful insight on parenting. It is probably because he has experienced such issues growing up that he has put such careful importance on his children.
Career of Shaquille O’Neal
O’Neal has had a very impressive career. In 199, the year he started as an NBA player, he became the first overall pick for the Orlando Magic. It took him only one year to shine there as he was titled Rookie of the Year.
He was also voted an All Star-starter. This was something that had not been accomplished since Michael Jordan. O’Neal’s astonishing height of 7’1″ and his physical stature gave him a distinct advantage over his opponents.
O’Neal helped his team to win the 1996 Olympics. This was the same year he joined the Los Angeles Lakers and was teamed with blossoming superstar Kobe Bryant. His NBA career was filled with injuries but he had a way of shining through it all.
He retired after the 2010–11 NBA season. His career totals include a whopping 28,596 points. At the time of his retirement, this was the seventh highest in NBA history. He also had 15 All-Star Game selections.
He did not limit himself to only playing basketball. He branched out to his other interests and passions. Otherwise best known for his business ventures, he has also released 4 studio albums. Although he didn’t achieve major success as a rapper, that didn’t stop him from not giving his best in it.
He has acted in a few films and collaborated on everything from fashion lines and jewelry to best-selling beverages and foods; from the latest technology products and games to children’s books. His career not only extended to business, media, and entertainment, in fact, he also served as a sworn reserve officer in several law enforcement agencies across the country.
Awards & Achievements of Shaquille O’Neal
Listing his achievements would be too long but one sure achievement that would affirm his extraordinary career would be the Olympic Games, Basketball Hall of Fame,2016.
His name can be found in “Basketball Hall of Fame”, “FIBA Hall of Fame” and such, marking his incredible contribution to the world of basketball.
Major Investments and Assets of Shaquille O’Neal
Mr. Shaq (as is his nickname) is one big business guy. From big tech companies like Google pre-IPO, Ring (a doorbell camera home security system), Apple, and Loyal3 (an online stockbroking firm) to huge restaurant franchises, he has invested in it all.
He once owned 155 Five Guys Restaurants which equals almost 10% of the company’s entire portfolio. He owns 17 Auntie Anne’s and one Krispy Kreme franchise in Atlanta. He also owns a Big Chicken restaurant in Las Vegas. And recently, he joined Papa John’s board of directors.
He is also a real estate guy and has amassed huge wealth from it. In 2006, he created The O’Neal Group. He’s also part owner of many nightclubs in Las Vegas. It can be said that he’s clever with his investments and has thus created a name, a branding for himself.
Must Watch Latest Video and Trending Photographs of Shaquille O’Neal
In this video, Shaquille, popularly called “Shaq” explains his words of wisdom. His parenting beliefs shared here are deemed truly great by not only the populace but also the licensed therapist sitting with the hosts.
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