Lebron James, future Hall of Famer and current king of the NBA, wasn’t always royalty. He was born Lebron Raymone James on December 30, 1984 in Akron, Ohio, where his mother Gloria James was struggling to make ends meet. Things changed when his once-in-a-generation basketball talent began to emerge. His presence on the St. Vincent-St. Mary High School basketball team was so dominant that it landed him on the cover of Sports Illustrated and took him straight to the NBA. Now, he lives in a three-story mansion in the Coconut Grove neighborhood of Miami with his wife, Savannah Brinson, and his two sons, Lebron James, Jr. and Bryce Maximus James.
Still only 28 years old, Lebron James has a set of accomplishments most athletes can only dream of. Ever since signing a $13 million rookie contract with the Cleveland Cavaliers at age 18 (and winning Rookie of the Year, naturally), Lebron has been selected to the NBA All Star Team 9 times and has won four MVP awards, two Olympic gold medals, and two championship rings. His current contract, which he signed when he moved down to the Miami Heat in the summer of 2010, is worth 110.1 million dollars. For Heat owner Pat Riley, the deal was worth every penny, as Lebron led his new team to back-to-back NBA titles in 2012 and 2013.
With both the salary of an NBA All-Star and a massive amount of commercial endorsements, Lebron James ranked as the fifth highest-earning athlete in the world, at $45.88 million in 2012. In 2013, he brought in an even bigger payday of $56.55 million, making him the second highest-paid athlete in the world and the highest paid basketball player. His current net worth is estimated to be $130 million, and if he keeps playing like this, that number’s only getting higher.