The 29 Richest NBA Players And the Women Behind Them
Basketball players are quick on their feet, fast, strong, and above all, tall–something that almost all women are attracted to. It’s no wonder why all of these successful basketball celebs have not only made a fortune with their talent, but they’ve also landed some exceptional and gorgeous women to call their partners. Check out these famous players and the women behind the scenes.
29. Michael Jordan: Net Worth - $1.7 billion
Michael Jordan is an all-around name, from basketball to television, clothing, shoes, and movies. He is the most popular name in the NBA history and the top list for the richest players with a whopping net worth of $10 billion.
Michael Jordan married a 35-year-old Cuban-American model Yvette Prieto in 2013 after his divorce with Juanita Vanoy. The couple now has two twin daughters.
28. LeBron James: Net Worth - $270 million
LeBron James was served for the Cleveland Cavaliers and won three NBA Championships, four NBA MVP awards. His NBA salaries, sponsorship and TV appearances had helped him earn a net worth of $270 Million. Now he is recognized as one of the best players of any athletes.
LeBron James and his wife Savannah met when they were both in high school, and had been together ever since. In 2013, LeBron James married his longtime girlfriend, and now the pair has three children.
27. Kobe Bryant: Net Worth - $260 million
As an 18-time All-Star, Kobe Bryant had earned himself an impressive $260 million, including his career salaries, his business venture, and sponsorship. Bryant ranked third in the NBA's ranking for high scores in a regular season and led the team to be the champions two seasons in a row.
Kobe Bryant and his wife Vanessa Bryant were married when Vanessa was an 18-year-old high school senior. There was some bumps in their relationship with Vanessa filing for divorce in 2011 due to "irreconcilable differences." Two years later, the couple announced the calling off the divorce. They have three kids together.
26. Stephen Curry: Net Worth - $90 million
A two-time NBA champion and two-time league MVP, Curry is now in the Golden State Warriors and is still making records. He now has a net worth of $90 million, and earned $35 million from endorsement deals with brands such as Brita, JPMorgan Chase, and Under Armour.
Stephen Curry was married to his wife Ayesha in 2011. The pair met as teenagers at a youth church group. The couple has two daughters, Riley and Ryan. Ayesha now made a name for herself in the cooking field.
25. Karl Malone
Also known as “The Mailman,” serial deliverer Karl Malone played for the Utah Jazz for 18 years – and for the Los Angeles Lakers for one – before finishing his career in 2005. The ex-power forward, who became the Jazz’s big man coach in 2013, has a reported net worth of $75 million.
Kay Kinsey Malone
Malone fell for 1988 Miss Idaho USA pageant winner Kay Kinsey after the pair met at an autograph-signing event in Utah. The couple, who went on to have four children, tied the knot on Christmas Eve, 1990.
24. Tracy McGrady
Former swingman Tracy McGrady turned out for seven NBA teams during his illustrious 16-year basketball career, most notably for the Houston Rockets between 2004 and 2010. Today his net worth is estimated to be between $75 million and $80 million.
McGrady married CleRenda Harris in 2006, some eight years after meeting her in North Carolina. CleRenda herself is a life coach and the founder of Project P.U.S.H, which aims to empower women.
23. Chris Paul
In 2015 Chris Paul was, according to Forbes, the planet’s 37th-best-paid sports star. And while estimates of Chris Paul’s net worth range between $75 million and $95 million, it’s fair to say that the Los Angeles Clippers point guard has done okay for himself.
Paul met future wife Jada Crawley at high school. They married in 2011 and today reside, with their two kids, in a Bel Air mansion that once belonged to Avril Lavigne.
22. Pat Riley
Miami heat team president Pat Riley played for the San Diego Rockets, the Los Angeles Lakers and the Phoenix Suns during the ’60s and ’70s. The game has certainly been good to the former guard/forward, whose net worth now stands at approximately $80 million.
Pat married blond, blue-eyed Chris, who was once a marriage counselor, way back in 1970, a couple of years after they met on a beach in San Diego. They have two grown-up children, Elisabeth and James.
21. Juwan Howard
Miami Heat assistant coach Juwan Howard enjoyed a 19-year NBA playing career before retiring in 2013. He was such a star that he was the NBA’s first player to be offered a $100 million contract, and he had several lucrative sponsorships. His net worth is $80 million.
Howard tied the knot with Jenine Wardally on the Turks and Caicos Islands in the summer of 2001. Jenine is the founder of the Juice Foundation, which promotes healthy living to help fight cancer.
The center has been plying his trade with the Washington Wizards since 2012 and his estimated net worth is somewhere in the range from $40 million to $80 million!
Nenê met former volleyball player, Lauren Prothe, who can not only look him in the eyes at 6’1”, but she can also speak fluent Portuguese–something that definitely comes in handy for her Brazilian husband.
19. Jamal Mashburn
He may be retired now with a net worth of 45 million, but during his 12-year NBA career as a forward for the Dallas Mavericks and Miami Heat, he was nicknamed “Monster Mash.”
Jamal and Michelle Mashburn, a qualified personal trainer, are more than just husband and wife–they are business partners as well. Between the two of them, they own more than 71 enterprises.
18. Chauncey Billups
In his 17-year NBA career, point guard Chauncey Billups played for the likes of the Detroit Pistons, the Denver Nuggets and the Los Angeles Clippers. It was while playing for the Pistons, though, that Billips earned the tag “Mr. Big Shot,” and today he is worth approximately $45 million.
A 17-year-old Chauncey got with his future wife Piper at high school in Denver, Colorado. And the pair, who’ve now got three daughters together, have remained a couple ever since.
17. Vlade Divac
Sacramento Kings general manager Vlade Divac bookended his 16-year NBA career with the Los Angeles Lakers and was famous for his superior passing. The former center – who scored more than 13,000 points as a player – now has a personal fortune of $45 million.
Divac is married to Snežana, with the couple having a pair of sons: Matija and Luka. They’ve also adopted a girl called Petra, whose natural parents lost their lives during the Kosovo War of the late ’90s.
16. Stephon Marbury
Stephon Marbury may have swapped the NBA for the Chinese Basketball Association, but the former NBA All-Star has still racked up quite a fortune in salaries and endorsements. Indeed, the erstwhile Minnesota Timberwolves, Phoenix Suns and New York Knicks point guard can boast a net worth of $45 million.
Marbury is married to Tasha, who in 2013 starred in season five of VH1’s Basketball Wives. The couple tied the knot in 1999 and have two kids – Stephon Marbury II and Xaviera Marbury.
15. Michael Redd
In 2005 former U.S. international Michael Redd signed an incredible $91 million contract for the Milwaukee Bucks, with whom he spent most of his career. This, of course, contributed to the shooting guard’s current personal fortune of $45 million.
In 2006 Redd wed Achea, and the pair went on to establish the Michael Redd Foundation. The charity works with government departments and schools to promote academic achievement.
14. Larry Bird
Larry Bird’s professional and post-retirement career is so amazing that he is the sole basketballer to have been crowned MVP, Coach of the Year and Executive of the Year. It’s unsurprising, then, that the super-successful former forward has an approximated net worth of at least $45 million.
Bird and Dinah Mattingly tied the knot in 1989. Coincidentally, the couple, who have a pair of adopted kids, met at the time Bird was divorcing from his first wife, Janet.
13. Chris Bosh
Chris Bosh was, according to Forbes, the planet’s 52nd-best-paid sports star in 2015, with his $20.8 million salary topped up by $3 million of endorsements. Such lucrative deals have undoubtedly helped the Miami Heat power forward amass a personal fortune of $50 million.
Bosh tied the knot with Adrienne Williams in 2011, and these days Adrienne Bosh is the owner of Miami Beach-located boutique Sparkle and Shine Darling. The store, which stocks “sparkly-shiny pieces” for women, opened in 2015.
12. Scottie Pippen
Chicago Bulls legend Scottie Pippen has not one, not two, but six NBA championship medals to his name. He is furthermore regarded as among the finest small forwards ever, so it’s little surprise that “Pip,” as he’s affectionately known, holds a net worth of $50 million.
In 2011 Larsa Pippen starred in the original season of The Real Housewives of Miami, and she’s since popped up in friend Kim Kardashian’s reality shows, too. She married Pippen in 1997, and the high-profile couple have four kids together.
11. Ray Allen
With the help of past endorsement deals with the likes of Webster Bank and Nike and a previous contract worth $80 million, Ray Allen has achieved an impressive net worth of between $50 million and $100 million. The shooting guard most recently turned out for the Miami Heat in 2014.
Shannon Walker Williams
In 2004 Allen started dating singer and actress Shannon Walker Williams, who has appeared in former CBS soap As the World Turns. The pair, who now have three kids, married four years later.
10. Baron Davis
Twice an NBA All-Star, Baron Davis signed a contract for the Los Angeles Clippers in 2008 that was worth $65 million. These days, though, the point guard is staging a comeback in the NBA Development League after an injury, and yet he’s still worth approximately $60 million.
Isabella Brewster once worked for the Creative Artists Agency, and her sister Jordana is a star of The Fast and the Furious films. She married Davis is 2014, and they now have two children.
9. Jerry Stackhouse
Ex-shooting guard and small forward Jerry Stackhouse enjoyed an 18-year NBA career as a player between 1995 and 2013, and these days he’s working hard off the court at the Toronto Raptors. His net worth, thanks to some sound financial management, reportedly totals $60 million.
Ramirra Marks Stackhouse
Stackhouse married Ramirra Marks on Christmas Eve, 2000, and the pair have three kids together. Interestingly, she was once offered a role on Basketball Wivesbut turned it down because she thought the show lacked “depth.”
8. Mike Bibby
Mike Bibby comes from a sporting family. What’s more, he enjoyed a 14-year stint in the NBA between 1998 and 2012, during which he played point guard for the likes of the Vancouver Grizzlies and the New York Knicks. Such a career has enabled him to amass a reported net worth of around $60 million.
Bibby met his longtime partner Darcy Watkins while still in high school, and his commitment to her is plain for all to see: he has a huge tattoo of her name on his right wrist. The pair also have four children.
7. Alonzo Mourning
The majority of Alonzo Mourning’s 15-season NBA career was spent with the Miami Heat. In fact, he was such a consistent performer that he became the team’s first player to have their number withdrawn. The former center/power forward today has a personal worth of $70 million.
In 2002 Tracy Mourning established the Honey Shine Mentoring Program, which works to improve the lives of young women. She had married Alonzo five years earlier, and they now have three kids.
6. Jermaine O’Neal
In an interview with the The Boston Globe in 2010, Jermaine O’Neal claimed he “never knew” he was among the NBA’s highest-earning players at that time. The former Boston Celtics star was so well paid, in fact, that he’s now thought to be worth $70 million.
O’Neal has two kids – Asjia and Jermaine Jr. – with his wife Mesha, whom he met aged 17 and later married in the Bahamas. Back in 2010 Mesha appeared on the VH1 show Basketball Wives.
5. Paul Pierce
Lucrative marketing deals with the likes of Attitude Drinks and 2014 earnings of $16.8 million have helped Paul Pierce achieve a current net worth of $70 million. In fact, in 2013 the now-Los Angeles Clippers small forward was, according toForbes, the planet’s 82nd-best-paid athlete.
Pierce met his future wife Julie Landrum in 2006, and approximately two years later the couple had their first of three children. They married on the sunny Californian coast in summer 2010.
4. Amar’e Stoudemire
With a salary of $22 million and endorsements worth $3 million, Amar’e Stoudemire was, according to Forbes, the 44th-best-paid athlete in the world in 2015. The Miami Heat power forward’s net worth, meanwhile, is believed to total between $70 million and $90 million.
Stoudemire started dating Alexis Welch in 2002, though he held off proposing for a decade. At that time Alexis described herself as a “hands-on mother,” although in 2014 she also ran the TCS New York City Marathon.
3. David Robinson
David Robinson – who spent the entirety of his 14-year professional basketball career with the San Antonio Spurs – won the NBA championship twice and has two Olympic gold medals. Then, after he retired from the court, Robinson entered the world of private equity and is today worth at least $70 million.
Valerie Hoggatt Robinson
The former center married Valerie Hoggatt in December 1991. And the following year Hoggatt was head of the David Robinson Foundation, putting her degree in business and her experience with community outreach to good use.
2. Jason Kidd
Jason Kidd no doubt made a pretty penny when he left one endorsement deal with Nike to join another with PEAK in 2008. Added to his lifetime earnings, it’s estimated that the former New Jersey Nets player has a net worth of at least £73 million.
Kidd tied the knot with ex-model Porschla Coleman – his second wife – in fall 2011. The couple had one child, a boy, before they married, and another, a girl, in 2012.
1. Dikembe Mutombo
Dikembe Mutombo’s 18-year NBA career stretched between 1991 and 2009, with the celebrated center having turned out for the likes of the Denver Nuggets, the Atlanta Hawks and the New York Knicks. His net worth is believed to be in the region of $75 million.
Mutombo proposed to fellow Congolese-American Rose the moment he met her, with the pair actually marrying in 1996. The couple are both actively involved in the Dikembe Mutombo Foundation and have no less than six children together.