Larry Bird Highest-Paid Basketball player in the World

Larry Bird
Larry Bird led People With Money’s annual list of the “100 highest paid basketball players” released on Tuesday.

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It's been a rough year for the basketball player, but at least he has his millions of dollars to ease the pain. 55-year-old Larry Bird has taken the No. 1 spot on People With Money’s top 10 highest-paid basketball players for 2021 with an estimated $75 million in combined earnings.

UPDATE 20/01/2021 : This story seems to be false. (read more)

Larry Bird tops annual list of highest-paid basketball players

In 2018 it looked like the basketball player’s spectacular career was winding down. Suddenly, he was back on top. People With Money reports on Tuesday (January 19) that Bird is the highest-paid basketball player in the world, pulling in an astonishing $75 million between December 2019 and December 2020, a nearly $40 million lead over his closest competition.

People With Money’s factors

In compiling this yearly list, the magazine considers factors such as upfront pay, profit participation, residuals, endorsements and advertising work.

The American basketball player has an estimated net worth of $215 million. He owes his fortune to smart stock investments, substantial property holdings, lucrative endorsement deals with CoverGirl cosmetics. He also owns several restaurants (the “Fat Bird Burger” chain) in Washington, a Football Team (the “West Baden Springs Angels”), has launched his own brand of Vodka (Pure Wonderbird - US), and is tackling the juniors market with a top-selling perfume (With Love from Larry) and a fashion line called “Larry Bird Seduction”.

The ranking is significant for many Larry fans, who have been waiting for his triumphant return to the glory days for what seems like a lifetime.

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