LeBron James Highest-Paid Basketball player in the World

LeBron James
LeBron James led People With Money’s annual list of the “100 highest paid basketball players” released on Wednesday.

It's been a rough year for the basketball player, but at least he has his millions of dollars to ease the pain. 35-year-old LeBron James has taken the No. 1 spot on People With Money’s top 10 highest-paid basketball players for 2020 with an estimated $58 million in combined earnings.

UPDATE 24/09/2020 : This story seems to be false. (read more)

LeBron James 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 Wednesday (September 23) that James is the highest-paid basketball player in the world, pulling in an astonishing $58 million between August 2019 and August 2020, a nearly $30 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 $185 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 James Burger” chain) in Washington, a Football Team (the “Akron Angels”), has launched his own brand of Vodka (Pure Wonderjames - US), and is tackling the juniors market with a top-selling perfume (With Love from LeBron) and a fashion line called “LeBron James Seduction”.

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

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