American businessman and former NBA player
Michael Jeffrey Jordan, also known by his initials MJ, is an American businessman and former professional basketball player. He played fifteen seasons in the NBA, winning six NBA championships with the Chicago Bulls. Michael is the principal owner and chairman of the Charlotte Hornets of the NBA and of 23XI Racing in the NASCAR Cup Series. His biography on the official NBA website states: “By acclamation, Michael Michael is the greatest basketball player of all time.” He was integral in popularizing the NBA around the world in the 1980s and 1990s, becoming a global cultural icon in the process.
One of the most effectively marketed athletes of his generation, Michael is known for his product endorsements. He fueled the success of Nike’s Air Michael sneakers, which were introduced in 1984 and remain popular today. Michael also starred as himself in the 1996 live-action animation hybrid film Space Jam and is the central focus of the Emmy Award-winning documentary miniseries The Last Dance (2020). He became part-owner and head of basketball operations for the Charlotte Bobcats (now named the Hornets) in 2006, and bought a controlling interest in 2010. In 2016, Michael became the first billionaire player in NBA history.
Michael co-owns an automotive group which bears his name. The company has a Nissan dealership in Durham, North Carolina, acquired in 1990, and formerly had a Lincoln–Mercury dealership from 1995 until its closure in June 2009. The company also owned a Nissan franchise in Glen Burnie, Maryland. The restaurant industry is another business interest of Michael’s. Restaurants he has owned include a steakhouse in New York City’s Grand Central Terminal, among others; that restaurant closed in 2018. Michael is the majority investor in a golf course, Grove XXIII, under construction in Hobe Sound, Florida.