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Former American professional basketball player, entrepreneur, and majority owner of the Charlotte Bobcats

  • Michael Jordan was born on February 17, 1963 in Brooklyn, New York. He is the fourth of five children.
  • He attended the Emsley A. Laney High School in Wilmington where he began his athletic career. He tried several sports apart from basketball at school.
  • In 1981, Jordan earned a basketball scholarship to the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, where he majored in cultural geography.
  • National Basketball Association (NBA) termed him as the 'By acclamation, Michael Jordan is the greatest basketball player of all time'.
  • Jordan joined the NBA's Chicago Bulls in 1984.
  • He holds the NBA records for highest career regular season scoring average (30.12 points per game) and highest career playoff scoring average (33.45 points per game).
  • In 1999, he was named the greatest North American athlete of the 20th century by ESPN, and was second to Babe Ruth on the Associated Press's list of athletes of the century.
  • He was inducted into the Basketball Hall of Fame in 2009.
  • Jordan also starred in the 1996 feature film Space Jam as himself.
  • He played on two Olympic gold medal-winning American basketball teams.
  • He is one of the most marketed sports figures in history.
  • Nike created a signature shoe for him, called the Air Jordan.
  • His yearly income from the endorsements is estimated to be over forty million dollars.
  • He proposed to his long time girlfriend, Cuban-American model Yvette Prieto, on Christmas Eve, 2011 and is engaged to be married.
  • In 2012, he listed his Highland Park mansion for sale.

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