Sports legend and entrepreneur Michael Jordan once turned down enough money that most only dream of getting in their lifetime; never mind earning in one shot. That’s according to Jordan’s former agent David Falk.
Falk spoke to “Boomer and Gio” on WFAN Sports Radio and said the way Jordan chooses his business opportunities shows just how successful he is.
“I brought him a deal three years ago for $100 million,” Falk explained on Wednesday at around the 19:35 mark of the interview. “All he had to do was, other than giving his name and likeness, make a one two-hour appearance to announce the deal and he turned it down.”
Falk continued, “God bless him. He’s been so successful; it gives him an opportunity to do whatever the hell he wants or not to do things he doesn’t want. I really admire that. He’s very, very selective in the things he wants to be involved in.”
Business Insider writes that Jordan has the most money of any former professional athlete in the world, with a $2.1 billion net worth.
With the April 2020 release of ESPN’s “The Last Dance” documentary — a miniseries that focuses on the Chicago Bulls between 1997 and 1998 — he reportedly will make even more millions. Forbes reports that the project will bring him $3 million to $4 million that he plans to give away to charity.
Jordan is known for giving back. In 2019, he shared news of a $1 million donation to help with relief efforts for Hurricane Dorian. That same year, he gave more than $7 million to build two medical facilities in his home state of North Carolina. The first of those, Novant Health Michael Jordan Family Clinic, opened in October.