So How Exactly Did They Earn Their First Dollar?

4. Michael Jordan

Sticking with the basketball theme, the legend they call GOAT (Greatest Of All Time) wasn’t always a free scoring, slam dunking icon, a man recognized the world over – back in the day, His Airness maintained a hotel in his beloved hometown of North Carolina. ¬†Eventually upgrading to the NBA, he would go on to become one of the most successful athletes ever, both on (6 championship rings, 5 MVP awards) and off the court (he’s still pulling in millions every year, despite retiring from the game way back in 2003).

Net worth: $1 billion