LeBron James Set to Surpass $1 Billion in Career Earnings

    • The Lakers star is the fifth professional athlete to reach the milestone, according to Forbes.
    • Others include Tiger Woods, Floyd Mayweather, Cristiano Ronaldo and Lionel Messi.

LeBron James is adding another historic accolade to his resume.

This year, the Los Angeles Lakers star will become the fifth professional athlete to surpass $1 billion in career earnings while active, according to Forbes.

Other members of the club:

  • Tiger Woods
  • Floyd Mayweather
  • Cristiano Ronaldo
  • Lionel Messi

More than half of James’ earnings — approximately $700 million — have come off the court. He’s earned more from endorsements, memorabilia and media than his playing contracts every year since 2010.

His 2020 earnings are expected to total $95.4 million, with about two-thirds coming from off-court sources. That’ll make him the top-earning player in the NBA for the seventh straight year, though 2016-17 was the only season he took home the league’s highest salary. 

Counted among that career total is his billion-dollar lifetime contract with Nike, as well as 18 years as a Coca-Cola endorser — a deal set to come to an end this year as James is expected to sign a multi-year contract with PepsiCo. 

His other endorsements include AT&T, Rimowa, GMC, Beats by Dre and Blaze Pizza — in which he owns an approximately 10% stake. James also has a 2% ownership stake in Liverpool FC, invested in Lobos 1707 Tequila and founded The SpringHill Company.