|Estimated value:||€435 million|
|Country of origin:||United States of America|
|Source of Wealth:||basketball player|
Lebron James is one of the most famous basketball players of his time and is considered the best player of his generation. He currently plays for the Los Angeles Lakers in the NBA.
Lebron James grew up without a father. His mother, Gloria James, was underage when he was born and still in school. She raised him in his native town of Akron, Ohio, near Cleveland. James showed his sporting talent at an early age and played on his school selection teams.
He attended Saint Vincent-Saint Mary High School, for which he received a scholarship due to his outstanding athletic ability, and played both basketball and American football there. James later focused entirely on basketball and became a nationally known talent due to his outstanding athletic ability. Some of his high school games were broadcast nationally, becoming the first high school player ever.
He led his team to multiple regional victories and has been named to the All-USA First Team on multiple occasions. After graduating from high school, James decided against going to college and submitted directly to the annual NBA draft. Here he was selected as the first player by the Cleveland Cavaliers, which play in close proximity to his hometown.
James’ first season in the NBA was the 2003-04 season. The Cavaliers, one of the weaker teams at the time, missed the playoffs despite James’ good performances. He was an immediate focal point for the Cavaliers despite his young age, even for a rookie, a player serving his first season in the NBA. He won the award for the best rookie and was therefore also named to the first rookie selection team of the season.
In the following years, James improved significantly and became one of the superstars of the league. Already in his second season, he was called up to the All Star Game, a prestigious event for the top 24 players of the season in February. In the same year he was also named to the second All NBA team, and in his third season, 2005-06, he was even named to the first All NBA team for the first time.
While the Cavaliers also missed the playoffs in 2004-05, James managed to lead the Cavaliers to the playoffs in 2005-06. In the following season, the Cavaliers even reached the NBA Finals, but were clearly defeated by the San Antonio Spurs.
While James’ individual achievement was highly acclaimed in the years to come, even winning the Most Valuable Player of the Season award in 2009 and 2010, the Cavaliers, who made intensive attempts to strengthen themselves through transfers, failed to reach the Finals again.
After losing in the semi-finals of the Conference Playoffs, James decided in 2010, accompanied by great media attention, not to renew his contract with the Cavaliers and switched to the Miami Heat for the next season 2010-11 with Chris Bosh around superstar Dwyane Wade. This constellation, also known as the Big Three, was defeated by the surprisingly successful Dallas Mavericks around Dirk Nowitzky in their first season together. James in particular was criticized for his mixed performance in the finale.
The two seasons that followed were more successful, with the Heat winning both championships, James being named MVP of the two regular seasons and MVP of both series of finals. In the 2013-14 season, the Heat again reached the Finals, but lost to the Spurs.
James, who was looking for new challenges, returned to his old team, the Cavaliers, for the 2014-15 season in order to help them also to the promised championship. In their first season, the Cavaliers, severely injured in the Finals and missing stars Kevin Love and Kyrie Irving, lost to the Golden State Warriors despite James’ outstanding performance. James’ performance in the final series is considered among experts to be one of the best performances ever.
In the 2015-16 season, the Cavaliers, led by another outstanding James, who was again named Finals MVP, and Irving, defeated the Warriors 3-1 to win the championship.
In the following two years, the Cavaliers reached the finals again, but were clearly defeated by the Warriors. In the 2018-19 season, James joined the Los Angeles Lakers, but missed the playoffs for the first time since 2004-05 and the NBA Finals for the first time since 2010-11 due to bad luck with injuries and a mixed season.
MVP 2009, 2010, 2012, 2013
NBA Champion 2012, 2013, 2016
“Two points ain’t two points. I’ll explain it to you later.”
“Not two, not three, not four, not five, not six, not seven (Championships).”
tips for success
Every experience that you have is the best teacher in life
I’m going to use all my tools, my God-given ability, and make the best life I can with it.
You have to be able to accept failure to get better.
|Estimated value:||€435 million|