What is Shaquille O’Neal Net Worth ?
Shaquille O’Neal is a retired American basketball player, entrepreneur, television host and product endorser. As of this writing, Shaquille O’Neal’s net worth is $400 million. During his NBA career, Shaq earned $292 million in salary alone.
He earned well over $200 million from endorsements during that same time period. Even though he has been retired for many years, Shaq still earns around $60 million per year from endorsements and various business endeavors to this day.
Shaq married Shaunie Nelson in December 2002. They have four children together: Shareef, Amirah, Shaqir, and Me’arah. Shaq also has a daughter, Taahirah, from a previous relationship with Arnetta Yardbourgh. O’Neal filed for divorce from Shaunie in September 2007. They changed their mind and withdrew their divorce but in November 2009, Shaunie filed an intent to divorce. She cited irreconcilable differences. O’Neal dated reality star Nicole Alexander from 2010-2012. Since 2014, Shaq has been dating model Laticia Rolle.
When Hall of Fame center George Mikan died in June 2005, O’Neal paid for all of his funeral expenses.
Shaquille O’Neal was born on March 6th, 1972 in Newark, New Jersey to parents Lucille O’Neal and Joe Toney. His father was addicted to drugs and went to prison for drug possession when O’Neal was just a baby. His parents never married and his father left soon after Shaq was born, upon his release from prison. O’Neal was estranged from his father for decades.
At the age of two, his mother married Phillip Harrison who was a sergeant in the U.S. Army. O’Neal was a part of the Boys and Girls Club of America while growing up and he credits the organization for helping to keep him off the streets. The family moved from Newark and moved around to Germany and Texas. While still in high school, Shaq started to gain attention for his basketball talent.
In his senior year, he led the San Antonio’s Robert G. Cole High School team to the state championship. O’Neal went on to Louisiana State University where he became a two-time SEC player of the year and a two-time All-American. He also received the Adolph Rupp’s Trophy for the NCAA men’s basketball player of the year in 1991.
Shaquille O’Neal Salary
What was Shaquille O’Neal’s peak salary? $27 million
Salary by year and team:
- 1992-93 Orlando Magic $3,000,000
- 1993-94 Orlando Magic $3,900,000
- 1994-95 Orlando Magic $4,800,000
- 1995-96 Orlando Magic $5,700,000
- 1996-97 Los Angeles Lakers $10,714,000
- 1997-98 Los Angeles Lakers $12,857,143
- 1998-99 Los Angeles Lakers $15,000,000
- 1999-00 Los Angeles Lakers $17,142,858
- 2000-01 Los Angeles Lakers $19,285,715
- 2001-02 Los Angeles Lakers $21,428,572
- 2002-03 Los Angeles Lakers $23,571,429
- 2003-04 Los Angeles Lakers $24,749,999
- 2004-05 Miami Heat $27,696,430
- 2005-06 Miami Heat $20,000,000
- 2006-07 Miami Heat $20,000,000
- 2007-08 Phoenix Suns $20,000,000
- 2008-09 Phoenix Suns $21,000,000
- 2009-10 Cleveland Cavaliers $20,000,000
- 2010-11 Boston Celtics $1,352,181
Total career NBA earnings = $292,198,327
Few athletes have embraced endorsements as fully as Shaquille O’Neal. As an instantly recognizable celebrity, a variety of companies have sought him out as a spokesperson. Some of his higher profile endorsements include Pepsi, Carnival Cruise Line and Reebok. A full list of Shaq’s endorsement deals and commercial appearances would be too long to list.
One of Shaquille O’Neal’s other great accomplishments is that of gaining a doctoral degree in education. After receiving his masters degree from the University of Phoenix, O’Neal embarked on the course through the private Catholic institution, Barry University. The course was primarily completed online over a number of years, and reflected O’Neal’s passion for education and his interest in continuing to challenge himself.
For many recent years, Shaq’s primary residence was an enormous 12-bedroom mansion in Orlando. The main home is 35,000 square-feet and features a 6,000 square-foot indoor basketball court, 17 car garage and 10 foot privacy wall. Shaq purchased the land for his home back in 1993 for $4 million and proceeded to custom-build his dream mansion.
He listed the home for sale for the first time in May 2018 for $28 million. He lowered the price in January 2019 to $22 million. It is located within a gated community called Isleworth Golf & Country Club.
In September 2020 Shaq lowered the asking price of the property to $19.5 million. He finally accepted $16.5 million in January 2021. Check out the video tour:
Outside of Florida Shaq owns a 15-acre in suburban Atlanta which he bought in 2017 for $1.15 million.
In 2018 he paid $1.8 million for a home within a gated community in an LA suburb called Bell Canyon. He listed this home for sale at the end of 2019 for $2.5 million.