David Stern Biography

( 1942 - )
December 20, 2018
First published on:December 20, 2018
by Sam

Facts of David Stern

Date of Birth: 1942, September 22
Age: 77 years old
Birth Nation: United States
Birth Name David Joel Stern
Birth Place New York City
Famous Name David Stern
Horoscope Virgo
Father William Stern
Mother Anna Stern
Net Worth $135 million dollars
Salary $20 million dollars
House Location Scarsdale, New York
Nationality American
Profession former commissioner
Famous for NBA commissioning
Started career as attorney
University attended Rutgers University
School attended Teaneck High School
Married to Dianne Bock
Children Eric and Andrew

David Stern is the former commissioner of the National Basketball Association (NBA) who started as an outside counsel, joined the NBA in 1978 as General Counsel and later became the league's Executive Vice President. He became Commissioner in 1984 and is often credited for increasing the popularity of the NBA.


As a commissioner, David Joel Stern reportedly earned around $20 million dollars as his yearly salary from NBA during his time. Further, David Joel Stern has an estimated net worth of over $135 million dollars.

David Stern's Early Life

David Joel Stern was born on September 22, 1942, in New York City to parents, William Stern and Anna Stern. As per his nationality, he is American. Further, his star sign is Virgo. 

David Joel Stern attended Teaneck High School and enrolled at Rutgers University after completing high school. He graduated in history in 1963 and later graduated from Columbia Law School in 1966.

David Stern's Professional Life

David Stern was at first hired as outside counsel at National Basketball Association in 1966. In 1978, David became the General Counsel and after two years, he promoted to Executive Vice President of the NBA. He served the Commissioner for four years and ultimately became the Commissioner of the NBA on 1st February 1984, succeeding Larry O'Brien.

CAPTION: Former NBA Commissioner, David Stern SOURCE: CBS Sports

In that same year, basketball players Michael Jordan, Hakeem Olajuwon, Charles Barkley, and John Stockton entered in the NBA. When Michael Jordon entered in NBA, it helped in a new era of commercial bounty for the NBA and brought in shoe deals from Nike. This helped the league to gain more national attention. Stern supervised the NBA to increase from 10 to 30 franchise, expand into Canada and televise games all over the world.

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As of present day, the NBA game is televised in 215 countries in 43 languages. Further, it has 11 offices outside the United States. It also operated the Women’s National Basketball Association (WNBA) and the National Basketball Development League under Stern’s watch. David Stern officially retired from The NBA in February 2014. After his retirement, David became a member of the FIBA Hall of Fame.

CAPTION: David Stern inducted in the FIBA Hall of Fame SOURCE: ABS-CBN Sports

Some of the notable events, all during Stern's Tenure are Relocation of 6 NBA franchises, seven new NBA teams, Ratification of the NBA Dress Code, NBA Finals Trophy renamed to Larry O’Brien Trophy, Four NBA lockouts, and NBA Finals MVP Trophy renamed to the Bill Russell NBA Finals Most Valuable Player Award.

David Stern's Personal Life

David Stern married Dianne Bock in 1963. They have two sons named Eric and Andrew. Among his sons, Eric worked at CNN, and Andrew recently graduated from NYU Law School.

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David reveals less about his family in front of the camera and has kept his personal life very secret. They currently reside in Scarsdale, New York.

David Stern's Net Worth

As of 2018, David Joel Stern has an estimated net worth of over $135 million dollars. He had an average salary of $20 million dollars annually when he served the commissioner of NBA.

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David Joel Stern so far has made earnings of $135 million dollars from his entire career. Kept aside David Joel Stern's financial earnings, his personal assets includes a Home in Scarsdale, New York.

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