Magic Johnson Biography

( 1959 - )

Facts of Magic Johnson

Date of Birth: 1959, August 14
Age: 59 years old
Birth Nation: United States

Magic Johnson is a retired professional basketball player who is currently serving as a president of basketball operations for Los Angeles Lakers of the National Basketball Association.


Johnson was honored as one of the 50 Greatest Players in NBA History in 1996. The 58 years old president is receiving an annual salary of $25 million. As of 2018, he reportedly has an estimated net worth of over $500 million. The owner of Magic Johnson Enterprises which is worth over a billion dollars, Johnson is one of the most successful African Americans businessmen.

Early Life

Magic Johnson was born as Earvin "Magic" Johnson Jr. on 14 August 1959 to American parents, Christine Johnson and Earvin Johnson Jr. in Lansing, Michigan. The all-time favorite Basketball star grew up along with six siblings. He attended Sexton High School and later joined the Michigan State University.

Professional Career

As a Player

Magic Johnson was drafted as the first overall pick by the Los Angeles Lakers in 1979. He played as a point guard for the Lakers for 13 successive seasons. While at his rookie season, he won a championship and an NBA Finals Most Valuable Player Award. He retired roughly in 1991, after being diagnosed with HIV.

After two years he returned to NBA winning the All-Star MVP Award. His career achievements include three NBA MVP Awards, nine NBA Finals appearances, twelve All-Star games, and ten All-NBA First and Second Team nominations. He was a member of the 1992 United States men's Olympic basketball team, which won the gold medal at the 1992 Olympics. He finally announced his retirement in 1994.

As a coach

Johnson again returned to NBA as a coach for the Los Angeles Lakers in the 1993–94 NBA season, replacing Randy Pfund, and Bill Bertka, who served as an interim coach for two games. He won his first game as head coach, a 110–101 victory over the Milwaukee Bucks.

He left his coaching career the next season and instead purchased a 5% share of the team in June 1994. Johnson replaced Jim Buss as the president of basketball operations for the Los Angeles Lakers on February 21, 2017.

Personal Life

Magic Johnson is a married man, he got married to his loving girlfriend Earlitha "Cookie" Kelly. The couple tied their knots on 14 September 1991, in a small wedding in Lansing, among his family and friends.

The couple together has two children. Their first son is named Earvin III Johnson. The couple adopted a daughter, Elisa Johnson, in 1995. He is Extremely Supportive of his daughter EJ and has Spoken Out About Being a parent to a Gay child.

Magic Johnson has a son from his previous relationship with Melissa Mitchell. The pair gave birth to a son, Andre Johnson in 1981. He created the Magic Johnson Foundation to help combat HIV and other charitable goals.

Net Worth and Endorsements

Magic Johnson is indeed a wealthy man, Johnson has an estimated net worth of $500 million as of 2018. He is receiving an annual salary of $25 million from the Los Angeles Lakers.

The five-time NBA champion has reportedly earned more than $100 million from his 2010, sales of his Starbucks Franchise and his 4.5% stake in LA Dodgers. Apart from these, his business includes Insurance, health care, and staffing. He owns the Los Angeles Sparks and the Los Angeles football team.

Johnson owns the Magic Johnson Enterprises, a company worths $1 billion according to the Celebrity Net Worth. He also owns his own movie studio company. As for living, he resides in California in a home with a real estate value of $7 million. He owns houses in several places and has a huge collection of cars. Further, his mansion in Dana Point, CA is worth $6.7 million.

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