LeBron James is one of the biggest names in sport, with his success in the NBA since 2003 having made him among basketball’s greatest ever players.
His career highlights include four NBA championships, four NBA MVP awards (three of which with different franchises, making him the only player to have done so), four NBA Finals MVP awards, and two Olympic gold medals.
His success has naturally brought him a wealth of earnings both from his salary from the franchises he has represented but also from commercial deals and other business ventures.
LeBron James’ career earningsAfter demonstrating his immense talent at high school level, LeBron opted out of college and was instead drafted as the first pick of the 2003 NBA draft by hometown team, the Cleveland Cavaliers, where he played until 2010.
In his first ten years as a professional, James earned 125 million dollars from salary income.
In that time, he made an additional 326 million dollars from endorsements and other sponsorship related endeavours, bringing his total income in his first ten years on the pro scene to just under half a billion dollars (450m).
LeBron James’ salary 2021After successful spells with the Miami Heat (2010-2014) and a return to the Cleveland Cavaliers (2014-2018), LeBron moved to the Los Angeles Lakers in 2018, where he still plies his trade.
In 2021, James’ base salary is 41.1m dollars – that works out to a weekly salary of 790,384 dollars.
He is also expected to bring in 64m dollars from a variety of endorsement deals.
LeBron’s current deal with the Lakers expires in 2023, by which time he will have racked up some 428m dollars from his salary.
LeBron James’ net worthLeBron James’ net worth is estimated at 500m dollars, having earned just over 700m from contracts and endorsements over the course of his career before taxes and expenses.
The basketball star is estimated to become a billionaire by the year 2035 based on his current rate of earnings, commercial deals and business ventures.