Michael Jordan is the first athlete in history to become a billionaire – and understandably so. Michael is an accomplished basketball player; played for two Olympic gold medal-winning American basketball teams; is part owner of the Charlotte Bobcats (now Hornets) and has had remarkable success with his Nike Air Jordan sneakers. He also starred in 1996’s live action animated family film Space Jam. The comedy is the highest-grossing basketball movie of all time. It’s no wonder the Michael Jordan name is now a billionaire brand.