By H.JanGra June 11, 2022
Los Angeles Lakers superstar LeBron James has become the first active player in NBA history with a net worth of USD 1 billion
The 37-year-old forward, a four-time NBA champion and four-time NBA Most Valuable Player, ranks second on the league's all-time scoring list and has played in the league since 2003.
In the Forbes list of highest-paid world athletes from May 2021 to May 2022, James ranked second in total income with USD 121.2 million
Trailing only Argentine playmaker and Paris Saint-Germain star Lionel Messi's USD 130 million.
The Lakers struggled to a 33-49 season and James missed the playoffs for only the fourth time in his career
But he still became the oldest player to average 30 points a game, hitting 30.3 per contest.
In a 19-year NBA career, James has made more than USD 385 million in salary alone as a player for the Cleveland Cavaliers, Miami Heat and Lakers.
Off the court, James took a star turn in Hollywood with the film "Space Jam: A New Legacy" and sold a minority stake in his production company, SpringHill.