Forbes currently ranks James as the No. 2 highest-paid professional athlete in 2022, second to just global superstar Lionel Messi.
James said to GQ of his potential billionaire status back in 2014. “It’s my biggest milestone. Obviously, I want to maximize my business"
“And if I happen to get it, if I happen to be a billion-dollar athlete, ho. Hip hip hooray! Oh, my God. I’m gonna be excited.”
The 37-year-old is an 18-time NBA All-Star and a four-time champion. He has also earned two Olympic gold medals.
During his NBA career with the Cleveland Cavaliers, Miami Heat and now Los Angeles Lakers, James has earned more $385 million in salary, according to ESPN.
Michael Jordan, who became a billionaire after his retirement from the league, is the only other professional basketball player to reach billionaire status, according to Forbes.