Shaquille O’Neal is a well-known former professional basketball player from America who is the sports analyst of the TV show called ‘Inside the NBA’. He stands 7’1” and weighs 147 kilos, making him one of the heaviest NBA players in the world. O’Neal has won several championships and awards in his career. He has also appeared in many movies and reality shows and has also released albums. Let’s find out how much is Shaquille O’Neal’s net worth in 2018.
Shaquille O’Neal Early Life
Shaquille Rashaun O’Neal was born on March 6, 1972, in Newark, New Jersey to his parents Joe Toney and Lucille O’Neal.
He went to San Antonio, Texas’s Robert G. Cole High School. In there, he used to play basketball for his school. He then went to study business at the Louisiana State University. He has played basketball even for his college and was later inducted into the LSU Hall of Fame.
In 2002, Shaquille O’Neal got married to Shaunie Nelson. They have four children named Me’arah, Shaqir, Amirah, and Shareef. He also has a son named Myles from his previous relationship. He is a fan of New Jersey Devils of the National Hockey League. He is also a fan of Northampton Town, English football club.
Shaquille O’Neal Career, Awards & Achievement
In the 1992 NBA Draft, Shaquille O’Neal became the 1st overall pick by the Orlando Magic. In his first week, he became the Player of the Week. In his debut season, he made 3.5 blocks, 13.9 rebounds, and went on average 23.4 points. In his second season, he averaged 29.4 points.
In the 1994-95 Season, he amassed 29.3 points. He missed 28 games of the 1995-96 season. Later, he became a free agent and went on to represent his country in the 1996 Summer Olympics held in Atlanta. O’Neal became a part of the gold winning team.
He signed a seven-year contract with the Los Angeles Lakers in 1996. With them, he went on to win the NBA Championships from 2000 to 2002. In 2004, he was traded to Miami Heat and he reverted his jersey number to 32. He again won his fourth NBA Championship in 2006.
In 2008, he was acquired by the Phoenix Suns. O’Neal was then traded with Cleveland Cavaliers in 2009. He signed a contract with the Boston Celtics in 2010. He announced his retirement in June 2011.
O’Neal has also released several albums like ‘Diesel’. He has released 5 studio albums and a compilation album.
In 2014, Shaquille O’Neal was inducted into the College Basketball Hall of Fame. In 1996, he won the CableACE Award. He is a four-time NBA Champion and has won the Olympic Gold Medal in 1996. He has also won gold at the World Championship in 1994. In 1993, he was named as the NBA Rookie of the Year. In 2000, he won the award of NBA Most Valuable Player. In 2017, O’Neal was elected to the FIBA Hall of Fame.
Net Worth of Shaquille O’Neal
Shaquille O’Neal has an estimated net worth of more than $400 million. This fortune comes from his career as a professional basketball player. His contract with the Los Angeles Lakers was worth $121 million. With Miami Heat, he signed a contract worth $100 million in 2005. Part of his wealth also comes from his acting career and has appeared in many films and TV shows like ‘Scary Movie 4’, ‘Jack and Jill’, ‘Freddy Got Fingered’, ‘Curb Your Enthusiasm’, and ‘Grown Ups 2’.
Shaquille O’Neal is considered one of the most popular basketball players the world. His popularity made him feature in a number of video games. He has also done numerous TV commercials. He is a fan of wrestling and has appeared in several wrestling matches. He is also an investor and businessman. He has made investments in many companies like PepsiCo, Apple, and General Electric.