7 Celebrity Athletes Who Invested Wisely

Peyton Manning

Peyton Manning's five-year $96 million contract with the Denver Broncos is not the only thing bulking up his bank account. Manning also has endorsements earning him an additional $12 on an annual basis. His endorsements come from companies such as DirecTV, Reebok, Buick, Papa John’s Pizza, Gatorade, and Wheaties. Additionally Manning is also the owner of 21 Papa John’s Pizza franchises in the Denver area. Manning has a net worth of an estimated $115 million.

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David Beckham

David Bekham Goes To Dinner In Madrid, SpainDavid Beckham retired from soccer after playing for teams such as Manchester United, Real Madrid, and L.A. Galaxy, but he is still invested in the sport. Currently, Beckham has invested $25 million into establishing a Major League Soccer franchise in Miami. Along with NBA star Lebron James, Beckham wants to grow the popularity of soccer as a sport in America. The soccer icon has a net worth of about $330 million.

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Shaquille O’Neal

Shaquille O’Neal is  is currently worth an estimated $350 million.

O’Neal's real estate firm, The O’Neal Group, who partnered with the company MDM Development, created Met Miami, a 1,000 unit tower in downtown Miami. Shaq also had the luxury of becoming a pre-IPO investor in Google, as well as Twitter (with the latter not paying off as much). Additionally, he has stakes in companies such as Vitamin Water and Muscle Milk, as well as minority ownership in the NBA Basketball team the Sacramento Kings. Lastly, the NBA legend owns a total of 55 guys restaurants, multiple fitness centers,and an assortment of car washes.

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Oscar De La Hoya

Oscar De La Hoya is known for his superior fighting skills in the ring. Outside the ring, De La Hoya has committed himself to a various charitable organizations, as well as business investments that put him at an estimated net worth of $200 million. He created Golden Boy Enterprises where he was able to acquire the following magazines: KO Magazine, The Ring, Pro Wrestling Illustrated, and World Boxing Magazine. Under Golden Boy, he was also able to acquire a 25 percent stake in the soccer team Houston Dynamo, as well as Brener International Group.

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George Foreman

3901846051_b68c13a72a_bGeorge Foreman was worth an estimated $5 million at the peak of his career as a boxer. Yet his earnings were in jeopardy in 1987 after he made some bad investments. Luckily, he was able to turn his luck around and expanded his earning potential. Foreman became a commentator for HBO and returned to boxing to earn more money. He currently owns a portion of the Panther Racing Indy Car team, has authored five books, and appears on film and television on occasion. Today, Foremen is worth $250 million.

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Magic Johnson

Shaq is not the only former Laker and NBA legend who has grown his riches after retirement. Magic Johnson is estimated to be worth $500 million. He created Magic Johnson Enterprises, a company valued at a total of $1 billion. Through his investment company, which he launched with various investors, opened 24 Hour Fitness franchises, restaurants, and Starbucks Coffee shops.

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Vince McMahon

Updated: In the span of 24 hours Vince McMahon lost $350 million, a third of his fortune. WWE Stock crashed 40 percent in one day, now Vince is no longer a billionaire.

Vince McMahon was the world's wealthiest celebrity athlete. He was worth an estimated $1.5 billion, but after the dip in WWE stocks he is now worth $750 million. He originally grew his riches by growing his wrestling organization into a multi-billion dollar enterprise. Vince has a direct investment into one of the most lucrative sports in the world, and owns an estimated 57 percent stake in World Wrestling Entertainment Inc.

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  • “Manning also has endorsements earning him an additional $12 on an annual basis.”
    Wow, that’s a dollar a month. That was my allowance back in 1964.