Everyone has heard of the richest NBA player of all time, Michael Jordan, the man who got his own shoe line from Nike and is widely considered as the greatest basketball player of all time. But most people probably have never heard of the second richest NBA player of all time, Junior Bridgeman. While it’s no secret that NBA players can make millions of dollars during their playing career, the real earning opportunities often come after. Bridgeman is the perfect example of that.
Bridgeman played in the NBA for about 12 years between the 70s and 80s and averaged 13 points, 3 assists, and 3 rebounds for his career. Bridgeman is currently worth over 600 million dollars and obtained such a large financial empire by being one of the most successful businessmen in America. During NBA off seasons, Bridgeman studied the business side of the fast-food industry. After his NBA career, he invested in many Wendy’s restaurants and Chili’s restaurants, and also became a major bottler for the Company of Coca-Cola.
It’s not often professional athletes find infinitely more success after their career in sports, but Bridgeman has been able to do that. He may have been an overlooked player from the era of Magic and Bird, but Bridgeman is making sure everyone knows who he is now.