Nowadays, professional athletes who have been lucky enough to make an household name for themselves usually take it one step further by making a splash with their own brand. This is a common phenomenon because let’s face it, some of these athletes wiled an enormous level of influence so whatever they are associated with might as well bring them as much money as the sport itself.
In this article, we have gathered a list of 20 Pro athletes who have been ultra- successful in their chosen sport and now own their own brands. This list covers sportsmen and women across a diverse range of sports to cover every aspect.
MJ, as he is fondly called is probably one of the most influential athletes of his generation and this generation. So much that even after the Chicago Bulls legend was given a Presidential Medal of Freedom by the President Obama in 2016, the highest civilian honor that could be bestowed on an American, seemed like one of Michael’s lesser achievements, when compared to his impact on the sporting scene. Michael Jordan has exemplified the best type of athlete anyone can be in his chosen sport and it should come as no surprise that Forbes listed him as “the most recognizable athlete of all time”
Michael’s official basketball shoes, Air Jordan which was created in honor pf the Six-time NBA Finals MVP has and still continues to make waves and some serious money.
The Portuguese Megastar has played for some of the best clubs in the world throughout his glittering career, with Sporting Lisbon, Manchester United, Real Madrid and currently Juventus but one thing that has always travelled with him is the lifelong comparison with his arch rival, Lionel Messi.
Unlike his rival, Ronaldo is more of a business oriented individual and there is no greater evidence of this than when Forbes listed Ronaldo as the third hihest paid athlete and hhest padi soccer player in the wordl for 2015. Zronaldo has his own CR& clothing Line as the aceonym, CR& has basically become his personal Logo.
LeBron James is considered one of the best players of his generation and in many ways, he and Michael Jordan were alike. The Los Angeles Lakers Superstar is one of the highest paid players in the NBA and has won several awards to his name.
However, as much as on field performances have won him several wards, his off field business acumen has also been wildly lauded. The superstar has a Jams’ Nike shoe brand with sales topping over 300million. He has deals with companies such as kia and Coca Cola, not including the more than 60million which he earns from sporting deals. James owns a small marketing frim, a media company, and has ownership stakes in Blake Pizza and English football club, Liverpool FC.
Steph Curry is an American Basketball Player with the shot output of a god. The Golden States Warriors Point Guard is a brand ambassador to Express Stores, with his name also being linked with Active Faith Sports and Under Armor.
The American Professional Golfer is probably the broadest on this list, , the appropriately named Jack Nicklaus Apparel designs golf wear for most top personalities — all enhanced with the notorious brilliant bear logo.
With 23 Grand Slams, more than any other player in the open Era, the 2015 AP Female Athlete of the Year facilitated her own show at New York Fashion Week in 2016, divulging a line of attire for the Home Shopping Network.
A pizazz for style plainly runs in the tennis stars’ family. Serena’s more seasoned sister’s image, EleVen, has some expertise in premium wellness and tennis skirts, tops and dresses.
Being named the most generously compensated female competitor by Forbes several years straight doesn’t come without support work. Sharapova has worked together with Nike to make a line of in vogue tennis and athletic clothing, notwithstanding supporting tennis gear and sunscreen.
Roger Federer will probably never again be the best tennis player on the planet. Federer has fabricated a brand off long stretches of achievement and a standing for being perhaps the best part throughout the entire existence of the game.
Forbes had Federer as the fifth most generously compensated competitor on the planet for 2015. As per Forbes, $40 million of the revealed $67 million that Federer made came from his sponsorship bargains. Alongside business connections that Federer has produced during his profession, Federer has his own apparel line. You can see fans sporting equipment that includes the unmistakable “RF” logo at whatever point you go to an ATP occasion.
Federer is plainly not the player of old, nor is he harming for cash nowadays. One may accept that Federer would have eyes on future marketable strategies from the court.
The resigned Yankees star has been the substance of numerous brands throughout the long term. Since hanging up his spikes, he has collaborated with Movado to make exceptional version dedicatory watches and keeps on working with Avon to create his own line of colognes. He is currently the CEO of Miami Marlins of Major League Baseball.
Hawk helped to establish skateboard and stuff organization Birdhouse in 1992 and has since made claim to fame lines of sheets and such for Kohl’s and Target.
While he will probably always be remembered for modeling skivvies in Armani ads, Beckham has a slew of brands under his belt, from his DB Bodywear to Belstaff to a collaboration with H&M.
Miami Heat point monitor, Dwayne Wade, has teamed up with sock brand, Stance, since 2013. He’s since extended the organization to present a more reasonable assortment under the brand, called Pkwy. Swim has additionally cooperated with gear brand, Away, for a restricted release assortment of the brand’s aluminum bags, and with Dsquared2 for a case assortment in 2017.
One of the best football players ever, Manning might be an even better endorser. The former Colt and Bronco has worked with major brands like Nike, Buick, DirecTV, Gatorade, Nationwide and Papa John’s. In 2012, Manning took his partnership with Papa John’s to the next level by investing in 21 franchises in the Denver area; he currently owns more than 30.
Johnson made significant news during the 1980s when, notwithstanding winning NBA titles, he marked a 25-year, $25 million agreement with the Los Angeles Lakers. Presently, NBA players regularly sign for that in a solitary season, yet Johnson’s undertakings – most strikingly Magic Johnson Enterprises – have made him wealthier and more powerful than the individuals who made 10 fold the amount of during their playing careers. Magic Johnson made significant news during the 1980s when, notwithstanding winning NBA titles, he marked a 25-year, $25 million agreement with the Los Angeles Lakers. Presently, NBA players regularly sign for that in a solitary season, yet Johnson’s undertakings – most strikingly Magic Johnson Enterprises – have made him wealthier and more persuasive than the individuals who made 10 fold the amount of during their playing professions.
Phelps has risen above swimming and jumped into the standard of American sports. He’s pre-owned his image and accomplishment to shape the Michael Phelps Foundation, which advances sound ways of life, and he’s likewise joined the leading body of Medibio, an organization that attempts to analyze emotional wellness issues.
Since announcing his retirement in 2001, Moon has worked on business and philanthropic ventures. He is co-founder and president of Sports 1 Marketing, while his foundation, The Crescent Moon Foundation, provides support for children’s educational pursuits. He also sits on non-profit boards that include the Rose Bowl Foundation and St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital.
Notwithstanding turning into the originator and CEO of his own Lights Out attire brand, Merriman has shown up in TV programs like Entourage and The Challenge: Champs versus Professionals. He is likewise important for NASCAR driver Jesse Iwuji’s dashing group.