Magic Johnson Biography: Net Worth, Wife, Age, Height, Children, Family, Position, Stats

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Earvin “Magic” Johnson (born August 14, 1959) is an ex-professional basketball player who spent his career playing for the LA Lakers NBA team. Considered by many to be the greatest point guard of all time, he was the Face of the NBA for many seasons, has received many awards, and has enjoyed many achievements.

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Full Name: Earvin “Magic” Johnson Jr.
Stage Name: Magic Johnson
Born: 14 August 1959 (age 64 years old)
Place of Birth: Lansing, Michigan, United States
Nationality: American
Height: 2.06 m
Parents: Earvin Johnson Sr., Christine Johnson
Siblings: Quincy Johnson, Lois Johnson, Pearl Johnson, Evelyn Johnson, Larry Johnson, Yvonne Johnson, Michael Johnson, Kim Johnson, Mary Johnson
Spouse: Cookie Johnson (m. 1991)
Girlfriend • Partner: Kathleen Sullivan (1985-1987), Janet Jackson (1983), Heather Hunter
Children: EJ Johnson, Andre Johnson, Elisa Johnson
Occupation: Basketball Player
Net Worth: $630 million


From a very early age, Magic Johnson showed great sporting prowess. His father and grandmother had also been very good basketball players in their time.

He first earned the nickname “Magic” at the age of fifteen when playing in a game for his high school in Michigan; he scored a triple-double of 36 points, 18 rebounds, and 16 assists, a phenomenal achievement in one so young.

After attending Michigan State, Johnson joined LA Lakers in 1979, the first player picked in that year’s draft. In his very first season, he was already achieving great things. Averaging 18.0 points, 7.7 rebounds, and 7.3 assists per game as the point guard, he was selected for the NBA All-Rookie team and a starter in the season’s NBA All-Star Game.

His presence in the team also helped the Lakers to be well placed in the NBA Championship odds for the season, as they are again during this season’s playoffs.

Johnson went on to play for 13 more seasons with the Lakers, during which time he picked up multiple awards and achievements.

Records and achievements

Over his career, Magic Johnson was a ten-time NBA champion, five times a player, and five as a team owner and executive. He was also named the NBA Most Valued Player three times in the standard season and the same number of times in the Finals.

He appeared in the All-Star Game twelve times, twice being chosen as MVP. He finished with a career average of 19.5 points, 7.2 rebounds, and 11.2 assists per game. In 1996 he was named as one of the NBA’s 50 best players of all time.

He also holds an Olympic Gold medal won in the 1992 Games in Barcelona.

Net Worth

There’s no doubt that basketball has made Magic Johnson a very wealthy man. According to some estimates, his net worth today is around $630 million making him one of the wealthiest ex-sportsperson.

Personal Life

Magic Johnson’s first child, a son called Andre Johnson, was born in 1981. Although he was largely brought up by Melissa Mitchell, his mother, he spent summers with his father and later became a marketing manager for Magic Johnson Enterprises.

In 1991, Johnson married Cookie Johnson, and the couple have one son, EJ Johnson, who was born in 1992 and is now a TV personality and fashion commentator. The couple then went on to adopt their daughter Elisa Johnson in 1995.

In 1991, Johnson made the surprise announcement that he had tested positive for HIV, and while rumors were spread that he could be gay, he later revealed that he had become infected due to a heterosexual relationship.

His announcement of his illness led to a temporary withdrawal from sport, although he did go on to play in the 1992 season’s NBA All-Star Game, in which he was named MVP.

Today he lives in Beverley Hills and is also said to own a vacation home in Dana Point, California.

Business Interests

Post-retirement, Magic Johnson has become involved in many business interests. The biggest of these is Magic Johnson Enterprises, a collection of companies worth around $700 million. In the past, it included a nationwide group of movie theaters sold to Loews Cineplex Entertainment. At one point, he also owned 125 Starbucks stores under the umbrella heading of Urban Coffee Opportunities.

In 2015 he acquired a significant share of EquiTrust Life Insurance Company which manages $14.5 billion in financial products for its customers.

Even more recently, he has become an investor in the booming field of eSports with part ownership of aXiomatic eSports, the company that has overall ownership of the highly successful Team Liquid.

Charity Work and Campaigning

Magic Johnson has also been heavily involved in charity work, particularly regarding HIV and AIDS awareness. He has campaigned for Medicaid to be available to low-income people with AIDS.

Between 1985 and 2005, he also arranged an annual event called A Midsummer Night’s Magic which included a celebrity basketball match and fundraising dinner with proceeds going to the United Fund to provide scholarships for Black students to attend college.

He is a supporter of the Democratic Party and supported both Barack Obama’s and Hillary Clinton’s presidential campaigns. He also unsuccessfully helped in the 2013 campaign for the Los Angeles mayoral candidate, Wendy Greuel.

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