These are the businesses Shaquille O’Neal has owned

Abu Mubarik March 02, 2023
Image from the Shaquille O'Neal-owned Big Chicken restaurant franchise. (Courtesy, Big Chicken)

From a low-income household situated in the ‘Projects’ of Newark, New Jersey, Shaquille O’Neal would emerge to become one of the biggest NBA stars. Often called “Shaq’ or “The Big Aristotle”, he started playing NBA while in high school. He helped his school to win the state championship. He subsequently went to LSU to study business and play basketball under head coach Dale Brown.

By 1992, Shaq had emerged as the No 1 overall draft pick in the 1992 NBA draft class. He became the first pick by the Orlando Magic and would spend 19 years in the NBA. He was not just an ordinary NBA player, he became one of the best centers in the league.

In the year 1992-93, Shaq won Rookie of the Year and led the Magic to the 1995 NBA Finals. He moved to the Los Angeles Lakers as a free agent. At Los Angeles Lakers, he helped the team to win three consecutive NBA championships in 2000, 2001, and 2002. He won his fourth NBA championship with the Miami Heat in 2006 and played for the Phoenix Suns, Cleveland Cavaliers, and Boston Celtics before retiring in 2011.

Despite being one of the best players in NBA history, at the twilight of his professional career, he had his eyes fixed on his retirement. In his 19-year-old NBA career, he accrued wealth through contracts totaling $300 million. Now he makes millions of dollars per year thanks to his businesses and other endorsement deals with companies such as Icy Hot, Gold Bond, Buick, Zales, and others.

Below are the businesses that have been owned by Shaquille O’Neal.

Last Edited by:Mildred Europa Taylor Updated: March 2, 2023


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