While most professional athletes use their playing careers as a time to make enough money to last for their entire lifetime, others with a strong business acumen continue to thrive from a financial perspective during retirement.

Shedding light on this, Forbes recently released its list of the highest-paid retired athletes. Highlighted by none other than Michael Jordan who amassed an additional $110 million USD to his already massive fortune, the top three is rounded out by David Beckham who pulled in $65 million USD and golfer Arnold Palmer who made $40 million USD.

Amongst the relative surprises is former NBA player Junior Bridgeman who had a solid 12-year NBA career, averaging 13.6 points per game, mostly as a sixth man for the Milwaukee Bucks, who managed to pull in $32 million USD in 2016 thanks to his food empire which spans 450 franchises – including Wendy’s, Chili’s, Fazoli’s and Blaze Pizza.

Even more impressive, however, is the fact that Forbes claims Michael Jordan will be the highest-paid athlete this year — period.

Words by Alec Banks
Features Editor

Alec Banks is a Los Angeles-based long-form writer with over a decade of experience covering fashion, music, sports, and culture.

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