Michael Jordan is one of the most famous athletes not just in basketball, but in the entire world of professional sports. And the Jordan brand continues to bring in as much as $130 million per year for Jordan. All things considered, Jordan currently has an estimated net worth of $1.9 billion, making him one of the richest athletes the world has ever seen.
All that money means Jordan can enjoy the luxury of living basically however he wants. Among other things, that includes owning multiple mansions in different parts of the country, and splitting his time between them. Here we take a closer look at Jordan’s primary residences while hypothesizing about where he spends the bulk of his time.
Michael Jordan’s house in Illinois
One of Jordan’s oldest homes is located in the city of Highland Park, Illinois, about a 30-minute drive north of downtown Chicago. Jordan had the home built for him in 1995, during his heyday with the Chicago Bulls.
Sitting on a seven-acre estate, the home consists of 56,000 square feet of pure luxury, according to its listing on the real estate website Zillow.
Key amenities include a regulations-sized basketball court, a fish pond, an infinity pool, a tennis court, a cigar room, and putting green. Jordan logos can be found strewn throughout the house; the front gates are even emblazoned with Jordan’s iconic 23 jersey number. For all its comforts, however, Jordan apparently doesn’t spend much time in his Highland Park home.
In fact, the property has been on the market since 2012. Its initial asking price was a whopping $29 million, according to Forbes. Nine years later, that price has been dropped a number of times, and currently sits at a mere $14.9 million, nearly half of its original price.
North Carolina has always been home
Jordan grew up in Wilmington, North Carolina, and later played college basketball for the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. In 2010, Jordan cemented his longstanding relationship with the state by purchasing the Charlotte Hornets basketball franchise. It should come as no surprise, then, that Jordan owns multiple properties in the state of North Carolina.
In 2010, Jordan purchased a whole-floor penthouse in downtown Charlotte, not far from the arena where the Hornets play (per Variety). Then, in 2013, Jordan purchased a sprawling home just north of Charlotte on Lake Norman. That house, which AOL News reported that Jordan bought for $2.8 million, contains six bedrooms and eight bathrooms in its 12,310 square feet.
Aside from being right on the water, that home is also located within the confines of The Peninsula Club, a luxury country club. That means that Jordan — a dedicated golfer — has a course basically right outside of his front door. At the same time, the home also gives him easy access to Charlotte, where he presumably spends plenty of time as the Hornets’ owner.
Michael Jordan enjoys the sunshine state
His North Carolina mansion wasn’t the only home Jordan moved into back in 2013. That year also saw the completion of Jordan’s mansion in Jupiter, Florida. According to Echo Fine Properties, Jordan spent $4.8 million on the land and $7.6 million on the construction of the home. Including furnishings, it is likely that the property ultimately set Jordan back over $20 million.
At 28,000 square feet, Jordan’s Jupiter mansion is over twice as big as his place outside of Charlotte — although just half as big as his unsold mansion back in Highland Park. As you can imagine, the property is stacked with basically every luxury you could think of.
Most importantly, however, it is located within The Bears Club — a private neighborhood with a golf course designed by the great Jack Nicklaus.
With a schedule as busy as Jordan’s, it’s likely he splits time between his different houses. One common theme seems to be that he likes to live as close as he can to a golf course.