7. Bank Balance
When it comes to numbers in the bank, Jordan is way ahead. Forbes estimate that his net worth stands at about $1.5 billion. This compares to James’ $500 million. Of course, he is 22 years older than James, so this isn’t an entirely fair comparison. However, Jordan’s commercial empire is simply untouchable. It remains to be seen if James maintains his earning power after his retirement.
The Jordan Brand is massive and transcends basketball in a way that James’ personal label doesn’t. Meanwhile, Jordan attracted millions of dollars worth of endorsements throughout his career. He opened the door for athletes in other sports, like David Beckham, to build their own personal brands. Now Jordan even owns his own NBA franchise in the Charlotte Hornets. Although, they probably wish he didn’t.