Just in case our previous blog posts about the connection between sports and entrepreneurship weren’t enough, here is a list of famous athletes who went on to become successful entrepreneurs following the end of their playing careers.
· Michael Jordan: Michael Jordan is arguably one of the most competitive athletes to ever play in the NBA and that competitive spirit has carried over into his career after basketball. As the founder of Nike’s Air Jordan Sneakers and owner of the Charlotte Hornets, Michael Jordan has experienced far greater financial success off the court than he did on it.
· Greg Norman: Greg Norman is a former pro golfer from Australia who won 91 professional competitions over the course of his career. Now that his days of competitive golf are behind him, Norman is the chairman and CEO of Great White Shark Enterprises, a multinational corporation whose subsidiaries include Greg Norman Eyewear and Great White Shark Golf Management Consulting.
· Maria Sharapova: Maria Sharapova has been a professional tennis player since she was a teenager, but her interests extend off the court as well. Sharapova founded the premium candy line Sugarpova in 2012 and now sells the product in over 30 countries worldwide. The popularity of Sugarpova coupled with her success on the court has made Sharapova the world’s highest paid female athlete.
Professional athletes are becoming more and more known for the business savvy and entrepreneurial spirit once their playing days are over. The reason they have succeeded in their post-career endeavors has not been because they were phenomenal athletes, but rather because they were able to utilize the skills that brought them athletic success in the business world.
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