Earvin Magic Johnson

By: Errol I. Mars

Born: August 14, 1959. Lansing, Michigan

Company: Magic Johnson Enterprises

Industry: Services

Position: Chairman, CEO

Country: United States


Earvin Effay (Magic) Johnson, Jr. is Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of  Magic Johnson Enterprises, a company with a successful portfolio of national franchises, including Starbucks, Burger King, 24 Hour Fitness, Washington Mutual Home Loan Centers, AMC/Magic Johnson Movie Theatres and T.G.I. Friday's. Through targeted investments in key markets, Magic Johnson Enterprises franchise networks serve more than 32 million consumers annually in 163 locations in 19 states across the United States.

Although Mr. Johnson is universally known for his illustrious, 13-year career with the National Basketball Association, he has redefined himself as a businessman with the objective to revitalize and provide quality entertainment and services to neglected, urban communities. In this role, Johnson encourages recognized business leaders to restore services to, as well as develop new business enterprises in, under-served communities throughout the United States.

Magic Johnson Enterprises focuses on bring life back to the inner-city by creating jobs. "Creating black presidents, vice presidents, general managers, managers--that has been the best part," says Johnson. In a Fortune magazine article he stated, "Kids look to ballplayers as idols, but BET founder Bob Johnson is my idol."

Mr. Johnson is universally known for his illustrious, 13-year career with the National Basketball Association. He is a five-time NBA champion and a 12-time All-Star, earned a place on ten All-NBA teams, and was three times named MVP of the regular season and the Finals. Few athletes are truly unique, changing the way their sport is played with their singular skills. Earvin "Magic" Johnson was one of them.

Earvin "Magic" Johnson's net worth was estimated to be between $800 and $900 million by Fortune magazine in 2008. Forbes magazine estimated his net worth at $500 million in May 2009.

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