Jordan, Michael Jeffrey
Noted especially for his leaping ability, the 6-ft 6-in. (198-cm) Jordan is widely considered the greatest basketball player ever. The NBA career leader in scoring average, he was the league's leading scorer each year from 1986 to 1993 and 1996 to 1998, for a record ten titles, and is third on the all-time points list. Jordan also starred for the 1984 and 1992 gold-medal-winning U.S. Olympic teams. Known as
Air Jordan and
His Airness, he popularized basketball around the world; for a time he was probably the world's most famous person. His commercial endorsements and investments have made him one of the world's wealthiest athletes. In 2010 he became the majority owner of the NBA's Charlotte Bobcats; he first invested in the team in 2006.
See biography by R. Lazenby (2014); D. Halberstam, Playing for Keeps: Michael Jordan and the World He Made (1999).
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