MSN reports that Michael Jordan joined the likes of Bill Gates and Warren Buffett in the swelling ranks of the world’s billionaires, according to the annual Forbes’ World’s Billionaires List for 2015.
The 29th annual list, released Monday, showed Jordan jumping on board at No. 1,741, well behind Gates, who remained at the top of the list (net worth $79.2 billion), followed by Mexican telecom mogul Carlos Slim Helu at No. 2 ($77.1 billion) and the Oracle of Omaha, Warren Buffett ($72.7 billion), at No. 3. Microsoft founder Gates has topped the charts for 16 of the past 21 years, Forbes said.
A record 1,826 individuals made the list in 2015, up from 1,645 in 2014, with an average net worth of $3.86 billion, down a smidgen ($60 million) from last year. All told, the lucky few have a total net worth of $7.05 trillion, up from $6.4 trillion last year. The total wealth in the hands of about 1,800 people is roughly equivalent to double the GDP of Germany, Europe’s largest economy. The rising number of billionaires and their expanding assets underscores the growing global wealth gap, which Oxfam sayscould lead to the combined riches of the world’s wealthiest 1 percent overtaking that of the other 99 percent by next year.
A record 197 women made the list in 2015, up from 172 last year. And there were 290 newcomers, like MJ, also a record.
Talk about a slam dunk!After five years of dating, former NBA star Michael Jordan, 50, and his model-fiancée, Yvette Prieto, 35, made it official with a wedding in Palm Beach, Fla., on Saturday.
About 500 people arriving by tour buses piled into an Episcopal church called Bethesda-by-the Sea, where Donald Trump was married to Melania in 2005.
Jordan invited another 1,500 to join them for the reception at the Bears Club, a Jack Nicklaus-designed golf course community in Jupiter, Fla., where Jordan recently built a 38,000-square-foot home.
“They’ve been planning for months and months,” says a source of the nuptials. “He wanted to give Yvette everything she’s ever wanted.”
Jordan, now the owner of the Charlotte Bobcats, proposed over the Christmas holidays in 2011. They applied for their wedding license in March at the Palm Beach County courthouse.
On Friday afternoon, they were spotted attending their rehearsal at the church.
Prieto, 35, met Jordan at a Miami nightclub in 2008.
This is the second marriage for the Chicago Bulls legend. He and his first wife Juanita Vanoy divorced in 2006 after 17 years of marriage, and the couple have three grown children together.
Well, here is another athlete for a paternity suit. This time it is Michael Jordan. This is common. A woman has a date with a famous person, sleeps with that person and, low and behold, gets pregnant. She then waits her customary nine months and then decides that she wants money. So she sues for paternity.
There is only one small problem with this scenario. The child in question is sixteen years old. Sixteen is almost an adult and she decides now that she needs paternity. She has the kid convinced that Michael is his father. He put out a video on YouTube stating that he is Michael Jordan’s son. So, now Michael has to prove that he is not the father of this kid. This would make a great episode of Jerry Springer. She not only wants money from Michael, she wants the paternity verified by giving the child the Jordan last name.
There is something wrong here. Just because someone is famous does not give every crackpot the right to go after them for some imagined slight in a past life. Maybe Michael is the father. Why wait sixteen years to go after him? What happened? Did she run out of other prospects and decided that he was the next best thing?
The courts should stop making it possible for these women to come out of the woodworks and blame famous people for their mistakes. If she was any type of woman, if she had any morals at all, she would not be going after someone just for money. Get a job and support your child as you have done for the sixteen years you had him. Don’t go after a famous figure for money.
Here’s a quarter. Dial 1-800-JerrySPringer and get your fifteen minutes of fame that way.