Tom Brady’s wife Gisele Bundchen once fell ‘just a few thousand dollars’ short of billionaire LeBron James to top earnings of all NBA players

Tom Brady and Gisele Bundchen are one of the wealthiest celebrity couples in the world. While Brady is considered the best quarterback of his generation, Bundchen is one of the most successful role models of all time. At one point, Bundchen earned more than every NFL and NBA player except billionaire LeBron James.

James recently joined the billionaire club and became the first active NBA player to do so. His business ventures and endorsements were the main reason for his billionaire status. In 2016, LeBron James had the highest salary in the NBA. However, it was only a few thousand dollars more than Bundchen’s.


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In 2016, while James was playing for the Cleveland Cavaliers, his salary was $30.9 million. After him there were six players with a salary of $26.5 million. Meanwhile, Bundchen earned $30.5 million that year. She was easily the highest earning model with a difference of nearly $20 million to the second-placed model on the list.

His earnings were more than the salary of every NFL player, including her husband Tom Brady. Her success as a model is arguably unprecedented. She has been the highest earning model for more than 15 consecutive years. While LeBron James earned slightly more than Bundchen in terms of salary, his endorsements easily pushed him to the top of the list of richest athletes.


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While James has topped the list of highest earners for over a decade, he has slowly grown his business empire. The Los Angeles Lakers superstar has a lifetime contract with Nike and has invested in pizza chain Blaze Pizza.

BEIJING, CHINA – SEPTEMBER 04: NBA star LeBron James of Cleveland Cavaliers meets fans at a Nike store on September 4, 2017 in Beijing, China. (Photo by Visual China Group via Getty Images)

He also has a 1% stake in Fenway Sports Group, which owns Liverpool FC, Boston Red Sox, and more. He also started SpringHill Company, which is a television and film production company, with his business partner and friend Mav Carter.


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LeBron’s success on the court has arguably helped establish him as a brilliant businessman. He will undoubtedly win long after his retirement from basketball.