Michael Jeffrey Jordan, born February 17, 1963, is a retired professional basketball player and businessman from the United States.
“By acclamation, Michael Jordan is the greatest basketball player of all time,” his biography on the official National Basketball Association (NBA) website states.
He spent fifteen years in the NBA, winning six NBA championships with the Chicago Bulls.
Early life and Education
Michael Jordan was born on February 17, 1963, in Brooklyn, New York. He grew up as the fourth of five children in Wilmington, North Carolina.
His father, James Jordan, worked in maintenance, while his mother, Deloris, worked in a bank.
Jordan attended Laney High School in Wilmington, where he played basketball, baseball, and football.
He developed a passion for basketball and was on the school team by his freshman year.
After graduating from high school, Jordan went on to play for the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.
As a freshman, he hit the game-winning shot in the 1982 NCAA championship game, leading his team to victory.
Jordan spent three years in college before declaring for the NBA draft in 1984.
The Chicago Bulls selected him third overall, and he went on to become one of the most successful and important basketball players of all time.
Jordan played for the Chicago Bulls from 1984 to 1993, then briefly retired before returning to the organization from 1995 to 1998.
He played with the Washington Wizards from 2001 to 2003.
Jordan won six NBA championships, all with the Chicago Bulls, and was named Finals MVP in each of those six seasons.
He was named to the NBA All-Star team 14 times and won five NBA MVP awards.
Jordan was a terrific scorer who set NBA records for the highest career scoring average (30.1 points per game) and most scoring crowns (10).
As a member of the United States men’s basketball team, he also won two Olympic gold medals in 1984 and 1992.
Jordan retired from basketball and went on to become an NBA owner and executive, first with the Washington Wizards and then with the Charlotte Hornets.
Jordan was married twice. He married Juanita Vanoy in 1989, and the couple had three children.
They split up in 2006. Jordan married his second wife, Yvette Prieto, in 2013, and the couple had twin children.
Jordan is well-known for his passion for golf, and he has even competed in a few professional events.
He has been involved in numerous humanitarian efforts throughout his career.
In 1997, he established the Jordan Basics program, which encourages physical fitness and education among children.