10 Richest Chicago Bulls Basketball Players

Chicago Bull is undisputedly the best team in Chicago in terms of depth, consistency and pure talent. The fact that Michael Jordan shares a history with this team is a clear indication that the Bulls are a force to be reckoned with. The Bulls are the third most valuable NBA franchise, with an estimated net worth of $600 million. Below is a list of the 10 richest Chicago Bulls Basketball players (both former and current players): - 

But before you check out the list, here are some notable facts to ponder on : 

  1. In 1984, Michael Jordan smashed all endorsement records when Nike consented to pay him $500,000 annually for 5 years. The previous endorsement record of $150,000 annually was held by James Worthy with New Balance.
  2. Scottie Pippen is among the only four Chicago Bulls players to have their Jerseys retired by the club. Scottie’s jersey was No.33.
  3. Toni Kukoc was a prolific table tennis player when he was growing up, but eventually switched to basketball.
  4. Kirk Hinrich’s career started when he was only 7 years old.
  5. Steve Kerr is presently the record holder for the most accurate 3-points shoot in NBA history.

1. Michael Jordan : $1 Billion

michael jordan's jerseyNo. 23 will always be remembered as the greatest number in basketball

MJ (not Michael Jackson but Michael Jordan) is a former Chicago Bulls player, who played for the club from 1984 to 1998. On June 2014, he joined the lean list of black billionaires in the world after he raised his stake in the Charlotte Hornets from 80% to 89.5%. Jordan’s stake in the team is about $416 million, while his wealth outside the Hornets is about $600 million, which brings his total net worth to over $1 billion.

2. Derrick Rose : $70 Million

Derrick Rose is an American professional basketball player, who currently plays for the Chicago Bulls. The 6ft 3inch-tall point guard takes home an annual salary of $17.6 million and is set to earn some extra $21 million worth of endorsements in 2014.

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3. Scottie Pippen : $50 Million

Scottie Pippen is a retired professional basketball player, who played for the Chicago Bulls from 1987 to 1998. The now 49-year old ex-athlete is remembered as one of the most agile and versatile players. He is also considered to be among the best small forwards of all time, and among the greatest defenders in NBA’s history. 

Scottie Pippen and family

4. Charles Oakley: $52 Million

Charles Oakley is a former professional basketball player who played for five NBA clubs, among them being the Chicago Bulls. After retiring from the NBA, he was appointed assistant coach for the Charlotte Bobcats, a position that he maintains to date. The 51-year old ex-athlete currently has an estimated net worth of $52 Million.

5. Ben Gordon : $40 Million

Ben Gordon is a professional basketball player who played for the Chicago Bulls from 2004 to 2008. During his rookie year with the Bulls, he became the only rookie to be awarded with the Sixth Man of the Year Award. Bob currently plays for Charlotte Bobcats and earns an annual salary of $12.4 Million.

6. Horace Grant : $35 Million

Horace Grant is a former Chicago Bulls player who was drafted by the club in 1987 and played as a power forward/center for the club until 1994. He is now retired and enjoys the fruits of his labor, including his massive fortune amounting to $35 Million.

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7. Toni Kukoc : $30 Million 

Toni Kukoc is a former Chicago Bulls player who played for the team from 1993 to 2000. The now 52-year old ex-athlete is a 3-time NBA champion who earned 3 consecutive titles with the Bulls from 1996 to 1998. He retired from the league in 2006 after confessing that he only wanted to play for the Bucks or Bulls and since he couldn’t get a contract from either, he opted out.

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8. Kirk Hinrich : $27 Million 

Kirk Hinrich is a professional basketball player who was picked by the Chicago Bulls in the 2003 NBA Draft. In 2004 and 2007, he was named NBA All-Rookie First Team and All-Defensive Second Team respectively. On June 2010, he was traded to Washington Wizards, where he played till 2011 when he was traded to the Atlanta Hawks. In 2012, he returned to The Chicago Bulls, where he is playing to date.

9. Steve Kerr: $15 Million

Steve Kerr is a former professional basketball player who had a very successful career on the NBA with the Chicago Bulls. During his career with the Bulls, he won 3-consecutive champions from 1996-1998. On June 2007, he became the General Manager and President of Basketball Operations for the Phoenix Suns. 

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10. Artis Gilmore : $5 Million

Artis Gilmore is a former professional basketball player who played for the Chicago Bulls from 1976 to 1982. In 2011, the now 65-year old ex-athlete was inducted into the Basketball Hall of Fame. He currently has an estimated net worth of $5 Million.

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