Michael Jordan Donates $1M to Hurricane Dorian Relief in Bahamas

Mike Chiari@mikechiariFeatured ColumnistSeptember 10, 2019

Charlotte Hornets owner Michael Jordan speaks to the media about hosting the NBA All-Star basketball game during a news conference in Charlotte, N.C., Tuesday, Feb. 12, 2019. (AP Photo/Chuck Burton)
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Chicago Bulls legend and Charlotte Hornets owner Michael Jordan has pledged to donate $1 million to Hurricane Dorian relief efforts in the Bahamas.

Jordan's manager, Estee Portnoy, released the following statement on his behalf:

The Basketball Hall of Famer, whom Forbes estimates is worth $1.9 billion, noted that he frequents the Bahamas and owns property there.

As of Sunday, Mercy Corps reported that Hurricane Dorian was the strongest hurricane to ever make landfall in the archipelago off the coast of Florida. It added that there was a confirmed death toll of 43 and 70,000 people in need of lifesaving assistance.

Last year, Jordan donated $2 million to the Hurricane Florence relief effort in the Carolinas. The 56-year-old grew up in Wilmington, North Carolina, and attended the University of North Carolina.

Jordan is widely considered to be one of the greatest basketball players of all time, as he was a 14-time All-Star, five-time regular-season MVP, six-time NBA champion and six-time NBA Finals MVP.

He spent 13 seasons with the Bulls and finished his career with two campaigns as a member of the Washington Wizards.

After retiring, Jordan became a successful businessman due largely to his Jordan Brand empire. That allowed him to become one of the first minorities to own an NBA team.

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