Earvin “Magic” Johnson was born in Lansing, Michigan in 1959.
Johnson would become known to the world as “Magic” for his surreal skills on the basketball court. After a successful college career as the star player on the Michigan State University men’s basketball team, Johnson would be the first player drafted in the 1979 NBA Draft when he was selected by the Los Angeles Lakers.
Johnson’s career with the Lakers would become the stuff of basketball legend. He would lead the team to 5 NBA Championships. He was voted league MVP 3 times and would make a dozen All-Star appearances. Johnson was also a member of the Dream Team— the 1992 US Men’s Olympic Basketball team that won Gold.
Johnson made international headlines in 1991 when he announced that he had contracted HIV and would be retiring from the game of basketball. Johnson’s announcement is widely regarded as a pivotal moment in American history that changed the world’s understanding of HIV and AIDS.
Since his retirement from basketball, Johnson has launched a wildly successful second act as a businessman. Launching Magic Johnson Enterprises, Johnson’s portfolio includes a movie theater chain, Starbucks franchises, a pre-paid MasterCard and a television network (Aspire) among other ventures. Magic Johnson Enterprises is valued in excess of 700 million dollars.
In 2012, Johnson again made history with his purchase of the Los Angeles Dodgers baseball team.
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