Michael Jeffrey Jordan is well known with his initials as MJ and he is an American businessman and former basketball player. Jordan was born on 17th February 1963. Now, there is big news regarding him due to his divorce with his wife.
This news became headline because, Michael Jordan’s divorce with his wife Juanita was very massive. Michael’s ex wife received a $168 million settlement which is considered as the most expensive divorce settlement in entertainment history. This is equivalent to $240 million as of 2022.
His wife also received a seven acre mansion in Chicago. Along with the divorce settlement Jordan had paid $2 million for legal fees.
A family friend told to people that – “I’m shocked and disappointed that their marriage didn’t work,” The duo filed for divorce and its game over for Michael Jordan and his wife. They have ended their 17 years of marriage.
What is the Reason Behind Michael Jordan Divorce?
“Michael and Juanita Jordan mutually and amicably decided to end their 17-year marriage,” the couple’s lawyers said in a statement. “A judgment for dissolution of their marriage was entered today. There will be no further statements.”
Michael is 43 years old and he has starred in Chicago Bulls. The couple met at a restaurant in Chicago and tied the knot in Las Vegas on 2nd September 1989. Together they have three kids named Jefferey, Marcus and Jasmine.
Their marriage had been suffering from lots of issues so Juanita Jordan has filed a divorce in January 2002. But later on after a month, the pair announced that they were trying to reconcile and she withdrawn he divorce petition.
At the time of that prior petition, Jordan said efforts to save the marriage are unfortunately failed as well as future ones.
“would be impractical and not in the best interests of the family,” the Associated Press reports.
Still, some friends were surprised by Friday’s announcement. “I’m shocked and disappointed that their marriage didn’t work,” family friend Les Coney, whose son played basketball with the Jordans’ oldest son, Jeffrey, tells PEOPLE. “I think they’re wonderful people and I have no doubt they’ll be putting their kids first.”
On 23rd December, Coney said the divorce was really shocking because Jordan had spent plenty of time together with his wife in recent years. The duo also attended their son’s basketball game and after that they sat together in a box to watch Bulls Play The Bobcats in Chicago.
“You read about women wanting his attention. But grown men and children do too,” Coney says. “He’s a magnet. He hasn’t played basketball in five years, but still, people stop and take pictures and ask for autographs. Marriage is hard for any couple, and if you add celebrity to that, it’s even harder.”
The Jordans were never prone to public displays of affection. “But they clearly communicate,” says Coney. “When Juanita couldn’t get the stereo to work, he’s the first person she called. And Michael was right there.”
What Happened to Juanita and Michael After Divorce?
Michael was a retired basketball player at the time of their divorce but he had plenty of business ventures. Jordan became part owner of the Charlotte Bobcats and then became a billionaire after few years of their divorce.
Michael is still working as active businessman. Even though, his divorce settlement was very massive, he still have net worth of around $2.2 billion.
Jordan then married Yvette Prieto who is a Cuban-American model. They got married in 2013 and they welcomed twin daughters in 2014.
Juanita on the other hand is a collector of art from several African –American artists. She did not married yet like her ex-husband.
Michael’s ex wife said that she wanted a low profile life and so she is looking forward for simpler things like her kids and close friends. Her net worth as of 2022, is estimated to be $200 million.