So far this NBA season, LeBron James's latest endeavor with the Los Angeles Lakers has not been as earth-shattering as fans expected it to be. Well, perhaps it has been earth-shattering, but not in a positive way. The Lakers - as of this writing - have yet to pick up a win with a record of 0-3 and despite being promoted as the saving grace of the team, LeBron painstakingly fumbled a free throw against the San Antonio Spurs that had he not flopped it in overtime, the Lakers would have won.
However, while the move to LA has not been paying off for LeBron on the court, it certainly is paying off for him in dividends in terms of the cash he's getting now from check to check. Lebron's four year, $154 million deal with the Lakers is historic as it officially makes him the highest paid player in NBA history, which is more than deserving for the best player in the league today.
With that much money in the contract for a man with a net worth of $440 million, we wonder what a man with that much money spends it on. Here's what Lebron James spends all of his millions on:
20 His beloved yet modest KIA K900
Back in 2015, LeBron James told us that he loves Kia, and one of his favorite cars was the Kia K900. None of us believed him when he originally said this. Mostly because, at the time, LeBron had an endorsement with Kia and as the new face of Kia, Lebron was legally obligated and paid to say that Kia had the best cars on the planet.
Granted, if he wasn't signed to Kia, it wouldn't be a hard statement to believe, especially when it comes to the Kia K900. At a price of $50,900, the Kia K900 is a reasonable sedan that's safe for the whole family to ride in. No, we're not legally paid by Kia to say this. We wish we were though. They pay big bucks for endorsements, so we heard.
19 BEING A BIG TIME HOLLYWOOD PRODUCER
Many NBA fans have suspected and theorized that LeBron James agreed to move over to the Los Angeles Lakers, not for the sport, but because he wanted to move to LA for his Hollywood ambitions as a producer. Lebron has teased a run in Hollywood in recent years through his cameo in Trainwreck and through producing the show Survivor's Remorse - which was loosely based on his life back when it was still on the air - but now that he's living in LA, he's been investing in more and more onscreen projects.
Most recently, he made a deal with NBC back in September so that he could c0-produce an upcoming basketball drama called Hoops alongside Elizabeth Banks.
18 HIS OWN CLOTHING AND SNEAKER LINE
There are two things that there will always be money in: the banana stand, and clothes. People can never get enough clothes, and people are always going to need clothes to buy for all seasons. LeBron sees the importance and money potential in clothes, and so he decided to open up his own clothing brand. Founded in 2011, UNKNWN offers streetwear, sneakers, and designer apparel.
The recently opened a big retail store in Wynwood, Miami back in May, and is open every day from 10am until 9:30pm. The retailers just released their latest fall line, and if we're being honest, the new clothes look swanky.
17 A PUBLIC SCHOOL
While many of the entries on this list tend to highlight the swanky items which he decided to splurge on purely out of fun, sometimes LeBron decides to use his heap of wealth to give back something positive to his community. In this particular case, he decided to give back by opening up a public school for at-risk children.
As an extension of the LeBron James Family Foundation, the I Promise School opened its doors last July in Akron, Ohio with 240 at-risk students in attendance. Lebron opened the school with hopes that all children - regardless of whatever unfortunate circumstances they might face at home - should have the same opportunities for success.
16 MATCHING SUITS FOR HIS TEAMMATES
Earlier this year back in April - back when he still wore Cleveland Cavaliers colors proudly onto the court - LeBron wanted his teammates to feel and display a sense of comradery and teamwork. To spread that feeling of togetherness, he wanted his whole team to walk into Game 3 against the Pacers in style.
To ensure his team looked like a stable - and of course, stylish - unit, he bought everyone on his team a tailored suit designed by Thom Browne, and made sure they all wore their suits to the arena. While Lebron hoped everyone would see their matching suits and see a well-oiled unit, everyone on social media just cracked jokes on them.
15 SWANKY BRENTWOOD MANSION
Not long before he decided to don those bright yellow Laker colors, LeBron James already bought himself a home in Los Angeles. His brand new $23 million spot in the Brentwood neighborhood is actually the second pad he's bought in LA.
This new LA spot of his is laced with hard oak wood floors that look oddly similar to that of a basketball court. The home also comes with eight different bedrooms, eleven bathrooms, a personal office, an onyx bar, a wine cellar, patio, game room, cigar room, steam room, sauna, spa, massage room, and a kitchen made of pure marble and natural French oak.
14 HISTORICALLY IMPORTANT DONATIONS
LeBron James is a big fan of the late, great Muhammad Ali. He has admitted on more than one occasion that he thinks Ali is the greatest athlete to ever have lived, and that his achievements in the ring come second to those that he made outside of it as a civil rights leader.
This is not only why LeBron is currently investing in producing a two-part Muhammad Ali documentary for HBO, but why he donated $2.5 million to get a Muhammad Ali exhibit made at the Smithsonian Museum. It's nice to see how often Lebron dedicates his riches to kind donations like this.
13 ENGAGEMENT RING FOR HIS HIGH SCHOOL SWEETIE
LeBron James met his wife - Savannah - back in high school. After having their first date at an Outback Steakhouse, they were glued by the hip ever since. He was a basketball player at a rival high school, and she was a softball player and a cheerleader. It's like a modern day Romeo & Juliet story. She has watched him grow as both an athlete and as a man over the course of several decades, and it was only natural for the next step of their relationship to be marriage.
He popped the big question back in 2011 at a New Year's Eve bash - handing her an engagement ring that cost $300,000 - and the two wedded in a 3-day event in 2013.
12 INTERNATIONAL VACATION TRIPS AROUND THE WORLD
A workaholic like LeBron James needs a break every now and again, and when he does, he spends huge wads of cash to get away from it all. And when we say get away, we mean he travels the globe. One of his most memorable vacations had to be when he and his wife took a honeymoon to Capri, Italy following their three-day wedding.
Another big vacation for LeBron was when he and his wife took a 2014 trip to Greece. The couple went to go sightseeing in Santorini, Mykonos, and Athens. At the latter, they got to see the Temple of Zeus.
11 HIS ULTRA EXPENSIVE TATTOOS
LeBron James is notorious for all of the ink branded on his body. He tends to get pretty much all of his tattoos from the Bang Bang Tattoos shop in New York City. The owner of the shop - Keith "Bang Bang" McCurdy - has been noted to spend time inking a bevy of celebrities, including Justin Bieber, Rihanna, and Katy Perry.
The customers at the shop have always been almost exclusively celebrities, due to how pricey the tattoos are. Mr. Bang Bang charges a minimum of $500 per tattoo per hour. Taking into consideration that big tattoos can take hours on end to finish, those are some expensive tattoos.
10 MAINTAINING A MILLION DOLLAR BODY
Perhaps the most surprising thing about LeBron James's career thus far is that despite taking no days off, he has never faced a career-threatening injury. The closest to an injury he's had is a hand injury, and even then, he hurt himself by punching a wall following a Game 1 loss in the NBA Finals. Miraculously, LeBron has never been injured on the court.
As it turns out, LeBron takes some major steps and kicks out some big bucks to ensure his body is at 201% at all times. According to his best friend and manager Maverick Carter, LeBron spends about $1.5 million a year on his body. This includes paying for personal chefs and trainers, as well as going through intense body therapy involving hyperbaric chambers, cryotherapy, and wearing NormaTec leg boots.
9 HUGE COCONUT GROVE MANSION
As is the case with any basketball player who gets traded to another team - and as was the case when LeBron was traded over to the Los Angeles Lakers - LeBron moved over to Miami when he got traded to the Heat. For the big move, he decided to buy a $9 million home in Coconut Grove.
The home stretches out at approximately at 30,000 square feet in his Akron, Ohio hometown. The house reportedly comes with six bedrooms, eight and a half bathrooms, a home bar, a gourmet kitchen, a wine cellar, a home bar, a paneled library, and an infinity pool. He wound up selling the whole compound for $4.4 million.
8 THE LEBRON JAMES FAMILY FOUNDATION
Founded in 2004, the LeBron James Family Foundation's mission statement has been to support the futures of at-risk children around the globe and ensure that they all have a promising, fulfilling future. As of now, more than 1,000 children have been enrolled in the program.
Giving that many children full rides to college has so far could cost over $41 million to pull off, and Lebron hopes to spend even more money on even more children as the years go on. As the founder of the foundation, LeBron James has pledged to pay for as many as 2,300 children to go to college.
7 BIG STAKES IN A LIVERPOOL CLUB
With LeBron James being by far the biggest star athlete in the NBA today, obviously most of his interests and knowledge are going to be related to basketball. However, that doesn't mean that he doesn't see the future or the importance of investing in other sports simultaneously. This is why he bought stakes in the Liverpool FC football club in England that competes in the world's biggest English football league, Premier League.
In 2011, LeBron bought a 2% stake in Liverpool FC for $6.5 million. Now, this investment seems to be paying off with his shares in Liverpool are worth $32 million.
6 INVESTMENTS WITH ARNOLD SCHWARZENEGGER
Long before LeBron James made the big move to Los Angeles, he has had a close relationship with the former Governor of California, Arnold Schwarzenegger. The Governator was right by LeBron's side when he won the Most Valuable Player award at the 2018 NBA All Star Game, and he sent a motivational video to LeBron in time for his Lakers debut this year.
Now, the two are business partners. LeBron and Arnie are among a group of celebrities who put money in Bill Ackman's Georgetown Company and his Hell's Kitchen office building back in May, and now own a part of that building.
5 A FERRARI FOR HIS BIRTHDAY
LeBron James is a big fan of the Ferrari car brand, which probably explains why he buys so many Ferraris for other people. He expects people to love Ferraris as much as he does. We once saw LeBron with the Ferrari F430 Spider. As much as he loves Ferraris, LeBron didn't buy this one. It was gifted to him from Will Castro for the first episode of Unique Whips. The car reportedly costs between $186,925 and $281,618.
His most noteworthy Ferrari purchase came on his 25th birthday. To mark the occasion, LeBron spent between $310,543 and $320,580 on the whip at his favorite auto shop, Unique Autosports.
4 A FERRARI FOR HIS WIFE
We mentioned earlier that he kicked out a whole lot of money for his high school sweetheart's hand in marriage to show how much he appreciates her for sticking by his side for all those years. The expensive gift showering did not stop there, not even when she legally became his wife.
In 2016, he graced his wife for her 30th birthday with an old school Ferrari Testarossa, which depending on the model and year of the car could have run LeBron up a pricey bill of at least $240,000. Then again, no one should put a price tag on anything for the love of their life.
3 A PORSCHE FOR HIS MOM
It has been well documented how much LeBron James loves his mother. He is more than grateful for the love and care that she showed him as a single mother, and the same love and care that she taught him to spread towards his friends, partners, and his own children as a dad himself.
We are certain that if he could, LeBron would show his appreciation for his mom by giving her the world and everything in it. Of course, that is not possible. Instead, he compensates by showering his mother with gifts, like in 2014 when he gifted her with a brand new Porsche for her birthday.
2 A PORSCHE FOR HIMSELF
It seems as though a big reason why he thought his mom would love getting a Porsche on her birthday would be because he himself loves Porsche. It has been reported that LeBron has at least four different Porsches in his garage, so it is easy to say that the Laker is a big fan of the Porsche brand. Him and his buddy Dwayne Wade actually bought matching Porsches together, one has a black one, and the other owns a white one.
One of his favorite models to drive is the Porsche 911 Turbo S Convertible, which he might've spent $203,000 on.
1 A MAYBACH 57S WITH A PRETTY OBNOXIOUS PLATE
In 2008, back when he was in his first run with the Cleveland Cavaliers, LeBron James infamously bought himself a Maybach 57S. We say infamously because his car purchase was more noteworthy not for the car itself, but for the cocky license plate that said "KNG OF OH," obviously calling himself the King of Ohio. It's been a long time since we saw him rock this whip. We're not sure if he got rid of the car altogether, or just changed the license plate when he left Cleveland.
In any case, the car - plate included - had to have cost LeBron between $376,300, and $416,200.
References: SBNation, CBSSports, Sports Illustrated