5. Ronnie LottSport:American football
Lott played for the San Francisco 49ers until 1990, when he was traded first to the Los Angeles Raiders, then the New York Jets and then the Kansas City Chiefs. Over the course of his NFL career, Ronnie helped his teams win four Super Bowl Championships, and was selected to the Pro Bowl 10 times.
After retiring in 1999, Lott and Harris Barton co-founded HRJ Capital, a private equity investment firm. He alsoco-founded Champion Charities with Barton in 2004. Lott is the owner of car dealerships, Tracy Toyota, and Mercedes Benz of Medford. In 2007, he co-founded the Bennu Venture Group with Issac Vaughn to work with young companiesAnd entrepreneurs in the sports, media and technology industries.
6. Shaquille O’Neal
O’Neal is considered one of the best players in basketball history. He won four NBA championships, three of which with the Los Angeles Lakers and one with the Miami Heat. He was a 15-time All-Star and won 3 All-Star Game MVP awards. In 1996, O’Neal was named one of the 50 Greatest Players in NBA History, despite having only played four full seasons.
O’Neal was an early investor in Google and stakes in the Five Guys restaurant chain, Vitamin water and Muscle Milk. He also released a fighting game called “Shaq Fu”, which was cited by video experts as one of the worst games of all-time. O’Neal is known for assisting Orlando homeowners facing foreclosure. He bough the mortgages of those who had fallen into foreclosure and then sold their homes back to them under affordable terms. “Shaq” also launched shoes under two brands: Shaq and Dunkman.
7. Tony Hawk
By the age of 12, Tony Hawk had his first sponsor. Two years later, he became a professional skateboarder. By the age of 16, Hawk was already considered one of the top skateboarders in the world. Now, 17 years into his career, he has won more than 70 skateboarding contests.
During the 1990s,the popularity of skateboarding was waning – as were Hawk’s earnings. To combat bankruptcy,”he started BirdHouse?with Per Welinder, who was a fellow pro skateboarder. In 2002, due to a lack of skateboarding events, Hawk founded an extreme sports tour called Tony Hawk’s Boom Boom HuckJam. Beside his skateboarding ventures, Hawk has a line of successful video games and hosts a weekly radio program on Sirius XM satellite. Through the Tony Hawk Foundation, he provides grants and technical assistance for new parks in low-income areas.
8. Venus Williams
Despite having passed the 30-year-old age mark, Williamscontinues to rank in the top 20. She has won seven Grand Slam titles, including five Wimbledon championships, as well as four Olympic gold medals.
Williams teamed up with retailer Steve & Barry’s to launch her own fashion line, called EleVen. She also createdA collection of women’s apparel for Wilson’s Leather. In addition, she launched her own interior design company, V Starr Interiors, which works on residential projects throughout the country. The Miami Dolphins, a professional American footballteam, is co-owned by Venus Williams and Serena Williams.
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