- Birthday6th Mar, 72
- Birth PlaceUnited States
- Marital statusDivorced
The most dominant player in NBA and a grand entertainer, Shaquille O’Neal nicknamed Shaq, is a rare gregarious personality in the history of sports. The hulking 7 feet, 315 pound giant American basket ball player has a controversial success story in other areas of entertainment like rap music and movies. Renowned for his witty and humorous comments in media, the professional NBA athlete has a Net worth of $250 million making him one of the wealthiest sportsperson in the world.
The NBA superstar was born in Newark, New Jersey in 1972, and graduated from the Louisiana State University. He is in fact the only NBA player with an MBA degree. Nicknamed Diesel and Superman, the entertainer after reaping success in the ball game, turned his attention to films appearing in Kazaam, Blue Chips and Steel which earned decent public reviews. Off the court, Shaquille also reinvented himself as a rap artist. His solo debut album achieved the prestigious platinum status and overwhelmed with its grand success, the great entertainer has launched four rap albums till date.
Starting his career playing for Orlando Magic, and carrying the good work till Boston Celtics, Shaquille covered an extensive journey sweating hard work and earning fame and wealth in return. The professional athlete has also been a spokesman for reputed brands like Reebok and Pepsi. During his 19 year career, the NBA superstar earned approximate $292 million in salary and nearly as much from the various endorsements. The big hearted man adored spending as much as earning it, which is quite clear from his monthly expenses on vacations ($110,505), dry cleanings ($6,730) and possessions of plush cars which include Rolls Royce Phantom, Lamborghini Gallardo and Mercedes-Benz SL550.
Hulk Shaquille’s expertise in scoring, blocking, rebounding and shooting during the course of play brought nightmares for his opponents and a flurry of eminence and affluence for himself. With prestigious 15 All-star game appearances, 4 NBA titles and a league MVP award, Shaquille has earned the repute of being termed the connoisseur of basket ball. He also became the first player in the NBA history to be named Player of the week in his first week in the league.
Family & relationships
The NBA superstar Shaquille owns a Moroccan fantasy estate, Villa Stella in the Star Island which is an ideal luxurious accommodation for a celebrity. The grand exotic villa was built in 1992 and is estimated to be worth $24 million.
Location: The lavish four bedrooms home is located in the ritzy oval shaped Star Island in Miami.
Accommodation: The villa’s interior decor features Southwestern and Balinese influences. The two-story home is spread over 2.5 acres area and comprises four bedrooms and four enclosed garages, out of which two are fully air conditioned. The upper floor incorporates the guest and master suite rooms, while the ground floor houses the garden guest suite and staff quarters. Nearly 15 cars can be accommodated easily in the formal arrival court. The master suite includes lavish baths with light colored onyx flooring, whirlpool baths, multiple shower heads and heated towel racks.
An enclosed roof top observatory provides a quiet place to enjoy views in day or night time. Double wall ovens and double Sub Zero refrigerators enhance the kitchen decor. The villa’s backyard features a doll house and swing set. Other highlighted features of the mammoth exotic villa include – tennis court, indoor racquetball court, gym, keyhole shaped pool, a boat dock for a yacht, security cameras 24/7 and audio/visual controls.
NBA legend Shaquille O'Neal purchased a comfortable house valued at $235,000 in November 2012. Neal’s new pad is situated about 50km away from his iconic $250 million mansion. It’s not very clear at the present moment whether the star will reside in his new home with his girlfriend, TV star Nikki Alexander or has bought the property as an investment vehicle.
Location: Shaquille’s new residence is situated in the small city of Mount Dora in the state of Florida, USA.
Accommodation: The house encompasses a carpet area of 3,900 square feet and offers 5 bedrooms, one living room, dining area and four bathrooms. The garage offers enough space to fit in three big cars at a time. The modern kitchen features granite counter tops along with cherry cabinets and has been fitted with expensive electronic appliances.
Features: The entertainment room boasts of a state of the art home theater system. The wet bar has been well stocked with a collection of exotic alcoholic drinks. The master bathroom has been fitted with a Jacuzzi and an indoor spa too has been installed. The powerful centralized air conditioning system ensures protection from the humid climate.
Shaquille O'Neal is surely an adorable husband for his wife, as he gifted a multimillion dollar private jet to her. Shaquille’s lavish gift has a reported cost exceeding $30 million. The majestic jet features Shaunie’s name embellished on the side and a portrayal of her face on the tail wing, which surely made his dear spouse delighted. The private jet is reported to incorporate the latest avionics equipments, advanced flight controls and a luxurious interior design for a comfy travel.
Shaq’s new hobby “Yoga” is certainly going to help the big man, as the NBA player surely needs some medium to recover from his tight hamstrings. Attending classes at suburban Cleveland studio, the big strong man considers himself the worst yoga student. The massive 325 pound giant requires two mats for stretching during yoga class practiced in a room having temperature in the range of 85-90 degrees. Shaquille’s instructor specially ordered a 100 inch mat for her new pupil to enable him perform stretching. Shaquille was interested in the yoga class on account of its numerous health benefits, which include - the ability to purify blood, enhance stretching and make the body sweat to release the harmful toxins out of the body.
Regular volleyball is an incredible workout for anyone and it works the same way for the giant NBA player Shaquille, who adores playing the game on beach. The athlete’s interest in Beach Volleyball grew after considering its merits, which include - providing natural resistance and conditioning to the body as a result of the involved swift moves, and the unconditional enjoyment involved during the course of play. The brawny player recently lost a match to the Olympic Volleyball champions “Kerri Walsh” and “Rachel Wacholder” in a beach volleyball match for Shaquille’s reality television show. Loser of the game was supposed to run on the beach in a pink Speedo and the big man did it by wearing the Speedo in superman style.
Rolls Royce Phantom
The billionaire Basketball superstar is a proud owner of the exquisite Rolls Royce Phantom, which is priced at $403,000. The truly modern interpretation of luxury cars, Phantom dissipates a rare sense of occasion and style. Designed by Ian Cameron, the plush car offers a unique spirit of ecstasy and a quietly authoritative presence, which gets enhanced by its range of remarkable features. Its impressive exteriors and spacious interiors make it a perfect car to work in or merely enjoy the ride.
The Phantom Extended Wheelbase provides 250mm of legroom for rear passengers. Passenger’s privacy is ensured by setting the rear seats back in the car. The car’s roofline is curved gently downward while the lower bodyline is swept upwards. Equipped with the impressive direct injection V12 engine and electronically controlled six-speed transmission, the Phantom offers an effortless acceleration to the driver. Its state-of-the art suspension offers an air-padded 'magic carpet ride' while the double-skinned flat floor of the space frame isolates the passengers from road noise to enhance the calm, quiet ambience inside.
The Orlando Magic player owns a marvelous sports car Lamborghini Gallardo which talks sheer elegance with pace. Named after a popular breed of fighting bull and equipped with a 5.0L V10 engine, Gallardo is designed for pure class performance. Recently, Shaquille got the sports car customized by Gaffoglio Family Metal crafters to accommodate his 7-foot-1-inch stature. The car was stretched, adding a total of 12 inch in its overall length along with extension of the door, roof and side windows.
The big man Shaquille owns a Cadillac Escalade which is truly designed for a luxurious life in the spotlight. The road dominant Escalade features an exquisite Burgundy exterior with elegant detailing and glittering chrome accents, attributing it a bold style with a magnetic personality. The car’s spacious interior offers extravagant comfort along with sophisticated entertainment choices for extreme delight. The Superman’s Escalade is customized with Superman emblem on the rear hatch and on the two tone leather seats.
The Hulk American basket ball player owns the lavish perfect car, Mercedes-Benz SL550. Shaquille picked the classy road vehicle after being influenced by its mature motoring capabilities which include agile handling, comfortable cabin, oleopneumatic active body control suspension, incredible top speed of 157 mph and comfortable riding characteristics. The elegant Benz incorporates a 5.5 liter V-8 engine delivering extraordinary 382bhp and attains a cruising range of 60mph from rest in mere 4.8 seconds.
The Orlando Magic star adores spending vacations with his family at the Busch Gardens in Tampa. During his thrilling Serengeti Safari tour, Shaquille fed giraffes, met with elephants and enjoyed thrill rides at the theme park.
Location: The Busch Gardens are located in Tampa, Florida.
Main Attraction: The principal attraction of the Busch Gardens is undoubtedly the vast range of animals including giraffes, elephants, cheetahs, peacocks and many more. You can enjoy the exclusive park experiences like Serengeti Safari and Endangered Species Safari. The garden also offers amazing rides which include roller coaster Cheetah hunt, Jungle Flyers, Wild Surge, Gwazi and Sand Serpent.
The visitors can witness the spectacular beauty and natural sounds of around 500 tropical birds kept in the “Bird House” from around the world. The participating Busch Gardens restaurants offer all the much needed food and drink to visitors while the park shops provide literally everything right from t-shirts, headwear, towels to backpacks, toys, shoes, clothing and swim diapers.
Shaq having fun time
Boys and Girls Clubs of America
Shaquille supports the cause “Boys and Girls Clubs of America”, which offers young boys and girls to learn and grow while having fun. The NBA player has donated $1 million to the charity to create technology centers in Clubs nationwide. The group offers club programs and services to the energetic youth to enhance their development to have a great future ahead. The group runs a number of programs on subjects like Education and Career, Character and Leadership, Health and Life, Arts, Sports, Fitness and Recreation for the all round development of the youth to make them talented, successful and responsible citizens.
Kids Wish Network
The NBA player’s participation in the cause “Kids Wish Network” reflects his adore for kids and young children. Kids Wish Network is a National charitable association aimed at infusing hope and developing the life of children facing life threatening conditions, to make their dreams come true. The organization runs several key programs to honor and assist the brave children and their families to get through their difficult phase of time, and seeks out new and innovative programs to eradicate the suffering of incredible life challenges faced by the kids to improve the quality of their life.
Shaquille stands for the cause "Phoenix House", which is committed to protect individuals, families and groups exaggerated by substance abuse. Situated in New York, Phoenix House is an independent nonprofit organization offering alcohol and drug abuse treatment for adults and adolescents in ten states to provide them a healthy, productive, peaceful and rewarding life. The range of treatment program options includes – Assessment and evaluation, detoxification, residential programs for outpatients and special women services which treat more than 5000 people each day.
Be The Match
The NBA player supports the cause “Be The Match”, which seeks support from a community of people to help patients in need of a bone marrow or core blood transplant, to provide them a second chance in life. The movement runs a “National Marrow Donor Program” to make people participate in the marrow and cord blood transplantation to save the lives of suffering people. Since its inception, the gracious movement has conducted 50,000 successful transplants and is looking for more volunteers to support the cause.
The NBA superstar is fond of wearing the official on-field caps produced by one of the largest head wear manufacturer “New Era”. Shaquille is often spotted wearing the exclusive “New Era cap” bearing a bright smile on his face in a true rapper style while watching the ball game. Located in New York, the “New Era Company” is the exclusive producer and marketer of on-field caps for every major Basketball team.
Royal Oak Offshore Chronograph
The Orlando Magic player keeps his iconic status elevated as he wears a “Royal Oak Offshore Chronograph” manufactured by “Audemars Piguet”. The $28,000 luxury watch is Shaquille’s favorite on account of its unique octagonal design, satin-brushed polished finish and paramount durability.