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Earvin “Magic” Johnson went from being one of the most powerful players on the NBA court to one of the most influential business figures in the U.S. The two-time Hall of Famer, multiple NBA MVP, and Olympic Gold Medalist, is the Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Magic Johnson Enterprises, an investment conglomerate valued at an estimated $1 billion dollars.
Having seen many former athletes fail at business, Mr. Johnson spent several years investigating the topic and meeting with leading CEOs to learn everything that he could. After learning from his first failure – a sports store that resulted in a $200,000 loss – he quickly bounced back into the business world.
Today, Mr. Johnson’s company provides high quality products and services that focus primarily on ethnically diverse and underserved urban communities through strategic alliances, investments, consulting, and endorsements. The conglomerate is comprised of multiple business entities and partnerships which includes Yucaipa Johnson, a $500 million dollar private equity fund; EquiTrust Financial Services, a fixed annuities and life insurance services company; SodexoMAGIC, a food service and facilities management company; ASPIRE, an African-American television network; The Marvel Experience, a virtual 3-D attraction centered around Marvel characters; Los Angeles Football Club, a new Major League Soccer team; and Magic Johnson Bridgescape Academies, a high school drop-out prevention program.
Since his brave announcement in 1991 that he was HIV positive, Mr. Johnson has been one of the most prominent figures promoting education, understanding, prevention, and research regarding the disease. He is the chairman and founder of the Magic Johnson Foundation, one of the world’s foremost philanthropic forces. The organization develops programs and support community-based organizations that address the educational, health, and social needs of ethnically diverse, urban communities.
Having achieved every imaginable goal from a player′s perspective, Earvin “Magic” Johnson embarked on another basketball-related ambition in 1994 when he began his first year as the Lakers′ vice president.
Magic′s illustrious playing career, which consisted of hundreds of highlights, is most accurately summarized in a single word – winner. He was the guiding force behind championship-winning teams at every conceivable level including high school, college and professional. He was also on a team that captured an Olympic Gold Medal.
During his 12-year NBA career, he led the Lakers to five NBA championships (1980, 1982, 1985, 1987 and 1988) and nine appearances in the NBA Finals. He was named the NBA′s “Most Valuable Player” on three occasions (1987, 1989 and 1990), NBA Finals MVP three times (1980, 1982 and 1987), earned All-NBA First Team honors nine times, participated in 11 All-Star Games and concluded his career as the league′s all-time assist leader.
After announcing his retirement from the NBA on November 7, 1991, due to the HIV virus, Magic′s immense popularity resulted in his being voted as a starter in the 1992 All-Star Game, during which he promptly earned MVP honors. Later that year, he became a member of the 1992 United States gold-medal winning Olympic basketball team in Barcelona. He retired ranked among the Lakers′ all-time leaders in virtually every statistical category, averaging 19.7 points, 11.4 assists and 7.3 rebounds in 874 career regular season contests.
While Magic may be best known for his prowess on the basketball court, he is also an entrepreneur with multi-faceted business interests. His latest venture, Johnson Development Corporation, develops commercial property in long-neglected minority urban and suburban neighborhoods. He is building new, state-of-the-art multiplex theaters under the marquee name “Magic Johnson Theaters” with partner Sony Entertainment, and shopping centers featuring supermarkets and other retail space. His additional entities include Magic Johnson T′s, an official T-shirt licensee of the NBA, NFL, NHL and NCAA; and Magic Johnson All-Star Camps, which operate youth and adult basketball camps in Southern California and Hawaii.
As one of the most highly recognized people in the world, Earvin “Magic” Johnson’s E-Poll rating of 92 puts him in the top 10% percentile of all of Athletes and is higher now than when he was playing basketball. The key attributes driving his incredible ranking are Appeal, Sincerity and Trustworthiness.
Mr. Johnson makes over 100 public appearances annually which generate an overwhelming presence in all forms of media. He regularly meets with corporations, organizations, politicians, leaders and individuals from all walks of life in hopes of continually improving communities nationwide. Speaking to audiences as an athlete, an entrepreneur and an HIV survivor, Magic′s presentation is captivating and inspiring.
Magic Johnson discusses how being a leader means making yourself and your community better. Part of this involves stopping bullying, mistreatment, and discrimination when you see it.
Mr. Johnson illustrates this a challenge he faced in the early ‘90s when he announced that he was HIV-positive, a time when numerous misconceptions and fears were circulating around a disease that had been on the CDC’s radar for less than a decade. Due to a lack of knowledge and understanding, many NBA players stated that they would not play with Magic on the court out of fear of contracting HIV from him.
“Instead of getting upset I decided to education them,” Mr. Johnson describes the campaign he took to raise awareness about the disease so that there would come a day when the people with it would not be marginalized.
Magic Johnson has become a leading voice on how to invest in urban communities, creating redevelopment opportunities in underserved areas, most notably through his movie theaters and his partnership with Starbucks. His investments, partnerships, and past speaking engagements span a wide range of industries including technology, entertainment, sports, and non-profits.
Mr. Johnson shares his insights with business audiences on creating meaningful customer experiences and igniting customer engagement across multiple sectors and platforms. For more general audiences, he pulls from his life of service and personal challenges to motivate and energize attendees to be leaders in their communities.
The Magic of Winning
Prior to being diagnosed with HIV in 1991, Johnson was the number one pick of the 1979 NBA draft and one of the most talented and decorated players in the history of basketball. After retiring from professional basketball, he turned his energy toward entrepreneurship and became a leading spokesperson on HIV education. In this presentation, he talks about his history and how that is impacting his future. He shares his latest venture—Magic Johnson Development Corporation—which develops commercial property in neglected urban and suburban neighborhoods. Johnson delivers a passionate message about his life story and everyone can make a difference their own community.
The Power of Magic
In this session, Johnson shares keys to his entrepreneurial prowess that have made him a successful business owner with multiple ventures. A live Q&A can be added to this session.
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