Winning Big Again: Pro Athletes Turned Entrepreneurs

These talented players are successful outside the game, too.

Derrick Rose; George Foreman; Venus Williams
Derrick Rose; George Foreman; Venus Williams Mike Ehrmann/Getty Images; Jeremy O'Donnell/Getty Images; Mike Ehrmann/Getty Images

For many professional athletes, the winning doesn’t stop once they leave sports. From George Foreman’s popular grills to Magic Johnson’s chain of movie theaters, professional athletes are making moves beyond the boxing ring, court and field.

1. Junior Bridgeman

This former NBA player owns Bridgeman Foods Inc., which operates more than 160 Wendy’s and more than 120 Chili’s franchises across America.

2. Magic Johnson

The former Laker started Magic Johnson Enterprises with the goal of capitalizing on the growing buying power of minorities and the value of a multicultural economy. Ventures include Starbucks, Magic Johnson Theatres and 24 Hour Fitness.

3. Michael Jordan

Arguably the best basketball player known to play the game, Jordan currently owns the Charlotte Bobcats and is the face of Nike’s Air Jordan sneakers and other products.