Earvin “Magic” Johnson is a record setting retired NBA player, Chairmen and CEO of Magic Johnson Enterprises, and President of Basketball Operations for the Los Angeles Lakers. Using his platform to serve urban communities and inspire others, Magic Johnson is highly motivating sports speaker for hire.
Coming from humble beginnings, Magic Johnson is a testament to the fact that everyone can achieve greatness. Owner of Magic Johnson Enterprises, a $1billion dollar investment conglomorate, most of Magic’s business ventures support minorities and underserved communities. MJE’s subsidiaries include Magic Johnson Productions, Magic Johnson Entertainment, and Magic Johnson Theaters. Magic Johnson Theatres is a chain of movie theaters in partnership with Sony Pictures for the purpose of placing more theaters in urban communities. Magic also collaborated with Starbucks on a campaign called Urban Coffee Projects, meant to create more job opportunities. He bought 125 stores and placed them in cities like Detroit, Washington, D.C. and Harlem. His investments also include Aspire, an African American television network and several minority owned tech companies.
On October 12, 2018, Magic spoke at the Central State Hall of Fame luncheon after being welcomed to CSU’s Marauder Athletic Hall of Fame. There he surprised everyone, pledging to donate $1 million dollars to the university. A highly celebrated businessman, Stanford Graduate School of Business hired Magic Johnson to speak to their students in 2015. His View From The Top talk was centered around business strategy, discipline, and above all else, attitude. In 2016 he spoke at the Bakersfield Business Conference alongside political figures Ben Carson and Ann Coulter. Also a victim of HIV, Magic has helped dispel misinformation about the disease through his public status. Named UN Messenger of Peace, Magic delivered a speech at the UN World Aids Day Conference in 1999.
Magic Johnson’s good deeds expand well beyond motivational speeches. He is founder of the Magic Johnson Foundation, a nonprofit targeting inner city development and HIV/AIDS initiatives. The charity has impacted over 500K individuals and awarded over $20 million dollars in grants since 1991. Johnson’s Community Empowerment Centers through the nonprofit have provided access to technology, food and education for over 260K people.
Still largely involved in sports, Magic is the 2018 NBA Legend of the Year. Currently serving as President of Basketball Operations for the Los Angeles Lakers, Magic sold his $10 million dollar share in the franchise in 2010. He opted instead for an unpaid position as Vice President of the team. He is co-owner of the Los Angeles Dodgers, sold for a record breaking $2 billion dollars in 2012. Johnson also co-owns the WNBA Los Angeles Sparks and announced his co-ownership of Major League Soccer’s LA Football Club in 2015.
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