Juanita Vanoy is an American entrepreneur, but probably better known as the former wife of the legendary basketball player Michael Jordan.

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Early life, family, educational background

Born on 13 June 1959, in Chicago, Illinois USA, Vanoy holds American nationality and Hispanic ethnicity. There are no details revealing her family or her early childhood, except for the fact that she grew up in South Side Chicago. Also, information about her educational background has not been revealed to the media.

Career

As Vanoy tends to keep her life away from spotlight, there is little information about her life and career before she married Jordan.

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It is known that she became involved in modelling during her teenage years, taking part in various photo-shoots and modelling projects upon her matriculation. She worked as a model for several years, and then got the opportunity to work at the American Bar Association as an executive secretary, as well as a model. Several years later, she became involved in real estate business.

Philanthropy

Vanoy has been involved in charity work, serving as the chairman and co-founder of the non-profit organization called Michael and Juanita Jordan Endowment Fund, supporting the education system and the community through raising charity funds.

Along with her ex-husband, she launched The Michael and Juanita Jordan United Negro College Fund Scholarship Program too, providing scholarships to Chicago students enrolled in UNCF institutions.

Personal life, marriage with Michael Jordan

Vanoy met Jordan in 1984 at a Chicago Bennigan’s restaurant, but they didn’t start dating until two years later. In 1987 Jordan proposed to her at the Chicago Nick’s Fish Market – although she accepted, their engagement was soon called off for unknown reasons. However, a year later she became pregnant, and the couple married at the Little White Wedding Chapel in Las Vegas on 2 September 1989, ten months after she gave birth to their first child, a son they named Jeffrey Michael Jordan.

Michael Jordan and Huanita Vanoy

In 1990, she gave birth to their second son, Marcus James Jordan, and their daughter Jasmine Michael Jordan was born two years later. In 2002, Vanoy filed for divorce after 17 years of marriage, citing irreconcilable differences, but not long afterwards she withdrew the application as the couple reconciled. However, she filed for divorce again, finalised in late 2006. Their divorce made headlines, not only because it involved the basketball star, but also because it was the largest celebrity divorce settlement at the time, as Vanoy received an astounding $168 million. Also, the court granted her full custody of their three children.

It is unknown if Vanoy is currently dating anyone, as she has not revealed any details regarding her relationship status since her divorce. There were rumors in 2006 that she was dating Key Reynolds, but this has never been confirmed by either of them.

Who is Michael Jordan

Michael Jeffrey Jordan was born on 17 February 17 1963, in Brooklyn, New York City USA, to James and Deloris Jordan and is of African-American descent. He moved with his family to Wilmington, North Carolina, in his early childhood, where he attended Emsley A. Laney High School, joining the school basketball team in his sophomore year.

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He then accepted a basketball scholarship to the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill in 1981. While playing for the school’s basketball team Tar Heels, Jordan was named Atlantic Coast Conference Rookie of the Year for 1982, and leading the ACC in scoring for the next two years. As a junior, he became a member of the 1984 US Summer Olympics basketball team, which won the gold medal in Los Angeles, California, and again in 1992 in Barcelona, Spain. Shortly after his first Olympics, Jordan left university a year before his graduation, being selected by the Chicago Bulls of the National Basketball Association (NBA) as the third overall pick of the 1984 draft.

Two years later, he returned to North Carolina to complete his degree, obtaining a Bachelor of Arts in geography. Jordan became the leading player in his first season with the Bulls, winning the league’s Rookie of the Year award and quickly becoming a fan favorite. Following an injury during the second season and his limited participation in it, he returned the next season to become the only player other than Wilt Chamberlain to achieve 3,000 points in a single season, and the first player in the NBA history to record 200 steals and 100 blocked shots in a season.

He was the team’s leading scorer during the 1987-1988 season as well, being named Defensive Player of the Year and the league’s Most Valuable Player, as well as the first player to lead the league in both scoring and steals. He continued to lead the Bulls in scoring in the next two seasons, becoming an instrumental part of the Bulls’ success, which brought him significant popularity.

In 1991 he won his first NBA championship title with the Bulls, and two more NBA titles came in the following two years. Jordan won three NBA Finals MVP awards too, and seven scoring titles. Along with his team, he dominated in the basketball world.

In 1994, following his father’s murder by two teenage criminals, Jordan retired from his basketball career and joined the Birmingham Barons, a minor league baseball team in the Chicago White Sox system, where he played as an outfielder.

However, he returned to the NBA the following year, leading the Bulls to a then-record 72 regular-season wins. By 1998 he earned three more NBA championship titles, as well as three additional NBA Finals MVP awards, and three more scoring titles. In 1999 he retired from basketball again. However, as he became a part-owner and president of basketball operations of the Washington Wizards team, he returned for two more NBA seasons from 2001 to 2003 to play for this team, before retiring for good in 2003.

He completed his career with 32,292 total points and a 30.12-points-per-game average, the best in league history. In addition to his career in basketball, Jordan has been involved in various business and commercial ventures, such as his profitable partnership with Nike, as he fuelled the success of the Nike Air Jordan sneakers – which still earns him a reputed $100 million a year – and his ownership of the Charlotte Hornets basketball team.

Being one of the most marketed sports figures in history, he has signed numerous other endorsement deals with brands such as Wheaties, Hanes, Coca-Cola, McDonald’s and Chevrolet. He is a part owner of the baseball team the Miami Marlins, and owns several restaurants, and an automotive group which bears his name.

Michael Jordan

Jordan has also been involved in the film industry. He starred as himself in the 1996 film “Space Jam”, which mixed live action and animation, pairing him with popular animated characters Bugs Bunny and Daffy Duck.

Considered one of the best basketball players in the history of the game, Jordan’s success has put him at the top of stardom and rewarded him with numerous honors, such as induction to the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame, and the Presidential Medal of Freedom. His achievements have made him the third-richest African-American, and the first billionaire player in NBA history.

Physical appearance

Vanoy has brown eyes and black hair. She has a curvy body, is 5ft 5ins (1.65m) tall,  and weighs around 125 lbs (57kgs). Details about her other body measurements have not been disclosed.

Net Worth

As of early 2020, Vanoy has a net worth estimated at over $170 million, largely brought about by the huge divorce settlement. She has also earned income through her involvement in the real estate business.

Author

Benjy is currently a reporter for BiographyPedia based in Adelaide, Australia. Prior to joining BiographyPedia in July 2019, he was a Bizarre TV reporter and theatre critic at TheSun. Benjy has also written for DailyMail and TMZ. Benjy studied journalism at Goldsmiths University of London, graduating in 2009. You can contact him at [email protected]

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