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Shaquille O’Neal’s $500 Million Net Worth Doesn’t Shield Him from Regrets: NBA Star Opens Up About Loneliness

Retired NBA player and entrepreneur Shaquille O’Neal is one of the most prominent figures in popular culture. From endorsements with brands such as Icy Hot and The General to sparring with Charles Barkley on “Inside the NBA,” O’Neal has cemented his family’s wealth. He recently shared with NFL player Jason Kelce that despite the wealth he has amassed, it’s lonely without his family. 

NEW YORK, NEW YORK – MAY 18: Shaquille O’Neal, Inside the NBA, Turner Sports attends the Warner Bros. Discovery Upfront 2022 arrivals on the red carpet at The Theater at Madison Square Garden on May 18, 2022 in New York City. (Photo by Mike Coppola/Getty Images for Warner Bros. Discovery)

“I made a lot of dumbass mistakes to where I lost my family, and I didn’t have anybody,” O’Neal shared on his podcast, “The Big Podcast with Shaq.” “That’s not the case for you. So, enjoy your beautiful wife, enjoy your beautiful kids.” 

O’Neall, who has a reputed net worth of $500 million, played the center position for teams such as the Orlando Magic, Los Angeles Lakers, Miami Heat and Phoenix Suns. In his 19-year career as a basketball player, O’Neal was named NBA Rookie of the Year. He also earned four NBA championships, three NBA Finals MVP awards and 15 All-Star selections. 

Today, O’Neal is an analyst on “Inside the NBA.” In addition to his on-court successes, O’Neal’s endorsements with brands such as Reebok, Icy Hot, Pepsi, The General and Buick continue to contribute to his wealth. As an entrepreneur, O’Neal is the owner of several franchises including Papa Johns, Five Guys, Auntie Anne’s and Krispy Kreme. 

Yet O’Neal admits that mistakes that he made in his marriage have left him alone. 

“What we had is what we got — you got the (Super Bowl) ring, people know who you are, enjoy,” he told Kelce. “Because, again, I was an idiot, and I’ve talked about it a long time. I love my whole family. I’m in a 100,000-square-foot house by myself.” 

According to public records obtained by the New York Post, O’Neal owns nine properties in Nevada, Georgia, Texas and Florida. Here’s a look at some of O’Neal’s real estate investments. 

Inside O’Neal’s Real Estate Investment Portfolio

Over the past few years, O’Neal has purchased properties in McDonough, Georgia. In total, the four residences owned by O’Neal have a combined acreage of 30 acres — an indication that O’Neal might be eventually building a larger estate. Also in Georgia is a 4,600-square-foot home in Hampton. 

O’Neal also owns a 4,800 square foot residence in Las Vegas. He purchased the property for $1.95 million in 2021 after his son, Shareef, signed on with Ignite, an NBA G League team. 

In 2022, O’Neal purchased a 5,200-square-foot home in Carrollton, Texas, for $1.5 million. Located in a Dallas suburb, the home features five bedrooms and six bathrooms. He also owns another home in Texas, a 6,400-square-foot residence located in Sugar Land, a suburb of Houston.  

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