Stephen Curry, the key to the Warriors’ three straight trips to the NBA Finals in which they locked down two championships, is among the NBA’s best and most popular players. Despite Curry’s immense success on the court, he wasn’t among the elite earners in the league until this season.
As the Warriors were dominating the league, they were doing so while paying Curry well below his value. However, the Warriors point guard changed that in dramatic fashion courtesy of the league’s new collective bargaining agreement. Curry signed the NBA’s first “supermax” contract last summer, which places him atop the league in salary and will earn him over $200 million across the next five seasons.
Curry is also a marketer’s dream. Curry’s charisma and persona on and off the court have earned him substantial endorsement contracts. Curry is also a bonafide business man and puts in time and money with several charitable services.
Let’s take a look at how Curry has accumulated his fortune and where he stands among the wealthiest athletes in the world.
What is Stephen Curry’s NBA salary?
At the ripe age of 21, Curry signed his first NBA contract worth $12.9 million across three seasons. Fast forward to the current season, and Curry is the highest-paid player in the league with a salary of $34,682,550.
According to Spotrac, Curry will have earned $90.77 million across his first nine NBA seasons, including the 2017-18 campaign. By the time Curry’s contract comes to an end in the 2021-22 season, he will have earned over $257 million on the basketball court.
Presuming Curry, a two-time league MVP and five-time All-Star, stays healthy and productive, his next deal could shoot him past the career earnings of retired players such as Shaquille O’Neill ($286.3 million), Kobe Bryant ($323.3 million) and Kevin Garnett ($334.3 million), who currently sit atop the NBA’s list of all-time on-court earners.
It remains to be seen if he will keep up with his current contemporaries, most notably LeBron James, who will have earned over $269 million by the end of his current deal which concludes next season.
What sponsorship deals does Stephen Curry have?
Basketball continues to provide massive endorsement opportunities to its players when compared with other American sports. According to Forbes, Curry raked in an estimated $35 million in endorsements in 2017, mostly attributed to his partnership and royalties agreement with Under Armour.
Under Armour’s Curry sneaker line sat in sixth place among NBA players (past and present) with 12-month sales (period ending approximately May 2017) of $12 million, per a Forbes report.
Curry has deals with other companies including PressPlay, Vivo, Degree, Brita and JPMorgan Chase. Curry is also the global brand ambassador for Nissan’s Infiniti line.
Did you know?
Curry turned down a deal with Nike back in 2013 to sign with Under Armour, reportedly accepting a contract in the $4 million range, which was approximately $1.5 million more than Nike offered.
What businesses does Stephen Curry have?
Curry, like a few other NBA stars, is a Silicon Valley investor. According to Bloomberg Businessweek, Curry owns a small stake in Pinterest, but his main focus is a marketing startup called Slyce.
Curry’s partner is Bryant Barr, a former teammate at Davidson College. Slyce, which touts Under Armour among its clients, creates software that assists brands in managing and measuring the social media output of their endorsers.
Curry is heavily invested in managing the company and not a silent founder, according to Barr.
“He is learning what it’s like from a sales perspective, what it’s like from a product development perspective, what it’s like from a fundraising perspective, from a hiring perspective,” Barr says.
When Slyce makes offers to potential employees, they get personalized video messages from Curry.
“We have a pretty high acceptance rate,” Barr adds.
Last summer, Curry joined Warriors teammate Andre Iguodala in hosting The Players Technology Summit. The summit’s purpose was to intersect professional sports with venture capital opportunities in the technology business.
“Playing in Silicon Valley’s backyard has exposed me to information and resources that I’m excited to share through the Summit,” Curry said (via Silicon Beat). “Whether you’re thinking about your first move into entrepreneurship or investing, or perhaps already a veteran in the space, it’s about surrounding yourself with the right team and putting in the work to always be improving as a professional.”
Finally, Curry has invested in CoachUp, which connects student-athletes across the country with high-quality coaches for one-on-one training.
How many followers does Stephen Curry have on social media?
Curry, as one would suspect, has an exceptionally large social media following. Curry has 8.04 million users following him on Facebook and 12.2 million followers on Twitter. However, Curry’s largest contingent of followers is seen on Instagram, where 19.4 million users await his posts.
Curry utilizes each of the platforms to show off new sneaker products, aid companies he endorses and as a means to promote his charitable work.
What kind of charity work does Stephen Curry do?
Curry is also fully immersed in charitable efforts, including work for the Animal Rescue Foundation, NBA Cares, Nothing But Nets and the United Nations Foundation.
Curry leads Nothing But Nets, and in conjunction with the United Nations Foundation, the groups work to bring protective netting to millions around the world where malaria is prevalent.
In 2016, Curry helped raise awareness and support of the cause with a Call Your Shot challenge encouraging others to create videos showing themselves calling and then taking a trick shot of any kind and post the video to social media with the #CallYourShot hashtag to get the message out.
Curry, in a coordinated effort with Active Faith Sports, donated over $100,000 to Hurricane Harvey last year. Most recently, Curry selected Los Angeles’ Brotherhood Crusade as his charity during NBA All-Star weekend, which as the losing side saw the NBA donate $150 million.
What is Stephen Curry’s net worth?
Forbes’ “2017 World’s Highest-Paid Celebrities” list estimated Curry generated total earnings of $47.3 million, which ranked eighth among athletes around the world with soccer star Cristiano Ronaldo at the top of this list ($93 million). Curry is third in the NBA grouping led by James ($86.2 million) and Kevin Durant ($60.6 million). Curry was ranked 42nd among the entire group with Sean Combs ranked No. 1 ($130 million).
According to Celebrity Net Worth, Curry’s fortune is roughly $60 million. As Curry’s salary increases over the remainder of his contract and his investments continue to blossom, it’s not out of the realm of possibility that he will mount a serious challenge to James and Durant as the wealthiest NBA star while additionally increasing his standing among athletes around the world in estimated net worth.
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