Chapter 3: How to Lose $100 million
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Athletes and Financial Mismanagement
“Once I made the roster, my first big purchase was a 1992 white Corvette with red interior for $38,000…[Later] I bought a Mercedes and a Hummer. Players really go overboard on automobiles.”
— George Koonce, nine-year NFL veteran
Author of Is There Life After Football:
Surviving the NFL
There is no shortage of professional athletes who have mismanaged their money. It has happened in every major sport spanning several generations of athletes. During the 1940’s former World Champion boxer Joe Louis, after having made $4.8 million, died owing money to the US government. Boxer Sugar Ray Robinson lost the $4 million he made during his boxing career in the 1950’s. NFL star Bernie Kosar squandered a $15 million fortune. Former NBA player Charles Barkley once claimed he lost over $10 million gambling. Former NFL great Warren Sapp made $82 million during his NFL career, yet by the end had only $826.04 in his bank account and had to file for bankruptcy.
Athletes run into financial trouble for several reasons including lack of self-control, peer and family pressure, the false belief that their income will continue for the rest of their lives, and a lack of basic financial and investment knowledge. However, financial mismanagement is not relegated to athletes. In fact, lottery winners declare bankruptcy at twice the rate of the general population and encounter similar challenges that newly wealthy athletes face. (See Chapter 5: The Dark Side of Wealth).
Your Personal Guide To Losing $100 Million And Other Lesser Amounts!
“Nothing is worse than being famous and broke.”
Grammy-nominated recording artist, producer,
Before I give a personal guide on how to lose $100 million (and other lesser amounts), I’d like to provide actual examples of the spending habits of a few professional athletes:
So without further ado, I like to provide you with proven methods for losing $100 million (and other lesser amounts)!