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Who Is Kareem Abdul-Jabbar? Get To Know More About Him

Nishma Shrestha Published On Mon Jul 01 2019   Modified On Sun Jul 28 2019
Who Is Kareem Abdul-Jabbar? Get To Know More About Him


    Who Is Kareem Abdul-Jabbar? Get To Know More About Him

    One of the greatest athletes, Kareem Abdul-Jabbar is an American retired professional basketball player who played 20 seasons in the National Basketball Association (NBA) for the Milwaukee Bucks. Add to this, he has appeared in numerous television shows and movies.

    Kareem Abdul-Jabbar's Biography: Early Life, Parents, & Education

    Kareem Abdul-Jabbar was born in 1947, New York City to parents Ferdinand Lewis Alcindor, Sr (father) and Cora Lillian (mother). He celebrated his birthday on April 16 under the sun sign of Aries. He holds an American nationality and belongs to black ethnic group. 

    Kareem Abdul-Jabbar in his early days
    Kareem Abdul-Jabbar in his early days

    He had his high school education at Power Memorial Academy where he started playing basketball. Later, he studied at the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA).  

    Kareem Abdul-Jabbar's Body Statistics, Age & Height

    • Height: Kareem stands 7 feet 1 inches or 218 cm tall.
    • Age: As of 2019, he is at the age of 72.
    • Eye Color: Jabbar has attractive black eyes.
    • Body Measurements: He has maintained his body in a slim shape but his exact figure is not available.

    Kareem Abdul-Jabbar's Personal Life: Marriage, Wife, Children, Family

    The NBA star, Kareem was married to Habiba Abdul-Jabbar (née Janice Brown). They met each other at a Los Angeles Lakers game. The husband and wife tied the knot on May 28, 1971

    Kareem Abdul-Jabbar with his former wife Habiba Abdul-Jabbar
    Kareem Abdul-Jabbar with his former wife Habiba Abdul-Jabbar

    They have three children, Habiba, Sultana, and Kareem Jr. Unfortunately, they got divorced in 1978

    After his separation with Janice, he started dating with Cheryl Pistono. But they couldn't push their relationship ahead. However, they had a son, Amir Abdul-Jabbar. Also, he has a son Adam, whose mother is unknown to the public.

    Kareem Abdul-Jabbar's Net Worth and Career

    A former American professional basketball player who has a net worth of $20 million, as of 2019. He has earned a good sum of money from his successful career. 

    In addition to this, Kareem also earns $65 thousand per year from his job at the NBA. Well, his wealth is often compared to Antonella Roccuzzo, Mariska Hargitay, and Big Show.

    Beginning 1966, he played for UCLA under John Wooden. In 1969, he was picked by the Milwaukee Bucks for $1.4 million and became the first Naismith College Player. 

    Kareem Abdul-Jabbar @ Dodger Stadium
    Kareem Abdul-Jabbar @ Dodger Stadium

    In addition, he has written so many books, including his autobiography ‘Giant Steps’. 

    He also played in numerous movies, including ‘Fletch’, ‘Troop Beverly Hills’, ‘Airplane!’, and several TV series, like ‘Everybody Loves Raymond’, ‘Martin’, ‘Scrubs’, ‘21 Jump Street’, etc.

    He was awarded as the Most Outstanding Player in NCAA Tournament Stats (1967, 1968, and 1969). 

    In 1978, he has appeared in the movies ‘Game of Death’ along with Bruce Lee

    In 2012, he was selected  to be a U.S. global cultural ambassador by Secretary of State Hillary Clinton and in 2016, President Barack Obama awarded him the Presidential Medal of Freedom.

    Currently, he is a columnist for The Hollywood Reporter and a contributing writer for the Guardian.

    Here is a Quick Summary of Kareem Abdul-Jabbar:

    Who is Kareem Abdul-Jabbar?

    He is is an American retired professional basketball player.

    What is Kareem Abdul-Jabbar's Net Worth?

    $20 million.

    What is his height?

    7 feet 1 inches. 

    Kareem Abdul-Jabbar's Interesting Facts

    • Kareem has trained with Bruce Lee.
    • His favorite books include ‘Between the World and Me’ by Ta-Nehisi Coates, ‘But Beautiful: A Book About Jazz’.
    • Jabbar is an avid coin collector and was appointed to the Citizens Coin Advisory Council.