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Earvin “Magic” Johnson Jr.

Founder and CEO of Magic Johnson Companies

Universally known for his illustrious professional NBA career, has redefined himself as a businessman. To date, he has provided more than 20,000 jobs to minorities through his many business ventures.

As chairman and chief executive officer of Johnson Development Corporation (JDC), he has helped revitalize underserved communities by providing quality entertainment services, creating much-needed jobs, and employing local minority contractors and service vendors. Through JDC, Johnson has 92 Starbucks, 16 Canyon-Johnson Urban Fund properties, six Magic Johnson Theatres Theaters, and 27 Washington Mutual Home Loan Centers.

Johnson also heads Magic Johnson Enterprises (MJE), which is responsible for the direction and expansion of the Magic Johnson Brand. His business ventures through MJE include Lincoln Mercury, NASCAR, (Johnson is co-chair of their Diversity Steering Committee), Burger King, ZMagic, Cadbury Schweppes and 24 Hour Fitness Centers.

Johnson is Founder of the Magic Johnson Foundation, a nonprofit that empowers minority communities through advancing and supporting worthy charitable organizations. Johnson also serves on the board of trustees for the American Cancer Society Foundation.

Johnson won five national championships with The Los Angeles Lakers, three MVP awards, and a gold medal at the 1992 Olympics in Barcelona, Spain. He played in 12 NBA All-Star Games.