Shaquille O’Neal once spent £447k at Rolls Royce dealership with Mike Tyson
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Shaquille O'Neal once spent a fortune in Rolls Royce dealership, just so he wouldn't be outdone by Mike Tyson, before getting an earful from business manager Lester Knispel.
NBA icon Shaq enjoyed a prolific basketball career between 1992 and 2011, winning four NBA Championship rings and being named the MVP during the 2000 season with LA Lakers.
Despite amounting a fortune of around £300million thanks to his lengthy career and a series of savvy investments as well as sponsorships – he wasn't always so good with money.
The 49-year-old has spoke openly about his spending in recent years, and once detailed a trip to a Rolls Royce dealership with Iron Mike that left him with a much lighter wallet.
He reminisced: "One time, me and Tyson was in the Rolls-Royce dealership and Tyson bought three.
"And I wasn’t gonna buy three, but I wasn’t gonna let him outdo me. So I bought two.
"$600k (£447,000) going down the drain. And yeah I had it, but Lester called me like ‘hey, gotta stop this’."
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Business manager Knispel was keen for Shaq to calm down on his big spending, with the NBA icon raising eyebrows earlier this year by explaining his plans for his fortune.
O’Neal said on the Earn Your Leisure podcast: "My kids are older now.
"They’re kinda upset with me. Not really upset, but they don’t understand. I tell them all the time. We ain’t rich. I’m rich."
Tyson, on the other hand, has been building his net worth back up in recent years after facing financial difficulty following the end of his professional boxing career.
The former heavyweight world champion once boasted riches of £320million, but later had a debt of around £18million when his spending caught up with him.
The Richest claim that Tyson spent more than £3.5million on his luxury car collection, which included a rare Lamborghini LM002 as well as a Cadillac Escalade, a Hummer H2 as well as his Rolls Royce models.
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