It is already established that being married to a famous person is a job on its own. However, there is a hierarchy in fame and few people can boast of being more famous than Michael Jordan, who is regarded as the greatest person to ever play the game of basketball. With that level of fame comes attention to his relationships, which over time has included Juanita Vanoy whom he was married to for 17 years.
Juanita Vanoy’s identity has understandably been overwritten by her relationship with Michael Jordan but the basketballer’s ex-wife had a life of her own before she met him and has maintained one after. Take a closer look at her story and see what she has been able to achieve so far.
Juanita Vanoy Biography
For a long time, Juanita Vanoy grew up and lived outside the spotlight of the media. She was born on the 13th of June, 1959 to her parents in Chicago, Illinois. As one would expect, the extent of public information available about her has been limited to her relationship with Jordan.
We do, however, know that she worked as a fashion model for a brief period in her life and it was through this process that she met her future husband. The bulk of her early professional life was focused on fashion modeling.
Aside from that, in what has been considered a function of her educational background which still remains publicly unknown, she became the executive secretary of the American Bar Association.
As things got serious between her and Jordan, she spent some time being a housewife. Following the establishment of the Michael and Juanita Jordan Endowment Fund, she has worked as the chairperson of the charity organization, a position she continued to hold even after the relationship between her and Jordan deteriorated.
Relationship with Michael Jordan
If you are a believer in fate, you could say everything Juanita Vanoy did led her to meet Michael Jordan. An introduction by a mutual friend who believed both Jordan and Juanita would be a good fit for each other turned out to be right, for at least 17 years.
Having been introduced to each other, the pair began a relationship and dated for three years before taking it further by getting engaged in 1987. However, the couple seemed to have jumped the gun and they broke off the engagement for about a year before they rekindled their love and finally took it all the way to the altar in September 1989.
Their relationship bore its first fruit on the 18th of November 1988 when they welcomed their first son, Jeffrey Michael Jordan into the world. The second child, a son named Marcus James Jordan was born two years after in December 1990 before they welcomed their last child, a baby girl named Jasmine Michael Jordan in 1992.
Juanita Vanoy’s relationship with Michael Jordan may not have started on perfect footing but it went very well without major problems for about a decade after the birth of their last child until Juanita filed for divorce in 2002. Just like the staggered beginning to their marriage, the initial attempt at a divorce failed and they stayed together for four more years until December 29, 2006, when the pair announced the official end of their marriage.
While Juanita has remained single since then, Jordan has made a return to the altar with Yvette Prieto. Juanita and Jordan continue to maintain a cordial relationship for their children and together run a foundation.
To those who might not be familiar with the basketball star, he is a former player of the Chicago Bulls and the Washington Wizards. He is widely regarded as the greatest basketball player of all time having achieved several titles including winning the NBA Championship six times.
You don’t get married to the greatest basketball player to ever live without earning some serious dough in an eventual divorce. Michael Jordan has been able to build a wealth worth over a billion dollars and Juanita Vanoy got a share of $170 million out of it in 2006 when they settled their divorce.
At the time, the settlement set the record for the biggest divorce settlement ever recorded. Along with a huge load of cash, she also got custody of their $168 million valued home.