Shaquille O'Neal Biography

Biography by Published on Updated on 26 Jun, 2018
Facts of Shaquille O'Neal
Date of Birth: 1972 , March-6
Age: 49 years old
Birth Nation: United States of America
Height: 7 Feet 1 Inch
Name Shaquille O'Neal
Birth Name Shaquille Rashaun O'Neal,
Nick Name Shaq
Father Lucille O’Neal
Mother Joe Toney, Philip A Harrison (step-father)
Nationality American
Birth Place/City Newark
Religion Muslim
Ethnicity African-American
Profession Basketball player
Working For NBA
Net Worth $400 million
Salary $60 million
Eye Color Black
Hair Color Black
Face Color Black
Waist size 48
Chest Size 57
Weight in KG 147kg
Affair with Laticia Rolle, Nicole ‘Hoopz’
Married Yes
Married to Shaunie O'Neal (m. 2002)
Children Shareef O'Neal, Shaqir O'Neal, Taahirah O'Neal, Amirah O'Neal, Me'arah O'Neal
Divorce Shaunie O'Neal
Education University of Phoenix
Movies Jack and Jill, My Wife and Kids and Scary Movie 4
Sisters Lateefah O'Neal and Ayesha O'Neal
Siblings Jamal O'Neal, Lateefah O'Neal and Ayesha O'Neal
Albums Shaq Fu: The
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Shaquille O’Neal aka Shaq is a veteran basketball player known for his sky roofing height of 7 feet and 1 inch. He is one of the heaviest players in the history of NBA. Shaq is also a rapper who and is currently serving as a sports analyst for the program Inside the NBA. He is also involved in acting and commercial works. Shaq has earned million of net worth from his multiple careers. He is also involved in several charity works. 

Regarding his personal life, he is dating his longtime girlfriend, Laticia Rolle since 2014. Previously, he was married to Shaunie Nelson with whom he shares four children. 

Early Life And Education Of Shaquille O’Neal 

Shaquille O’Neal was born on 6th March 1972 in Newark, New Jersey to parents Lucille O’Neal and Joe Toney. His father was an All-State guard at high school and struggled with drug addiction. His father was imprisoned for drug possession when Shaq was an infant.

While his father was in prison, his mother married Philip A Harrison, an Army sergeant. O'Neal along with his half-siblings, one brother Jamal O'Neal and two sisters Lateefah O'Neal and Ayesha O'Neal were raised by his step-father. He had not met with his biological father until March 2016 since his birth. When he met his biological father, he says,

''I don’t hate you. I had a good life. I had Phil.''

O'Neal who is known as Shaq attended Robert G. Cole High School where he played basketball and later was offered a basketball scholarship to play at Seton Hall. 

He studied business at Louisiana State University. He earned an MBA through online study at the University of Phoenix in 2005.

Shaquille O’Neal's Career Highlights

College Career

Shaquille O’Neal started playing basketball since his childhood. His height seemed to be a great advantage in his career. His career started at Louisiana State University where he won All-America two times with several other titles. During the time, he also received the Adolph Rupp Trophy as NCAA men's basketball player of the year in 1991. His 900 pounds bronze statue is located in front of LSU Tigers Basketball Practice Facility.

Professional Career

Shaquille O’Neal's professional career started in 1992 after he became the 1st overall pick of Orlando Magic. He spent four years with the team winning several matches and winning several titles and awards under his name. In the rookie season, he finished in teh top 10 in blocks, scoring and rebounding. He also became the first player in the history of NBA to be named as Player of the Week in his first week in the league.

After leaving Orlando Magic, O'Neal joined Los Angeles Lakers in 1996. He signed a seven-year contract for $120 million which became one of the biggest contracts in NBA history.  The year, he assisted to win a gold medal at the Olympic Games for the US. 

At the end of the 90s, O'Neal became a two-time member of All-NBA Second Team, three times member of All-NBA Third Team and also earned a place on the All-NBA First Team. He was also named as one of the most Valuable players of NBA in 2000. 

In 2000, Lakers extended the contract to three years for $88.5 million but due to friction with the teammate, Kobe Bryant, he moved to Miami Heat where he played for four years. In the season 2004-05, he earned the fourth championship of his career. 

O'Neal took retirement from the professional basketball career in 2011 playing a season with Boston Celtic. He announced it via Twitter writing,

''We did it. Nineteen years, baby. I want to thank you very much. That's why I'm telling you first. I'm about to retire. Love you. Talk to you soon.''

After the announcement, O'Neal became an NBA analyst and later worked with several legendary NBA players including Kenny Smith, Charles Barkley, and Ernie Johnson. He also worked on an Ed.D. in Human Resource Development at Barry University.

Other Career

O'Neal has appeared in several of the commercial advertisement and has made investments in various companies including Apple, PepsiCo, and General Electric.

In 1993, he started his music career by composing rap music. The year, he released his debut album, Shaw Diesel which received platinum certification from RIAA. The following year, he released a rap album, Shaq Fu: The Return where he disclosed his feeling towards his biological father in the song, Biological Didn't Bother

The legendary singer, Michael Jackson featured him in Jackson's 1995 album, HIstory. Throughout his music career, O'Neal released 1 compilation album and 5 studio albums.  

Besides, O'Neal also built his career in acting. He worked in several movies like Blue Chip along with Nick Nolte, Jack and JillMy Wife and Kids and Scary Movie 4 among others. He also appeared in several TV shows. 

Shaquille O’Neal's Net worth

Shaquille O’Neal has been very successful in his career. His current net worth is estimated to be $350 million as per The Richest whereas, his net worth is estimated to be $400 million according to Celebrity Net Worth. Shaquille earned most of his net worth from his NBA career and is believed that he earns a salary of $60 million. 

Here is the list of his salaries earned from different clubs in different seasons:

Year/ Season Club Salary
1992-93 Orlando Magic $3 million
1993-94 Orlando Magic $3.9 million
1994-95 Orlando Magic $4.8 million
1995-96 Orlando Magic $5.7 million
1996-97 Los Angeles Lakers $10,714,000
1997-98 Los Angeles Lakers $12,857,143
1998-99 Los Angeles Lakers $15 million
1999-2000 Los Angeles Lakers $17,142,858
2000-01 Los Angeles Lakers $19,285,715
2001-02 Los Angeles Lakers $21,428,572
2002-03 Los Angeles Lakers $23,571,429
2003-04 Los Angeles Lakers $24,749,999
2004-05 Miami Heat  $27,696,430
2005-06 Miami Heat $20 million
2006-07 Miami Heat $20 million
2007-08 Phoenix Suns $20 million
2008-09  Phoenix Suns $21 million
2009-10 Cleveland Cavaliers $20 million

Besides, O'Neal is an active investor and a businessman. He invested in several stocks and made investment in several companies including Apple, General Electrics and PepsiCo. He is also involved in real estate business. 

In 2013, he became a minority owner of the Sacramento Kings and later invested in Loyale3 Holdings Inc, a technology startup company. 

O'Neal has collection of luxury cars like

  • Buick Lacrosse = $29,565-$44,870
  • Cadillac Escalade =  $74,695-$96,795
  • Smart Fortwo Convertible = $15,575
  • Lambo Gallardo = $181,900-$259,100
  • RR Phantom =  $200,000-  $250,000

O'Neal also owns a $28 million worth Florida Mansion. 

Charity Work

O'Neal is involved in several charity works. He donated $1 million to the Boys and Girls Club of America. In 2016, he rose $5.8 million for charity with Toys'R'Us. 

Shaquille O’Neal's Personal Life

Shaquille O’Neal is in a relationship with his girlfriend Laticia Rolle. The two started dating since 2014. His girlfriend is a life style blogger and  It is said that Shaq had proposed her through Instagram. The pair was spotted for the first time while celebrating O'Neal's birthday in Atlanta. The couple looks very happy together and might be planning to get married soon.

CAPTION: Shaquille O'Neal with his girlfriend, Laticia Rolle SOURCE: Frostsnow

In March 2017, O'Neal proposed her writing in one of the pictures of Rolle, 

''Will you marry me?''

In the response of the proposal, Rolle wrote,

''yes I will. Today, tomorrow, and forever yours.''

The couple is still not married even after such proposal. Prior to dating with his current girlfriend, he had an affair with reality TV star Nicole ‘Hoopz’ Alexander but later got split in 2012.

Previously, Shaquille O’Neal was married to Shaunie Nelson. They got married on December 2002 and the couple has four children, named Shareef O'Neal, Amirah O'Neal (2001), Shaqir O'Neal (2003) and Me’arah O'Neal (2006). Their first child Shareef who was born on 11th January 2000, followed his father's step. He also has a step-son, Myles Nelson who was born to Shaunie from her previous relationship.

His wife Shaunie filed for divorce against him in 2007 but later they reconciled and withdrew the divorce. However, on 2009, she again filed for divorce citing irreconcilable differences. 

Shaquille O’Neal is known for his number of love affairs and relationships. He was in a relationship with Arnetta Yarbrough with whom he has a daughter, Taheara O'Neal who was born in 1996. 

Shaquille O’Neal's Body Measurement 

  • Height = 7 feet 1 inches.
  • Weight = 148 kg
  • Chest = 57
  • Biceps = 20
  • Waist = 48
  • Diet = Egg-white, orange juice, sandwich, chicken, omelet, fish, health bar, high protein and low carbs among others. 
  • Zodiac Sign = Pisces