Shaquille O’Neal is one of the most dominant forces in the game of basketball, while also being one of the most recognizable athletes of our time.
O’Neal is also a very prominent entrepreneur who is very active on various social media channels.
“I’m one of the world’s tallest geeks,” the seven-foot-one former NBA center said about his passion apart from basketball.
He was an early investor in Google and a backer of the Five Guys restaurant chain, Vitaminwater, and Muscle Milk. He helped launch video status-update service Tout to early success. He wanted to bypass ESPN to announce his retirement and do it on video through Twitter. He broke the news using Tout in 2011 and he now owns part of the company.
O’Neal said he became a “geek” when he had to pass a computer class so he could continue to play basketball. He befriended a student he nicknamed “McDougal,” who helped him through it. “It was the geeks that made me realize I was not dumb,” he said. Shaq would later in his life, earn a master’s degree in business administration and a doctorate in human-resources development.