Shaquille O’Neal is the world’s tallest geek

Shaquille O’Neal is the world’s tallest geek

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.

“I’ve always tried to partner with people who are way, way smarter than me,” .”I’ve always been a person … (who thinks) I don’t want you to give me anything. I want to earn it.”
O’Neal gives an interesting insight into what he looks when investing in a product. “Simplicity has been winning,” he says. The product needs to be user-friendly for its user.
Shaquille O’Neal is always looking for interesting companies to invest money, and even though he made around 300 million dollars during his career, a lot of his investments have already payed-off big time.