Shaq got a pre-IPO investment in $GOOGL in 1999 after overhearing 2 Google employees chatting in a hotel
Shaq made $300m in his career and his portfolio is insane:

*17 Auntie Anne’s Pretzels franchises
*40 24-Hour Fitness gyms
*150 car washes
*~155 Five Guys locations
*$10m stake in Papa John’s
*90s stake in $AAPL
*Sacramento Kings minority ownership
A breakdown of Shaq’s investment process
PS. hit that FOLLOW for someone who spends all day finding gold on the internet, how Steve Ballmer turned 0% equity into an 8% stake in Microsoft.
PPS. On a more serious note, Shaq credits his investment performance to copying Bezos strategy on if things will “change people’s lives”


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