On September 9, former NBA player Shaquille O’Neal revealed that while using the popular dating app Tinder, a woman believed him to be a catfish on Jimmy Kimmel Live.
O’Neal shared with the audience that after he swiped right on the woman, she was in disbelief that it was actually him.
“I signed up for Tinder, put in my name, and I tried to make a person meet me, and they didn’t believe it was me,” he said. “I was like, ‘it’s me! It’s Shaq!’[They said], ‘No, you’re not! Do you know what’s funny? She said, ‘Shaq would never be on this!”
“So I had to delete my account. She was hot, too. I was like, ‘I’m five minutes [away]. Please just meet me at Starbucks.’ No! Stranger danger, stranger danger. No!”
Despite not having the best luck in his love life, O’Neal holds an extensive business network.
According to the Atlanta Black Star, following his retirement from basketball, he has ventured into different income streams, allowing for his net worth to stand at an impressive $400 million.
“My real business is I own 50 brands,” he explained. “So, when I was retiring, I’m looking around, I’m like, ‘How does Michael Jackson and all these guys live forever?’ So, one of the chapters in the book, joint venture-ship. So, I called the three companies [seemingly Authentic brand group, Simon property group, and Brookfield property partners] that helped people live forever, and they bought my brand for a lot of money. So, I took half that money, put it back in the company, now I’m the number two guy in the company.”
NBC Sports reported that O’Neal owns several Auntie Annie’s Pretzels restaurants, over 100 car washes, and 40 24-hour fitness centers.