Widely recognized as the greatest basketball player of all time, Michael Jordan has spent decades of time in the spotlight – yet he tends to keep his family life on the quiet side.
The ex-Chicago Bull has five chiladren and one grandchild. His three older children from his first marriage to Juanita Vanoy are all active in the basketball business and his father’s Air Jordan line. Jeffrey, 34, Marcus, 32, and Jasmine, 30. In 2014, he and his current wife Yvette Prieto had twin daughters, Victoria and Ysabel, who are now 9 years old.
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“I had that conversation with my father afterward and he just laughed and was like, ‘Hey, there’s no way to really tell you anything like that,’” As Jasmine remarked. “But between him and my mom, they made sure that we felt like he was normal as can be and we grew up very normal and for that I’m grateful.”
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Jordan, Jeffrey, 34
On November 18th, 1988, Jeffrey Michael Jordan was born to Jordan and Vanoy.
Jeffrey was brought up in a very “competitive atmosphere.” On Good Morning America in 2020, he discussed his childhood.
The son of a famous actor described his father, “He was tough and it was competitive,” in these terms. We believed the healthy dose of competition helped mold us into better people and better equipped us for the challenges of adulthood. The switch was on, and we accepted it.
He noted that the 2020 ESPN documentary, The Last Dance, which examined the Bulls’ 1997-98 season, allowed him to see his father in a new light.
“We got to see him when he came home and he was done with work — but being able to see him in his element, in his atmosphere with the team and see all the ups and downs of that season has been a treat to watch,” according to him.
Like his father before him, Jeffrey was always interested in basketball. He enrolled at the University of Illinois in 2007, as a psychology major, and played as a preferred walk-on on the basketball team.
According to ESPN, he returned to the basketball team after announcing his departure in June 2009 for the 2009-10 season. He moved to Central Florida to play college basketball with his younger brother Marcus the following year after starting at Florida State.
Currently, he is overseeing digital brand innovation for the Jordan label, which is the business side of the sport. He wed Radina Aneva on May 25 this year.
Age 32, Marcus Jordan
Jordan and Vanoy had their second child, a son named Marcus James, on December 24, 1990.
Marcus followed in his older brother’s footsteps by playing basketball throughout high school and college. From 2009 until August of 2012, he was a player for the University of Central Florida Knights. He received his bachelor’s degree in hotel management in 2013.
In May of 2016, Jordan established the upscale sneaker boutique Trophy Room in the Disney Springs section of Walt Disney World. According to the Orlando Sentinel, the store’s physical site was closed in 2019 and the company has now moved its operations online.
Since 2022, Marcus has reportedly been seeing Larsa Pippen, the ex-wife of his father’s former Bulls teammate Scottie Pippen. Despite Pippen’s claim that they were “just friends” in October 2022, a source informed PEOPLE in January 2023 that they were “happy and dating.” Before making their relationship Instagram official on January 23, 2023, they were seen kissing for the first time in Miami.
(30) Jasmine Jordan
On December 7, 1992, Jordan and Vanoy became the proud parents of a daughter they named Jasmine.
While studying sports management at Syracuse University, she met her future husband Rakeem Christmas, who played on the school’s basketball team. On May 4, 2019, Jasmine and Christmas became first-time grandparents when they gave birth to a son named Rakeem Michael Christmas.
During an interview on Today, Jordan stated he was enjoying his time as a grandparent. “It’s fun because I can actually hold him and play with him and I’m having fun watching him,” he commented.
Jasmine said to Essence not long after Rakeem was born that the NBA star was having some trouble accepting the role of “Grandpa.”
“He had to warm up to [it],” the new mother said. At first, he insisted that my son call him “Mike” or “Michael,” but I quickly put a stop to that. Accepting the grandfather label is mandatory. What it is, is what it is.
She has a connection to basketball even if she doesn’t play it herself. A 2018 story in InStyle states that she has worked as a basketball operations coordinator for her father’s Charlotte Hornets and as a field representative in sports marketing for Nike’s Jordan line.
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The March 2023 issue of Footwear News had Jasmine on its cover. She explained her position with Jordan Brand and the NCAA’s new policy that permits student-athletes to earn money from their performances in an accompanying interview. She claimed that her father might have made a lot of money playing collegiate basketball under the new regulations if they had been in place back when he was playing.
“Looking at his Funko Pop collectibles or the fact that people still wear his UNC jersey, to reap the benefits from it today, we’re talking making trillions at this point,” said Jasmine.
Jordan twins Victoria and Ysabel, ages 9
Jordan and his longtime girlfriend Prieto were married and then announced they were pregnant just a few months later. On Feb. 9, 2014, Prieto gave birth to identical twin daughters, Victoria and Ysabel.
According to a rep for the couple, “Yvette and the babies are doing well, and the family is overjoyed at the arrival,” which was reported by PEOPLE at the time.
The couple are incredibly private about their daughters and have not shared any photographs of them.