American former model Juanita Vanoy Jordan is the President of Vanoy Jordan Enterprises LLC. She is the former wife of the infamous Michael Jordan, a former NBA basketball player. She is also the co-founder of Michael and Juanita Jordan Endowment Fund - an organization that works for charity. The confident mother of three has worked as a secretary for the American Bar Association as well.
The 60-year-old Chicago native, born on 13th of June 1959, is a very down-to-earth person despite being a celebrity-alike-figure. She hates media attention and tries to stay away from social media like Twitter and Instagram. She loves spending time with her three children; Jeffrey Michael Jordan,29, Marcus James Jordan, 28, and Jasmine Mickael Jordan, 25.
Vanoy became one of the wealthiest people on the planet with the net-worth of $170 Million when she divorced the legendary basketball player. It was the noted most expensive divorce of the time.
Well, here is some fascinating wiki about Juniata Vanoy, ranging from how she met Michael Jordan, their divorce settlement to how she earned her net worth and raised her children.
Married Michael Jordan With Their Son At Wedding
After dating for three years starting from 1984, Michael proposed to Vanoy at Nick’s Fishmarket in Chicago. They got engaged but called it off later for reasons that remained unknown.
But after a year or so, when Vanoy became pregnant with their child, the pair decided to get married on 2nd September 1989.
Juanita Vanoy and Ex-husband Michael Jordan celebrating trophy before the divorce. (Photo: Buzzfeed.com)
The couple got married at a ravishing wedding in the presence of their son, Jeffrey Michael Jordan, who was already ten-month-old. He was born on 18 November 1998.
Divorce With Michael Jeffrey Jordan Inflated Her Net Worth
Juniata and Michael's marriage eventually got deteriorated. After twelve years of marriage, they filed for divorce citing irreconcilable difference in 2002. However, they withdrew the suit shortly after reconciling with one another.
Unfortunately, the pair filed for divorce once again as they grew further apart. Their divorce was finalized on 29th December 2006.
The decent divorce settlement inflated her net worth, as her net worth today is believed to be around $170 million US dollars. She derived the majority of her net worth from the expensive divorce settlement that she received at the age of 47.
Before marrying Jordan, she was making a living out of modeling and fulfilling the duty of a secretary for the American Bar Association.
Wins Custody Of Children Amidst Divorce Trail
Perhaps for Juanita, the settlement earnings were far less joyful than winning the custody of her children. She won the custody of her three children with Jordan, including Jeffrey, Marcus Jordan (born on 24 December 1990), and Jasmine Jordan (7 December 1992).
After bearing publicity from the start of her relationship with Jordan to even after its demise, Vanoy stepped out of the spotlight to spend time with her children as well as to act as the chairperson for the Michael and Juanita Jordan Endowment Fund. She also pursued her interests in the real estate industry and also opened Vanoy Jordan Enterprises LLC in 2006.
Vanoy learned to cope healthily with her divorce. She channeled all of her energy in raising her children, as her ex-settled down and started a family with model Yvette Prieto in 2011.
Jordan and Yvette have two children of their own - they welcomed twins, son Yasbel Jordan and daughter Victoria Jordan on 11 February 2014. They were married on 27 April 2013 at Bethesda-by-the-Sea Episcopal Church.
Was Not Popular Before Dating Michael
The name Juanita Vanoy was an unfamiliar name before she met Michael Jordan.
Vanoy rose to fame when Tabloids buzzed the news about her relationship with Michael, who was then a rising star of Chicago Bulls. The pair who met in a restaurant in Chicago in 1984 hit it off instantly.
In her teenage years, she worked as a model, working on various shows and photo shoots. Later, she started to work as an executive secretary for the American Bar Association. She was successful in taking both of the career side-by-side.
Juanita Vanoy Jordan Sells Her Luxurious Penthouse
Juanita Vanoy Jordan, on 2014 sold her 8000 square foot penthouse for a reported sum of $3.2 million. The luxurious penthouse is located on Lake Shore Drive. Juanita along with her then-husband bought the house in the 1990s for a reported sum of $3 million.
The penthouse is luxurious as it's a price tag. It comes with a private elevator foyer, a custom smoking room with its own custom made air cleaning system, a media room, 5 baths, beautiful views and more.
Vanoy first listed the house in the year 2012 for a sum of $5 million. But as the years went by, she cut her price to 4.3 million and then to 4 million after which finally closing the deal at a sum of $3.2 million. The identity of the buyer remains undisclosed and Juanita who is a licensed real estate agent herself represented herself in the deal.
Juanita Is Succeeding In Today’s Age Despite Her Ethnicity
In the era when successful African American women are scarce, Juanita has managed to attain success in both her personal and professional life.
With her heart healed post-divorce and children all grown up, Vanoy is now settled down in Kingsbury Estates area located in River North in Chicago. She now enjoys a much simpler life compared to her life back then as the wife of a prolific basketball player.
As of 2018, she stands with an infinite amount of business opportunities under her belt. Meanwhile, her children are also heading in the right direction. Her eldest son, former university-level basketballer Jeffrey Jordan, proposed to her girlfriend, Radina Aneva in the early quarters of 2018. Her daughter, Jasmine Jordan, also just got engaged a month ago this year. Moreover, she has now welcomed her baby son in May 2019 and as of now, Juanita has become a grandmother. On 13 May, her daughter, Jasmine affirmed the happy news via Instagram and told that it was her first mother day with baby.