Producer: Nick Dolin
As soon as the Los Angeles Dodgers were put up for sale last year, several billionaires who were competing to buy the storied franchise all wanted Earvin "Magic" Johnson to join their bid. His appeal went beyond his status as an NBA legend; prospective buyers were interested in his business savvy, money and leadership skills. The five-time NBA champion has been as successful in the business community as he was on the hardwood, amassing a fortune that puts him among the richest African-American businessmen in the country. After his HIV-positive diagnosis, most observers once doubted Johnson would even live to age 53, let alone thrive. In this REAL SPORTS/Sports Illustrated collaboration, Jon Frankel learns how the longtime face of Los Angeles basketball plans to change the city's baseball landscape.