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LeBron James hits Fortune list of most infuential people in business under 40

Superstar Miami Heat forward LeBron James can add yet another unusual accolade to his resume: Fortune Magazine’s 40 Under 40 Most Influential People in Business.

James, 25, is the only athlete to appear on the list – now in its second year – and is ranked 20th. The list is topped by Marc Andreessen, co-founder of Netscape, Opsware and other software companies; and includes the likes of Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg; Twitter founders Evan Williams and Biz Stone; and Google founders Sergey Brin and Larry Page.

Fortune describes the list as “youthful movers and shakers. They're innovating, they're expanding, and they're not really thinking about the recession.”

James, who is new to the list this year, was singled out for being able to “stop the pulse of a country,” with his nationally broadcast “Decision” to join the Miami Heat this summer. The magazine says James’ LRMR has brokered business deals with blue chip companies and Sports Illustrated places him fourth among top-grossing athletes with an estimated $42.4 million this year.

Categories: Miami Heat (174), NBA (139), Sponsorship (101)

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CRAIG DAVIS In more than 33 years at the Sun Sentinel, Craig Davis has written about a wide variety of sports topics from baseball to yachting, fishing to triathlons, and also worked as a copy editor and page designer. Recently he reported on local sports, including running, swimming, cycling, equestrian and beach volleyball. He enjoys sports as a participant as well as a spectator, is active in the South Florida running scene plays in the curling club at Saveology Iceplex. This blog offers a glimpse at the business side of sports in the interest of enhancing enjoyment of the games and sporting options as a spectator as well as a participant.
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